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Everything posted by SpoonyPizzas

  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 pleased with whatever you go for. If you intend to go out a LOT, then maybe the 8" is more suitable for transportation? Setting the thing up is great, only takes a couple of minutes.
  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 when viewing you'll probably have about 10 seconds if you don't follow it by nudging your telescope. I find it very easy to nudge and track objects and I've not even been doing it that long. However, if you're viewing Jupiter through 14mm it'll be in the eyepiece for longer but it'll be smaller :-) I love my Dobsonian, I've learnt a lot about the night sky already. A book that has certainly helped and that I'd recommend picking up is Turn Left at Orion. A good easy read with lots of useful information. I've seen Jupiter in pictures.... but seeing it through my eyepieces just blew me away. :-) Just remember without astrophotography, you won't see the spectacular colours of nebulae/nebula you see in some of the pictures on the web or posted by members of the forum here through an eyepiece. I'm sure there is a sticky thread on the forum about this :-) When buying - don't forget to check AstroBuy&Sell.... certainly get a good deal on there sometimes! Just a reminder with a Dob... you'll need to collimate it... and whilst the instructions look confusing... it's really not that difficult. Just make sure you have a Premium Cheshire Collimator - can be found on First Light Optics. If you do get a Dob... I'd highly recommend a Telrad finder with a dew shield, this makes finding things so much easier! (without a dew shield, I found it to be a nightmare lol - 'fogging' up - although some people hand-make their dew shields :-)) - I wouldn't worry about having the mirror with a dew shield - barely use it. and lastly... a nice addition is the right angled finderscope - not a necessity! :-) but will save your back! :-) (you'll see what I mean when you do your first couple of viewing sessions). A chair is a nice addition but I would perhaps go against what people say.... I bought one and find most of the time I'm standing to view anyway :-) Just remember - these recommendations above are for a 10" Dob... :-) Good luck and I hope you enjoy whatever you decide.
  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 heading out! Therefore I imagine a 200 or 150 would be a breeze to lift and assemble! I store my scope in the shed when I have to... (have guests over etc.) and put a cover over it.
  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 sessions, especially when I go to a dark site. Just wondering how everyone else plans their sessions or are they like me - last minute.com?
  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 10pm at night and obviously had no intention of going sailing lol! (Totally ruined my night vision!! grrrr!). List of Dark Sky sites here:- http://www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk/dark-sky-discovery-sites/map.html Hope this helps :-)
  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 14mm 82 degrees = 86x 18mm 82 degrees = x66 28mm 68 degrees = 42x Sound like a plan or am I making a mistake? Would it be worth (after this excessive spending) getting a 24mm 82 degrees (x50) too in the future? (next year more like! haha) Appreciate any advice, thought I'd ask before I go gung-ho with my cash!
  14. Excellent tip and thanks for recommending the Lumicon UHC filter. Just trying to find one to buy - Telescope House sold out... :S
  15. I can second Turn Left at Orion - I have this and it has helped me so much and is easy to read and understand. Like others have said, Orion M42 is easy to find & see at the moment. If you have Android - I like using the following apps:- Google Sky Map & Night Sky Tools. Night Sky Tools is my favourite as that tells you what is up, or what is going to be up that night, but Google Sky Map is great for locating objects in the sky too. A number of people tell me to download Stellarium which I've not had chance to get around to doing.... but the more you play, the more you learn is what I'm finding.... and I'm relatively new (6 months?) All the best! :-)
  16. Good morning ladies & gents, I have a 1.25" Orion Ultrablock Narrowband filter - which in all honesty doesn't get that much use - not too keen on the green on some DSO's. Although does make it easier to find them in the first place! Now I'm looking at getting the Lumicon UHC Filter 2" or would another Orion Ultrablock Narrowband Filter 2" be better suited as I live in a small town (with street lights) where I do most of my observing and only occasionally do I go to Wimbleball lake (a nearby dark sky site in the UK). Thanks in advance.
  17. Thanks Paul, Would appreciate the report - can you drop me a message possibly when you post your report? Enjoy! :-)
  18. Good morning all, I've saved up some money and am wondering what I should perhaps go for next in terms of EPs? So far I have:- 1.25" 6.7mm ES 82 degree 1.25" 14mm ES 82 degree 2" 28mm ES 68 degree I was thinking about a 30mm 82 degree (heard good things re: 30mm 82 for a 10" dob) or 34mm 68 degree? Cheers, Spoony
  19. Thanks all for your responses so far - I should state that I'm in the UK so Andromeda was almost directly above me. Haha Ronin - sorry if my message came across that those were hard to find - those were easy but just wondering if there is something as easy to see/find as those
  20. Good morning all, So far I've seen the moon, Orion and Jupiter - all wow moments! What should my next few targets be? Preferably something easy.... I can't seem to see the Andromeda Galaxy a friend said I need a 32mm/40mm to see that with my 10" Dob.
  21. Haha, I tried a 6.7mm with x2 barlow and a moon filter on my 250px and Jupiter looked incredible! Seen a ton of detail and quite sharp - but much sharper without the barlow - it looked incredible.
  22. Hi Chris, There is a lot to consider buying a telescope. If you suffer with light pollution then I would say mobility is important. Infact getting to dark skies is perhaps more important than the telescope itself. If you're happy and have the transport to lug around a 250px Dobsonian then by all means go for a Dobsonian. I have the 250px Dobsonian, I have street lights nearby and I've already had some incredible views although generally where I live the light pollution is average (small town). I bought the 250px Dobsonian on eBay and it came with no eyepieces but I took the recommendation of getting the Explore Scientific 14mm 82 degree eyepiece and 6.7mm 82 degree eyepiece. I would recommend both of those and a 28mm - the 28mm really does help. I struggled (but learnt a LOT along the way) by playing with a 6.7mm & 14mm - even with a Telrad finder (very useful). Just remember - telescope stuff soon racks up the £££'s or euros - not just telescope stuff either - books too! I bought my Dob for £150 (and it was already collimated - another thing to factor in with dobsonians - although I've still not had to collimate mine and I've had it about 9 months). I <3 my Dob and compared to my mate who spent a LOT more than me for his astrophotography setup - his pictures pale in comparison and whilst you can show off with astrophotography pics to your friends, it's never the same as looking through an eyepiece in my opinion - mainly because if they want to see pictures of Jupiter.... they can goto NASA website and see far better pictures than anything I can produce with my money lol. Seeing things through an eyepiece has that 'wow' factor. This is purely my opinion and yes some of the pictures that people take on this site ARE amazing, but I'm guessing they spent more than me However, when it comes to DSO's don't expect colours like you see in the pictures! So many people make this mistake!! Goodluck and hope whatever you choose is best for you - I'm fairly new at this and I'm sure others on here are in a better position what to recommend
  23. Many thanks all looks like I'll store it somewhere and not a problem hijacking my thread - I've learnt something from your question too so it's all good
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