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Everything posted by Timebandit

  1. That is such a shame you feel you can't use the Tak, and see it as some type of investment. High quality scopes in my opinion are there to be used and should be used. Not as wall hangers I am more than happy for you to lend me your Tak for a test review and do a head to head against my equinox๐Ÿ˜€ The best scope to have is the one you will use ๐Ÿ‘
  2. Now that's a "proper "scope. Shame you sold the fs152 Mike , and only kept the 100mm finder ๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿ˜€ Only pulling your leg .โ˜บ
  3. I have had my 120ed equinox for a few years now and have had some great views with it. I to use it on a AZ 4 and find these two really do work well together. Optics wise the SW 120ed is really top class. And SW were very canny using the Ohara and Scott glass in their product. This quality glass/optics really do perform. I use mine mostly for Luna and planetary observing. And I have had some drop jaw moments on Luna and Saturn with this scope and some Pentax XW. I also use my SW ed 120 with binoviewing. And my TS binoviewers some Ortho or plossl pairs are a real feast for the eyes on Luna. Binoviewers really do work well with the 120ed ,a real bonus. I have once or twice thought about a Tak 100mm instead. But for the extra cost I really don't think I am going to be left impressed enough to part with the 120ed , which has been a top quality scope at sensible money. If I do "upgrade" the SW 120ed, then I am hoping that SW have made the optics to the new 150ed, to the same quality as the existing SW120ed. If the new 150ed is up to the same quality then I will have to start saving, as I want one ๐Ÿ˜€
  4. Lukehurst 14" dob

    Nice scope of quality. Going by your signature I can see some nice wide angle eyepiece's may be on the wish list soon. Some TV 82 Naglers or 100d Ethos will go nicely with this set up, or some Pentax XW, if you are happy with something around 70d fov. Got to do justice to that 1/14 mirror set. ๐Ÿ‘ Look forward to your first report. Enjoy
  5. Zeiss Abbe Barlow

    I should imagine disciplus55 will be the person who can give you some info on the Zeiss Abbe Barlows. As disciplus55 seems to love the Zeiss product's. A modern equivalent that is just as good , but cheaper. I should imagine the closest you are going to get to that are the Televue Powermates. I hope that helps โ˜บ
  6. Skye ,with 10" Dob

    Really stunning landscape in the day, and truly dark sky at night. A place every astronomer should get to. A 10" of aperture under those ink black Sky's will really Punch above its weight ๐Ÿ‘ Enjoy
  7. 10" dob

    If the biggest you can manage is a 10". Then go for it , a 56% more light gathering ability is certainty a worthwhile increase. But a 12" seems to be a far more significant increase. And the 12" seems to be the Goldy locks aperture size, great light gathering ability, but still manageable. The smaller aperture increases are more significant, than when you get to larger scopes. So a 2" aperture increase, 8" to 10" . will be a lot more in percentage term that say going from a 18" to 20 " . Therefore a 56% light gathering increase from 8" to 10" will show up to the eye to a good degree The best scope is the one that will be used. If the 10" is the most you can manage, then go for it๐Ÿ‘
  8. Maybe keep an eye on Astroboot. They have lots of odds and end come up. They may have some sort of cap that may fit. I hope this helpsโ˜บ
  9. 18" trawling for galaxies in Coma Berenices

    I see you currently have a 200p , therefore a 14" or 16" is a very worthwhile upgrade. If the 14" is you maximum for the conditions you have then I do not think the extra 2" of the 16" are going to give you a massive advantage to your eyes. A 14" that is going to be used and can be used is far better than a 16" stuck in the garage ,as its to big or heavy to get out. The best scope to have is the one that will get used. And going from a 8" to a 14" is not only a considerable size and weight difference anyway. But the views from a 14" to an 8" will be a considerable and worthwhile aperture upgrade. By the way I have a 8" and 14" reflector, so have experience in the aperture range . I hope this helpsโ˜บ
  10. I would not put washers between the clamshell base and the dove bar. You want as much surface area of these mating materials as possible IMO, as this helps with the clamping effect between the clamshell and the dovetail.
  11. How to chose a darker site.

    Unfortunately light pollution just produces what I class as a glow over quite an area(depending how much light pollution is being produced). I travelled around 5miles from where I live. And even though is was darker, you still had that light glow from the light pollution town effecting the DSO observing considerably. Then I travelled further again to a true dark site . And those galaxy's then really do pop to the eyes and much better observed. Light pollution produces a glow that can stretch for many miles. Therefore to get the best for those fainter DSO then you need to get in the car and travel to a dark site well away from any source of light pollution. The effort is really worth it ,and you will be shocked and pleased at the results at true Dark site .
  12. Observing from indoors?

