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NaomiH

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  1. PS have just noticed, Agnes, Astroshop says the 4 SE weighs only 4,9 kg - I must find out how they're calculating those weights ... N
  2. Thanks to everyone for the useful information. What's the difference between an SE mount and an SLT mount - what do the letters stand for? (I'm afraid I'm very ignorant!) About the weight, I'm going on the info in the technical spec pages on the Astroshop web-site - also it might be a different/newer model I suppose? The only thing with 8 SE in the name is "Celestron Schmidt-Casegrain Teleskop SC 203/2032 Nexstar 8 SE GoTo". It costs 50% more than the Sky Prodigy, which is much reduced on special offer, but of course it's 200mm not 150m - I was looking at the Sky Prodigy S-C because as Agnes points out, the Mak is only 90mm, which seems a bit small. The Meade ETX tripod weighs 5 kg, according to Astroshop. I have mailed them to ask whether "total weight" in the telescope specs includes the tripod where there one offered with it. I have a Triton FGX-1 tripod (from Astroshop) which I use wiith my bins. It weighs 3,7kg and can carry up to 11 kg and is amazingly solid. So theoretically it could carry the 10kg Sky Prodigy. But I'd need a completely different head, I suppose? Thanks again for your help, Naomi
  3. Sorry, that reply was for Agnes, I got interrupted and didn't see Ken's post until the page refreshed. I will look at the Meade ETX as well, speed of assembly is important obviously, as well as stability, but being able to move the assembled scope and mount would be good too ;-)
  4. Thanks for the tip. I have been having a look at them. The very reputable German Astroshop has a Prodigy Schmid-Cassegrain on special offer for 999 Euros and a Maksutoff for 833 euros, both including tripod, Goto, etc. etc. And the S-C only weighs 10kg, whereas the comparable 6SE weighs 18kg and the 8SE weighs 21kg. They're both more expensive than the Prodigy too, even though they're also on special offer - but they have more in the Databank and some extra accessories ... and the 8SE is just overall bigger. I'm not happy about buying 2nd hand - I could only do it on-line, there's no market here in Lux., and there's too much that can go wrong :-( Further advice much appreciated ...
  5. Does anyone know if this is any good? It's amazingly light, which really attracts me as I have mobility problems and a lot of equipment is impossibly heavy. And it's within my budget, too. But will it really give a good observing experience?
  6. Good thing we went out yesterday, the clouds are back tonight and snowon its way. Let's hope it doesn't take another 6 weeks till the next clear night :-( N
  7. We're in Luxembourg. But they're threatening snow (again!) for midweek, so I don't know how long the good conditions will last. I'm glad we got out there tonight, maybe we can go again tomorrow (fingers crossed). N
  8. First clear night for more than 6 weeks, took significant other up to a nice hill not too far from home, with tripod and bins. Glorious, in spite of the moon, showed him all sorts of stuff, real ooh-ah moment with the Pleiades - and we looked at the moon too. It was worth the frozen fingers, it's just such a marvellous way to freeze t death ;-) N
  9. Glad it's not just me! Lovely looking (w. 10x70s) at the double cluster, M31 easily found, but no comet -- well probably too much light round here. I'll perhaps drive out somewhere darker tomorrow, but I was up at 4 am to take sgnificant other to the airport, so tonight's a non-starter. Goodnight everyone. zzzzzzzzzzzz
  10. Yes, I'll do that -- I guess it should go in the "observing with binoculars" section? N
  11. Yes, all's well that ends well, I guess. And next week I'm off to SW France -- wonderful light-free skies! But no Internet, so I shan't be posting until the end of the month. Thanks to everyone for comments, advice, sympathy,etc. Hope you all have great holidays with lots of clear skies N
  12. SCSAstro have been very helpful and have now supplied me with a parallelogram mount in just a few days, very quick shipping to Luxembourg via Parcelforce ;-) N
  13. I hadn't realised you could do that on Stellarium, thank you for this thread, hours more fun to come :-) N
  14. Well their performance seems to be very patchy, to say the least - I looked at the supplier reviews messages (I don't yet have enough posts to contribute to that) and some people had similar experiences to me, while others had their stuff delivered within 48 hours or so and were absolutely delighted! I certainly wouldn't recommend them to anyone. Naomi
  15. Yes, PayPal dispute resolution really works, had a problem with a supplier in Canada (not for astro stuff), I placed the order, they charged the card via PayPal and then instead of the shipping info there was silence. After numerous unanswered mails and phone messages I took it to PayPal, and when the supplier didn't reply after 10 days PayPal refunded my card. I've no idea whether PayPal got their money back, but at least I wasn't out of pocket! N
  16. Yes, we can do that too, once a payment has been made, if we wanted a refund, but they hadn't actually taken any money from the card (thank goodness) as the thing was back-ordered into eternity! We wanted to prevent them for instance using the card details and drawing a payment and then claiming they'd done it before the cancellation arrived, and the only way, apparently, is to change the card :-( Of course that's not to imply that we thought they were misinforming us or would do anything so dishonest, but you can't be too careful ... Anyway, it's all over now, thank goodness! N.
