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  1. Over 3 years of observation in Canada (sorry wrong country ), 212x was my most used power on the moon with 8" aperture, my Newtonian can take it easily. I can go up to 286x (35.75x per inches) occasionally (moon) too but it's never has good has 212x and the image is much darker too. For stars and DSO it's variable, powers are usually in this range, 29x, 40, 55x, 80x, 143x. The longest time passed at the eyepiece would be at 212x sketching the moon 26.5x per inches of aperture. For the planets, they are very low this year so 212x is not very optimal.. I bet it's going to be 143x, 166x (or less) in 2018 for the Mars opposition this summer. I am not very tempted to invest in more power then around 200x.. but my telescope could probably handle a bit more on the moon.. (220x, 230x ?) It's not a very good instrument for the double stars so the range between 250x and 400x is not really useful for me.
  2. Home Obsy UK Build - Yew Tree Observatory

    Wow! that's a good quality observatory there, very nice, I like the telescope inside of it too 14" of pure joy. Congratulations.
  3. The BST starguiders supertest!

    Yeah definitely, I see it has a small test to build some kind of base with the starguider.
  4. The BST starguiders supertest!

    I tried some color filters lately during the conjunction, Jupiter an Jars. light blue #82a was especially effective on jupiter to pull out the bands and darker features. I need to test them a lot more.. but between the #80a, #82a and Neodymium Filter, I would say 82a and Neodymium were a bit different but equally good on jupiter. 82a will show more of the dark equatorial bands, but will show less distinction between the different colors inside the bands then the Neodymium it's worth the money. Blue 80a is interesting too but I definitely preferred the lighter blue 82a on jupiter because the beige equatorial parts were.. less blue with Light blue. I heard the #11 Yellow-green can be impressive on Saturn and Jupiter, still need to try it.
  5. I wonder if I am going to have to wait for next winter to look at winter Albiero again... My last observation was twelve days ago.. ): The little beehive, what a great cluster also.
  6. The BST starguiders supertest!

    On my 12mm I usually unscrew the eyecup (almost completely) to use it it without glasses, I would think the ER is long enough to be used with glasses, what appreciable about it is the fact that the range to see the entire field stop is very long it's possible to move my head up and down and the field stop remains visible it's always there!, thats a feature I like very much. The engineers or scientists who conceived these eyepieces were very good at what they do. 15mm would give me 67x, I already have a 18mm 55x.. it's almost a matter of flipping a coin at the beginning. 18mm seems like a more popular focal length? perhaps it's a number people will choose instinctively? For me 80x is about the limits of a power that can be used almost all the time, having a 12mm 83x and a 15mm 67x, its too close.., 18mm is a better choice for me with 55x. 12 and 18 are still a bit close but I don't dislike having the choice between 55x and 83x on a day of bad atmospheric conditions there is a difference between the 2 when the sky is poor. @wookig1965 The 25mm is great for finding objects but for me the 15mm is the gem. I often read that low power are great for finding objects.. but I like to use these low power to look at the star fields.. for me they are more then finders eyepieces.. 25mm, 28mm, 32mm, 34mm etc. I can spend some quality time using these low power eyepieces, the views are always sharp and clear. @littleguy80 I went for the extra FOV with the ES68 24mm instead of the 25mm and Baader Genuine Orthos for the shorter focal lengths. I originally thought I’d be a complete set person too but I’m happy with my choices. I do like the way a complete set looks in an eyepiece case though I would bet it's probably a better choice has I see the quality produced by of my own ES68 34mm. The 24mm must be incredible, it's very popular too. I did the same has you and bought a shorter FL KK orthoscopic 7mm for higher power but it's competing with the 12mm Starguider with the barlow because of the comfort, the quality of the duo is impressive too. Great thread after all the 8mm will be the winner of this contest.
  7. I don't know much about diagonals, i was told by @ollypenrice it's better to look trough my nebula filter then then at it I was concerned about a light film on it's surface only visible from a certain angle and lighting and which was most likely a cleaning fluid film residue. If the views are clear, then everything should be fine. Heh.. that was said previously too by Mak the Night anyways. Dave in Vermont hello!
  8. A new kind of Telescope

    Oh my, this could be then end of traditional amateur astronomy.. when they drop the price of this device. In theory.. it should show more colors then a 20" dobsonian? For the family, no need to buy 10 000$ of astro photo gear anymore to see colors or any complicated systems using DSLR cameras. When they sell this thing at Costco for $550, is it going to be a revolution in amateur astronomy ?
  9. The BST starguiders supertest!

    @mak the night I don't have to use a Barlow so it's nice and easy to use lol. I agree it's fun to be able to use just an EP without barlow, It's less trouble, better quality too.. (with the things I have) But it's surprising the 12mm with the 2x Xcel LX barlow, the eye cup of the Starguider is so comfortable I can really put it at the right place compare to the xcel LX, which is not quite long enough with Barlow. Not a big deal but inferior to starguiders. Do you like your 25mm? @Littleguy80 Wow the 8mm is the most popular so far, it's the star. I might get a 9mm Xcel LX, but it's not sure.. If I don't get it, I might consider the purchase of a 8mm Starguider instead. It would be great for me too (;
  10. The BST starguiders supertest!

    I never tried it, the Omegon or BST, but I noticed the 2x Xcel LX Barlow is doing a fine job with the 12mm Starguider, they like each other. I even prefer the previous duo then the result of my 25mm and 18mm Xcel LX, ?! with the same Barlow. Keep voting for your favorite starguider!
  11. I came up with this idea a few weeks ago, to verify which BST Starguiders are the true favorites among users. From 1 to 7, 1 being your favorite + telescope informations. Could be interesting to see the results. BST Starguider 25mm : ? BST Starguider 18mm : ? BST Starguider 15mm : ? BST Starguider 12mm: My first choice, the only one I tried yet! 200x1000 Newton F5 BST Starguider 8mm : ? BST Starguider 5mm : ? BST Starguider 3.2mm : ? I trow this into space. 2018-01-19 Update: Starguider FL changed from 3.5mm to 3.2mm (little error)
  12. Which eyepieces next?

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  13. 2017-12-28 - NGC 2287 - M41 Star custer

    @Mak the Night It seems like you found the best of every world with your Mak and ST80 telescopes, with the use of these reducers and some inexpensive eyepieces in some case. You push the limits of everything Have you tried the 14mm 82 degrees on that cluster and can you put a reducer on that one too? The Little Beehive for me looks more like in your sketch than in the SN7 screenshot. Conditions are important with observing it, it is quite colourful though and it contains a large visible Red Giant. Thanks! it's good news if my sketch is better then the SN7 I am happy to read that really. It's a very big and beautiful cluster, I think 25x should be a good power to use on it.
  14. Which planisphere?

    In 2017 I picked the David chandlers star wheel (The Night Sky). Many people think it's one of the top wheels, it has a good review, it's not too expensive, not too big. It's the only one I have ever used so perhaps other wheels could be better, possible. But So far, it's very handy, easy to use, not to hard to read with a dim red light, not too much distortion either. I like it. (40 - 50 is not exactly for UK) Goood luck! @Chris H