Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_imaging_challenge_banner_beauty_night_skies.thumb.jpg.2711ade15e31d01524e7dc52d15c4217.jpg

Bostonteax

New Members
  • Content Count

    37
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Bostonteax

  1. Really hope someone can help me. Briefly, I decided to ditch my EQ1 mount in favour of the SW AZ4. First problem encountered was I didn't realise I needed a dovetail mount to join scope to mount. Sought advice from FLO who suggested I needed a medium mount which I bought. I am really struggling to see how this was the correct recommendation. It seems to me to be too big. FLO appears to be sticking to its original recommendation. As you can see from the attached it's clearly too big. Can anyone help?
  2. I totally get you here. As a complete novice myself managing my expectations is proving a challenge. It would be very easy to keep spending money in the pursuit of the perfect view only to find it's not really any better, or in my case worse. Fair play to you hiking to the top of a hill in blackness!
  3. Thanks John, so I need another telescope for close up planetary stuff then ? Lol
  4. Really disappointed with the Starguider 8mm in conjunction with my refractor so it's gong back. I even tried it today in daylight and it was awful. If CA is a problem with my Startravel 102 it might just mean I can't go under 10 mm? Perhaps a 12 mm with 2x Barlow might remove the CA? Sorry but I'm really out of my depth with all this. Just seems I stumble from one problem to another lol. On the plus side I have a 32mm and 25mm which seem very good with no CA,
  5. folks, I need you to reel in your enthusiasm. I have a humble Skywatcher 102 refractor , 500m f5. I am learning about chromatic Aberration and guess it's something I will have live with. Am I right in coming to the conclusion there is no perfect telescope and set up? There is a temptation to keep spending money in the pursuit of excellence which I'm not really sure exists.
  6. I've just literally got one yesterday and tried it last night on full moon and Jupiter . Moon looked good even though full. Jupiter (fairly low in sky) was picking up some nasty Chromatic Aberration ( I didn't try any other lens last night as time was tight.) Tried x2 Barlow and image was so soft it couldn't be focused. I have 4" 500mm refractor . Tempted to send the lens back. Very disappointing .
  7. Sorry folks didn't intend to high jack Brsseb's thread. I'll move my continuing astronomy challenges elsewhere.
  8. Went out tonight with my brand new Starguider 8mm (with SW 102 500m) v excited about what I would see, but ended up a bit disappointed . Made out 2 bands and the 4 planets, but there was horrible purple fringing around the planet. I tried the 2 x Barlow but the image was dreadful. Is this inadequacy in the lens or just seeing?
  9. Lol brantuk, that might just be it. They are different lengths so I've swooped them over so I'll see how that goes . Feel daft! Many thanks
  10. Really hope you can advise. This is a photo of my eq1 and refractor polar aligned and set as though I was was viewing south outside. Unfortunately my R.A fine adjustment control sits tight against the balance weight which makes it very awkward to operate. The counterweight needs to be at the end like this. Ive tried scope on other side but the adjustment control then interfers with the underside of scope snd doesn't work properly either. I know it's not a great mount but is this normal? I've just been leaving RA control off and moving scoop with hand.
  11. RiKM thanks- I think it's a F5 scope. That might explain your head scratching ! Thanks to all for comments . Can't afford to spend a lot of money on eye pieces . BST star guide get great reviews so may opt for 1 of those .
  12. I have a SW F4 500mm Refractor and I have read (on here I think) that because my scope is "fast" I may need to buy more expensive eyepieces. What does this mean, and how does one define expensive? I've just bought Celestron Omni 32mm and it seems very good. Now thinking about a 8mm or 5mm. Need to make sure I get something suitable for scope. Any advice would be great. Thanks t
  13. I too struggle with the focus on a x2 Barlow. I have the standard one that comes with the Skywatcher 4" refractor.
  14. It's just I'm not sure where to put in on this! It's pretty big I understand and I do need to slide scope to balance it.
  15. Hi Does anyone have experience of fitting and using a Telrad with the Skywatcher 102 4" refractor? ta
  16. I had real trouble finding M31. I can see roughly where to look with naked eye but when you put a telescope on the general area it's a different story. And when I eventually find it it's a very faint fuzzy smeer. To be honest I was disappointed at start but am learning to lower my expectations! I'm now beginning to appreciate just what it is I'm looking at!
  17. Hi Nige i have bought a Celestron Omni Plossl 32 mm based on recommendations here. Only used once so far but seems very nice to use. Stunning service from FLO.
  18. Hope someone can help. Q1: on a scale of 1-10 how good is the standard x2 Barlow that comes with entry level Skywatcher scopes? Q2: is it better to buy a 8mm eyepiece rather than 'Barlow' a 16mm one and if so is there much difference in quality ?
  19. I know how you feel, I'm very new too, but I've found folk here to be extremely helpful. I got my first view of Jupiter and the four moons last night. Now to figure how to see the bands with my 4" refractor lol
  20. Ok Folks, time to decide on my first lens upgrade. Something that's affordable for someone 2 months into the hobby with a 4" Skywatcher Refractor. I have the standard 25 and 10 mm plus 2x Barlow. Think I'll go for either the 32mm Celestron Omni or the Vixen 30 mm Vixen NPL. I want a wider and sharper view. Grateful for views. Thank you
  21. Ha ha, I'm sure it is but beyond what I want to spend 2 months into new hobby! Perhaps some day.
  22. Thanks to you all for your helpful advice. I'm warming to the idea of a Vixen 32mm Ep as it seems to get good reviews. Im loath to spend too much until I'm sure what I'm doing. Priorities for me are sharpness, good field of view so that I can find my subject in context, and eye relief.
  23. Andy. What eye pieces do you use with the 102? I've just got one and feeling my way with it.
  24. Rockystar, you are a star, this might just be the thing for me! Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.