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  1. Hello I would go with a 120ed. A good 120 ed is difficult to beat IMO. You still have great portability for the average Joe ,fine to handle in regards set up time and effort, and cool down time not excessive ( and you don't have to splash out on a heavy duty mount). But a 120ed is a great aperture to deliver some great views. Also a big plus there are some top quality 120ed on the market for sensible money. And I have added binoviewers on my 120ed , and a real worthwhile investment. Great for Luna IMO. Hope this helps ☺
  2. The" Sky at Night" , Sunday evening on BBC Four at 10.40 NASA's New Horizon probe notches up another historic first, as the first Kuiper belt fly by . And an encounter with a chunk of rock and ice around four billion miles from Earth Enjoy☺
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    SW ED's Top end?

    Nice read Mike Always great to read about other peoples experience of their travels through their scope history. You have been through some top quality optics Mike , that have cost a small fortune. And to put the SW ED scope range in with these type of scopes with such great results, is praise indeed. A man who has been their and seen it . I think the lesson that can be learned from Mike's experience. Is if you want a top draw Apo , but on a budget then the SW ED range is going to give you quality optics without breaking the bank. That is my experience with my SW 120ed , such quality at modest cost
  4. The Sky at Night Sunday on BBC Four at 10 in the evening This month the team travel on the largest flying observatory in the world. In a specially converted Jumbo jet, flying on of California. Hope you enjoy ☺
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    Best "Space walk" eyepiece for 200p?

    Hi. The eyepiece that I have used and own , and find great bang for buck . Is the William optics UWAN 28mm. I understand the Skywatcher Nirvana 28mm is in essence the same eyepiece. These have great optics, good eyerelief with a fov around 82d. These do come up second hand and are well under your budget, IMO are great alternative to the higher price eyepieces. The best wide field views I have ever had ,do not involve a telescope. Some of the best "Space walking experience" is when I have been traveling back at night ,and pull over in a truly dark sight , and look up. Mark one eyeballs do really produce the goods in the right conditions ,when dark ink black sky's are available, clear of clouds, and you see a sprinkling of stars across the Sky's and the silver ribbon of the Milky Way is just such a Woow moment. . Mark one eyeballs can really produce such an amazing experience.
  6. New " Sky at Night" Sunday evening at 10 Space Britannia A look at Britain's attempt to be a major player in modern space projects Hope enjoy
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    Show Us Your Dob.....

    Great scope. I have an 8" newt as well as the 14" Dob. The 8" really is a great performer, especially at a dark site. The 8" does really take some beating as the best bang for buck scope
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    Heads up " Sky at Night " Sunday

    Here is a reminder for yourself Dave and all the other SGL members. On this evening gents and ladies
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    Show Us Your Dob.....

    A 14" Dob in a box, love it Stu
  10. The Sky at Night , Sunday evening at 10 on BBC Four Expedition Asteroid A look into one of the most difficult feats of space exploration, as the US and Japanese try to bring a piece of an asteroid back to Earth Hope you enjoy ☺
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    Have you ever lost your "motivation"

    Just because you don't use the scope as much as you want then don't see this as a negative. Part of the enjoyment i get from this hobby for me is the stress free I get from the relaxation of astronomy. If the scope is out so be it, but life does get in the way . There are many times when out and about, just looking up at the night sky with mark one eyeballs going through the constellations if only for a short period of time is great. Don't beat yourself up for not getting the scope out more if you are unable. Mark one eyeballs can be used anywhere at a moments notice.
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    Orthoscopic eyepieces

    Hi . Or look out for some second hand Pentax XW ,these should be around the same price as your Tak Orthodox link in the original post. I use the Pentax XW in my dob and frac. They have a fov of around 70d, around 20mm eye relief and as sharp as a top quality Ortho IMO. I am not just giving this advice on a wim, this is what I have actually brought and used. These eyepieces are top quality, and if you wish to buy a set of the 5mm to 10mm second hand ones then IMO you will not regret it. Certainly a keeper IMO. I hope this helps ☺
  13. Sunday at 10 in the evening on BBC 4 This months Sky at Night main topic is "Death Star" . Looking into how damaging a coronal mass ejection could be . And how two new satellite's that will travel closer to the sun than ever before can better prepare us. Hope you enjoy ☺
  14. Good honest report John Skywatcher are certainty doing themselves no favours here i am afraid , by allowing a 150ed of this nature to leave the factory. With all the good work Skywatcher have done in the past with the likes 80ed , 100ed and 120ed putting quality scopes in the hands of many amateur astronomer at affordable prices ,they should really be at the top of their game with the new 150ed. Obviously some serious QC issues that Skywatcher need to sort out quickly. Hope you get a good un John and then we can see if the 150ed in its correct state is going to be a worthy addition to the Skywatcher ED stable.
  15. I think there may be a long line of persons at John's pitch if he is at SGL party , wanting a little look through the SW 150ed If that's the case then I think John is going to have a very long line at the SGL party wanting a little look through the bargain of the year

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