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Everything posted by Timebandit

  1. BBC Four Tuesday evening at 8pm A programme in which it is seen to find out how big our universe is. And an attempt to map the universe. I hope you enjoy☺
  2. Absolute great programme in my opinion. If you missed this then I do highly recommend having a look on the above iPlayer link kindly supplied by Mognet. If you are interested in the observable universe , un observable universe, dark energy, the extent of the Universe(which the thought is its infinite) and possible multiple universes. Its a mind boggling and mind blowing thoughts of some very interesting person's and how they arrived at their thoughts on the Map of the Universe Great and well worth an hour of your time☺ .
  3. Hi. Whatever possessed you to pull a brand new scope apart ? I take it you had a moment of madness, I suppose we all have them from time to time😀 Some great advice above, so I hope you are on the road to getting it back together correctly and properly set to allow focus. May I suggest in future if you do wish to clean your scope lens(only do this when absolutely required). That you leave the optics in situ. And use a great product called Badder wonder fluid and a clean cloth. So effective and easy way to get great clean optics.
  4. Hello I could recommend a Ethos. But that would be your budget gone on one eyepiece (and that would be probably purchased second hand). So I will not do that as I believe there are very good options that would be more appropriate. If it was me I would go for a wide angle eyepiece and with decent eye relief. This would be better in a manual track Dobson , as well as more comfortable and better views DSO and allow planet tracking, staying in the fov longer. Therefore IMO for quality eyepiece I would recommend a 82d fov eyepieces. The Explore scientific range, but also the William optics uwan/Skywatcher nirvana range are very good, close in performance to the likes of the TV nagler but more sensible money. If you do want that bit extra and prepared to pay more, then there is always the televue naglers. I have the 20mm nagler for DSO work and it is a very good eyepiece ,but the higher power ones for planetary and lunar are also very good. I hope the above helps☺
  5. Hello. I think the trouble with this hobby now there is just so much choice available. The Orthoscopic and plossl were the staple for years. Now there are just so many great more comfortable and wider view eyepieces available, and when you have the sites like SGL this also opens your eyes to what eyepieces are available and puts temptation in our way. Like a kid in a candy store. I think as observers we are always pushing for that bit more quality and viewing sharpness in our eyepieces. I used the TV plossl for a long time and was more than happy with its performance. Then I had read a few articles on the Pentax XW and the quality of the sharpness of view and 70d fov and 20mm eye relief, so that got me thinking. And when some come up second hand ,then i could not resist and I purchased them. Unfortunately this was a downward spiral. As I just found them just so comfortable to use and the extra fov of 70d was so good especially on the DSO targets. I then turned into a mini collectionist with the Pentax XW as they were a breath of fresh air to the viewing experience, and worked great in the refractor and reflector , the poor plossl hardly ever gets used now.
