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  1. I have the 250px (solid tube...it's my avatar), upgraded from a 130p which is similar to your current scope. If you are able-bodied then you will probably be able to lift the tube and mount together. You can get some excellent deals on it if you are willing to wait til one comes up 2nd hand - they do so fairly regularly. I got mine for £155 on ebay - nearly 1/3rd of the new price and it's in very good condition. Patience is key, but if you're going new then there are usually some discounts around in a month or so on a lot of astro sites so it might be worthwhile holding off for now and doing some more investigation. As for EPs, you should obviously be mindful of whether they will work in your upgraded scope. I've heard before that the LX's aren't great with fast(er) scopes and the BST Starguider range, although a bit cheaper, actually perform better. Again, there are many better quality EPs around the 2nd hand market, some going for great prices. 2nd hand astro gear tends to be well looked after, but obviously be cautious as you would with any used buys. Clear skies :-)
  2. It wasn't a dig Olly, I've no doubt that what you posted is entirely correct as you obviously know your stuff, it was more just a general comment that these type of posts fly right over my head every time. I've tried to understand a few of them over the months, but all I end up with is a sore head. I really doubt that I'll ever 'get' AP.
  3. This is how I envisage my observing reports to be in 10+ years. For now, I'll mostly waffle....:-) Great report John, as always!
  4. Glad you got sorted Paul, this place is an absolute gold mine of information. Enjoy what you have for as long as you can, but beware aperture-fever. It's rife around these parts ;-)
  5. I've no idea where I first came across it but I saved it and refer to it often mate. It's easily one of the best snippets of info I've come across ?
  6. I've got it saved on my phone, Dropbox, pc etc just in case :-) It's very handy.
  7. I got a smudge on my 15mm gold-line, from watering eyes. I thought it had dewed up til I got it in to the light and realised. Knowing what people are like with optics I was a bit frantic...it only cost £20 but still, I'm on a budget and I like it...so I got to googling. Eventually came across a discussion (on CN I'm sure) where people recommended wrapping a cotton bud in a spectacle cleaning cloth and very lightly wipe it using small cicular motions outwards from the centre to the edge. After the first try, the centre was free of grime and only a small bit remained at the edges. Another try with a clean part of the cloth and and all of the residue was gone. Had I damaged the optics? The proof was in the pudding next time i took it out...it was in A1 condition optically again, stars were pin sharp. Basically, anything non-abrasive and plenty of care should be enough.
  8. As an aside, I always like to add this pic to posts of this nature (even though the OP is well-versed with how magnification works in respect to EPs, FL, etc...)
  9. I love posts like this. They remind why I will never touch AP with a bargepole :-P
  10. Thanks for the replies everyone, I'll hold off for the 9x50 RACI. It'll be my next purchase anyway so it'll be Christmas or earlier, and my Rigel and 9x50 are perfectly fine for now. I realised also that the views through finders in my books are always illustrated using a 9x50, so it makes sense to not step down as it'd only confuse me ;-)
  11. At the moment I'm using the stock 9x50 straight through finder on my 250px. I've been wanting to upgrade to the 9x50 RACI, but yesterday I came across these Seben 6x30 RA finders for £13.99 (!!!!) brand new from Seben themselves. Has anyone got any experience of these? Would a 6x30 RA be better to use than a 9x50 straight through? Also, forgive my ignorance, but does an RA finder always show a corrected image or would it be identified as RACI rather than RA?
  12. For sure! And a certain John Dobson (RIP) who was a real pioneer in opening up astronomy to the masses. Such simplicity, and yet had he not discovered his diy mount would this hobby be as accessible and widespread as it is today? Someone eventually would have designed something similar, but I can't help but feel it'd still be in its infancy and out of my reach. I didn't even think there'd be a big market for 2nd hand optical equipment for exactly the reasons you've described @davyludo. I was extremely apprehensive before I took the plunge on my 10". There is such conflicting information about how much dust is acceptable on mirrors, etc and you can only see so much from photos. I then started hearing about people who use mirrors with cracks and chips that they simply black out with Matt tape and I had the realisation of how simply the optical train works in Newts - if it can show you a reflection then it can show you a DSO, basically. It'd need a helluva lot of grime before I'd go near the optics now. Us amateurs tend to be very careful with our equipment. I'm not the most careful person in general if truth be told but even my wife remarks about how I treat even my most basic astro equipment like a precious China doll. These days, I'd have absolutely no qualms about buying 2nd hand from a member on here :-)
  13. A Skywatcher 250px :-) I still pinch myself that I got it so cheap lol.
  14. We're all on a budget, right? Some more than others, but still.. I started with a realisation that astronomy was within reach, and have slowly built from a basic 2nd hand reflector to a 10" Dob. From stock eyepieces to a couple of nice 2nd hand purchases from other amateurs. From a book to a small library, all again 2nd hand. My 10" Dob cost me £155 plus petrol to Manchester. I'm proud of my kit, and amazed that it has given me so much. Astronomy doesn't need to be financially reaching for the stars :-)
  15. Sorry if this is a daft question, but is this a RACI finder? Only, the description mentions only right angled....
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