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Posts posted by Fozzie

  1. Hi Mark, the best time is usually quoted as late September through to March as the nights are generally longer, especially the further north you head.  Obviously I guess the longer the darkness lasts the better chance of seeing any activity.  Although that's the key, activity, i'm not sure there is a prescribed time "when" the aurora will be active, and any forecast doesn't allow for much time to arrange a trip, I guess that bit is pot luck!

    As an example, I was lucky enough to take the family to northern finland in December 17, and was blessed with 3 outstanding nights of activity (although the number of people who hadn't seen anything I met there was remarkable :icon_scratch:, not sure what they were doing to miss it!)  Last year my sister in law also visited northern Finland, and although they had clear sky for 4 nights, they didn't see any activity at all.  One of my  directors at work went to Iceland last year for a week and also didn't see the lights, despite going on an actual aurora hunting trip to the north..

    So I guess that's the crooks of it, there's a more opportune time, but probably no best time..



  2. @Stu, I can lend you an Allen key set if you like... 😉 

    Edit* Oh actually I cant I need it for the cot, as my 9month old nearly pulled himself over the ledge this morning... which is nice as I didn't even know he could sit up by himself!!

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  3. 3 minutes ago, emadmoussa said:

    I guess sturdiness means sacrificing a bit of portability. Will have a look at the Skytee. 

    Yeah, a Skytee2 with extension pillar and tripod is not the most portable set up.. I've a large wooden tripod on mine which adds to the stability but again the weight!  not a pick up and go option for sure, but then a neither is a 6" frac.. 

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  4. It does seem that ignorance and selfishness that was once a preserve of social media is creeping out into everyday life, it's a sad indictment!

    As an example, I was in a supermarket on Saturday with the wife and the 8 month old.  Little William accidently dropped his comfort blanket/teddy on the floor, which I without thinking bent to pick it up.  However at the same time the woman, who was stationary looking at yogurts had decided to move off, accept I was then blocking her way for all of 2 seconds.  I was actually just about to apologise (pet hate of mine is abrupt stoppers in the supermarket!) when not only did she tut, and role her eyes at me she said, "your in my way, he (referring to an 8 month old) shouldn't be messing about when it's busy like this"...  

    Usually I'd hold my council outside of work (construction, some of the conversations can get "over exciting") however this time I decided against it..  I know it's not big and it's not clever... sticks and stones and all that..  (it did feel big and clever though!) 

    I just can't believe that's where we are with things... and by the look on the wife's face, I did the lady a big favour.. A BIG FAVOUR!

    Emad, great to see the generosity, sad to see the concept of pay it forward is lost on some people..



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  5. Yes the initial reports do sound encouraging, certainly the Achro does show some false colour at 170x, but it's not objectionable, and the semi apo filter does help.  So good to hear that it's virtually non existent at 170x in the ED variant! As that's usually my upper limit on good nights due to seeing and local conditions. 

    I swear the river to the south of me gives of more thermals than a radiator sometimes!

    As said though, and not the first time we've seen this with a new scope, packaging and transport seem to have let it down a bit. 

    I'm going to hang fire for some more reports, photo's and the like, the intention currently is to go to the Astro Show in Kettering and have a look.. hopefully feel assured enough to walk away with one!

  6. 34 minutes ago, John said:

    I doubt the ED will blow the achro out of the water because the 102 F/11 achros were well executed scopes that provide pretty much textbook optical performance for a crown flint doublet of 102mm aperture and a focal ratio of 11.

    There will be some differences though because a 102mm objective will still be showing some false colour due to the physics of the glass involved. I think a 102mm achromat needs to be at least F/15 before the false colour control can reach ED doublet levels, assuming other things are equal.

    It's also possible that the figure and polish of the ED objectives is a little tighter but my understanding is that some care was taken with the manufacture of the 102mm F/11 achromat objective as well.

    The differences, such as they are, are likely to be seen more in the performance at high magnifications IMHO.



    This actually taps in to every concern I have about this scope.  Hence why i'm being coy on it, and having doubts about selling off my equipment!

