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Everything posted by Mrbloke

  1. Whar kind of finder are you using? I struggled to find anything for ages before i invested in a Telrad. It is the best upgrade to any scope and you can move it onto scopes in future. It really made a difference in my ability to find stuff by star hopping and with plenty of free maps available, it makes seeking out those DSOs much easier. Im not saying dont think about the small goto for travelling, but it seems to be a bit of a waste of a perfectly good 200p?
  2. Yes it is weird. I was in Grenada at the beginning of the year and its odd having the moon go directly over your head and being lit up from a 'funny angle' !
  3. I agree with Phil53, its probably too much mag with a 9mm for uk skies.
  4. I wouldnt worry about them collimation process! Its a lot easier than building a refractor!
  5. Telrad. First upgrade for any scope. The Rigel is supposed to be ok too, but there are not many people that don't love a Telrad!
  6. Definitely not the coal sack, you are looking at Cassiopeia in the centre. It probably has a name but I can't find it!
  7. And here was me, hoping for some special event on my birthday later this year....
  8. That is a bit hopeful Stu, its wall to wall cloud out there!
  9. Will you be able to see anything at all through that tiny lens though?
  10. Glad to hear it, BSTs are a certainly a great first step into upgrading. The vixens look good too. If you get a hankering for more eps later on, I have placed 3 orders in the recent past for ES eyepieces from that Bresser display sale website and all have been delivered in an 'as new' state. You seriously would not be able to tell.
  11. Mmmm sodium! Actually, I like the effect. I have been wanting to stack a widefield background like this and then overlay the local foliage for a while, but cant seem to get the effort to attempt it! You have a bit of flame nebula in your first image too!
  12. My Grandfather (as a pro astronomer) Comet Hale-Bopp John Milky Way on a dark night's camping
  13. Thanks for the heads up on this, I was getting ready to go to bed with the moon so bright. Just nipped (operative word - its freezing here) out for a quick session. Not enough time to cool the scope properly, but still great views. GRS very noticeable and several bands visible in both hemispheres. I even successfully pushed the mag to x277 with a few good glimpses, but x169 gave the best overall views.
  14. If your deal does not go through and you are willing to wait, 'display item' eyepieces are often added to this site. The ES 100° 20mm is *sometimes* for sale on this site for 275 Euros (+10 Euro delivery). I purchased one from here and am very happy with it - I haven't used my 24mm 82° Maxvision since. I have seen it on offer at least 3 times in the last 8 months. The ES 100° 20mm is my favourite eyepiece in my collection and great for DSOs. http://www.bresser.de/en/Sale/Display-Items/
  15. Welcome to SGL from a fellow Surrey LP affected zone observer!
  16. Part 1 - The planets Arriving in the evening, the first thing I noticed is that the moon had moved. A lot. Instead of gliding gracefully along a mostly southern sky, it stood, bold and proud on a path directly overhead. It makes perfect sense of course, it's just not something I had ever thought about. Having had a long daytime flight to our resort, I headed for an early night to get some much needed recuperation. Waking naturally at just before 5am, I stepped out to reveal a beautiful, if only partly familiar sky. It was still dark and I could see the Big Dipper, skirting along the sea directly ahead of me - Polaris lost in the haze of the horizon. The hillside behind (due south) did not bode well for my attempts to view LMC, but that was an early evening object so would have to wait anyway. Looking up, I could see Jupiter bright in the west. Reaching for the purpose bought 10 x 50 Helios naturesport plus binoculars revealed three of its close companions escorting their host in the big black sky. The fourth must have been too close to split at the time with unskilled hands. Moving along the ecliptic, Mars was next. It's red hue apparent using eyes alone, it hung triumphantly near zenith. Then, there was Saturn. Smooth and pale cream, this is always a highlight to view. I could tell it wasn't spherical, but there was not enough clarity/magnification to see rings. Further down toward the hills, the brilliance of Venus was unmistakable. It looked pretty much full phase, and was dominating in the pre-dawn sky. Below it, a small cloud in the form of stratocumulus drifted slowly across, hiding the most elusive of our visual planetary family - Mercury. A few minutes passed and I waited with baited breath... There it was, stunning and brighter than I ever expected it to be, just below Venus. I have never observed Mercury before - it was obvious in the sky, but we are so reliant on its position, our position and the weather. I cast my eyes back to the sea and realised, to my amazement, I had completed an unplanned visual marathon of the six visible planets. Six balls of rock and gas and liquid, all moving harmoniously through the cosmos. What an amazing start!
  17. The nearest ES scope is less than half the price of this though! I would much rather have a Sumerian for my money based on this review. Most upsetting as its a considerable sum for a scope.
  18. Some new items in the display sale section including an Lunt H-alpha optimised eyepiece (I didn't even know such a thing existed until now). All bargains IMHO 100° 9mm = 200 euros 100° 5.5mm = 195 euros 82° 24mm = 130 euros 82° 18mm = 110 euros
  19. I have both Stellarium and Sky Safari 5 Pro on Ios. I would recommend waiting until Sky Safari is on offer and buying that, it feels better and more intuitive. The conversion from PC to phone for Stellarium is not the best, it loses a lot of functionatility eg limiting magnitude
  20. Congrats, a nice piece of kit. Let's hope for clear skies!
  21. A few more added: The coal sack. I might as well as I will be on the Jewel box. Alpha Centauri. Our nearest bright friend in the ether. NGC5139 Supposedly the best glob in the sky.
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