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Everything posted by Timebandit

  1. Hello,in my opinion Badder Wonder Fluid is the way to go. Get a very clean cloth also and spay onto the cloth , and not directly onto the lens I hope the above helps☺
  2. Nothing wrong with going up in aperture, great move. The 12" seems to be the Goldy locks size for a lot of members As for getting out to observe, I think I read somewhere the other week that a lot of the chaps of the Dob Mob do not observer from home, but only on their dark site trips, and it certainly has not put them off from going up in aperture☺
  3. Hello, and welcome to SGL The Cheshire use are all very similar on the whole. The astrobaby guide to collimation is a great place to start. Try tapping it into the net
  4. I think we have been here before John😀 As you know I have the cheaper end of the scale with the TS, which i find very good in all fairness. But I think you have been down this route ,and a couple more already. I really think you need to try before you buy this time. A trip to a Stargazing event or astro party where binoviewers are going to be heavily present I think is going to deliver the answer to you. Or a meet up with Mr Drew ,as my understanding is Peter have extensive knowledge and experience with binoviewers, as well as a nice collection by the sounds of things. I think you really need to try before you buy this time , so you can get binoviewers that suit your particular needs.
  5. BBC Four Sunday evening at 10.50 A programme about the story of stars, ranges from red giant's to supernova and black holes. And how are increased understand of stars is making us understand the Universe more. I hope you enjoy☺
  6. I hope my little ed120mm is not being insulted and being called a peashooter😥 I think Jules purchased his 120ed used. And there is always a strong market for these peashooters😀, therefore if Jules after thorough testing and use is not happy with the sw120 then the likelihood is he will get his money back or a very small loss if he decides to sell it. So minimal damage to his wallet, and these used sw120ed do seem to sell quickly in the second hand market The trouble is then what scope is going to fit Jules needs? Are we going to see another post 😵
  7. If your happy with your 70 mm frac then that's fine ,a personal thing. But I am sure if I put the 120ed next to the 70mm and did a visual on numerous targets then I would still have the 120mm . And I am sure so would numerous others. As I said I would have the 120ed over a 70 mm any day, but that's my personal opinion.
  8. Sorry. Do not agree that 120mm does not excel at anything??? For lunar and planetary on visual, at its price point then the frac SW120 ed really takes some beating IMO. Give me a 120ed over a 70mm frac any day . But if Jules wants DSO faint fuzzy Woow moments ,then it's great seeing conditions and dark sky's IMO combined with as much aperture as you can get your hands on and a 6" reflector is not going to be enough aperture for a Woow moment IMO☺
  9. I must say I find my 120ed equinox an excellent scope for being a 120mm refractor. IMO for the price point I do not think you will find anything better. Obviously when it comes to DSO then it is all about aperture (hope the dob mob don't see this in a frac post, otherwise we told you so😀). But aperture together with a dark site will be the only thing IMO that will give you the Woow experience. In my opinion if you really want to go into truly DSO then get yourself a big dob also I have a 120mm frac and a 14" dob to cover lunar, planetary mainly with the refractor and the aperture with the dob to cover DSO. If you wish to get the most out of this hobby I consider two scopes to cover these is the best way to go in my opinion. And as always with those faint fuzzys then great seeing conditions and dark sky's are what is needed to make those objects ping to the eye's
  10. If it's raw performance regardless of fov and eye relief then it's the ZAO or TMB supermono territory 😀 I have the NLV, predecessor to the SLV I understand, very very good. Ortho like performance quality optics , but 20mm eye relief and a great buy with FLO having them on offer. Who is Stanley ? Have you been and named your telescope ☺
  11. Hi. I have a set of the TS Binoviewers. The former keepers were Stu and DRT on SGL Found these binoviewers great, can get the images to merge and adjustable on the eyepieces. Very well made IMO. So overall for the price point then I do not think you will go wrong with these. Obviously in the budget range you have to make sure you are not getting something cheap and cheerful. As no point spending cash that then you wish you had spent a bit more ,to get something of better quality. But I do not think you will go far wrong with TS binoviewers if you wish so something of quality but at sensible money. I hope the above helps☺
