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About brantuk

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  1. Trying to compensate for something

    I've used a 24" dob on a small step ladder with a wide base (standing on rung 3 or 4 and leaning on the top of it) and tracking's not that bad to be honest. You only have to move the ladder once in 15-20mins and panning around is like moving a large circle over a steady background. It takes 7 or 8 mins for an object to move right across the view. It's a quite different experience to using smaller apertures that require constant nudging every 20 seconds or so. The chap I was with was sketching a comet and he had plenty of time to absorb the view and pop down to his desk to record it.
  2. Getting more from sessions

    Hi banders - my suggestion would be to obtain a copy of "Turn Left At Orion". It gives you a list of your first 100 objects all in seasonal order, along with finding instructions, an image of what it looks like so you know what you're looking for, and some interesting facts and figures for each one. If you want to make a sketch then that's great - you can then compare your sketch with the pic in the book. Hope that helps.
  3. The 130p, being slightly larger aperture, will allow you to see deeper into space so you'll be able to view more objects. That said however, they are both regarded as small aperture beginner scopes and best views will be of the brighter objects. The dob is quick and easy to set up and use and light 'n' easy to transport if you find a darker area to observe from. You will have to nudge it up/down and left/right to track objects. The 114p is on an eq mount - so you'll need to learn how to do a rough polar alignment which, once done, allows you to track mostly by twisting the flexi cable knob in one axis only. You will only need an occasional tweak of the other axis knob. It takes a little longer to put the tripod, head, and scope together - but we're only talking around 10 mins set up time, give or take a few. And as pointed out above, you'll want to be a little more choosy with add on eyepieces. Not a lot in it really despite being fairly different mounts - but for a total newbie I'd favour the 130p dob for an easy going intro to the hobby. Hth
  4. Kelling Pitch for sale

    Confusion all sorted out - pitch now sold. Mods this is now completed - please move to sold section thanks.
  5. Kelling Pitch for sale

    Still for sale - due to a misunderstanding caused by me d'ohhh.
  6. Kelling Pitch for sale

    Under offer pending payment.
  7. Kelling Pitch for sale

    Thanks guys.
  8. Auction telescope: Bargain or junk

    If the dent has affected the collimation it'll be a pig to put right. Gotta hammer out the dent and get the corrector plate and secondary mirror properly aligned. Not a task I'd care to undertake - it needs the right person with the right skills really.
  9. Kelling Pitch for sale

    Pitch still for sale - only 5 days to go now.
  10. Modifications to my 200P Dobsonian

    Nicely modified scope - welcome to the "dob mods" club.
  11. Kelling Pitch for sale

    Ten days left for any last minuit takers to secure a bargain. (Also on ABS now).
  12. Kelling Pitch for sale

    Getting closer to the big push..... make me an offer now to avoid disappointment.
  13. Ok Craig I'll take it thanks - is bank transfer ok? Can you PM me your details please?
  14. Ebony Star alternatives

    Hi Adarsha - I don't know where your buddy in the States is, but Dennis Steele in CA is a professional dob builder/modifier and I'm sure he'd be able to help you out: http://www.dobstuff.com/contactus.htm Hth