    I know from last year, my starwave Achro will show me the best the sky conditions offer, as im sure the ED will, I also know that with my achro I can see down to approx. 2.3km (Gassendi P) craters on the moon, again subject to conditions, but that's my "record" I believe currently..  That was with the Achro and a Semi Apo Filter..  I'm hesitant because I'm thinking the Achro with Semi Apo filter, might just be very close in performance to the ED version.  

    Although as you say, its possible the differences are seen at higher magnifications, how often do we get the chance to push, I've no real experience of ED or APO scopes, so Im at a loss here.. ie on any given night if the achro was good for 160x, would an ED be good for say 200x because of better optics, giving me better chances to see finer details on planets and lunar..?

    I'm starting to sense small gains with this scope..


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  7. 15 hours ago, mikeDnight said:

    Chances are you won't use your achro much after buying the ED, but if you can afford to buy the ED before selling the Achro's, you will have a chance to compare them over time. Then sell the ones you don't want or use least.

    Which makes perfect sense, however, as we know the TAL is for my first born, when he's 10, he's 4 now so in 6 years time if he shows an interest.  If I sell this, then that birthday or Christmas I wont get the opportunity to say "I can pretty much guarantee that no other person in the world is opening one of these"  Big song and dance, nice new TAL100RS, I mean sure i'll need to drill new holes for a the finder and no doubt the doublet is the wrong way round, but hey isn't that just a what a TAL is all about! 

    As for the starwave achro, I love this scope and after "that" night during the Beast from the East, I know just how good the optics are.. I mean 450x it was unbelievable..  Also if these have now been discontinued (yes by a very similar ED) but wont these be sought after by Achrofanatics in the future.. and wouldn't this just make a cracking gift for my No 2 son on his tenth birthday!

    As for the SkyTee2, well it occurred to me that actually what I have here is a well thought out, heavy duty AZ mount, with nice modifications, and I feel like it's almost giving it away at the current value..  The longer it goes un sold, the more I think, that's going to take some beating for an AZ with out some future serious spends..


    I think I might be a secret hoarder..  My brain works in strange ways sometimes..


    5 hours ago, Alan White said:

    or sell it to me for £50 quid 😉  just helping Fozzie

    Another one who's missed a "0" of the end 😉


    2 hours ago, Saganite said:

    Just buy one and worry about it later Fozzie, then you can let us all know how good it is. People will ' snap your hand off ' for whichever / both Achro (s) you decide to sell, after side by side comparisons of course😀

    the idea of a side by side is one reason im also hesitating on the skytee sale, would like to give that a go, you know for the good of the SGL community..

    It's almost becoming my preferred option, just buying and worrying about it later! 


    Hopefully if I punch the button on the ED and it blows the achro out of the water, then I might not be too bothered, about selling it on.. 


    All interesting stuff!



  8. Oh don't worry there's a full moon on Sunday, it's always clear on a full moon....    Oh hang on.... it a;so a lunar eclipse on Sunday/Monday... it's going to be wall to wall isn't!

    Actually, this thread is good timing, Im agonising about thinning the equipment to by a specific scope im interested in.. but what is the point in having equipment sat around with limited opportunity to use, might as well have onething you'll enjoy using when you get those rare chances eh?

    Clear skys to everyone!



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  9. Well that's the 10mm Delos away... I've had some interest in the skytee2 if I want to split it down.. although I am now tempted to part with the tal and the starwave achro and keep the skytee if I go large frac in the future... someone said Evo150ED..

    On 12/01/2019 at 15:37, John said:

    The CN crowd will have this scope analysed and pigeonholed without the need to actually look through one :rolleyes2:

    I notice the AT 100f7 has been panned and also short apo manufactured by kunming or long perng as not good on the old colour correction.

    They haven't even stopped their, they've also gone after the vixen GP and GPDx as being not suitable as a mount due to focus vibration..

    What a place CN is eh!

    In all serious now, I've not had any issues with my set up.. what do we think mount wise, surly a GP is more than enough for this scope a under 5kg



    A little bit closer to the ED now..




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