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Everything posted by LukeSkywatcher

  1. Scope(s)?. Where are they hiding. I only see one. LOL
  2. Not to mention the fact that this thread is 2 yrs old.
  3. According to the hilarious Netflix show Space Force, nobody can lay claim to anything outside of Earth.
  4. Double image, sounds like they are out of collimation.
  5. This has been discussed before. I think anyone who tried it found it good. I think the secret is to close either eye whilst looking through each filter.
  6. Thanks. I couldn't find them on Argos.ie. They look kinda cool. Just reading reviews. They are flat and not spherical. Oh well!!!!!.
  7. Hi, today I got a PM from dexter77 and he asked me this: Today I've received my SW AZ5 on steel tripod. It looks very good and I'm going to use it with Mak 127. I've noticed that slow motions are working in strange way, could you tell me is in normal or should I adjust something? 1. Azimuth Slow Motion. I've noticed that I can use slow motion only when I really tighten azimuth clutch. When I loosen it a little bit then slow motions are not working. Is it normal? 2. Altitude slow motion. Slow motion is working very smooth whenever I loosen or tighten clutch. I've recorded video, you can see it here, is it normal work of azimuth slow motion in that mount? My mind is all over the place lately so cant advise. Please reply to dexter77. Thanks.
  8. 10 people interested so far. 7 women 3 men.
  9. Tonight on my local community FB page, I've been chatting with a guy who is into astronomy and imaging. I asked him if he'd be interested in starting an astro group for the local community. He agreed. We will keep in touch, and when this Covid is gone or eased off, we will put in action to formally create an astro society here in Maynooth. He is a recent cancer survivor whose immune system is compromised, so he has been isolating since March. Should be fun when we get up and running. Sorry for the use of the Covid word. This post is about a new astro society in my locale, and I'm gonna be a founding member.
  10. What's up with those two?. They look like you just told them that the dog park has closed down.
  11. It is. My apologies. I veered it off course.
  12. This was reported months ago here on SGL. its very real. However i think it nothing more than a digital camera on a mount (IIRC)
  13. My 1st view of Saturn was with a 90mm Celestron Fistscope refractor (F11.....IIRC). I cant remember the EP. I remember me words to this day. I cant post them here. It was in 2010. Probably a 10mm Celstron Plossel.
  14. Ive used a 4mm eyepiece ONCE here in Ireland to view the Moon . It felt like i was hovering a couple of miles above the surface. Ive never had that experience again. It was a night when everything was perfect.
  15. Never breath on lens to clean them. your breath contains a lot of corrosive organics that can damage lens.
  16. Ive seen the Rosette with an OIII filter visually. Im guessing imaging it would bring out more detail, but ive seen it.
  17. You're on the right forum for advice. Absolutely DO NOT GIVE UP. Astronomy can be, and is very frustrating at times. The current situation we are all living in, doesnt help (stress, depression, financial worries, kids at home). I dont know your gear, so cant advise. All i can say is that many of us here have thought about giving up at some stage. Ive been into astronomy for the last 40 yrs, and im still here. Its not a hobby to me, it a huge part of who i am. DONT GIVE UP. It will all fall into place.
  18. I hope that i have this right: A UHC filter enhances what is already visible to the naked eye. An OIII makes objects invisible to the naked eye, visible. Feel free to correct me if i have this backwards. I have both. I couldnt decide on one or the other, so i get both. Baader branded.
  19. So I’ve just ordered 3 new eye pieces, BST Star-Guider 8mm & 12mm and a Vixen NPL 30mm. Possibly the only 3 eyepieces that you will ever need. BST, are held in high regard, as are Vixen. 8,12,30mm is a nice range of field of view to own. You have 8mm (high mag), 12mm (medium) and 30mm (wide field). If you ever want an eyepiece that is truly submersive, the GSO 32mm Plossel is a stonkingly brilliant eyepiece.
  20. The Vixen NPL 30mm is also a very fine eyepiece... Indeed it is. You cant go far wrong with any NPL (of Vixen products). Great price and quality.
  21. I have an 8SE. Brilliant scope in most ways. If you want to turn to the dark side (imaging), its not really suitable because its an Alt-Az mount. Imaging requires an EQ mount. For $1,200, id say you got a bargain. Best advice that I can give is: Use your scope and other stuff until you know it inside out and backwards. You will learn what works for you, and what doesnt. Dont rush to buy anything else. Astronomy is a slippery slope (imaging, even more so). The scope is the cheapest part. Its all the accessories and eyepieces that empty your wallet.
  22. Its always a good idea to keep a small bottle of Baader Wonder Fluid in your kit, as well as a rocket blower (as above).
  23. I bought the same a couple of years ago, along with an AZ5 tripod/mount. Its a great scope. I really cant fault it apart from the plastic finderscope. The R&P focuser is the best ive ever had. Its sulky smooth.
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