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Norfolk star gazer

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  1. £2 torch from a leading supermarket and used the red cellophane from a £1 pack of mini babybel. Total cost £3 and I got to eat some cheese ?
  2. 4 out of 5 here this morning as well at around 7. Mercury not quite up yet. Wish I had got up early as perfect blue skies.
  3. I haven't looked at that brand before. Something to consider
  4. Found this on Altair Astro. http://www.altairastro.com/kendrick-eyepiece-box-heater-pad.html
  5. Dave My scope is a 10" skywatcher with a focal length of 1200mm. EPs 5mm Altair Lightwave LER flat field (55 FOV) 7mm. Celestron x-cel LX 10mm unbranded super 10 that cam with the scope 25mm unbranded star guider 27mm BST Flat (53 FOV) 32 unbranded plossl (50 FOV) I also have a really cheap set (Less than a £10) and that has a 4, 8, 12.5 & 20. 2 x Barlow (celestron) 3 x Barlow (Altair ED) I have worked out that by using the 2 x Barlow with what I would consider to be the good EPs (5, 7, 25, 27 & 32) that I have. 2.5 3.5 5 7 12.5 13.5 16 25 27 32 With the 3 x 1.67 2.33 8.33 9 10.67 With the 2 + 3 Barlow together (not sure if advisable) Only the 25, 27 & 32 would worth being barlowed and would give. 5 5.4 6.4 So probably not worth it. I summary, I guess i have a good range already, but thought that unbarlowed EPs were best, or is that not much difference? Maybe a decent 20mm (70 FOV) would fill the gap between 16 and 25 and if barlowed to a 10 would fit between 7 and 12.5? If I do need to buy some more, then I would prefer to spend less than £60 per EP. I could sell some if required I guess.
  6. I sort of came to the same conclusion on Sunday morning and spent from 4.30 to 7.00 just looking at Jupiter. Most of the time was spend switching EPs, dodging clouds,clearing the dew and going into the garage for a quick warm up. I did notice that occasionally the skies were so clear that even at 3mm I got a very good view and could make out the bands in great detail, but sadly it didn't last that long and by the time I saw the GRS it was getting light, so lost the contrast.
  7. My scope is 10"and I understand the logic of using a lower mag ep and the quality is much sharper with a 5mm, but a bit too small to see the spot. I might not be giving myself enough time to acclimatise to a new piece and keep changing them to get a bigger image.
  8. The 2x Barlow came with the scope, so probably basic, but I also have a 3x as well (from Altair Astro) so most likely a good one. To add more to the mix, I also have a good 27 and 32, so 2 x barlowed will make them a 13.5 & 16 and the 3x makes them 9 and 10.66, so overall I probably do have a good spread already. I have mainly been looking at planets so far, but want to move to DSOs and not sure what I would need. I will need to make a list of what I have.
  9. Focal length is 1200. I was looking at Jupiter sunday morning with a 7 (barlowed to a 3.5) but it was a bit much mag and my 5 was not enough, so I though a 4 would be a good bet. if there isn't much difference between a 4 and a 5, then would you suggest a 9 / 4.5 or a 10 as I don't have anything decent between a 7 and my decent 25! Just trying to get a wide range for all types of viewing.
  10. I seem to be buying a lot of EPs recently and then thinking maybe I should have thought it through. My dilemma is that I want a 4mm for planetery (about the limit for my scope) and a decent 10 for DSO, but already have decent 5 (so no point in getting 10 and barlowing to a 5) Would I be better off getting a 9mm and Barlow to a 4.5 or an 8 and Barlow to a 4? Would an 8 be worth getting considering I already have a 7.
  11. I was thinking the same this morning at 6am when my case was dripping wet and each EP I took out needed wiping. I did try to keep the lid shut when possible, but was constantly in and out of it. Couldn't think of an electrical solution (apart from a hair dryer) so was thinking that maybe something portable that can be heated prior to going out and keeps warm during the session could be fixed inside the lid. It would have to be something flat so that the lid shuts. Ideally the thing can be microwaved (just in case you need to reheat it quickly) so was thinking about a heated pad of some sort. I'm sure that I nave seen them somewhere (heated neck pad maybe?)
  12. Thanks. very helpful comments and the video made it clearer. Will have to search for some others. I assume that once it's all connected and I have the object in sight (say Orion Nebula) that I can't just take a quick photo and expect it to come out like taking a normal photo and that it would need processing (ie on a computer etc) as you menetioned lots of short exposures.
  13. Thanks. I gave it a quick blow dry on a low setting as suggested and it cleared in minutes. Just left with a slightly dirty mirror that has accumulated some dust. Nothing major like a dead fly, so nothing to affect the view too much. When I'm feeling brave, I might give it a clean, but know that isn't easy!
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