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Paul73

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About Paul73

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    Other than visual astronomy (haven't got the patience or budget for imaging); I like a game of golf, a good cup of coffee / glass of wine, cooking the Sunday lunch, a rare night at the opera and a couple of pints in the local. I should probably include my three young children and a generally supportive wife!
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  1. Yes. They seem to have jumped back & forth between Nitrogen and Argon. I guess that I’ll just have to live with the fundamental mismatch!
  2. The gang’s all here! I really shouldn’t be this happy about some glass.
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    Leo Triplet

    Nearly didn’t hit like as there were already nearly 30!!!! But, that is a very fine image. Nice to see the wider field view (regardless of the lovely tidal stream). Paul
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    2" Diagonal with 1.25" adapter (Decent quality)

    Sorry Richard I’ll join back of the line. Paul
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    2” Diagonal Please!

    Hi Folks Further to my ‘what diagonal’ thread, I’m looking for a 2” Dielectric Diagonal. Would prefer to pay less than £100. Happy to do the standard 2/3 of retail plus postage. Hope that you can help (or I won’t be able to use my new scope). Paul
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    What Diagonal?..

    Me to! Thanks. Dielectric all the way!
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    which manual Alt-Az mount

    Show off! Only joking. A very tidy collection. Paul
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    which manual Alt-Az mount

    The humble Sky Tee II might seem a little agricultural compared to the beautifully engineered examples discussed thus far. But..... it’ll take a lot of weight and has great slo mo controls and is relatively low cost. Worth a . Paul
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    This looks like fun!

    Might be fun Sorry. Couldn’t resist. I’m in Dorset this weekend so might check it out. The LP in Pool is so bad that a few lasers won’t make much difference. Paul
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    What Diagonal?..

    I’ve just Googled ‘Dielectric’. I’m really none the wiser. Does anyone know the difference between Dielectric and Non-Dielectric? Paul
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    What Diagonal?..

    Hi Guys I’ve just “accidentally” bought a Skywatcher ED 72mm APO. Having just collected 3 ES 82° eyepieces, today is a good day!. However, this little lovely doesn’t come with a diagonal, so I need to buy one. I’ve never bought a diagonal before. It will be visual only, using 1.25” and 2” eyepieces and shouldn’t cost the earth. Any recommendations for a good budget item that would fit the bill? Paul
  12. Why go to F4 when you don’t need to? At >16”, yes, otherwise you need a set of steps. But, 4.5 to 5 is much more forgiving on the Eyepieces. At f4 (my 16” OOUK) you need premium eyepieces. Even the well regarded TV Panoptics were not acceptable without correction. The £££!Delos range worked well. But it isn’t all bad news; mid range 82° Eyepieces in the £120 to £220 range work fine with a Parracor...... At f4.7 (my 10” pea shooter) you can get away with less exotic glass. In fact, I have a set of ES 82°‘s heading my way as we speak, for use with the f4 16” with Parracor (Ml1b). Paul
  13. Air circulating is the trick. Leave the covers off, scope horizontal until dried. Sounds like a great session! Paul
  14. How about something like this? https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p8401_Sumerian-Optics-Alkaid-12--f-5-Dobsonian-Telescope.html @garryblueboy was selling similar with Zumbato mirrors. I can’t remember the exact details, but I do remember that it was a serious scope! It was a couple of weeks ago so it may have found a new home. Might need a bit more than £2k, but you are used to quality gear...... Paul
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