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  1. On 08/03/2016 at 14:41, John78 said:

    Hahaha thanks for the tip - I've just bought the 130P with the 2" focuser that was on astroboot, the other two for £35 looked a bit old to me - I was saving up for a 130PDS new, but for £45 and £1.50 for delivery it had to be worth the punt :)

    Now I guess I need to figure out how to collimate...

    I was looking at these as well. They will have some 130 PDS tubes in the next few days so might wait and see.

  2. 2 hours ago, LukeSkywatcher said:

    You mean for living in Dublin.........dontcha!!!!!!!

    Its still to Dublin you all come on December 8 for your shopping though ;)

    Typical , finally got my scope out this afternoon for my first view of the stars and its cloudy with more coming in from the west....you culchies have a lot to answer for !

  3. 5 minutes ago, gnomus said:

    The buyer is protected in a number of ways even when it comes to private sales.  The seller is obliged to get the goods to the buyer.  In a case of non-receipt of goods, I think you might be in some difficulty relying on this argument if the matter came before the Courts.  Tracking is there to protect the seller, not the buyer.   

    If the buyer opts not to use tracking then they take the risk involved in it not arriving. If the seller has a certificate of postage, in effect proving it was posted, then he is in the clear.

  4. 2 hours ago, Moonshane said:

    I feel this thread simply shows there are good people and bad people. Which you get depends on luck or experience. Personally if I sent something that did not arrive (or they said it hadn't) I'd feel duty bound to refund and would probably not deal with them again unless I know them and felt it was genuine. If it was a valuable item I'd ensure it arrived or was at least insured. Paypal has nothing to do with it.

    I'd be the opposite. I would generally offer them the option of tracked or not. If they choose not to pay for tracking then I just get a certificate of postage to cover myself. If it gets lost or doesn't arrive, I will have covered myself and the buyer will be at a loss as s/he has not opted for tracking.



  5. I'm in a similar boat. I got a GoTo Meade LXD75 SN6 with a Meade 4000 26mm plossl.

    In deciding EPs I got an 8 & 18mm BSTStarguider due to a lot of good reviews and a x2 Barlow

    Someone did recommend a zoom EP which is a good idea ( in hindsight)

    I've yet to get the scope out as I'm waiting on stuff to arrive.

    In the meantime I picked up a ST80 as a grab and go . comes with a 10&20 mm.its currently winging its way from Essex.

    I got a good deal on the st80 and they had no issue shipping to NI for forwarding to the Republic( postage was cheaper) 


    FLO are doing some good deals on WO EPs.

  6. 7 hours ago, baggywrinkle said:

    Welcome to SGL...what about the 3rd scope

    Considering I've only pointed my binos to the heavens so far I daren't get a third scope.

    I hope to bring my ST80 in hand luggage to Slovakia next month. 2500 feet and guaranteed dark skies  is just too tempting . If it wont fit, it'll definitely be my binos.

    My wife thinks we're having a  romantic few days away while her parents mind the kids 30 miles away  in their house :)


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  7. Finally thought I should post something here.

    I'm based in Dublin (Ireland not America)

    I finally got my first and second  scopes last week.

    After a lot of thinking, looking and advice I went against all the advice and saved myself €700 by buying a second hand scope and goto mount. 

    Next of course came the means of powering it and looking through it which was sorted yesterday.

    I'm now awaiting everything to arrive by post and the opportunity to survey the clouds in detail. I assume that's the idea since we get more cloudy nights than clear ones....it wouldnt make sense not to use it...right? 

    I'm now the proud owner of the following

    Meade LXD 75 6 inch goto

    8 & 18 mm BST Starguider

    26mm 4000 series Meade

    2x Barlow

    Celestron Skymaster 20x80

    Olympus 10x50

    Skywatcher Star travel 80... I couldn't resist a grab n go.....with 10 & 20 mm EP. :) ....on the way from Essex. 

    I now need a bigger house :)





  8. Just to update.

    I've ordered an 8 mm & 18 mm BST Starguider from skies unlimited for £49.

    Reviews seems to be fairly good so here's hoping.

    I've also got the Meade 26 mm and a 2x Barlow so I should be covered for most things.

    My new star travel 80 will also have a 10 & 20 mm.

    I'm just glad I got a good deal on my scope and didn't pay the €1000 I was initially going to pay.


    I also picked up a neximage camera for €75 

    I'm almost ready to look at the clouds in detail ;)

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  9. Tanks for the link Astro Imp

    According to it I should be getting an 8mm, 18mm & 25 mm.

    Ive checked what came with the scope. I have a Meade 4000 26mm Super Plossl.

    I've also ordered a  x2 Barlow.

    The ST80 has a 10mm & 20mm but  I'm not sure of their quality, Perhaps anyone with one can comment.

    Budget wise I suppose I'm thinking the £40-50 mark. I then need to convert that to real money  €50 - €65 (looks more painful now :iamwithstupid:

    But I reckon 2 relatively decent EPS will will make it a nice set so its not too bad. I'm reading some good things about BSG's but others may have better suggestions. Eye relief will be important.


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