  17. Thanks for the link, I will check it out. I'm in Luxembourg - but the various brands and models are often available across Europe, and that's the sort of recommendation I'm hoping for ;-) N
  18. Forgot to say, it needs to be mobile, not just for home, although I *could* get something put in the garden -- but judging by how long it's taking for the pond to be dug, I won't hold my breath ;-) N
  19. No, sorry, can knit, sew, mend china, crochet, draw, model in clay ... but nothing that needs force and precision together, because of dodgy joints and also never learned that stuff when younger :-( Significant other can do that sort of stuff, but is so busy I'd be lucky to have it for Xmas, and I really need it last week ... but I'll note your suggestion for future reference, thanks. N
  20. Thanks, looks nice, but it's UK only :-( N
  21. My old tripod is too rickety for 6kg of parallelogram mount and 2kg of bins. I need something that can take about 10kg of load, so I've got a bit of a margin -- and I can't afford amazing amounts of money, although it doesn't need to be completely bargain basement :-) Any advice on models, makes, etc will be gratefully received. Thanks in advance -- Naomi
  22. This is by way of an update, with thanks to all the people who responded to my original request. I cancelled the order by registered post, including the magic words "time is of the essence", thanks for that, Astro_Baby. I received a one-line e-mail in reply. No apologies, nothing, just "confirmation of the cancellation of your order no. xxx" So they obviously couldn't care less about nearly £200 of business down the tubes. For the credit card, apparently you can't do the equivalent of stopping a cheque and just block a single transaction, so we had to have completely new cards, which was a pain and took nearly 2 weeks -- at least we could keep the PINs. Thanks to Ringz for the tip about the Virgo Skymount. It's actually made by Virgo Astronomics in the USA, and SCS Astro have just supplied me with one in less than a week They were very helpful, specifically Kieron McGrath. Now I have to replace my rickety old tripod and will need some advice there, but I will post a new thread about that. Thanks again to everyone who answered my original request for help. Naomi
  23. Thanks for the advice - and for the legal tip. Although I hope it won't come to that, as I say, they haven't charged the card or anything. But I will definitely cancel in writing and warn the credit card company. As to finding the mount elsewhere, it's made by SnS's "sister company", practically in the same building! I'll have to go back and look at the other makes on offer, and just hope someone can send something to me Anyway, wish me luck -- I'll post a "sequel" when I see how things turn out. Naomi
  24. Saw the 1 am pass too (that was about 00.07 in the UK). Just brilliant, in all senses of the word. Great photos, Briggsy -- It sure was moving! N
  25. Fine for the shallow-rooted stuff, but the taprooty things just come back from the hoe, so we dig 'em out and compost 'em ;-)I'm just off outside to see if I can pick up the next pass, starts in 5 minutes, so here's hoping. Good luck to all the other hopeful spotters out there. N
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