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  1. An enlightening comparison there Jules, I have always been tempted by a Tal 100, of either model and for the money they perform very well.
  2. I got Mobile Observatory for £4 and I find it very useful. It is well worth the money.
  3. I suppose this is really down to what equipment our budgets allow us to commit to this hobby. I have a 300P and although it's a bit bigger than the 200P, it suffers from the same built in problems. That being it's fast, and at F5 that loses contrast. Flocking the tube makes a heck of a difference, but you will need to be able to take the scope apart, put it back together and collimate it. The above advice, particularly letting the scope get down to temp makes a big difference. There are loads of mods you can do to improve the performance of this scope for a reasonable outlay. Have a look round the various DIY sections and see what is within your capability. There are few nights a year when the seeing is good, and the air is still. But when you get a good night the difference is remarkable. Most nights are like looking at a penny at the bottom of a stream, very unstable and disappointing. I went out with Ibbo a couple of years ago for a couple of hours, and we came away at four in the morning, as the seeing was near perfect. I was watching Jupiter and the movement of the moons and the GRS. Ibbo suggested a 80A blue filter, and this really brings out the GRS and band detail. I was using a 2" 26mm GSO eyepiece, and a 2" Barlow, giving around 115X. It was fairly small, but increasing the magnification took away the detail I got with this combination. I am hoping that the jet stream will move northwards, this should give us a colder and more stable air mass. This would be great if it could do this for the Xmas holidays when I can get out and not worry about it being a school day. I hope you get to see Jupiter at it's best, and with the 200P there are no reasons why you shouldn't get an acceptable look at it. The best time at the moment is early morning when it nice and high and out of the murk. Good luck and clear skies.
  4. I have had one of these for a good few years now. It saves your back no end, and I have always found it adjusted to what I wanted to look at. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leifheit-Niveau-71326-Multi-Chair-Silver/dp/B001BKYBXA/ref=sr_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1379869595&sr=1-2&keywords=leifheit+ironing+chair
  5. Hi Rob, welcome to EMS. With the 10mm eyepiece you are getting 120x magnification. A 2x Barlow will give you a larger image to look at, 240x, but the image will be a lot darker as a result. Colour is fairly difficult to see with dark adapted eye's, as the colour receptors don't work well in the dark. That said everyone is different, and we have different abilities to pick out colours. Your scope is a great first scope and will keep you busy for a good while. You may when you have the funds want to upgrade your eyepieces, but this doesn't have to be expensive to get better results. There's a whole bunch of us local to you, and have two dark sites where we meet up. You would be very welcome to pop over and say hello. http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.co.uk/ Enjoy your new scope.
  6. The mirror clips should not be tight at all, if they are even slightly tight, you will get triangle shaped stars and it will not show a good image. I was informed by a regarded scope maker, that the mirror should be free to move, not sloppy, but able to rotate by hand. I got some of the brown baking parchment, which is fifteen thou' thick and tightened the screws down to it, and then slackened them off until I could move the parchment under the clips, without it being trapped. This gives a clearance, without it letting the mirror move back and forward. If you have triangle stars, it's to tight, that was the problem I had after taking the mirror out for a clean. Hope that helps.
  7. Both good books, and the Star atlas is probably one of the best when out with the scope. You need to get somewhere dark. Set up in the evening light, so it's all ready to use when it's dark, use a red light only when it's dark, take something to drink, (non alcoholic, as it does affect night vision), sit down in a chair and wait for darkness. It will take a round twenty to thirty minutes to become dark adapted, any white light and your'e back to square one. Start with spotting the brightest stars, get to know the constellations, and as mentioned, have a scan round with binoculars. Then when it's dark have a go with the scope. I can only make out the core of M31 from my back garden, and that's it. Go to somewhere dark and it makes a huge difference. And mind the Gators!
  8. Congrats on the new scope. The circular legs not only look better, but are a lot more stable. I hope you get some clear sky to have a go with it. Get used to setting it up in the daylight, it saves no end of hassle rather than doing it in doing it in the dark. Zero in the finder scope on a distant TV aerial so that when you get it out in the dark, you know it's pretty near.
  9. Here's a link to a dark sky map that you can zoom into and move around to see if there are any places that may give you better viewing conditions. As already mentioned, think of your own security. UK Light pollution Map | Les dossiers Avex I hope you find somewhere, but if not, plan a few days out at a spot with a campsite handy and take your scope somewhere that is dark, it's worth the effort. That's when you don't need webbed feet to do it of course. Enjoy your new scope.
  10. I would say Saturn and Hale Bopp, I made a barn door tracker, and spent the Easter Sunday night out in a farmers field. (Wow 15 years ago) I got through a roll of 36 shot's, and one turned out. That made it all worth while. I still have the picture on the wall, and the negative stored safely away. This is probably my only venture to the dark side. Saturn is what got me into the hobby again, it still gives me goosebumps, Jupiter is good, but Saturn is somehow more awe-inspiring.
  11. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Kev once, his boundless enthusiasm, and willingness to help others will not be forgotten. RIP Kev.
  12. BAZ Senior


    Hi Alan, welcome to SGL. That's a great boss you have there, and a very good scope. Have a chat with these folk's, Iam sure they would prove helpful. North Lincs Astro - Home Clear Skies!
  13. I have heard rumors that more of this has been written by others, and should be on the radio like the original was.
  14. Same here, cracking value. The pages are plasticized as well, so it it doesn't turn to mush when it's a bit dewy.
  15. Here's a useful site, stick in your coordinates and time. Tick the box's for objects you wish to look for. Tonight's Sky Main Page The limiting magnitude for your scope would depend on where you are observing from, around 10 for a bright city location, 11 for a suburban one, and around 13 for a dark rural one. Make sure you don't have all the box's ticked at once, as it will drag up thousands of objects, too many for the memory to handle. I think you should save Saturn until last, it's a show stopper! Have a good one.
  16. Keep your eye's open in Aldi, they sell the intelligent chargers for around £13, and look very similar to a C-Tek one, which retail around the £40 mark. I know it's not solar, but well worth the money.
  17. A Cheshire eyepiece, to collimate it with. Not too expensive, but one of the bit's of kit on the must have list.
  18. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Go for it! Have a great time together.
  19. Me too. The smaller EQ mounts can be very frustrating. The larger aperture will get you more objects to view as well.
  20. You might find the steel tube of the scope may affect the accuracy of a compass, but also a compass does not have the size of scale to be useful enough getting you to an object.
  21. Hi Mark, welcome to SGL. Iam just down the road from you in Kimberley. There's a bunch of us locally who get together and observe, we use two dark sites. You would be very welcome to come along and see what you think. Here's our group. East Midlands Stargazers
  22. Leave it! It will be fine, there will always be bits of dust on it, and it's easy to get obsessed by it. Particularly if you used a torch to look down it, that would show every thing. Have a look at how to clean a mirror before going near it.
  23. Looks like it may be a bit windy, but keep an eye open for Saturn, it should be up by around Midnight now. Unless you already you have it, take a look on Stellarium, a very useful free program. Stellarium Stick in your coordinates, which if you are not sure, have a look for your location on google earth, set the time and off you go. Have a good one.
  24. Hi Chris and welcome to SGL. Enjoy your stay. There's a bunch of us in and around Nottingham. We have formed a local group, feel free to pop over and say hello. East Midlands Stargazers
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