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Everything posted by Commanderfish

  1. Pretty sure it's now available under different branding: https://www.directnine.uk/products/astromania-fully-multicoated-2-untrawide-80-degree-eyepiece-for-telescope-f30mm
  2. Anyway, the question is: is there a reason to get a 2" prism rather than a 2" diagonal, other than getting a shorter light path?
  3. I would certainly like the option of using binoviewers at low to medium power on larger objects like open clusters, Orion's sword region including M41, maybe even the Pleiades/Beehive etc. Pan 24s at native would give 2.2 degrees at x31 in the FC100DC/DF.
  4. Hi everyone, Has anyone managed to bring binoviewers to focus with the DC or DF using a Baader 2" BBHS PRISM? Just trying to work out what to replace my diagonal with. I have a 1.25" Tak prism, I need a lightweight 2" diagonal for my EPs. I was simply going to go with a lightweight 99% dielectric like the Explore Scientific one I had before. Is there any reason to buy a 2" prism over a 2" diagonal when I know I can bring my 2" EPs to focus with a 2" mirror and bring the binoviewers to focus with a 1.25" diagonal? Cheers, Fish
  5. What do you think of the stock focuser in the DZ, Mike? Have you kept it?
  6. Actually I meant to ask, are you able to bring binoviewers to focus without a GPC or Barlow in the DZ?
  7. That's a great idea; I have a spare twin knob clamp, I will swap it onto that mount...
  8. I would like to stick with FLO due to all the support on this issue, but RVO are saying July before they get any DCs anyway. Haven't tried wide-screen centre.
  9. I agree. One problem, the wait time for DFs is measured in months. I actually wonder if they're making any more now the DZ is out.
  10. Very very helpful Mike, exactly the input I needed. When you say the DZ is shorter, I guess you mean shorter when stowed? That's not an issue for me as I have the 76DCU for air lines. Presumably when in use the DZ is longer than a DC - is this noticeable? I am getting bored of kneeling down to observe the zenith (using a 127/952 Apo) and the FC-76 is wonderful as it doesn't have this issue. This is leaning me back toward a new DC.
  11. Vixen, but I believe it was user error rather than the dovetail. It slid when elevated as the clamp was too loose. I may have loosened the clamp when I meant to loosen something else. Too many things needed adjustment at the same time...
  12. Yes, a grass lawn would have been far more forgiving a suspect.
  13. Yes, my willingness to throw money at Flourite has increased I didn't really even consider the DZ before due to price. Also having had a DC, it's nice to buy a different model. But the DC/DF are lighter with shorter tubes, very practical.
  14. Will they ship to you in Canada? Might be worth it for some items....I've got things from Ontario Telescope before.
  15. I've actually decided that whichever scope I buy, I won't replace the entire focuser with a Feathertouch. I might put an FT pinion on, but not a whole focuser. This is for cosmetic reasons. So then I need to decide whether the DC has enough travel. It does have enough for all my 2" EPs, but once I put on binoviewers with a Tak prism I might need more back focus? This can usually be solved with extensions though... Just wondering is switching from 2" to 1.25" prism and binoviewers will.be a nuisance.
  16. I had accidental cover which not all policies have, it wasn't a named item, but it didn't fall under any of the categories of items to which a limit per item is placed, e.g. laptops only covered to £500, glass collections limited to £1000.
  17. Dovetail slipped from the clamp. Tube rings remained very secure and have actually survived with minimal cosmetic damage The rings actually protected most of the tube from damage, problem is the objective is actually in the dew shield so not protected. In this respect the DZ might be slightly more robust as I believe the dew shield slides over the objective? So possibly more protection?
  18. The end of the world. My brand new Tak FC-100 DC slipped from its clamp (presumably too loose) while I was setting up a finderscope. The scope suddenly hit the wooden living floor with a sickening shattering sound. The Flourite element smashed on impact. Other items were damaged too. This is the only scope I've ever damaged more than minor cosmetic scratches. Oddly enough it looks like the glass front element did not crack but the Flourite died on impact. Ian at FLO has offered superb support throughout the process and helped me evaluate the damage - scope is beyond economic rep
  19. They can't legally charge EU/German Vat to a consumer in the UK and pay it to the EU/German revenue. They can charge Vat at the local rate (19pc in Germany I think?) and then use that to pay HMRC for part of the UK Vat. The customer should then be charged the difference, plus the customs charge (I think that's 4pc for telescopes and accessories) upon import (courier has to handle this if not already done by retailer). If the customer gets charged twice, someone has made a mistake, either on filling the customs paperwork or the processing thereof. This is not surprising in the first
  20. There isn't any EU Vat, it's UK Vat as the consumer is in the UK. Large companies outside the UK have to charge the customer the UK Vat rate and pay it to the UK HMRC. Small companies don't have to do this, but the tax rules still apply the same; if the order is over £150 the Vat has to be charged, but is charged at point of import by the carrier. It sounds like what's happening here is not fully compliant. A common way round for small companies is to under declare the value of the goods. I'm not saying that's what's happening, but something is...
  21. I wonder how astroshop.eu are doing this for orders above £150? Or is it only for orders below £150..?
  22. There's also the fact that we've dropped out of the EU Customs Union (meaning VAT and duty are now chargeable from the EU even on second hand goods). The real shocker is that buying second hand goods from outside the country is now subject to 20 per cent VAT and 4 per cent customs duty, also chargeable on the shipping! Personally I've found it really annoying that buying from TS in Germany is now subject to Vat. The one exclusion is where the sale is less than £150 (because that is covered by the EU-UK trade deal) - I've tested this with an order for £103 and wasn't charged Vat or du
  23. I had an Evostar 120 non ED and that was either 4.5 or 5kg. But the bigger issue is the length, undermounting leads to vibration on these 5" fracs.
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