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GotGazer

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  1. I didn't think it was possible to use eyepieces shorter than 8mm with a 9" SC The Baader 8mm with rings is really tempting. - A lot of positive reviews - An inexpensive way to go beyond 8mm which feels a bit risky - Planetary photography within reach. (I do have a DSLR) - I will get an eyepiece that can be used for fine tuning collimation I will definitely keep an eye on this one.
  2. Hi, In many topics about eyepieces for planetary observation Plössls and Radians are often recommended. Is that because an eyepiece with a lot of lenses cannot compete with one that has just a few lenses? Or are these recommendations based on the price of the eyepieces and a wide FOV is actually equal to a Plössl in terms of performance? I'm asking because the next eyepiece I'll buy will probably be one that is good for planetary observation and I'll try to keep the number of eyepieces to a minimum. Lets say I'm looking for an 8mm planetary eyepiece. Thinking about 3 different approaches: 1. A 16mm wide FOV + a x2 Barlow = I will get a nice 16mm for DSO and an 8mm for planetary. (But there will be a lot of lenses for that 8mm combination.) 2. An 8mm wide FOV = Could still be used for DSO but probably just an expensive planetary eyepiece. 3. An 8mm narrow FOV = Lower price but only for planetary observations. Right now I have a c9.25 with a LVW 42mm and a few low quality plössl.
  3. Seems that my question was more difficult to answer than I thought. I spent another ½h trying to get a clear answer but I'm only getting more confused. So my guess this far is that YKSE is right about his (here we go again) "guess" about a more correct AFOV that would be 65°. Then it's just a relabelling of the product from 72° to 65°. And some sellers are still using an old 72° AFOV item specification just to make the product more desirable. Anyone else?
  4. Hi, I ordered a Vixen LVW 42mm 72° from an online shop. It arrived yesterday but there is a 65° AFOV printed on the eyepiece. I've seen this before in other shops mixing 72° with 65°. The item description says 65° but the picture shows 72° and vice versa. Why is it like this? A new generation mixed with an old "in-stock" prooduct? Or is it the very same product just relabeled with another AFOV value? I'm asking because I want to be sure to get a 72° AFOV which would give me a TFOV close to maximum of my C9.25 scope as far as I understand. In my case the online shop clearly says 72° AFOV. Should I return the eyepiece?
  5. Hi, I just got to share this one with you all. Bought a flexible arm mount for tablets today. In Sweden it's named Deltaco ARM-212. (~13£) It's a Table clamp that fits perfectly on the Celestron Evolution 9 tripod accessory plate. No modifications needed. Cheers!
  6. So perhaps I should put that barlow bucks on a high quality 8 or 9mm instead. That would give me about 280x magnification which will require a really clear sky. I should just await the average sky conditions at my location for a year.
  7. That's what I was afraid of. I've started a new more specific thread this time.
  8. Hi, I finally got a tiny opportunity to use my new (and first) scope! During autumn in Gothenburg there won't be many holes in the sky. So while awaiting the crispy and clear winter days I do now at least got a hunch of the capacity of my gear and what I will miss. Currently I have a Celestron 9.25" (Evolution) with included 1.25" eyepieces (40 & 13mm) and a diagonal. I've added a Vixen 8-24mm 1.25" zoom, dew shield and 9" heat band. Initially I will do only visual observing of both planets and DSOs. Though astrophotography is tempting, it's also a lot of money involved and I think that I should put my money on visual equipment instead. Now I got three questions for all the experts out there: 1. I have been looking at the Baarder ClickLock system. Really nice and safe. And manageable with stiff fingers in -10deg Celsius. The mounting would be like this: SC scope <-> 2" ClickLock SC adapter <-> 2" ClickLock diagonal <-> 1.25" ClickLock adapter <-> 1.25" eyepieces And yes, it's a 2" system all the way except for the eyepieces. I will probably buy some 2" eyepieces next year or so. I'm pretty sure those parts will fit nicely into each other but will the 1.25" view be distorted or suffer with this combination? I've also read about some guy that scratched or cracked the diagonal mirror with a long necked 1.25" eyepiece. Should I be worried? 2. When watching the moon I realized that only a 13 or 8mm on the scope won't be enough to see the other planets. I will probably need a Barlow 2x or 3x right away. The Televue Powermate seems to be nice quality. Again the 2" with a 1.25" adapter are available in 2x and 4x power. Would any of those two be a good choice or should I go for a 3x or another brand/model? 3. Filters are the third thing on my list. I want to change the filters quickly but filter wheels contains too few slots. A filter drawer would fit my need perfectly. Especially since the drawer slot may contain either 2" or 1.25" filters. I've been looking at the TS Filter Quick Changer. Pros and cons regarding this filter drawer? Of course I'm also interested in your over all opinion about my plans for additional equipment. Some will probably say that I should prioritize a micro focuser and I can after the first usage of the scope understand that thought. It's hard to get the focus right. And a good focuser may cost 250£ or so. Is it really that good? Thanks!
  9. I realize now that the link I posted is about how to attach a camera to the scope. But I'm not into astrophotography, yet. I want to know; 1. If there are any incompatible threadings. Is there a standard or non-standard. 2. When the number of, or rather length of all combined components is too much. (Visual field, light, etc.) 3. About short and long threadings that seems to exist and how to fix/prevent it. 4. Dos and don'ts regarding the order of component placement. Thanks GotGazer
  10. Hi, I'm a beginner in astronomy and especially telescopes. I understand the basic components such as 1.25", 2", barlows, focal reducers, filters, etc. But the combinations of thread sizes and adapters is really confusing. It´s a jungle. But really, how hard can it be? So I started looking for a webpage explaining all this stuff. Got no luck. The best page I found so far is an italian telescope shop (I´m swedish) that was a bit too "messy" for me. http://www.unitronitalia.com/prodotti.asp?cod=BP&type=060 When I'm buying telescope accessories on the internet I want to understand what fitting I´m getting and how to assemble it with my other components. Is there a god made page out there or one in this forum that explains these components and combinations once and for all? Many thanks!
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