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  1. Well, that makes me feel much better...it's not only me who had an awful Stargazing conditions. I really wanted to go to a Dark Sky site nearby and have a real good bash but the cloud coverage has been awful where I live (SW, England). The other night walking the dog I was like, OMG, there isn't any cloud for once.... when I get back I'll get the telescope out...... literally, 3 minutes... and the whole sky had clouded over... yet there was little to no wind..... seriously, someone up there is taking the p... lol. Let's hope 2016 is better... :-)
  2. Hi, I can't comment on the Flextube because I have the 10" solid tube. The solid tube lies nicely across the back seats in my little Renault Clio and the base will fit nicely into the boot. I don't know if there is a weight difference but the solid tube is just about manageable once detached from the base - easily manageable if there are two people who can lift it. It's probably more awkward than heavy to carry really... but it's not light either! I have no regrets over buying the solid tube and if it fits in my little Renault Clio extreme, then it should fit in most cars. I'm sure you'll be
  3. Wish I could edit posts.... I forgot to mention my Dob is solid tube (not flex) and I've had it for 13 months (not 9 months as previously stated... time flies!) and has only been collimated (prior to first use) which is quite remarkable I think considering all those bumpy roads I've taken it across (est. 600 miles)!
  4. Hi Brun and welcome, I'm fairly new too - 9 months and I'll try and answer your questions. I have a 250px SW Dob (10") and the base fits in my Renault Clio Extreme and the tube lies nicely across the back seats. I tried to fit the base in a Merc A180 and it didn't fit :-( as it's too sleek (no company car for me then!). I'm sure there are some measurements online that you'll be able to find to see how it'll fit. Regarding chasing objects around the sky - it depends what you're viewing really... take for example a 5mm eyepiece and you're viewing Jupiter with a 10" Dob... from corner to corner
  5. I have a SW 250px Dobsonian (10"). The assembly is very easy, unscrew the two handles and just lift the tube from the base. Whilst quite heavy I can fit the tube on my own across the backseats of my little Renault Clio Extreme and the base fits into the boot. (This car doesn't have rear doors so makes it slightly more awkward!) That's what I love about Dob's, being able to setup in about 2 minutes from parking (not including waiting time for tube to cool - 30 mins)... also so far... I've not had to collimate the scope which is remarkable considering how bumpy some of the roads are when head
  6. Thanks all - excellent responses! Definitely what I was hoping for - thanks!
  7. Good afternoon all, Just wanted to know how I can plan my night viewing sessions better? At the moment, I tend to check weather forecast and see what day's I can actually get the Dob out. So for example, I can see Saturday is supposedly a good night for stargazing. Now my normal plan would be check Night Sky Tools app minutes before I'm about to observe or Google Sky Maps as I'm observing lol. The other night I was aimlessly trawling the sky and was would be like - what's that? Then Google to find out what I'm looking at which was fun. However I'd like to get a bit more structure into my
  8. Thanks John, so the 8.8mm sounds like a good idea. Then a 4.7mm?
  9. Oh one more thing - there is a small fee for parking at Wimbleball lake.
  10. Hi Paul, I live in Somerset and have to travel about 50mins to my nearest dark sky site which is pretty awesome to be honest and it's 1hr 42mins for you I imagine - Wimbleball lake. If you get a really great night, that place is great. Although it isn't the best place according to this PDF:- http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/?a=164534 I like the look of Webbers post - street view shows nice easy parking and no trees in the way - which I found an issue at Wimbleball lake! (not THAT bad but annoying to say the least). Oh and whoever the dude was who turns up in Merc at
  11. Thanks guys for the responses - appreciate it The eyepieces I have so far have no coma issues although I have had sound advice so far in terms of getting eyepieces from this awesome community - so that's probably the reason why and I'm really grateful. Do you think a 4.7mm will be suitable for Mars & Saturn? Part of my decision was helped by this thread - which is a great read and he has the same 10" Dob:- http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/183154-explore-scientifc-82-degree-eyepiece-range-first-light-report/
  12. Oh EPs will be Explore Scientifics - can't afford TVs ;(
  13. Ok I have a plan - can you tell me if it sounds good or is flawed or if I could do better? What I have so far... 10" 250px Dob with a FL 1200mm 6.7mm 82 degrees = 179x 14mm 82 degrees = 86x 28mm 68 degrees = 42x Moon filter Orion Ultrablock Narrowband filter TeleVue x2 Barlow I intend to sell my x2 TV barlow (bought by mistake)... and buy the following in order:- 1st - Lumicon 2" UHC Then fill in the gaps of my EP collection with these bad boys:- 2nd - 8.8mm 82 degrees = 136x 3rd - 18mm 82 degrees = x66 That would give me the following EP set:- 6.7mm 82 degrees = 179x 8.8mm 82 degrees = 136x 1
  14. Excellent tip and thanks for recommending the Lumicon UHC filter. Just trying to find one to buy - Telescope House sold out... :S
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