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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. I love these threads. Everyone has their favourites. I enjoyed the ES30mm 82° a lot in my 10” f4.7, but it was the ES24mm 82° that really made if fly! Not everyone’s eyes can quite get to the required 6mm pupil aperture. Dark sky helps too. The optical challenges that are inherent to wide field eyepieces are harder to control at the longer focal lengths. At 24mm 82° they seem well controlled, but by 30mm they are noticeable. Weather these are acceptable is a matter of personal taste. For shorter eyepieces, you will be happy at the less eye watering expense of 68°. Paul
  2. No probs. Good luck with the sale. I’ll just wind tape around the finder scope until it is big enough Paul
  3. A simple trus design would do the job. But where is the fun in that?? Remember that your tube doesn’t have to be round* ....... Paul * yes. I know it would then cease to be a tube....
  4. Hi AdaM How big do you need the guidescope rings? I’ve got some larger ones which are too big for my finder. Would you be interested in a swap if they are the right size? I can measure and post pictures this evening. Paul
  5. First visit to the forum for ages and I come across this ad..... That is a better mirror than the one I have put aside for the Christmas project (who am I kidding?). Very very tempting. Hope that Rob buys it before I get a headache and cave in to temptation (again). Paul
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    Hoag's Object

    Thanks for the link. An amazing object to be sure. Definitely one to chase from a dark site. Paul PS. NGC5910 is a different galaxy about 0.8° from PGC54559 (Hoag’s object).
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    PST modders - questions

    Here is my 100mm stage 1 mod. As mentioned, getting the PST apart was a real struggle. I ended up drifting straight through the gold tube to get it off! It is still used in PST form when I need to be portable. I find that it is an absolute Prom machine, outdoing many of the amazing images that we see on this forum. That is where the larger objective comes into its own. However, the surface detail doesn’t seem as good as a Quark or a Double Stacked smaller Ha Unit (Maybe, I’ve done something wrong). You are certainly asking questions in the right place. I would have certainly either, not even tried, or messed it up badly, if it were not for the advice received on this forum. Cost? I sourced everything 2nd hand, which took a while). £500(ish) plus the PST. Paul
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    Bring On The Astro-Shed!

    Anything that makes it easier to get gear set up and running, is a really good thing. !Long live the Astro Shed! Paul PS. Astro gear in the house seems to cause significant marital friction. A dedicated Astro shed seems like the perfect solution. You could even get FLO to deliver straight to the shed.....
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    Bring On The Astro-Shed!

    Well. I’ve leaned something new and it isn’t even 8am! Good luck with the build. Mine is still with the local planning committee (swmbo) stage. Can’t start until autumn as I need to fell a moderate size tree. Paul
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    Show me your eyepiece cases

    It looks very lonely in the corner. Nice to see you back buying again. The UK Astro industry can breath a sigh or relief. Paul
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    Show me your eyepiece cases

    @garryblueboy you may find that you don’t need the 12mm as you have the 14mm and the 10mm. Maybe spend the cash on a couple of in- travel adaptors to make the 14 & 17.3mm Delos parfocal with the rest of the range and the 24mm Panoptic. Paul
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    Show me your eyepiece cases

    No sympathy required Stu. But, thanks all the same. A case full of Televue is better than money in the bank. . I’ll enjoy rebuilding my collection. Some of Gary’s nice new bix full of Green & Black look really familiar! He’ll enjoy the move from the excellent SLV range. The viewing experience is similar in style. But, everything that the little SLV’s do, the Delos does just a little bit better and noticeably wider. Paul
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    What did the postman bring?

    Hope that is what I think it is. Thought that you would be waiting ages. Open the box! Open the box!!! Paul
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    Show me your eyepiece cases

    This is it folks ‘Lean Observing’ Bank of Televue properly raided! You only realise how good Delos are when you use primitive Plossls (Ethos ain’t bad either). But, they do have a certain charm. Rather like driving a good classic car compared to its modern counterpart. . Also, only 3 Dobs now (and solar gear - obviously). Paul

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