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Everything posted by Tony.S

  1. I done a credit search on Telescope Planet today & have uploaded a copy below (sorry for the size but it needed to be quite big so it can be read) There is no mention of them being bankrupt but it did say that they are quite a new company,registered on 01/11/09. @ Admin. If this is not allowed,please remove.
  2. As the payment was made as a "gift" I would have thought the the buyer has not got any rights in claiming his money back. But on the other hand he could report you friend for selling items & asking for payment as a "gift", this could suspend his Paypal account. There is no way that I would refund the money though until I had the item returned. Maybe by offering to pay for return postage might help, other than that, the item might be fine & the buyer is just "trying it on" Good luck.
  3. I used an OIII filter on my 12" dob. The filter did seem to cut a lot of light out, a 130 scope might not be large enough for one of these, I think they (well the one I have) is recommended on 8" & over scopes.
  4. Tony.S

    Hello from Essex.

    Hi Joe. Welcome to SGL. I'm just ouside Harlow as well (far better than being in Harlow )
  5. Hi Seb. Nice to see that the 12" is getting some use. Very nice sketch. I'll get the suff in the post on Monday
  6. Hi. Yes, click on Control panel (at the top left of the page. On the left hand side of your control panel click on "edit signature" & just fill in the box & save
  7. I know exactly what you mean Russ, I have been churning this over in my head for days now but I have my heart set on this other scope. The dob is going to be very hard to part with, its definately the easiest to set-up, out with the base on with the scope,a quick bit of laser collimation & just let it cool down. The Vixen for me is still the hardest to part with, it was my first scope & to me it looks like a piece of art..I am truly gutted about parting with it. Hopefully I can raise some funds from other things I have, then I can keep both the dob & the Vixen
  8. Well now I've gone & done it. I have found the scope that I want, the Towa has gone to its new home, the 5SE is "sort of" pending sale if the member gets back to me... And now the really sad bit, I have put my Orion dob up for sale & after a lot of hard thinking (& I'm still not sure) I have put up for sale my beautifull Vixen
  9. I agree that there were a lot of sellers making a lot of money by postage charges ie: Buy It Now 1p P&P £75, eBay have been trying to address the P&P issue by capping the P&P charges allowed, once again though, it hit the honest ppl amonst us & it something that eBay had to backfoot on a bit. I normally sell books on eBay & when they changed it to having to list books & media to free post it was a joke, some of the books I have weigh 2 or 3 kilos, which meant I had to set the starting price higher, which meant the eBay gained even more fees. If there was a viable alternative to eBay, I would use it.
  10. Nice photos Towa. If its anything like that at sunset tonight I'll go out with my camera.
  11. Astro Buy & Sell is great..If you know its there. The good thing with eBay is that virtually everyone in the world has heard of eBay & as long as the item you are selling is reasonably priced, you are almost guaranteed of selling it within 10 days. The bad thing about eBay & Paypal is that they do have the monopoly & they know it & can they change the rules as & when it suits them..They also know but dont care if they upset a few sellers, because sadly there is no other real alternative. I use eBay & Paypal a lot, simply because I have no other real option...Paypal is great for buyers, its free & very safe, any disputes nearly alway end in the buyers favour but Paypal is not so good for sellers,other than instant payment, there are quite high fees & every chance of being scammed by not some so honest buyers (so sellers should always send out items of value by trackable & signed for mail) I dont know if its an eBay rule or a Paypal one but sellers are not even allowed to ask buyers to cover Paypal fees, which I find to be out of order if you are also offering different means of payment like cheques,postal orders or cash on collection.
  12. As strange as it sounds, Demonperformer is right, conkers do work. I live in a semi rural area & used to get quite a few spiders in the house, my mum told me about the conkers trick & I just thought she was going senile But I gave it a try & it works great, where we used to get 10 or more spiders a week, now I only see maybe 1 or 2 a month & the best thing...conkers are free (but I'm affraid they are not in season at the moment)
  13. I've never tried barlowing the laser, I'll have to give it a try.
