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Everything posted by staffop

  1. I think you can just buy a new mount if you really wanted to, don't need to replace the rest. I've an alr-az which i find very easy, but tried an EQ and was bamboozled. As it was a reflector too and all was upside down i was baffled even further. Equally, i couldn't get my head around the whole reverse east-west thing either. I haven't started long and was becoming dispirited too, but the advice above is very motivating - onwards and upwards!
  2. First thing i tried to do when i got my first scope was look for the double stars in the Plough, Alcor and Mizar, which was great and easy enough for a first timer. When i looked them up on the Starwalk app i had to zoom right in order to see them. They were still pinpricks however and there were very few stars around them - it was impossible to zoom past them. I assume this is because of a limit in its database but i assume i should realistically be able to see much more beyond this with my 4" refractor ? I appreciate this sounds daft but wondered why these stars seemed to define SW's limit
  3. I have a 4" refractor and all i've read states one should never clean the lenses of the EPs or the objective lens with any type of material - ever! However, i've also just been given a nice pair of binoculars and the care and cleaning instructions for these say it's fine to use an optical cleaning cloth or lens tissue - why the contradictory advice?
  4. Hi, just getting into this hobby and amazed by the amount of kit which is available. I have a f5 refractor 102mm aperture and was considering getting larger aperture reflector as an alternative. The Skywatcher 200 dobsonion seems to have many fans here but i noticed it's also a pretty fast scope. Chances are i'm not going to do a lot of imaging so should i avoid 2 fast scopes (regardless of the difference in size)?
  5. Hi, I recently bought a 102mm refractor but would appreciate some advice with regards transportation. If I disassemble the scope to make it easier to pack and go, I remove the EP and the diagonal but this leaves the end of the tube open – should there be a cover for this (I’m using clingfilm to try and stop dust etc contaminating the lenses when on the move….). I could leave the diagonal in place but am worried it may get damaged….
  6. Brian Cox, Brian May; lots of astronomer musicians out there but you may have to change your name to Brian!
  7. Spent an eternity researching this when i first received my new scope and plumped for the baader hyperion zoom. I've been very impressed on the limited exposure it's had, but just wish there were less clouds so i could get out more!
  8. Another SGL lover here, such a helpful community. I can see the reasons behind restricting classifieds to committed members but when i clicked on that section it stated i need 250 posts to submit something for sale. Is this only for selling or am i able to purchase now i've passed the magic half century?
  9. Thanks all, was being daft and didn't appreciate they were talking about the diameter of the tube rather than the lens - doh! Is the one on FLO all i'd need?
  10. OK, first scope, major lack of clear skies for last 4 weeks, so thought about solar viewing. I have a 102 skywatcher refractor and understand any effective filter needs to cover the main aperture. I did a quick search and the only thing i could find was this http://www.firstlightoptics.com/solar-filters/astrozap-baader-solar-filter.html Unfortunately though my aperture isn't covered. Any recommendations on alternatives which won't break the bank please?
  11. I was given a skywatcher 102 refractor f5 for my birthday as my first scope recently. After spending too much time dipping my toes in the water of this new hobby (partly due to the sheer depth of the subject and partly due to the constant cloud) i realised an eyepiece upgrade made sense. I spent an eternity prevaricating between the different types of lenses, agonising over things like pupil exit, FOV, optimal magnification and brand until my head was spinning. Eventually i opted for the Baader Hyperion Zoom and (despite the misgivings mentioned) have found it amazing - so nice not to have to spend time switching lenses in addition to the fun of zooming from mag to mag
  12. Welcome from Wales! I've just started but wow, what a great hobby
  13. Hi Dan, another keen recipient here if possible. I'm just starting out and have realised there's so much info on the net it's easy to find yourself clicking from link to link and becoming distracted - a structured approach sounds like just the ticket!
  14. Thanks all, just remembered it was Stikky Night Skies which L8-Nite recommended. After a recent dark sky outing with my first scope i realised i need to get my bearings first!
  15. Hi, apologies for starting a thread that's been visited previously but i can't for the life of me remember a title that was recommended. It's a beginners guide to recognising constellations, where you're tasked with finding a constellation and when you go on to the next page you have to find another so the night sky starts to become a coherent whole. I think it may have been aimed at children but am pretty sure it might be perfect for me! Any ideas please?
  16. Thank god it's not just me! Not got a goto but appreciate how useful it could be now!
  17. Hi, my father in law was given a new scope a couple of years back but hasn't used it as it's too complicated it's a skywatcher 200p with eq5 mount). I thought if he bought an alt-az mount instead it might be easier to use - is this possible (or advisable)?
  18. Great pic! I was at Llanthony Priory which is just on the edge of the Brecons. I realised it wasn't ideal as it was in a small valley which obscured the north and south horizons (though it did have a pub which was nice!)
  19. I thought of something like this whilst out but thought it might affect my vision so tried to keep to red light and book. I think i might sacrifice some vision for a bit and try it though as at least i'll know what i'm looking at!
  20. Thanks Brantuk, Stellarium sounds like a good plan. Why face south - my back garden is pretty much restricted to west!?
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