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Paul73 last won the day on January 31

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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. Biggish Dob outside cooling!!!
  2. You wouldn’t get much improvement in image quality over the BSTs. I found the narrow fov of the zoom quite claustrophobic in a similar speed Dob. However, the zoom is very convenient. Paul
  3. The 11mm is terrific value second hand. I have a set of TV Plossls and the 11mm gets the most use. Paul
  4. This may seem obvious, but pointing the scope at exactly the right point in the Sky helps. The micro star hop can yield some really faint stuff. You can spend ages chasing ghosts in roughly the right spot rather than resolving the nearly smudge which is the target. This, together with much averted scope wobbling, finally bagged the Quintet a few weeks ago. Paul
  5. Sounds like a great session. Those planetaries really reward some magnification. Interesting re the VIP. I have one but had no idea that it is so flexible! I should use it more. Paul
  6. Splendid write up Stu! The Veil is the gift that keeps on giving. Great little / big Dob too. Can’t believe how small it packs down. Paul
  7. I’ve vowed to steer well clear of GoTo. Great idea, but it would drive me up the wall! Hope that it works better next time out. Paul
  8. I had a crack at the Quintet last night from OK, but not dark, sky (could only see 5 or 6 naked eye stars in the big square).Took my time perfecting the brief hop from Ngc7331 so that after 40mins. I was 100% certain that I was in the right place. Mag upped to 200x and gradually one possibly two little fuzzy patches appeared. I was delighted! Granted. Visually it was heroically underwhelming, but it’s the first time that I’ve caught anything. So happiness was assured. Paul
  9. Looking good here. The Dob is lucking in the garden all collimated and ready to go!! First proper session for ages Cue the clouds. Paul
  10. Good catch. I’ve had a load of goes at the quintet with my 16” Dob, but so far drawn a blank. To catch all 5 is going some. Think that I’ll leave the Bubble for those with bigger scopes and darker sky! Paul
  11. Why not go for the ES 82° 24mm??? It is bang on budget and works very well at the f ratios you mention. I went for this over the Panoptic due to the flatter wider field (I do really rate the Panoptic though). Paul
  12. Don’t be tempted by an ex Demo tent that has been out in the sun & rain since April!! Otherwise they do some great deals. Paul
  13. If you don’t need to move it. Go big! I started with an SW 250 flex tube which got quickly modified with light shroud, dew heaters on the secondary, duel speed focuser, Telrad Finder to complement the RACI finder ...... all worthwhile upgrades. I now have a 16” which makes observing the faint stuff far easier. Paul
  14. A 6mm Vixen SLV might fit the bill. Very comfortable to use and pin sharp. Won’t break the bank either! Paul
  15. I had a 100mm F10 and an ED120 on one quite happily (White Light and Ha). Paul
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