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Littleguy80

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  1. I did see that but it doesn't fold down quite small enough being a 3 section otherwise it would have been perfect
  2. Thanks Rich. I was little nervous that I was getting too close to the upper limit with the Manfrotto. It sounds like it should be much better quality though and should be fine.
  3. I’m looking at lightweight carbon fibre tripods that are at least 4 section for a travel setup. Scope will be a 72mm frac doublet on a light Altair Mount. They weight around 4.5Kg. Adding in diagonal, finder and eyepiece I’m estimating a max weight of 6.5Kg. As per title, I’m looking at the Manfrotto Big Elements Traveller (rated at 8Kg) or the Zomei Z888C (rated at 16Kg). I’m not putting too much in the rated load of the Zomei. The Manfrotto 055 series are popular but cost over £100 more and are rated at 9Kg. Both the tripods listed have a ball head that I’ll remove and use the Altair mount. A short fold down length for airline travel is also a factor. The Zomei goes down to 45cm and 41cm for the Manfrotto Had anyone got experience of these tripods? Would they be suitable? Any other suggestions in the region of £150?
  4. I thought I was set on the Zomei tripod but then found the Manfrotto Element Big Traveller tripod. 5 section carbon fibre and rated up to 8kg. The 55 series goes up to 9kg. It’s £150 which is over £100 cheaper than the 55 series 4 section equivalent. I believe the ball head can be removed. In principle it looks like a great deal but the price makes me think I’m missing something! https://www.wexphotovideo.com/manfrotto-elements-carbon-fibre-big-traveller-kit-1640497/#prodthumb-carousel
  5. Thanks for the heads up on this @Stu. It got me going on the Moon tonight and I just officially hit 50 on the Lunar 100
  6. Another good one tonight is Wargentin. The Y shaped ridge is well illuminated.
  7. I’m learning that lesson the hard way, Dave. I went a good few months thinking I was done. I just got a TV Plossl and now I find myself thinking about others as per this thread. It may be time for an intervention
  8. First time my case has contained a TV eyepiece. Starting to look full now.... but still some space
  9. There are plenty of experienced observers who don’t have eyepieces as nice as that. I think they’ll serve you very well!
  10. I agree. There’s so much choice and quite often the biggest differentiation can be simply your personal preference. Do you have a local astronomical society? You may well find the members would be willing to let you take a look through their eyepieces to help you get a feel for what works best for you. The secondhand market is a good way to go too. You can normally buy an eyepiece, try it and sell it for pretty much what you paid for it. It gives you time for some extended testing too.
  11. Thank you. It’s proved a great set up with my dob. The ES82 30mm is superb. I mainly use it with filters to observe large diffuse Nebula such as the Veil, North American Nebula and the California. I’ve also seen the Horsehead with it but this is not the best eyepiece for this. I just recently purchased a 25mm Televue Plossl for this. The 13mm Lunt/APM is a great eyepiece and gets plenty of use. If you like your 20mm Myriad then you’ll like that. I’m currently thinking over my high power eyepiece options and am considering a 5mm/7mm Pentax XW as well as a Televue Nagler Zoom 3-6mm.
  12. Oh crickey. I might have to sell both kidneys now
  13. I hadn’t considered the Delites. Will have to give those a look.
  14. Thanks Gerry. What limitations would I notice in the 10” vs the XW’s? I keep looking at the 3.4mm Vixen HR. 350x mag may be a bit much for UK skies though.