    I have done a bit of through the glass and out of the open window observing in the past. And you can sometimes get reasonable results on certain targets. But when you are after the best results you can, then you do realise that the double glazing and heat from the house do have an effect and hold back the quality of the scope and eyepiece. Hey , if it works for you then go for it as its better to do some observing than none at all. Just make sure those windows are kept clean โ˜บ
  13. Vixen HR 2.4mm

    Very kind of you Sir ๐Ÿ‘ And you are more than welcome to try my Pentax XW. Oooww thats right you already have ๐Ÿ˜€
  14. Vixen HR 2.4mm

    At those sort of mags Mike the HR should really come into its own. Have you a birthday coming up soon and drop a few hints๐Ÿ˜€ Someone really has to get some of these HR paired up, and try them in the Taks for some really high power binoviewing. Look forward to the feedback then ๐Ÿ˜ต
  15. Dont panic ๐Ÿ‘ Sunday evening on BBC four at 10.30 " The End of the Solar System" The story of how our solar system will be transformed by our ageing sun, before coming to a spectacular end in around 8 billion years.
  16. Vixen HR 2.4mm

    I think Shaun you may well be getting a full" HR " house by the end of the year. Still the 1.6 and 2mm to go ๐Ÿ˜‰ There is a little SGL party I understand coming up around October time. If you are there, maybe you would be kind enough to let us under achievers with mere SW Ed's have a peep through a Tak and HR ๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿ˜€ No weak links in your optical chain is there Shaun ๐Ÿ‘
  17. Omega Galaxy Contrast Enhancement Filter

    In my opinion rather than spending money on the light pollution filter. You would be better off and get much better results spending the money on some petrol instead and travel to a Dark site. Get to a Dark Site , and those Galaxy's will pop out to your eyes ๐Ÿ‘
  18. Vixen HR Eyepiece

    You really are building up some nice quality kit there Shaun. The Tak and now the HR. Not cheap , but quality very rarely is. The HR series seems to have been getting some very favorable feedback, some putting it in the ZAO league. And when you compare the price of a ZAO then the HR seems a reasonable price. Obviously you have the Nag zoom, but even so the 2.4 HR may tempt you to go for the set. As the Taks do seem to handle these very high mags very well. ๐Ÿ‘
  19. Missing those galaxies.

    Totally agree Nick. I have been lucky enough to have a few trips to a good dark site this year already. And the difference in views are breathtaking. Back yard galaxies from my light pollution area are faint and fuzzy. But from a dark site they pop to the eyes. Good luck for your trip to Skye, these true dark sites are getting fewer and fewer, the more development that goes on. I dread to think what the next 10 years are going to do with the increasing developments, and the effect on our hobby with ever increasing light pollution problems. Make the most of the true dark sites out there now, while they exist๐Ÿ‘
  20. New Sky at Night , Sunday BBC Four at 10 in the evening Mars , Red or Dead ? The latest results from NASAs Curiosity and Era's EXoMars missions. Attempting to find signs of life on Mars. I hope you enjoy โ˜บ
  21. 20mm T5 v 22mm T4 Naglers

    The type T4 I take was the predecessor to the T5 Nagler. Therefore I should imagine there was a bit of a marketing reason to make a 2mm difference. Anyone with with the 22mm T4 would then not double up on focal length if they brought the T5 at 20mm As for the ethos at 21mm , then again anyone with a T4 of 22mm or T5 of 20mm would not double up if they wanted a ethos at 21mm . Again probably a marketing move to increase customer sales . As for which is best , then this is relative as everyone eyes and budgets differ. To me it has to be the T5 Nagler. Why? ,as it is far cheaper than the ethos. And still has great fov and eye relief, and the optical quality is fantastic. But also I own one ๐Ÿ˜€
  22. Wet Wet Wet Wet Wet Wet..........

    Well look on the bright side. It can only get better ๐Ÿ˜€
  23. Not sure I agree with that. For planetary and lunar then IMO you get much sharper , crisper views with a Frac than a reflector. To my eyes I much prefer the view my 120ed gives me on planetary and lunar than my 14" Dob. Horses for courses , my preference is a quality Frac for planetary and lunar, and the reflector of aperture for DSO.
  24. Yes. Best bang for buck is in the eye of the beholder. But if SW can produce a 150ed that is optically as good as the 80ed, 100ed and 120ed , then they must be onto a winner. For around ยฃ1700 for a quality 150 ed then this opens up the market for the average Joe. Need a second mortgage for a Tak 150 ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. And then I would be to scared to use it ,in case it got scratched or damaged, would end up a wall hanger. If the weight of the SW 150mm is sensible ( and from initial feedback , it will be )then I would not have no problem setting it up without a permanent Obs. And just think of those views of the moon and planets through a quality 150mm lens ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. The 100mm Taks would still have a use though, as a finder๐Ÿ˜€
  25. You may be right Stu. But when Skywatcher is launching a 150mm Ed scope (a dream scope for many) . Then at around I understand ยฃ1700 mark this just seems such good value compared to the 100mm Taks. But it comes down to optics also, so look forward to some reviews to see if the Sw 150 ed is the best bang for buck Frac on the market๐Ÿ‘