  6. With all the new different varieties of eyepieces now on the market over the last year's then the Ortho does seem to of taken a back of the que status. The Ortho was once a staple of the amateur astronomer but things have changed and seemingly improved. With the wide angle, extra wide angle ranges and the 100d like of ethos, then the narrow field of the Orthos seems to have left it at a disadvantage over the lovely wide viewing eyepieces. And then there is all the long eyerelief eyepieces that have also made appearance and put the poor Ortho under pressure. The likes of the Pentax XW and the delos with the 20mm eyerelief which means they are very comfortable to use especially at the higher magnification lengths. And even the likes of narrower fov eyepieces like the Vixen NLV with a 45d fov and the SLV with 50d fov can now have around 20mm of eyerelief. So the poor Ortho really has had a hard time and therefore is there still a place for the Ortho. The more I have used the Ortho over the years, the more I appreciate what a excellent eyepiece it really is. And this is especially true with my refractor viewing of planetary and lunar. The Ortho is small and compact. Very nice to hold in the fingers/ hand, and slot into the diagonal with ease, not like some of the bigger eyepieces. As the Ortho is light it also does not upset the balance of the scope to which these bigger wide angle, long eyerelief eyepieces can be very heavy. You also have a more intimate viewing experience IMO with the Ortho due to its narrow fov on planetary target and the short eyerelief seems to pull you into the target more without distractions. The viewing experience of the optics of the Orthos can be excellent . A lot of the wide angle , superb wide angle eyepieces and those with all the long eyerelief with many multiple layers of Optics to produce these benefits, can thus take away from the purity of the optics than can be produced by your simple but quality glass that an Ortho, even with Orthos in the modest price range ones. When a decent quality Ortho can produce better quality of views than eyepieces costing sometimes ten times as much , then this has to be appreciated and taken on board that the Ortho still has its place in this high tech modern age of eyepieces. Then there is the ultimate visual sharp quality optical ability of the likes of ZAO , TMB supermono. These eyepieces are the ultimate visual experience, your ethos, explore scientific ect may have the wide angle views and comfortable eyerelief, but for that intimate Tak sharp viewing experience then the ZAO , TMB supermono are at the top of there game. So in my opinion there is still a place for the Ortho in this modern high tech age of eyepieces, so this post is here for members who still appreciate the Ortho ,and have them to let others share in the quality and excellent performance of the humble but effective Ortho My Baader Genuine Ortho collection (yes there is the 12.5 missing , any help securing one of these would be appreciated) The Fujiyama which are a great alternative to the BGO The increasingly rare Meade research grade Ortho That's my humble but effective Ortho range. So I am looking forward to seeing other members collections☺
  7. Well done and so happy you have found "Turn left at Orion" a useful and educational aid to your world of star gazing. Turn left to me was an real eye opener to how may objects are out in the universe and visable to a small telescope, but also how to find them with a simple but effective star maps. But also nearly as important, is to know what you are looking for, As some of the faint fuzzy objects are difficult to see especially under light polluted condition. So with the book turn left it also gives you a really good idea by there illustrations of what type of picture of an image you are going to see through the scope, as people starting off in the hobby seem to think sometimes they are going to get these beautiful image picture that you see from Hubble ,Cassini orbitor pictures. I am afraid this can be very misleading. Also to aid you finding objects I really do recommend are telrad finder as this can really speed up and simplify star hopping/DSO location. Hope the above helps☺
  8. Hello. As long as your scope has an 1.25 adapter then you will be fine, if not pick up a cheap second hand one. If you are after sensible price eyepieces with a decent fov and good eye relief then the BST starguiders could be the ticket. With a fov of around 60d (plossl about 50 and orthoscopic around 42d) then the fov will be wider and should be fine. If I remember correctly the eye relief is around 13mm plus, so again reasonable eye relief also. The optics are good and for there price point of around £50 new, probably one of the best eyepieces around. The other eyepiece which may be worth considering is the Badder classic Orthoscopic, but less fov of around 50d and less eye relief i understand, but sharp optics and sensible money. I hope the above helps☺
