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Paz

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  1. I got the standard version and use it for solar and night time but I find it heats up in the sun quite a bit. I sometimes wonder if the solar version is cooler in the sun as it's white on the outside but just as good in the dark as it's black on the inside.
  2. I've used binoviewers for the last couple of years and have a good set up with Maxbright II's. However it took a long time and a few different binoviewers before I got it working for me. I find anything not too faint is as good or better in binoviewers. The downside for me though is they make a higher workload because you are having to think about and change over more things, there's more weight so balancing is tougher, and I don't have the ability to grip a binoviewer hard enough to be able to point a binoviewer out to the side without it slipping down, so I have to have them pointing straight up which isn't always ideal. I agree with the comments made about set up being critical, getting the collimation right, the focus on each eye right, and things like making sure you line you eyes up accurately with each eyepiece all matter a lot.
  3. When I got my first ever scope I thought something was wrong and after some research I thought it had astigmatism. But after further research and testing I worked out it was my eyes not the scope. That was the first I realised I had astigmatism! I have a televue dioptryx, and the views are great and the optical quality is better than my specs but there is a challenge with it in keeping the dioptryx aligned correctly if you are rotating your head compared to the eyepiece. This is easy if you are observing a bright star as you can tell when it's right, but if you are looking at something faint or extended it's not so easy. Putting an alignment marker on the dioptryx can help but then seeing that in the dark becomes the challenge.
  4. I dropped down from 10x to 8x and enjoy that a lot more. I also switched from porro prism to roof prism and smaller apeture (42mm) just to have something more compact that I would be more likely to carry/use. This has paid off and I'm very happy with 8x42.
  5. I had a look at this today, the first solar outing I've had in a while and having become accustomed to seeing not a lot in white light over the last few years due to the solar minimum any kind of white light action still feels like a nice surprise. I had a go at measuring the big spot's diameter (penumbra) with a microguide eyepiece and also by timing it drifting off the edge of the field of view. I made it about 52,000km across with the microguide and about 38,000km across by drifting. Not very accurate then I guess, even if I managed to do the maths correctly which isn't certain, but it's good fun to try and work it out. I think drifting is likely to be closer, I wasn't using tracking which makes the microguide tough to use.
  6. SGL was the only online forum I was on for a hobby for a long time so it was normal to me and I didn't have anything to compare it to. Now I do have some other forum experiences to compare it to and none of them are of the same standard.
  7. Welcome back to you also!
  8. It is an unusual hobby and most people know nothing much about it - as with you I find if I point out something to people they think it's interesting/different. Once when out on a trick or treat night it was clear and a conversation about the stars started up between some parents. Someone said I did astronomy so someone else pointed to a random star and asked if I knew what it was, it was Vega which was is well known if you do much observing, but they didn't believe me and right in front of me checked it out on an app on their phone to see if I was right!
  9. I have been away from the forum for a while having sunk under the pressures and responsibilities of life in general and having no energy left for observing. After a recent enforced spell of rest / reflection whilst having Covid I had time to think about what I do and don't want to do with my time and getting back into observing is high on my list. I've spent a bit of time on other forums relating to completely different hobbies that better suited my circumstances recently, and have to say having done this for me SGL is the finest corner of the internet that I have experienced. Lots of friendly and knowledgeable people, high standards of conduct and moderating, and an overall consistently enjoyable place to be. I am glad to still see many familiar names and although I may be relatively quiet I look forward to hanging out again in the visual observing forums and reading about people's observing adventures.
  10. I think the AZ4 wins on rigidity but personally I preferred to use a Vixen Porta 2 that is I think similar in nature to the AZ5, only for the benefit of the slow motion controls and accepting a bit less rigidity. ...but I would often use scopes arou d the limit of the porta 2 and wanted less vibes without losing slow motion controls so eventually I got a Skytee 2 and I have never looked back. There are even better mounts than the Skytee 2 but I've found it does everything it is supposed to very well and I don't experience mount-envy.
  11. I just read the OP and got excited thinking "what comet is this! did I miss something?!" then page down and realise the date!
  12. Nice photos. I saw this yesterday, the biggest spot I've seen myself on the sun in a long time.
  13. Very nice scope, I hope to get something similar eventually.
  14. I'm aware of the expensive brands for birding bins but have never dared to try them myself. I settled for some Opticron bins which are epic compared to any other bins I've looked through and I want to keep it that way, I don't want to be deflated by experiencing anything that does even better.
  15. Apologies I have somehow repeat-posted but don't know how to delete duplicates.
  16. This is it in a nutshell. I don't do AP but being on SGL I come across enough threads that discuss AP to get an insight into why many people do. I certainly find that people who don't do astronomy pretty much unanimously don't understand why I hang out in the cold and dark often looking at barely perceptible things.
  17. This is it in a nutshell. I don't do AP but being on SGL I come across enough threads that discuss AP to get an insight into why many people do. I certainly find that people who don't do astronomy pretty much unanimously don't understand why I hang out in the cold and dark often looking at barely perceptible things.
  18. This is it in a nutshell. I don't do AP but being on SGL I come across enough threads that discuss AP to get an insight into why many people do. I certainly find that people who don't do astronomy pretty much unanimously don't understand why I hang out in the cold and dark often looking at barely perceptible things.
  19. Welcome to solar observing! You are wise being cautious in getting the hang of it.
  20. I would expect the maksutov to give better views due to aperture. It would be slower to cool down but it's small so that wouldn't be a big problem. The mak is also compact so good for storage and good for less vibes when on a light mount.
  21. Nice report, I agree doubles are great targets, easy to observe all year round, you don't need a dark site and there's so many you can always find good ones that are easy to star hop to.
  22. Well done getting your daughter to have a look, I think that's a big achievement when you are competing with social media time! It's very rare that I get anyone in my house to have a look at anything, the last time was a shadow transit of Jupiter, I made that sounded interesting enough to get my boys out but only briefly!
  23. I think you are on the right track with 8*42. I only use one set of bins for everything, they are 8*42 and I've been very happy with them.
  24. I have bought less astro stuff during the lockdown, but mostly because I have got most of the things in my hit list at the moment. It has been interesting watching the impact on supply - I've noticed exactly the same issue in a number of other hobbies where I have been buying things and often it's either a long wait and/or a high price if you want to get something.
  25. I've had a Skytee 2 for a year or so and I'm a big fan of this mount. At home it has taken over and I almost never use my eq5 (the eq5 is better for tracking but more workload to set up and use) or Porta 2 (the Porta 2 is lighter but is not as rigid). I'm jealous of the higher spec mounts like the Rowan but actually the Skytee does everything I need. I would add though I initially bought a second hand example that turned out to be absolutely knackered from use/abuse so it went back and in the end I bought new and have been very happy with it.
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