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  1. Many thanks for your replies. I think perhaps it was an amalgamation of the seeing conditions last night and dark adaption. The fact it disappeared from view occasionally may have been high cloud cover. unfortunately, in each direction I look there is a bright light of some kind. I think the only way to cure this is to build some kind of observatory, too expensive at the moment. I’m quite fortunate in that I live near the Rhigos mountain, the Bwlch mountain and the Brecon Beacons. I may take the scope up there when we have a better night.
  2. Hi all, I was out last night and decided to take a look at the ring nebula. I could pick it out but it was extremely faint, I could just about make out the ring. It seemed to disappear from view quite often. I’m using the skywatcher explorer 130ps with a hyperflex magnification eyepiece. My skies are bottle 5, but I also have a number of houses around me with out door lighting. More decorative lights rather than security lights. Is my issue seeing the ring nebula likely to be just the light pollution? Or is a difficult nebula to observe? kind regards
  3. Hi, I’m looking to buy some long eye relief eyepieces. Something like the BST starguiders or the Celestron X-Cel pieces. Cheers
  4. Hi dean, I’d be happy to take this off you for £30 delivered. Cheers
  5. Amazing to watch. Seeing the two rocket boosters landing simultaneously was just phenomenal. I watched it with my 7 year old daughter who plans on telling her story in school tomorrow. Any news on whether the 3rd booster has landed? P.S My daughter criticised the fact that there appeared to be very few women there. She has a point I think....
  6. The first time seeing the Orion Nebula and Pleiades with my 7 years old daughter two weeks ago.
  7. I just purchased it, thank you. Hopefully I can pick up some better eyepieces over the next couple of months. Thanks for the advice
  8. Thank you for your reply. I’m only interested in visual astronomy so I take on board your comments about the EQ mount. I also notice it was motorised which i’m assuming is not so important for visual astronomy. I like the look of the mount in the link you provided. The only problem I have is my very limited budget. Would the stock eye pieces be ok? I previously had to upgrade the stock eyepieces with the dob I owned for greater eye relief.
  9. Hi all, FLO currently have the following scope on offer that fits my budget. Skywatcher Explorer 130m on an EQ2 mount. i previously had a 200p skywatcher dob but it was too bulky for me to transport so I sold it. I’m currently using binoculars. Is this a good scope and is it a lot easier to transport than the previous dob I had? thanks
  10. Hi RayD, I have a 200mm dob. Apparently the maximum useful mag would be 300x so my plan is to use the 8mm with a Barlow which, I think, will give me the 300x mag. This is all new to me so I'm happy to be corrected. Thanks Darrell
  11. Hi all, I've recently purchased a BST 15mm. Eyepiece. I'm now looking for a 25mm and 8mm eyepiece. Also a x2 Barlow. I need long eye relief as I wear glasses for observing. Thank you, Darrell
  12. Thanks all, I really appreciate the responses. i'm short sighted and have to use glasses all the time. I can't remember my exact eye prescription however, I do recall something about -6.75. in the end I have opted for the BST 15mm only. I'll see how I get on with that eye piece and if successful, I will purchase a 10mm next month. Just waiting for clear skies now to get out. Again, thanks for the responses.
  13. Thank you all for your detailed responses. I actually wear glasses and only have vision in one eye. As a result, should I be looking at eye pieces with greater eye relied such as the BST starguiders?
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