  9. Hello. Interesting one this. Binoviewers giving better results than a single high quality eyepiece, especially a Pentax XW. Obviously John and Mike have so much more experience than me ,so I can only say to my eyes which I thought was superior. I did try a little experiment last year with the 120ed refractor to see if there was a difference I quality and sharpness of view on lunar(comfort and being drawn into the target goes to two eye viewing, binos win hands down here). In my eyes when using a pair of 6mm eyepiece in the binoviewers verses a 7mm XW Pentax (could not match magnificent exactly I am afraid) . But from my eyes the Pentax XW did seem to edge a better clarity of image, and seemed that touch sharper on the craters and mountains on the lunar surface. Obviously there are many factors that could effect my differential between the two binoviewers, Cyclops. Maybe the seeing/atmosphere condition changed from the time I swapped the single eyepiece out to getting the binoviewers, eyepieces into the scope. Maybe the 120ed just works better with a Pentax than the optics and binoviewers set up. Maybe the binoviewers needed cooling to bring it in line with ambient temperature. Maybe the Pentax 7XW is a particularly good example (I hope so). But to my eyes at that particular viewing time I thought the Pentax XW edged it. One thought that has crossed my mind and something Paulastro has brought up. Is that it is the way the images are interprets by your brain, maybe then my brain is not working properly😀
  10. Hi chaps. These really do have a striking resemblance to the Badder Genuine Orthoscopic also, even down to the little green box☺. I see they have the barrel undercuts which the BGO does not have. But I am beginning to wonder if they are out of the same factory in Japan when they where original made? Maybe John or MikeDnight may be able to shine a bit a light on the subject if they come along later. But great eyepieces all ☺
  11. Hi . I would go for a skywatcher 200p if it was me ( 8" dob). This would be a great scope for your budget. Would be great on planetary and lunar and a good way of getting into the DSO. A "proper" first scope. On a Dobson mount, so up down, and side to side to track and locate objects . A very simple but effective scope.The SW 200p is probably the best bang for buck scope on the market for the beginner . I hope the above helps☺
  12. Hi John. That's very interesting information, especially as I have a Equinox 120. If the TSA 120 is the same weight as the equinox, then I would definitely go for 120 TSA. I find my equinox fine to carry and mount. No problems. And I am afraid for me personally then I would have "the what if " factor if I choose the 100 over the 120. Totally up to you Kerry, but 120 all day long for me😀.
  13. Very nice. I know if I was in a shop and these two were side by side and a decision was to be made which to buy. The 120 on the left would just bring such a smile on my face and just looks like a "proper " scope in comparison. I know bigger is not always better but when you see two Taks side by side like that , it would have to be the 120. I can certainly see why you are leaning towards the 120 Kerry ☺
  14. Hi Mike, it is clearing up nicely here(Huray). Presently the Sky's are clear of clouds and I can see stars, makes a change. So Mr dobby may get to see some sights a bit later😀. I did not think the dob mob boys did lunar, the" devil's light bulb". But I suppose with the weather we have had the last few weeks anything that is visible in the sky's is a blessing, so go for it. Be careful you do not blind yourself with that massive 20" mirror when looking at the moon buddy, not like those faint fuzzys you are used to ☺
  15. These are my binoviewing pairs. The the scope is a SW equinox 120ed Apo. And the Binoviewers are TS , purchased used from another member on SGL. It is run on an AZ4. Initially I was not sure if the binoviewing experience would suit both my scope and my particular eyes and viewing choice experience. But I have found binoviewing a positive experience and another tool in the armoury of the amateur astronomer. The binoviewing experience i find most useful on planetary and especially lunar . The straight through set up , used for low level viewing The TS in the diagonal, ideal for objects higher up in the sky' and especially at zenith. SW super. These were my first Binoviewing Pair's, a cheap and effective way to get into binoviewing, to see if it was beneficial to my eyes. I already had a TV 32 for Cyclops, so doubled it up, very nice quality for lower power viewing Already had a TV 8mm plossl, so doubled this up when a great used example became available. Have been getting into the Orthos, so doubled these up . Again doubled my existing Ortho when another became available in excellent used condition.
