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  1. Thanks for the amazing replies guys, this information doesn't seem to be readily available and it's nice to get a proper answer. It did become apparent to me that not all the big brands such as celestron, orion etc had their own factory for producing eyepieces, obviously somebody makes them for them and that happens to be BST/Barsta. I guess it's just good that somebody has managed to make these "unbranded" eyepieces readily available at half the price of the branded version. These questions were pretty much the only thing stopping me purchasing a BST eyepiece but now I'm very interested Does anybody happen to know how sky's the limit manages to source them? It doesn't change my opinion I'm just curious Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks for the great response it's nice to clear it up. And interesting to see that there is a brand behind it all, I take it you've used the BST'S and I've heard nothing but good about them so maybe I will buy one and see what there all about. Just one last question, are the explorers and starguider identical both optically and cosmetically? As if I were to collect the set it would be nice for them all to be the same Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  3. I guess there's so many products (not just astronomy related) that are so similarly mass produced and labeled. I'm assuming that you only get the unique product with companies such as televue, vixen, takahashi etc? Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  4. OK that makes sense I guess. Regarding the starguider/explorer thing again, are they eyepieces going to be identical in both looks and optically other than the wording being different? Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  5. So we're saying that pretty much there's a factory somewhere out there producing a very high volume of the same eyepiece then companies are paying to have they're names put on them and distributed? Do they actually have BST printed on them somewhere? Again I'm it questioning the quality or genuine ness of the retailer but where are they coming from ? Or should I not ask these questions ? Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks for clearing that up guys. I have to admit, I'm a little confused by the whole BST brand completely. Who's eyepiece actually are they and is BST an actual company or is this just a name that has come about for them? Also how come they only seem to be available from one retailer? I understand that they get very good reviews and outperform for their price but I'm just curious to where they actually come from? Thanks Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  7. Hi guys, Just a quick one, whats the difference between a BST starguider and a BST explorer, if any? Thanks
  8. When I first started out around 2 months ago I originally decided on a £300 budget too. But with a lot of research and questions asked I was advised to look at the celestron nexstar 127 and the skywatcher sky max 127, both pretty much identical scopes besides the handset. They are a little bit more at £360 but in my opinion a perfect scope for a beginner, the goto system is dead easy, the scope is very compact and easy to set up and with a webcam and my DSLR I've managed to get some images I'm fairly happy with don't get me wrong it's not the perfect imaging set up by any means but for me it's perfect for now Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  9. Not a lot wrong with that, better than my recent attempts with an xbox cam. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  10. Hi I'm very new here and have only been in to astro for a month or so now. I already had a DSLR which was handy, but as I only have an alt az mount I found it relatively hard to image dso that I thought I'd go down the Web cam route just to get a real taste of things. I managed to purchase an X box webcam from Game in town for a whole £3 and have actually took some pictures of Jupiter, Mars and the moon. All pretty sharp and fairly easy to do. I'm going to buy every photon counts but the webcam is the best thing i bought to help me along my way Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  11. Hi guys, I tried my first ever attempts at imaging the moon last night, i was cloud dodging so only had limited opportunities to actually get alot of images in. Both images are about 1 minute of video at around 1500 frames taken with a modified xbox webcam. I stacked 350 in registax and applied wavelets to sharpen the image. They're a llittle bit fuzzy, I'm putting this down to bad seeing and the fact that the webcam might not be the best for the job but any advice on how to improve would be much appreciated Steve
  12. Welcome to SGL So many helpful guy (and gals) on here that have gave me so much guidance Oh i'm from Derby as well
  13. I don't want to end up with an EP thats only usefull when the seeing is good, hence the consideration of a 12mm. This is a confusing hobby Sent from my HTC One S using Tapatalk
  14. I think I'm pretty set on some celestron's, everything about them seems to fit into what I want really, the FOV is good as the FOV on a mak is small, the eye relief seems plenty and the price is great. I'm torn between what size to get, the stock 9mm eyepiece doesnt seem to be that great, I just end up with a fuzzy very hard to focus image. I'm assuming the celestron would cope much bettertter than this? Sent from my HTC One S using Tapatalk
  15. Yeah I've been comparing the Celestron's to the TV's just and for what I need the Celestron's seem like a better choice. The hole to look through on the 11mm TV is tiny compared to the Celestron and i'm only just starting out and not sure I could get used to the tiny hole. Also the field of view seems important as my Mak has a relatively small FOV, and it's f11.8 so it should take most eyepieces without any problems right?
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