  12. Sorry to hear that the SLV did not work for binoviewers. Considering the eyecup adjustment method and the bulkness around the eyepiece then I thought this may be an issue with binoviewers. I have the predecessor the NLV in a single eyepiece and never tried double it up for the reason you have found. So kept to the good old TV plossl and Orthos. The coating issue seems to be from a change in coatings on different batches. Your plan to double up an existing 11mm delite may be a canny decision. For Cyclops though the NLV is very sharp and the later SLV are I understand the same. Great quality glass in these eyepieces, and nice fov ,and around 20mm eye relief. Great quality eyepieces IMO. Therefore if anyone is reading and want to use the SLV for Cyclops then they are great eyepieces for this purpose and FLO have them on offer presently. Great bang for buck for a quality eyepieces IMO
  13. I don't think John was suggesting a comparison of his 130 LZO and the FS 128, to which was the best was he ☺. I think it would be for scientific purposes ,which of course is different and acceptable😀 It would be great to get these two excellent scopes side by side for a peek through😵
  14. Sunday evening at 10 on BBC Four How our knowledge of the Universe has changed and developed over the last 60 years Hope you enjoy☺
  15. Saturday channel Four at 8 in the evening " Walking through Time " A search for the site of a huge Meteorite that struck Scotland's north/west coast a billion years ago. And is thought to be one of the world's biggest impact strike's Should be an interesting search and possible results, hope you enjoy☺
  16. What about jumping on a plane and heading for Las Palma's. Some of the clearest sky's in the world and one of the best sites to stargaze in the world, and some wonderful sites to be seen just by looking up and seeing the Universe with mark one eyeballs, or an astronomer specialist holiday. Lots to do in the daytime also. What a holiday and present for a budding astronomer☺
  17. 😀 Welcome back to the "Dark Side " you know it makes sense. The more the merrier😀
  18. Minimalist you must be joking😀 Try collectionist and we may be on the same wavelength . IMO when it comes to lunar and especially planetary then 3/4 eyepieces will just not cut the mustard. I have a combination of BGO and Pentax eyepieces from 3.5 mm up to 10mm in the high magnification range. Not because i like a full case(even though they do look impressive lined up☺). I consider that due to the variety of atmosphere conditions which can change minute to minute and day to day then you do need 0.5 mm or 1mm intervals in high magnification to get the best out of a lunar/planetary session. Some nights you may be able to push the magnificent to get good scale of image and fine details with a high magnification 3.5mm . Other nights the atmosphere conditions will leave you with blur details using such magnification eyepieces, and something around 5, 6mm may be the order of the day. And on poor seeing times even 9, 10mm. As a planetary observer to get the best scale of image and combination of clarity and sharpness then I consider you do need multiple eyepieces at the higher magnification in increments of around 1mm to allow for atmosphere condition and adjust as necessary,
  19. Well we had a clear night at last in my neck of the woods. So the stars were out in force , but so was the planets. With the clear sky's and no rain , just a chill in the air then it was time to get the refractor out and place it on the simple but effective AZ4 The SW equinox 120ed was was balanced on the AZ and the TV diagonal put into place. As just some planetary on the cards then had decided to go minimalist with a few Orthos. The Badder Genuine Ortho 5, 6 , 7 mm where eyepieces of choice, and put in the 4mm RG volcano top Meade also. The equipment in place then it was time to see if Jupiter would play ball and give up some of its details Jupiter was around mid sky location in the Southern direction, this big planet out shinning the stars in the sky which makes it such an easy target to locate. Jupiter was located and I started off with the 7mm BGO , nice clear view with a magnificent of around x130 . The belts of Jupiter were easy to see and picking out some cloud detail is always nice. The GRS was there and the atmosphere was reasonable allowing clear recognition, as on an un driven mount it is surprising how many times the view can change(,in and out of clarity from great to satisfactory) as the planet goes across the eyepiece fov as