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  1. Eye Pieces you would like to try out

    At the moment I am happy with the collection in the eyepiece case which has been built up. Consisting mainly of a nagler or two, a few pentax XW and the collection of BGO and a few Tv plossl binoviewing doubles. I find this collection suits my needs and requirements in both the Dob and frac. Probably the only eyepieces that may improve on what I have already and the margin of improvement may be to my eyes not worth the considerable expence to aquire would be the following. I would like to try the higher magnification of ZAO the Tmb Supermono , pentax smc and always fancied try out the clave , all these would be for planetary and lunar. Just to see if the vast cost increase over my existing eyepiece would really show a increase in sharpness and detail that would tempt me to possibly purchase.
  2. SGL 2017 Chit chat

    Time chaps and ladies to start going from the bar area :-) to the scopes me thinks. Cloud cover is lifting where I am and numerous stars and constalations are starting to come through. Hope this is a sign for a good night for you all at the SGL party. Have fun :-)
  3. Hello The 16 " skywatcher dob are a big beast. But with more aperture you get more light gathering ability and therefore the ability to see more especially DSO, atmospheric ,weather and very important light pollution problems permitting. If you are considering going for a big dob then I do think a scope like this needs to be in some form of outside obs. As in my opinion it is not practical to keep taking it outside and setting it up. You will quickly get fed up with this routine and the scope will not get used. Also you will need to let the mirror cool and the collimation is likely to need far more adjustments.The best scope to get is the one which will be used. I was considering the 16" skywatcher but decided on a more managable 14" Orion optics solid tube. Still great light gathering ability. Lighter to lift , less collimation issues. Fits in a medium sized car. Most of the benefits of a bigger scope but with far less drawbacks. If you are considering maybe a 14" I think I am correct that Helen on SGL has one for sale a 14" OO( I understand she has now got a obsession) . So may be worth a look if interested. I hope the above helps.
  4. Sunday BBC Four at 10 in the evening Return to the Moon For the first time in a generation there are credible plans to return to the Moon. The team look into the possibility ,and why the interest now to return . Following on at 10.30 The search for a new Earth Stephen Hawkins and a team of experts to see how people can search into space to look for different planets to locate. Hope you enjoy
  5. Ethos 8mm packaging query?

    I have never owned an Ethos or even looked through one. But a bit of bubble wrap for an eyepiece that costs a small fortune new 😥 I am one of those who has to put up with those lower type eyepieces. I have to content myself with the Pentax XW and what a disappointment it is, Not 😀
  6. Ethos 8mm packaging query?

    With such a high end and high cost eyepiece such as the Ethos ,then you would expect a bit more in the way of packaging and safety for the eyepiece from televue . Maybe televue could learn a trick from Pentax with the XW range. The Pentax XW comes with a outer box , but inside the box is a solid built bolt case with high density foam inserts for the eyepiece to sit in. I was very impressed with this set up the first time I looked at a XW. Surely with the cost of an Ethos there should be a similar set up in packaging for televue.
  7. Heads up " The end of the Solar system" Tonight

    Looks like Saturn's rings may not be there as the sun expands to a giant red star. Time to build a super size space station I think as a life boat option☺
  8. Heads up " The end of the Solar system" Tonight

    With around 8 billion years to go , I am sure we will get a clear night for you before then 😀
  9. BBC Two at 11.15 this evening The story of how our solar system will be transformed by the ageing sun before coming to a spectacular end in around 8 billion years time. Hope you enjoy
  10. Incoming Tak Hi-LE 3.6mm eyepiece

    Is there a Badder Genuine Ortho in 4mm ? Correct me if I am wrong but I thought the 5mm Badder Genuine Ortho was the highest magnification? I have spent 18 months trying to get a set together😀, but am I now missing a 4mm BGO and the search must restart😭 As for the Tak eyepieces from what I have read the Taks never seem to of been able to gain the almost legendary status of what the Tak scopes seem to of gained. The Pentax 3.5 XW are very good it would be interesting to put one of these against the Tak to see how it performs in comparison ,considering the new costs of each. Look forward to your thoughts and results with interest .
  11. Tonight at 12.15 on BBC Two The hunt for Oceans in space , in an attempt to find alien life. We used to think Oceans were unique to our planet, but this thinking has changed. Hope you enjoy☺
  12. 5mm Eyepiece for 180x magnification

    I love a good quality Ortho. IMO the best eyepiece for sharpness for your £ available . In these days of super wide , long eye relief eyepieces which for a quality one can cost a small fortune. The Ortho purity of image really is excellent, and not for a lot of money either. I must say though that I am biased as I have a case full of Orthos, mostly BGO's but I make no apologies for that. As I love a good Ortho in my refractor, and they double up nicely for a bit of binoviewing also☺
  13. Printsonian 10" f/6

    What a cracking idea of printing your own scope. Really nice job you have made also. Take my hat off to you . I have had a brain wave. Always fancied a 20" Dob , now I wonder if I could print one of those off :-)
  14. Sunday evening at 12 in the evening on BBC Four What was there before the big bang. Scientists believe black holes could hold the answers. BBC Four at 1 in the morning Voyager " the final frontier" the story of the Voyager space mission. Hope you enjoy☺
  15. EYEPIECE for EVOSTAR 150 refractor

    Hello and welcome to SGL. If planetary and lunar are your thing. Then in my opinion I would go for a good Ortho which give very sharp views IMO. In my opinion expensive wide angle eyepiece are not such a requirement for this type of viewing and if you can live with close eye relief at higher magnification. Then something like a circle T, BGO or BCO are great buys for the money . Or the vixen SLV are sharp eyepieces with a bit more FOV and more eye relief. Hope the above helps😀