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  1. How are you finding these? I originally bought the 20mm because it was "all I needed" to fill a gap in the collection but after using it to resolve a few double stars and look at the moon I realised "all I needed" was the 14mm to get a bit extra from the viewing. I then decided that if I just got the 9mm as well I could get rid of some of my older EP's.... After looking at Jupiter last week and watching Europa transit across I just needed the 6mm to complete the collection! They're big and heavy but I think they give some stunning views and the 20mm is my favourite.
  2. I decided to have a look last night too. I don't get much luck though with planets as I work 12hr shifts so usually when we have nice clear nights I'm working and the great British weather will be cloudy when I'm off. Last night was a rare occasion when I was off, the sky was clear and we had Jupiter visible. I'm up in North Derbyshire so it was low but not too low in the sky and the atmosphere was causing the focus to be in and out, it didn't help that I was looking over roof tops! Had some really nice views, I still have the OMG! moments when looking. I saw the several bands easi
  3. Sky / atmospheric conditions can play a big part in what you see with these deep sky objects. Last week due to the warm sky, not long after sunset, village street lights, neighbours having a bbq with a massive security light on, I only saw M13 as a faint smudge with a few stars visable. A few years ago during a clear December night that had cold still air it reminded me of the closing credits of the 80s Buck Rogers TV show with all the stars :-)
  4. I decided to try the new 2” 20mm Orion LHD 80 degree range as a replacement to the 1.25” 20mm Orion Expanse that I’ve been using for the past few years, a 20mm EP in my scope gives 60x magnification and 1.33 degree true field of view. My viewing site was the usual garden spot, I live in a small village and light pollution is moderate. About 12 miles to the north is the city of Sheffield. It was early evening and even though the weather forecast gave clear skies there was some light clouds. The viewing lasted from 8-10pm viewing conditions was not the best. The targets f
  5. Hi, Its just arrived this afternoon. The width of the base is 53cm, I've not assembled it yet but had a look at the parts. The base weight isn't too bad, the classic will be a lot lighter as it doesnt house the drive motors. The tube and mirror look stunning, the 2" eye pieces are impressive! The tube isn't too heavy, its more the bulk of it. If you can get to a store or club to see a similar sized telescope and see if its good for you would be an idea. Shame i'm on nights tonight and tomorrow... any sicky excuses anyone??
  6. I've just ordered the XT10g myself so was interested in this. Looking at the videos and online documents I guesstimated it to be roughly 22" diameter. The bases look to be same size across 6 - 10" classic/I/g models. The main difference is the weight for motors. When it arrives I'll post more info. Hopefully soon
  7. Hi, Only just getting into this myself but I've picked a few things up. The planets will show detail based on a number of factors such as where in the solar system they happen to be in. Jupiter at the moment is approaching the sun so its actually at the opposite side of the solar system from us at the moment. Later on as we move around in our orbit of the sun Jupiter will be opposite in the sky to the sun so we will be much closer to it and therefore see more detail. Also the planet orbits are not perfectly circular so some years they will be closer than others. The quality of the atmosphere
  8. After two further unsuccessful viewing sessions I finally saw my first DSO. Still not managed to see M81, think the summer skies and light pollution are against me on this one. I was about to pack up for the night and I noticed the 'W' formation of Cassiopia was quite high, followed it down to Mirach (used Sky Safari as a guide) positioned up from the faint star above it and in the eye piece was a large smudge in the sky. M32 Andromeda! Spent a good 30mins looking at it, I was surprised just how large the smudge was. I wasnt able to see the arms but it was a low power 20mm EP (22.5x). Don't
  9. Well it was a no go last night. The BBC weather app definition of clear skies is different to mine. I'd hate to see what they call cloudy! Managed to get polar aligned then thick cloud came in so gave up at midnight as it didn't look like it was about to break.
  10. There is some light pollution, I'll be in the back garden so there are street lights in the village. Sheffield is about 12 miles to the north - roughly the direction I'll be pointing. Failing that I've a backup plan of M13 in the opposite direction. Seeing another galaxy is my primary goal tonight though! Later in the year I should see the Orion nebula and seven sisters (think thats the name - several stars grouped together high in the winter sky), I can't wait to see them through the scope.
  11. The forecast is now clear till midnight then partly cloudy, still hopeful
  12. Well the BBC weather app says clear skies most of the night, so I'm hoping to bag my first DSO. Going after M81 near Ursa Major, Skysafari says its +6.9mag so it should be within range of my scope. To be honest its at the top of the list for tonights best! Not had much luck so far with DSOs... lets see if I can lift 'the curse' My scope is an Orion Starblaster 4.5 EQ and I will be using 20mm & 15mm Expanse EPs to see if I can find it. I know 4.5 is a bit on the small size but I'm testing the waters so to speak.
  13. I used an iPhone last week to take some photos of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. With Jupiter I had the same exposure issues, it looks very bright but you can see the moons. The iPhone seems to reset focus, lighting etc after each shot also. Will have to try the apps mentioned.
  14. When I first viewed Jupiter I just saw the while disc with no detail. That was 26th May, each time since I've seen slightly more detail. If I use my 9mm EP I can just make out the two equatorial bands as faint lines. Get a comfortable position and just keep looking and the detail will start to show, its like when you turn the lights out - your eyes take a while to get used to the dark.
  15. I've had the Starblaster 4.5 for about 2 weeks now. I'm finding it great to use and getting some good views. The moon looks great, I saw some nice details of craters. The planets as previously mentioned do look small but you can make out detail on them. With the 6mm EP you can see venus phases, Jupiter as a disc and the moons and Saturns rings. I got a x2 Barlow with the scope and can see the cloud belts on Jupiter as faint lines and the small gap between Saturn and its rings. The 15mm EP gives good wide field views of stars, I've not seen any deep space objects yet but that's down to my lac
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