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  1. I've got 6.5 mm EP and 200mm scope, and I can focus on the moon, even with bad atmosphere - I see the same as Louis D where it looks like the atmosphere is boiling, but the moon is still in focus behind it. Are you reaching the end of the focuser travel before you get to the focus point of the EP maybe?
  2. and a red light to read it by in the dark without ruining your night vision
  3. When i started to read your review, I thought you'd done it in rhyming couplets - when I realised you hadn't I had the urge to re-write it. Hope you don't mind - nice review though, glad you're enjoying your new gear I've had an idea, a costly idea, To upgrade my optics, with some criteria. I have two newts, a big and a small, The small is too small, the big is a haul. I longed for something better, compact and nice, Yet still powerful, views approaching paradise. So I set sail to the optics sea, To find a scope, that will suit just me. I have searched far and wide, Took advice from all sides. That being said, I thought ideally a; Scope similar to the Skymax familia. But a research is not done proper, Until I examine any other offer. So I searched, and searched, and learned, In every nook and cranny, some hope earned. But nothing suited, everything I despise, As my options were limited, by budget and size. Exhausted I was, hungry and cold, I yearned to take a stranglehold. So I took what I've learned, and made up my mind, Turned my sails to homeward to my own kind. After an odyssey, i came to a tear, I found myself anchoring, at the Skymax pier. 180 to heavy, 127 too light, I went in the middle, at 150 I delight. My journey at the end, a new toy in the bag, I could not wait, for first light's brag. First light came, the very next night, So did the clouds, to spoil my flight. But I made up my mind, my rig was a thrill, Waiting for the gaps, on top of Pex Hill. The gaps came and ceased, few and far in between, But I persevered, and tested my rig all keen. The field was a bit narrow, But that's okay from a mako. Collimation perfect, a textbook case, No need to touch it, I wouldn't re-base. M 42 easy, and my what a sight, Almost like my big newt, such a delight. Andromeda was also, a sight to behold, But was faded by a near full Moon all told. The Moon was blinding, but oh so amazing. I just can't wait, for further star gazing. First light was ended, by a thick layer of cloud, But with my new gear, I was ever so proud. Since then I purchased, a focal reducer, From Antares, to make my field much looser. Second light came, worse than the first, Yet perseverance once again, gave me quick bursts. Now I was gazing with an f6, At Orion's sword at 69 ticks Fitting in snugly in the view of my eye, Even Trapezium made me go sigh. This might not be the most professional review yet, But pardon me, I am an amateur still wet. To close my writing, let me quote script; “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
  4. Welcome to the forum Dave. If you haven't already, get yourself down to Heaton Park Astro club on a Thursday night. Plenty of friendly folk to lend a hand
  5. When I pack away, I take all my finders off the scope, when I refit them at the next session, they are never aligned, so it's the first job for me when setting up - takes less than 2 minutes to get everything back into alignment.
  6. I used to think the same - twice (when I first started) I made it worse by fiddling with the knobs and needed help getting it back into collimation. But now that I've done it a few times with help and had a proper walk through of how to do it, it find it pretty easy. No real help with your problem, but just to let you know that you are not alone in your frustrations and it does get easier
  7. This one - it's a allen screw, not a philips. the other four are for removing the plate which you shouldn't need to do
  8. Not quite popeye, the thumb screw will stop the focus wheels from adjusting the current position. there is a regular screw behind the thumbscrew (hidden by the thumbscrew in the phoo), tighten that up, until you can move the focuser without it slipping - i found I had to tighten it up about once every 5 or 6 sessions.
  9. I don't know the make, but as long the mirror is ok and the mount works, i'd say you've got a bit of a bargain there. welcome to the forum and keep us updated on how you get on with it
  10. I've got one of these : just red, with an adjustable brightness control
  11. It's currently visible in the early hours of the morning, from about 2 or 3 am. Come the end of March it should be visible from about 11pm and it will continue to rise earlier and earlier. It'll be visible in the evening sky until about August (i think, without looking it up).
  12. Not that I have any doubt about the above guys identification, but I said i'd post the website (for future reference)
  13. there is a website where you can upload your photos and it will identify the constellations for you; if you can do that, you can check stellarium, with your date and location and you should be able to identify it (I'm on my phone at the moment, but I'll see if I can find it when I'm at my laptop) welcome to the forum
  14. seeing colour is tricky due to the way the eye works in the dark. I think it is harder in Light polluted sites, as the eye doesn't fully dark adapt and the nebulae appear dimmer; when i go to a dark site, I find that I can draw some subtle colour from some of the brighter ones - still tricky though and you have to sit and relax and really observe it. there is a pinned thread somewhere, entitled "what can I expect to see" (I'm sure someone will link it for you soon), well worth a read. and welcome to the forum
  15. Cheers Damian, I didn't think they'd be any good - just a thought.