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  1. Thanks all for your input. Just a wee update with where I decided to position the Rigel. Only had a couple of chances to try it (typical Scottish weather). But it's A LOT easier to navigate around the sky now.
  2. I got one from Santa - absolutely love it. I was out observing the moon last night with it in my mak 127 and had a fantastic time. It took me ages to decide if it was right for me, or whether I should go for one of the cheaper svbony ones (which have decent reviews). As I was going to be using it in a mak, fov was important to me. The Baader had more fov at the 24mm than the cheaper ones. I've actually not used any other eyepieces in the mak since I got the zoom. Really glad I decided to give it a try.
  3. Hi Adam, You are more than welcome. Glad you're happy with it and that it's suitable. Congrats on sparking the interest of another budding young astronomer! Hope you both get to enjoy the experience together. I've started using the SkySafari 6 app which has an observation notebook. So far I've found it quite useful and easy to use. Cheers, Davy
  4. It's the Baader Hyperion zoom I went for - purely because it has a larger FOV compared to the cheaper ones. If I was looking for someone cheaper, then I'd probably look at the SVBONY 8-24mm one. I have a BST 2x Barlow, and it does still get used in the mak - can push mag up past 200 if splitting tight doubles (focus gets a bit difficult though) and exit pupil is small. But fine for a quick view.
  5. I'm yet to be lucky enough to use something like a 12" dob, but here's my thoughts. I know zooms aren't for everyone, and I believe the extra glass in them can impact views of DSOs. I recently got one though (the Baader Hyperion) and I really really like it. My fixed eyepieces aren't particularly expensive (compared to what is available), so I can't compare it to views through them. But it's been a real joy to use, and it's also been useful in helping me understand what fixed lengths would be useful. You can play about with the zoom on different targets, see what works best and note
  6. I've got a 30mm RACI on mine, which suits me perfectly...I do wonder how much better a 50mm would be though. The only issue I have found with a RACI over the red dot finder, is that it's quite difficult to get your first star lined up. I've actually just fitted a Rigel Quickfind as well as the RACI. I use the Rigel to get my first star, then move to the RACI to do any hoping I need. The combination works really well. From what I've read the 25mm that comes with skywatcher scopes is ok, but the 10 isn't great. Might be worth getting something in the 7.5-10mm range (which would sit in
  7. +1 for sky safari. Think I got the plus version for around £5. Roughly the cost of a pint. Easily worth it to me considering what it can do.
  8. I've found the following book quite good: www.amazon.co.uk/Illustrated-Guide-Astronomical-Wonders-Observer/dp/0596526857
  9. I can see a gap for a 4th and maybe a 5th finder! I think towards the read it the OTA makes more sense, but I was just concerned that I'd constantly be headbutting the Rigel because my 127 is obviously dinkier than your beast
  10. Interesting, I'd seen that adaptor, but didn't know if it would result in the finder being pusher further towards the eyepiece. I already clip my head on the tip of the RACI sometimes when peering down the eyepiece.
  11. Just what I need.... Another hobby. Think my wife might batter me if I take up anything else! Found a design on thingiverse for a focus knob for the mak. That's 2 things potentially worth printing (building up evidence for my case)
  12. My current setup is a mak 127 on an AZ5. I use a 6x30 RACI finder which allows me to combat the narrow FOV of the mak and hop about the sky. However I'm finding it hard sometimes to get my starting star in the RACI. Was thinking about getting a Rigel, and using that to get me in the area, the then move to the RACI to hop when the maks fov is too small. My question is: those who have a Rigel on a mak, where do you mount it? Towards the front end of the OTA, or towards the back? Pictures would be helpful.
  13. davyludo

    Wanted tripod

    Just to point out the tripod above is a 3/8" screw/bolt and the AZ4 needs an M10. You should be able to grab a 60 or 70mm M10 bolt from B&Q, Wickes, Homebase, etc.
  14. In the mak, my Vixen SLV 15mm. Can't quite put my finger on it, something about it that is just really pleasing to my eye. In the ST102, has to be the Aero 30mm. Just because you feel totally immersed in the view. Whispers: "I've just got a shiny new baader zoom and am slowly falling in love, but shhhhh. I don't want to get shouted at."
  15. davyludo

    Wanted tripod

    Hi Adam, I'll PM you and we can work something out. Cheers, Davy
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