  14. I collimate it every time I use it. I use a laser collimator & it takes less than 2 mins
  15. Wow. I didn't realise they weighed that much Mind you, I've just noticed a Celestron Nexstar 11 in the for sale section, something like that looks ideal.
  16. Cheers Shane. I have also thought about keeping the dob & Vixen & am very tempted but I have this thing in my head about a big SCT...Proberly something I will end up regreting
  17. Thanks for all of the replies..They really have helped me to "sort of" make up my mind. The Towa & 5se are definatly going & proberly one of the others,its hard to choose though,they are both great scopes & I know that I would really miss either of them..I am slightly more attactched to the Vixen though as I just love the way it looks & it was my 1st telescope. @ Mr Spock. Great idea & if my scopes could do the washing & ironing I would choose your suggestion @ AztecastroMcJ. I think I would go for a used one,as the cost of new ones are restrictive. @ Brianb. I like the look of the CPC 1100 & 925 very much..A new one is out of my price range but I'll keep them in mind if I see a used one. @ Doc. I've considered selling all & keeping the dob but sometime in the future I would like to try some imaging (if I ever get any spare time) so I would need somthing motorised,this is part of my reasoning for a large SCT. @ Macavity. Its the wifes job to weed the patio @ DarkerSky. I am undecided whether to sell the dob or not,its something I'm really going to have to think about but if I do,I'll advertise it on here first. @ franticsmurf. Your completely right..I like looking at both DSO's & planets but proberly spend more time on planets. @ Andrew I think the Towa is going for sale & what you have suggested is proberly going to be what I will do, if I can just get myself to part with the dob. @ omneferuss. I would love an obsy & it has crossed my mind to build one but due to work, I just dont have the time. @ David o Bikes are staying for the moment @ Brunty12345 Thanks mate @ ajfdab I dont mind the weight of the scope but what I do like is the idea of something that can be carried fully built up quite easily. My refractors on their tripods are quite long & wide, so getting them through the doors takes a bit of doing. @ arad85 If I do decide to go for a large SCT I think the dob will have to go to help fund it. Thanks again for all the suggestions
  18. Having had yet another nagging off the wife about how much room my scopes take up, & I suppose I have to agree with her that at least 2 will have to go Now heres the problem, I like each scope in its own way but as my refractors take up sooo much room at least one,if not both have to go.. I love the look of the classic refractors, My Vixen is a real stunner with very sharp images & I find the alt-az mount a dream to use. The Towa also looks great & is very original but I do find the eq mount a bit of a pain after the ease of the alt-az of the Vixen. The little 5se, now this thing for its size is fantastic & its so portable I even took the scope & mount to Portugal with me last week, with the scope fitting in my hand luggage..I was so impressed with this little SCT, I think I will be selling this one & upgrading to a much larger SCT or Mak as they will not take up anymore room. Now onto the 12" Dob...What a scope, it can be set-up & collimated in 3 or 4 mins, fantastic views & it is actually easier to store than the other scopes...But as I want to upgrade to a large SCT or Mak, this scope will raise more cash. I will be sad to any of them go really but I need to be practical. I will be interested in anyones views on which they would get rid of & any advice on what 8" or larger SCT or MAK to go for. Tony
  19. After a quick search of the archives I found a member on here ( Brass n glass ) used to or still owns one. its in a post about 3/4 of the way down in this thread How many scopes have owned?... [Archive] - Stargazers Lounge Also mentioned in this thread http://stargazerslounge.com/astro-lounge/78913-trio-mercury-moon-pleiades.html It might be worth sending him a PM in case he dont read this thread,he might be able to give some advice on your scope
  20. I dont know if this will interest anyone on here but if I was closer to the seller I would go for it. It has some eyepeices,filters,Telrad finder scope & sun filter & for £160 dont seem expensive. Item number 330420912198 PS: I dont have anything to do with the seller
  21. The address on the ad is about 7 miles from where I live. It is a private address & I think its in a block of flats, so the seller is proberly a "drop Shipper"
  22. Thats a lovely looking bit of kit
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