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Everything posted by Timebandit

  1. Hello and welcome to SGL For visual purposes then your best scope to go for is the skywatcher 200p. This is reflector scope on a Dobson mount. These scopes are tried and tested on this forum by many members and get great reviews. This scope will have enough aperture for DSO and also perform great on planetary and lunar. The 200p skywatcher will be a great scope for the beginner and take you into the intermediate stages of the hobby. And will be within your budget especially if you buy second hand. These scopes do come up in the sales section on this SGL site and can be a great bargain for the novice. Great bang for buck telescope I hope you like the above and it helps☺
  2. Hello and welcome to SGL Probably the cheapest and most effective way of getting into both visual and then Astro photography is through a skywatcher 130p or the slightly larger aperture of the skywatcher 150pds with more light gathering ability. These are reflector based scopes. These would be great for an introduction to visual and take you into the intermediate stages . Really you will need a eq mount for tracking the object if you are going to do some DSO photography Also I recommend getting the book"every photon counts" as this will be a great aid for Astro photography I hope the above helps☺
  3. Hello and welcome to SGL The AZ4 is a cracking mount. I have a equinox 120ed apo ,this scope is no light weight and a good size. But the AZ 4 I find handles the size and weight of my scope with no problems at all. I find the secret is making sure the scope is already at a neutral balancing point when connected and then works great on the AZ principal. The AZ4 on a 2" stainless steel tripod would be a great mount IMO . And if you want to save some cash then they do come up second hand. I hope the above helps☺
  4. Pentax dedicated case eventually complete Has gone from this ,with a lonely place missing an eyepiece Luckily managed to get the missing element in the case And now completed😀 It has taken around 2 years to get this dedicated case to Pentax XW completed. But after a long attempt to get the last remaining niggle in the case a 5XW . I bit the bullet and got the 5XW new while they are still available(with all the rumours of their impending disappearance ?) The case now finally consists of the 3.5XW , 5XW , 7XW , 10XW and IMO some of the best eyepieces available. Find these work equally well in both the refractor and the Dobson reflector. Job done☺
  5. Hello and welcome to SGL The BST starguider/explorers are a great step up from stock eyepieces and within you budget. The BST get great reviews on this site and are a well respected and useful performer at their price point. The Baader Classic Ortho (the replacement for the late great BGO) are also worth a look as sharp optics but slightly less fov than the BST. I hope the above helps☺
  6. Baader wounder fluid is great for cleaning lenses, and a nice clean cloth. Go gentle and you may have found a diamond in the rough in your car boot find. Good luck and let us know how you get on☺
  7. Hello and welcome to SGL The above diagram will give you an idea of what you can see through an average amateur telescope. In general the larger the aperture the more magnification you can achieve and therefore the more potential for larger image size ,as long as you have quality optics to allow this. And seeing conditions In general the better the optical quality of the mirror or lens in the telescope then the finer the potential for a better quality image. Seeing conditions allowing Obviously to get the best out of aperture or optics/mirror then great seeing conditions are required, and therefore to achieve this you need great weather/atmospheric conditions to get the best out of your chosen aperture and optics. But also the darker the site you observe at then the more of the targets you will be able to see especially with DSO. I hope you like the above and it helps☺
  8. Hello. If you are seriously thinking of an upgrade and wondering if the extra cash is worth it then IMO see if you can "try before you buy" and to see if to your eyes the extra cash is really worth the benefit to your own particular eyes and budget. And a star party or maybe your local astronomy club usually have some great scopes for you to have a peek through, with the owners permission of course☺ But in general anyone who has a achro and then gets a nice apo does not seem to regret it. And a lot of the quality apo for visual people recommend are doublets and not necessarily triplets. Obviously you have the Rolls Royce of scopes like the Taks and their higher price tags. But the skywatcher range with the Ohara glass and the Scott glass in them in regards to lens like a sw 100ed or a 120ed, can produce great views at a fraction of the cost. So IMO if you have the scratch to itch with a apo for visual then i would look for a nice doublet either a Tak if you wish to push the boat out a bit or a cracking scope like the sw Ed if you want a quality frac but are more budget minded. I went for a equinox 120ed and found it a great scope, especially for planetary and lunar. I hope the above helps☺
  9. Hello and welcome to SGL The Dobson 8" is great for visual and their are plenty of people that do some planetary and lunar photos with a reflector. But if you are more interested in Astro photography in regards DSO you are probably better off going for something like a Ed 80 refractor on a decent quality eq mount to track. I hope the above helps☺
  10. IMO do not start wiping the mirror for a bit of condensation. You will more that likely scratch it( and these scratches may be invisible to the unaided eye, but will be there). A bit of condensation will dry naturally Also no no to using Baader wounder fluid on the mirror, do not attempt this. Baader wounder fluid is great for refractors, but not reflector. I hope the above helps☺
  11. BBC Four tonight at 11.35 " The Truth about Meteors" Professor Ian Stewart explains what meteorites and Asteroids are and where they come from. And the role they have played in earth's history and the possible danger they pose in the future. Hope you enjoy☺
  12. Hi. At least it's a televues powermate😀 Just hope the customising works for you in a positive way and does not have a detrimental effect for what you need it for. All the best ☺
  13. Maybe it's time to get the ultimate astronomy upgrade. A one way ticket to the Canaries.☺
  14. "Telescope Takeover" This time in La Palma in the Canary islands. Some of the words largest telescope's are based to see some spectacular sky's views BBC Four at 10.05 tomorrow evening I hope you enjoy ☺
