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  1. Hi there is a 1.25"TV 2.5 x Powermate on Astrobuysell at the moment for £130. Graham.
  2. Hi, what sort of budget are you looking at spending? If its very tight there is a 9mm SPL eyepiece on Astroboot (telescope and astronomy stuff section) for £15. You could pair this with the 2x & 1.5x APO barlow also on Astroboot for £20. This would in effect enable you to turn the 9mm eyepiece into a 6mm and turn the 25mm eyepiece into 16mm ish. (with apologies to all who contributed to the recent threads on how barlows work! ). This of course depends on how much you like the 25mm eyepiece. You could also look at Astrobuysell for 2nd hand bargains. BST eyepieces are very highly recommended by those that use them and I've seen them come up for around £35 on Astrobuysell. Good luck. Graham.
  3. Telescope House have the ES 24mm 68 degree eyepiece for £69. That's £72.49 with postage! So you can get a bargain in the UK too! Graham
  4. Hi, am I right in thinking your scope is on an Eq5 mount? I've got the dob version so I'm not going to comment on eyepieces - except to ask - what do you think of your 10mm eyepiece? Are there particular things about it you dislike e.g. the eye relief or field of view or do you think the view isn't sharp enough? Thinking of this may give you a better idea what to choose as an upgrade. Maybe give yourself some time with the eyepieces to see what you like and dislike. If the barlow unscrews at the bottom you can screw the bottom part of the barlow onto your 10mm to get approx. 6.7mm. Graham
  5. There is an 11mm ES on ABS at the moment for £90. It's not mine - I'm keeping mine I have the same scope. My first upgrade was the 11mm ES. I highly recommend it. I use mine with a 2x barlow and get good resuts. I use the 6.7mm ES with and without the barlow for the moon & planets. It's great for letting your eye wander over the moon's surface. Regarding the argument of not needing a wide FOV for the moon and planets - it's a personal feeling - that's why it's good to buy used or join a local club if you can as you will save money by trying other's equipment or selling something on for little loss. Personally I like the wide FOV in an undriven dob as it makes tracking easier and it makes it easier to show family members what I am looking at. If you are looking for something around the 14mm - 15mm range have you thought of a Skywatcher Nirvana 16mm? It has shorter eye relief that the ES range but it's in the same price range at opticstar.com (£120 + £5 postage) - you could then do as suggested by Moonshane in post #3. There are lots of options - good luck with your choices! Graham.
  6. I agree with baggywrinkle. If you could organise someone from a local astro club with a solar telescope to do a bit of outreach I think that alone would blow their minds and be a bit more convenient for primary age children and parents to attend and you might get more attendees for evening sessions - leaving the rest to be spent on your scope(s) and tea and Jaffa Cakes. Graham.
  7. Hi, there's a lot of choice really - which doesn't help matters! As you mentioned planetary and DSO I would look into getting a good eyepiece around the 12mm mark ( assuming your scope is F6 - to give you approx 100x mag and a 2mm exit pupil) that you can use with a barlow lens at a later point to give a 200x mag (approx the highest magnification normally reccomended). I've got an 8" dob and went down the 11mm Explore Scientific route. At £110 from FLO it's a bit above your budget of £100 - and of course you would have the expense of a barlow at a later date. There's a 12mm Vixen SLV on the FLO clearance page for £79. I'd also strongly reccomend checking Astrobuysell as you may find a bargain! Have a think about what you want to look at, is eye relief important (do you wear glasses etc), do you want a wide field of view so you don't have to nudge the scope as much. A used 8mm Hyperion with fine tuning rings may be a good idea - if you don't like it you can sell it on with little loss and would give you 8mm, 6mm, 5mm and 4.3mm focal lengths. Good luck! Graham.
  8. If you do end up wanting to go down the 8" dob route there is also one on Astroboot's Bargain Zone at the moment for £225 - free postage. It's good advice to buy used if you can as if you don't like what you've bought you won't suffer as much of a hit if you sell it later compared to buying something new. There's lots to think about though as it depends what you want. There are pros and cons to everything! Keep asking questions and good luck! Graham.
  9. I wonder why more people don't look up and take an interest in the things around and above them - maybe they wouldn't be impressed with most things (faint fuzzy = barely perceptible half imaginary smudge sometimes) but they would be impressed with an explanation of what they are looking at. I've had a scope for about 3 years but always had an interest in science which has kind of lead on to astronomy. It's hard to get motivated sometimes with work / family commitments, tiredness, constant cloud!... but I am always in awe of what I'm looking at. Graham.
  10. Thanks for posting the data sheet al. I was put off considering the 1.25" OIII as the data sheet on the STL site shows the 496 line with a pass of 61% which I thought was a bit low. It's interesting that the data sheet you posted shows a pass of 86% at the 496 line. I'm tempted to give one a try now - just slightly concerned at the variation in the pass band though! Graham.
  11. +1 for seeing what you like or dislike about your 12.4 EP + 2.5 barlow combo. You could even use your barlow as as a sort of manual zoom to experiment at higher magnifications - loosen the eyepiece in the barlow and pull the eyepiece out of the barlow slowly and refocus say on the moon or Jupiter and see if you like the results. It's a free way of checking if you can squeeze any extra seeing out of your sky - providing you don't drop anything! The view will be a bit wobbly but I've tried this myself on the moon and Jupiter with my ES 6.7 and 2 x barlow and it works - it's impossible to say what magnification you are using - you can only say if it's a good view or not. Graham.
  12. I like the descriptions of the items on Astroboot - it's good to see a sense of humour - see the ones on the misc. page for the ant burner or Bresser keep fit pedometer for example. Every now and then a real bargain crops up on there too - Ive not used them yet but probably will at some point - after all got to keep fit burning those ants! Graham.
  13. Another site in the UK is this one F1telescopes - showing 6 of the MV line. The site in my last post was actually Robtics.nl - Specsavers here I come.... Graham.
  14. Hi, robotics.nl show all the maxvision EPs as available. There's no guarantee the site is up to date though - so anyone thinking of getting one may do best to check with the vendor before ordering. Graham.
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