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Philip R

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    the Tupolev Tu-154/x (NATO name: 'Careless') * shortwave radio listening SWL/DX * Hi-Fi * ukulele * yo-yo * frisbee * kite flying *
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    somewhere between... 51.43N, -0.93W
  1. Hi @pidgeyjake and welcome to SGL. If you do a lot of travelling between Geneva (GVA) & London (LDN), then I too think the Mak will be a good choice and it is just within the 'airline/airplane carry-on' rule if sensibly packed. I have a Meade backpack/rucksack ---> for transporting my 're-modded' ETX105 and a few eyepieces + accessories, (the mount and tripod gets packed in a suitcase/other), if I am relying on aircraft or public transport, etc. The are a few downsides to owning a Mak. Below is a few... notorious dew-magnets - a dew-shield is a must have accessory. take a longtime to cooldown - I usually leave mine for 30-40minutes minimum. narrow field of view. Another popular portable 'scope that has good reviews is the SkyWatcher Heritage 130p Flextube - https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html. BTW - my review of the review of the Meade backpack/rucksack is here...
  2. Orion Optics UK... https://www.orionoptics.co.uk/ +44 1782 614200
  3. Hi @astronoam and welcome to SGL. Unfortunately the two major gas giants, i.e. Jupiter & Saturn are low down for Northern latitudes for a few years more, so views are far from perfect. I too am no expert on this, but here is my view/opinion. I once said to myself, years ago, I would never purchase a zoom eyepiece [the TeleVue Nagler 3-6mm zoom was an exception] I did purchase a 'cheap' 7-21mm zoom from AstroBoot. Many zoom eyepieces, the AFOV tends to get narrower with higher magnifications at shorter focal lengths. However, for 'grab & go' or to experiment different with focal lengths, they give you an idea of what a fixed e/p length can deliver magnification wise before purchasing a 'fixed' length e/p. <--- my 'cheap' 7-21mm zoom. <--- the TeleVue Nagler zoom.
  4. Well done @Nigella Bryant. To quote a well known supermarket chain... "Every little helps!"
  5. @surfindogg's AYO mount and case.
  6. You could always get another moon filter and you then have a variable polarising filter, (bearing in mind they do come in various strengths depending on the brand, so try and get the same type that you already own), or buy one ready-made. Below is the variable polarising filter I use... ...or you could get a Baader neodymium filter. I call it the 'Swiss Army knife' filter as it does almost everything for visual observing. It is only when you are viewing some DSO's or astrophotography you may require specialist filters.
  7. Binoculars... My view looking East. I have to put up with this!
  8. Very nice. I am planning to do some too at some point. Are you using the Star Analyser 100 (SA100) ? What software are you using for the processing of the spectra ? BTW - if you want to get a screenshot within MS-Windows, press and hold the 'Windows logo' and 'Prt Scr/Sys Req' keys. The screen will dim or flash for a second when done. The image will be saved in the Screenshots folder and named 'screenshot (xx).png'
  9. Anyone tried one of these? I have no idea how this is going to perform... good or bad, (review to follow), but at under £35.00GBP inc. P&P from China , I thought it is worth a punt. I am just reading the instructions leaflet and setting up on a smartphone/tablet... says it is 2.0 megapixel CMOS.
  10. I have been there too, but don't tell everyone! Seriously... one thing I like about the Baader Planetarium filter storage boxes/cases is the ability to stack them together 'side-by-side' or 'over & under'.
  11. At least you will be able to witness the transit of Mercury on 11th. November [2019] ...weather permitting.
  12. Hi guys. I use the Lunt solar wedge with a TeleVue Ranger, (image below), which is a 70mm semi-achromat. The reason I opted for the Lunt was the pre-installed/built-in ND3.0 filter. I find it is a lot safer than using a full aperture or off-axis solar filter. I used it with a variety of eyepieces with and without a 1.6x screw-on lens or a 2.8x Barlow lens without any issues. Though I am not sure though about the use of extender lenses. Hopefully someone can answer this.
  13. @quaoar - question: do you plan on processing them with PIPP, Registax, Deep Sky Stacker, etc? I enjoyed both of them by the way!
  14. +1 ...as above. Maybe a 'rocket' blower may dislodge it and a lens brush. I would not use or trust an aerosol can of compressed air on it as the propellant does/may leave some residue. BTW - nice image!
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