  16. BBC Four Sunday evening at 11.45 Guide to Mars For all you planetary interested persons This is a programme drawing on 45 years of Horizon archive. About the possibility of life on Mars which has fuelled the desire by man to visit the red planet. I hope you enjoy☺
  17. Not exactly a grab and go is it.😀 And I dread to think of the cool down time on that. If you had one of those in the uk I would think by the time you set it up and it had cooled down then the clouds would of rolled in . Think a scope like this deserves its own dedicated obs , that way it is set up and cooled, already to enjoy that massive aperture of a lovely big refractor ☺
  18. Nice collection on the build there Shane. The Baader Classic Ortho was the replacement for the late Baader Genuine Ortho. And from what I have read a very good Ortho. I think our own John did a review for FLO if I remember correctly, and they came out very positively. And at the price they are at the moment seem excellent value for money for a quality Ortho. Great to see we still have members of the Ortho club☺
  19. More like works of art. Probably will never see the likes of ZAO or TMB supermono again. Made by craftsmen to be the best. ☺
  20. Interesting feedback. I have a vixen NLV and which was seemingly the predecessor to the SLV. The quality of the eyepiece build when I first looked and felt it I was a bit underwhelmed to be honest. But then I realised the plastic feel was only the outer eyepiece eye placement sleeve. Under this plastic sleeve is a very well built eyepiece. Another point that does seems to be raised is was the SLV a replacement for the NLV ? . I say this as I understand the NLV was Japan made and then the production of the SLV was produced in Taiwan . But are these the same eyepieces in essence?, but possibly just a different name and produced in different locations. I had originally believed in essence SLV and NLV they were the same eyepiece. But I am not sure if this is correct. The NLV has a 45d fov and I see the SLV has a different fov of which is at 50d fov. Therefore there must of been some sort of redesign of the eyepiece as well as a move of production to Taiwan . So are the NLV of Japan, really the same as the SLV of Taiwan ? I am beginning to think possibility of a different eyepiece, as there has been some obviously redesign features. In regards to your findings of the quality optics of the SLV. This is certainly backed up by my use and finding with the NLV. The NLV has very sharp optics and very much what I class as top class optics but at sensible money. I have my NLV for use in my refractor and it lives in with the Baader Genuine Orthos. And the Vixen certainly is extremely good ,and is great company and performance in the same sort of optical league as the BGO. Happy you have found a eyepiece that lives up to your expectations, this is always good to hear , as some eyepieces unfortunately do not live up to hype .
  21. 24mm 😀 . And in percentage wise in a frac of those Size's, that's a lot more light gathering ability. You will have to try your 76 against a 100 and see for yourself. But then I suspect you will want one☺, be prepared to dip into your pockets
  22. A Great book and information source for the newbie into DSO , and especially those with limited aperture is the book " Turn left at Orion" . This book is full of information on finding DSO and also gives you star hoping advice and diagrams to help the novice find DSO . It also shows you what you can expect to look for and find with DSO . I purchased a copy of this book when first starting DSO and I can highly recommend it.
  23. Hello nightfisher and welcome to SGL (sorry I could not resist that😀) With limited aperture then most DSO can be difficult to locate with limited aperture. But the brighter ones can be located with the 120ed. A good star map certainly helps. But most importantly with the DSO are atmosphere and especially"Dark site" conditions . Therefore if you are in a light polluted area then do travel to somewhere darker to get the best possible conditions for DSO With regards to eyepieces then a nice wide angle eyepiece in around the 82d range will help you locate those faint fuzzys. I use a nagler 20mm which seems to help. If you really cannot get on with finding things by star hoping, then the answer needs to be a good goto mount, and this will take you to the correct location. But dark sky's are the number one requirement for DSO IMO I hope the above helps☺
  24. I had the opportunity to buy a couple of used Tak's a while back. But from what I have read these eyepieces do not seem to deliver the views from what people expect with something like the Tak name attached to it. So IMO for the price point that was being asked ,also I did not think there would be that much improvement (if any at all) over my existing Fujiyama/BGO Orthos. Therefore the Tak's where given a miss. The only way IMO you are going to get a better Ortho than the likes of BGO/Fujiyama is to dip a toe into the world of the super Ortho. The likes of the Pentax smc, TMb super mono and the ZAO. Obviously these are the cream of the crop , but unfortunately the prices requested are also top draw.
  25. Hello Magnification that you will use will depend on the atmosphere conditions of your particular location ,to how high you can push it. I have Orthos in the 6mm and 7mm The best ones that I can recommend around your budget are the Fujiyama Orthos, which are similar in style to the great BGO. And there is also the Baader Classic Ortho, which were the replacement for the BGO. Maybe get a 7mm first and see if you think that will be your maximum for your location, and then go for the 6mm if you think you can push the magnification more I hope the above helps☺