the result of the earth rotation and atmosphere conditions vary. The view in the 7mm was most of the time very nice a clear crisp view of this massive gas giant. Being a bit greedy I put the 4mm to see how much the atmosphere conditions was allowing. The 4mm at around x250 was just to much for the viewing tonight, the scale was there , but details to blurry for my particular viewing taste. The 5mm BGO was placed in to see if that would be the sweet spot at around x182. So much better in scale, but still not quite the crisp clear image that my eyes prefer. The 6mm BGO was put into the diagonal and at around 150 was certainly the sweet spot tonight. The belt clarity was at its best allowing the eyes to pick out belt details and colour change. The GRS was easy to distinguish from the rest of the cloud detail. It is times like this you realise as a planetary observer why you need so many eyepieces at the higher magnification ratio and ratios so close together. A 0.5 mm or 1mm difference in focal ratio at the higher magnification range can make all the difference in clarity and sharpness of view and image scale. A sweet spot needs experimenting with to get that ideal eyepiece for that particular seeing conditions for that particular time accordingly to fit in with atmospheric conditions. Overall a great hour of planetary observing with a refractor, and IMO refractors really do come into their own with planetary and lunar over the reflector.
  20. Maybe it's time for another one to be started on SGL with a nice "Bright " title page With 50000 + members on this site then if we all chip in then that is one big astro voice to be heard☺
  21. Hello, flocking would be worth a try. And see if there is an improvement But as you admit you have some street lights that are causing light pollution. The 130p DS is a very transportable scope. I would get in the car and get to a dark site and try some imagine from there. Probably well worth the trip .
  22. I consider a goto a non essential item. You should first learn the sky which IMO is half the fun of the hobby. If you just set up a goto then yes you may find targets but your actual knowledge of the sky is basically non existence . I consider a goto system a later add on if needed. I would much rather put my money into aperture and optics to get great viewing of targets . Rather than ploughing many hundreds into the electrics and motors of a scope, that may find the item(if it's set up correctly, which takes valuable time) . But the views may be lack luster as the aperture and optics have been sacrificed,as the money has been spent on the goto system. IMO spend the money on aperture and optics first. And at a later date then possibly consider goto if you really need it. But find a good star map and enjoy the locating the targets yourself, a lot more rewarding and so much cheaper
  23. Man Made Planet" Earth from Space" Saturday at 8 in the evening on channel four. The history of our planet from Space since the first photos of our Earth were taken. Astronauts reveal how humans have and are transforming the world for better and worse. Using images of Earth taken from Space across the last 45 years including stunning time lapse sequences This should be a spectacular view of our planet and home from an amazing view that astronauts have. And will probably be a very enlightening and mind opening programme how we are treating our planet. And as this is the only planet to our knowledge with intelligent life on at present. Maybe it is time we look after the planet more ,as if we do not we will ultimately destroy this life giving planet as well as ultimately destroying humanity who live on it. Hope you enjoy☺
  24. The Orion Optics UK do a VX 14 , aluminium tube so still manageable to to carry and transport in a car(I do ☺) . On a Dobson mount which is rock steady and very smooth to operate. The optics can be had to 1/10 pv so on good night's of atmosphere condition you can get the full benefit of all that light gathering power with great optics on the mirror to make images sharp. Being a solid tube design keeps is collimation very well. Even when transported usually only needs a slight tweak. Not a cheap scope new , but on the used market they are at sensible money. A great scope to use at home, but can also be transportable to the dark site when required . A great all-rounder imo Hope the above helps☺
  25. I think I have seen my scope on your link. All is forgiven for my equinox Chinese frac, it looks as the Scott and ohara do there job as they should. And they come out with a very respectable 96% , 97% strehl😀. It looks like my bank balance will not take a hammering in that case, better go and get the scope back out of the bin😀