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Feral Rabbit

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  1. Thanks for the replies. I work for the NHS and understand there is always a risk with any procedure, however small. I will be nervous if getting it done, if it is available to me and it had no adverse effect on my astronomy. Looking at Optegra.
  2. Thanks guys for the advice. Yes I agree that if it goes wrong then you are up the proverbial creek without the paddle. This is the same with any procedure undertaken. I am a realist and understand that there is a degree of risk but it is a small risk. Nowadays if you have long and short sightedness they will correct one eye for reading and one for distance as they do with contact lenses and your brain adjusts quite easily as was the case with contacts I was issued with. Unfortunately I didn't get on with contacts, as my left eye kept drying out the lens and the fact that if a had a problem whilst wearing a respirator I couldn't do anything to correct the situation unless I came away from the job I was on, decontaminate and then deal with it, which wasn't always possible.
  3. Hi Guys, My job entails me wearing different types of masks with lens inserts and prescription safety glasses, dependant on what I'm doing. Although all these are usable they are a bit of a 'pita' as the insert lenses and lenses tend to mist up, get dusty/dirty and at times I can't find the right lens inserts. Also I observe without glasses so when doing a spot of stargazing it's on/off with the glasses which becomes a tad irritating at times as I tend to mislay them or forget I have them on. So I am now in the position of having the cash to have laser eye surgery and was wondering the following. I just want to ask those who have had the procedure if it has affected the stargazing, for example do they see stars like a starburst or as round dots. Although it would make my work life better and I really like the idea of being glasses free I don't want to ruin my astronomy hobby. Any info or first hand experience would be greatly appreciated. I'm 56. Cheers Martin
  4. Love it. Just about sums up our hobby. Plus the fact I'm always getting the "Have you seen Uranus?" joke from friends who then laugh uncontrollably, as though it's the first time anyone's ever said it
  5. Welcome back although I don't know you personally, I'm glad you've found a way back into astronomy. I had my Equinox ED80 on my Star Adventurer the other night and it seemed to cope with it ok. Perhaps the Mods can give you the level of "Comet" instead of "Star Forming" as you've returned.
  6. SkyWatcher now do a tripod for the SA/SAM. But as long as you have a sturdy tripod then that should be OK. Linky By the way I'm not affiliated to the company in the link .
  7. Thanks for the reply Tony. At the moment I am holding off as there seems little chance of me getting out in the next month what with work and our weather. I would be interested in your findings once you get up and running with this scope. I too will be using a DSLR so our set ups will be very similar. Clear Skies Martin
  8. Hi all, I'm going to have £600 (no more as I want a reducer/field flattener too) to spend on a small scope for mostly AP but also as a light(ish) observing scope when I can't be arsed to get the 8" Edge out. It's a bit of a minefield out there, as we all know, and I think I've narrowed it down to three, unless you guys can come up with some others I've missed. 1. Altair Lightwave 80mm F6 @ £549 2. Skywatcher Evostar 80 ED DSO Pro OTA only £349 3 Skywatcher Equinox 80 ED Pro £549 I was leaning towards the Equinox but there seems very little in the Equinox and the Lightwave. The Evostar seems good value for money and I could get a flattener as well for the price of the other two. The negative is that it doesn't have a retractable dew shield and as always go for the best optics you can afford. So is there any difference between the Evo and Equinox in the optical train? I understand from reviews that the Skywatcher case have poor protection inside whereas the Altair is all foam. But this wouldn't be a deal breaker. I use Celestron Luminos EP's and was wondering if these would be suitable to use on any of these scopes? Sorry, lots of questions but I want to get it right for the hard earned money I've saved. Thanks for your help Martin
  9. Nice picture and looks like there is another DSO right on the top edge in the middle. My knowledge is poor so I don't know which one it is. I'd certainly be happy with that myself....But then I am a rank novice when it comes to AP and astronomy. Thanks for sharing
  10. There are easier OTA's but if you have an Edge already it's not impossible (depending what you want to photograph of course). This guy uses a Canon DSLR but I am assuming yours will be similar Linky One of 4 videos in the series from set up to processing Hope this helps Regards
  11. Hi there, Another one for MPB Photographic. I got an 18-55 kit lens for 20 quid. Description was spot on (except the auto focus was working ) and a nifty fifty for 30 pounds. Both in very good condition. Linky
  12. Hi Dave, Where did you get the Polar scope adapter from? Do you have a link as I can't find it anywhere. Cheers I have the SWSA but have not had chance to use it yet but it looks and feels well made and gets positive write-ups. Some of the pictures taken with it do look amazing too. My only minor gripes are that I wish the battery case lid was a different colour other than black and the polar scope illuminator design, which has been highlighted on this thread already. Regards
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