  15. Totally agree with John. I have the Pentax 3.5mm 5xw , 7xw 10xw . These have Ortho like tack sharpness of views, but with around 70d fov and 20mm eyerelief. I use these in the 120ed apo equinox refractor and the OOuk 14" dob at f/4.6 with 1/10pv. I find these eyepieces excellent at these focal lengths. IMO these eyepieces are some of the best around and have no regrets in owning these as they are "keepers"😀
  16. Hello. I have used televues Naglers and the William Optics uwan ( the skywatcher Nirvana,same eyepieces i understand). I still have the William Optics uwan 28mm and is a very nice eyepiece and works well in the pretty fast f/ 4.6 dob. For the money a great eyepiece IMO But I do love my Nagler 20mm . Such a great quality eyepiece, not cheap even second hand. But IMO well worth the investment, the Nagler I use for the bulk of the time for locating DSO ,so well worth what I paid for it considering the use it gets. The televues Naglers are tested to f/4 so if you have a fast scope then could be worth the extra cash. But as I said the William Optics works very well at f/4.6 so if your scope is at this or slower and on a budget then the William Optics uwan/skywatcher Nirvana would certainly be one on my shopping list. I hope the above helps☺
  17. Hello Chad. All telescope have a maximum magnification depending on their aperture and focal length , quality of mirror/lens. But the maximum magnification in theory is not always born out in reality due to atmosphere/seeing conditions ect. A great barlow/powermate will not make a poor quality eyepiece better, but will just magnify that eyepieces ability. And a poor barlow can hold back a great eye.A telescope set up is only as good as the weakest link in the optical chain Do not make the mistake of getting into the thought of the more magnification then the better (we have all been there and tried it though😀). To much magnification will just leave you with a larger image, but a poor quality blurry image. You are better off going for a quality defined smaller quality image, through less magnification. If you are going down the barlow/powermate route then buy the best you can afford IMO as it will usually be a one off purchase as a good one will last you years and that way you also know a quality barlow/powermate will be adding to the quality of views with the eyepieces instead of possibly holding it back, again the telescope is only as good as the weakest link in the optical chain. I hope the above helps☺
  18. Looks like you still have to many eyepieces in the case then Derek according to Mr Nagler Dibs on the 13 Ethos please😀
  19. Hello and welcome to SGL I have a AZ4 mount with 2" stainless steel tripod and find this mount great for speed of set up and ease of use . Basic but so effective I run my SW equinox 120ed apo on this mount and yes this scope is no light weight. But I find the mount handle this fine , I have had no problems at all(just make sure the scope is balanced correctly, and I have marked the position with some correction fluid to speed up setting up time). As well as the scope itself I run a televues 2" diagonal in it. And even though I do like using Orthos in this refractor, I do have Pentax XW and use these also ,and these eyepieces are no light weights. I also run my binoviewing set up in the refractor on this mount also. So in my opinion a great mount and I have found running my 120 Ed on this mount fine. I hope the above helps☺
  20. Hello, I have and use both plossl and Ortho. But only in the refractor and mainly for planetary and lunar. I did like the good old plossl, until I tried some Baader Genuine Ortho. These Orthos really did get me hooked onto using a good quality Ortho in the refractor. They seem to concatenate the eye on the target better IMO due to their narrow field of view. And a good Ortho when it comes to sharpness and contrast really does take some beating and optically they can take on eyepieces costing many many times their cost. If you have a refractor and love planetary and lunar viewing that are tack sharp with great contrast then IMO the Ortho of quality should be in your eyepiece case, and best of all they are very sensible money☺
  21. polymer cleaning for mirror/lens , on 19 December 2016 The lens cleaner I think you are referring to was discussed in a post . I think it was a first contact polymer kit, I think the general thoughts were the good old Baader wounder fluid was a better option considering the cost factor of the product. Also some risk of pulling coatings off. It was suggested if I remember correctly a mirror recoated may be money better spent than the polymer kit, depending on the condition of the mirror. I hope the above helps☺
  22. Yes olly. You are so right about"Advert Hype " that's why it is great we have sites like SGL where independent people can post there thoughts and views on equipment through knowledge and use.
  23. Hello. And you seem very pleased with your purchase☺. And so you should a C11 on an AVX mount is a potent combination. Nice big aperture with great mount. I think you did the right thing going for the C11 over the C9.25 otherwise you would of have the nagging"what if factor". Smart idea putting a few holes in the decking also to mark the spot to allow a quicker set up time. Lovely piece of kit and capable also. I hope you enjoy your retirement and your new purchase, I am sure it will give you many years of enjoyment exploring this great universe we are all part of. Have fun☺
  24. I have an AZ 4 on a 2" stainless steel mount and find these work fine with my refractor. I know this seems to go against the common views on this post . But all I can do is relay back my experience. The equinox 120ed apo has been run on this mount for some considerable time now. I usually have the diagonal in either the William optics 2" or the televues everbight 2" and eyepieces mainly used are Ortho but also the lot heavier Pentax XW spend a lot of time in this set up(also use the Binoviewers in this AZ4 set up). I find as long as the scope is balanced correctly from the offset (I have used a bit of correction fluid to mark the best balance position) I find this scope works fine on the AZ4 . Obviously other persons have had different experiences of the AZ4 , but I have found this mount great and far less cost than the likes of the new skytee , I will be sticking with the great , solid, price sensible, easy to use AZ4 . Just my opinion and experiences guys☺
  25. Hello. In my opinion something like a 100ed would be a nice refractor upgrade from a 70mm . And you would certainly see a difference on planetary and lunar in such an increase in aperture. But faint DSO will still be faint But I get the feeling from your post you really want to see more of the faint fuzzys. IMO if you really want to see more of DSO the only way to go is more aperture. And the cheapest way to achieve this is for a reflector Dobson. But unfortunately bigger aperture reflector mean bigger size scopes. This diagram will give you an idea of what different apertures can achieve. I hope the above helps☺