  15. Thanks for the picture. Looks a neat set up!
  16. Thanks Philip! Sounds like it’ll go great with my little frac when it arrives
  17. Thanks Mike. It’s great to hear from you given you’ve owned both. I was really tempted when you put your XWs up for sale. You’ve very much sold me on the Nag zoom though! Now to decide on whether I wanna sell a kidney or a child to fund it
  18. I’ve also been thinking about the Baader zoom as a travel eyepiece actually! i think the SLV would be your best bet. I loved my BST Starguiders but I think you can do better for faster scopes. The SLVs are supposed to give Ortho quality views with a 50 degree FOV. Can’t ask for much more than that
  19. Another cloudy night so I find myself contemplating my eyepiece case instead of the stars! I should preface this by saying that I don’t have any immediate plans to buy eyepieces but am kicking around some ideas. Right now my high power eyepieces are Orthos (BGOs, Meade RG and Circle T). The short eye relief doesn’t trouble me. They’re sharp and have great contrast. Recently I’ve been using my Lunt XWA 9mm with the Baader VIP to get higher powers with a larger FOV. Sharpness and contrast are both poorer compared to the Orthos but it does make observing easier. Two ideas are floating around my head at the moment. Firstly, can I have my cake and eat it by getting a Pentax XW 5 and 7mm. Wider FOV but with great sharpness and contrast? I’ve not used these eyepieces but they seem to have a heck of a reputation. My 7mm Meade RG Ortho was the star performer for planetary last year which is why I’m thinking of the 7mm XW. The 5mm takes me up to 240x which may see less use due to the often poor seeing we have. Idea number two is Nagler Zoom 3-6mm. I’m waiting on pay day to order a little 72mm frac as a travel scope. The zoom would be nice for that as well as my dob. The zoom gives an extra 10 degrees AFOV on the Orthos. I’m guessing the sharpness and contrast will be close to the Orthos. The convenience of easily switching focal length at high power is also appealing. My dob is manual so switching eyepieces and keeping targets in the FOV can be tough at times. What do the great minds of of SGL think? I’m open to selling a kidney or child to finance the right choice
  20. With me as Prime Minister there’d be dark times ahead for the UK.... thanks to my new strict light pollution laws
  21. On this day two years ago I joined Stargazers Lounge. I'm on the verge of purchasing my third telescope. I've bought 16 eyepieces, 10 filters as well as numerous astronomy books and accessories. I blame you lot for ALL of this Looking back on all that I've seen since joining, it's been quite a journey. I picked my first telescope with the ambition to see Saturn's rings. This year I've nebula, galaxies and even Quasars!!! I've learnt of the joys of dark skies. I've spent the last year using a 10" dob which has transformed my observing, especially from local astronomical society's dark site. So what have I taken from SGL? Firstly it's given me a place to ask questions whilst I figured out how to find targets in the night sky and then try for tougher targets. It's given me a place to celebrate my successes big and small. Reading the observing reports of others has been a constant source of inspiration for future sessions. My desire to buy new kit has been both encouraged with expert advice on what to fill my eyepiece case with! SGL is a forum filled with passionate members who are generous with their knowledge and encouragement to new and experienced astronomers alike. I enjoy spending time on here and am pleased to have shared a love for this hobby with you all!
  22. I hope you don’t mind me jumping in with an answer to this. I had a SkyWatcher 130M which didn’t have the parabolic mirror and was a longer focal length than the Heritage but was the same aperture. I picked up a secondhand Astronomik OIII and using an ES68 24mm regularly observed the Veil with it. It definitely needed good transparency but the OIII filter worked well with the smaller aperture.
  23. Validity of claimed observations in reports is another tricky subject. I’ve faced questions on observations in my reports before and it feels horrible. On the flipside, if people were allowed to post false claims without being challenged then it all becomes meaningless. Tough line to walk but I think the mods do a good job with this. I generally include my failures as well as my successes in my reports. I always hope that in some future report, I can eventually report a success. Readers of my reports will then know that it’s something that I’ve worked up to as opposed to hitting the jackpot first time, every time. I lost count of the numbers times I reported trying and failing to see the F star in the trapezium before finally being able to report a success. Neptune’s moon Triton still evades me but hopefully one day I’ll get it and you can count on an observing report for that!
  24. @mapstar I very much understand where you’re coming from with your comments. I personally miss Alan’s reports of using his 20” dob with traditional eyepieces as they were more relatable and inspiring to me. His description of finding NGCs within M33 is something that really stuck with me. However, I don’t perceive NV as a threat to traditional observing, anymore than imaging or video astronomy is. It’s just another method to observe the night sky. I think people will always seek out challenge and that can come in many forms. Seeing the Intergalactic Wanderer (NGC 2419) in my 130mm was really hard and felt like a massive achievement. I managed to get the Horsehead too in my 10” dob. These things aren’t about seeing something that’s visually spectacular but challenging yourself to see something at the edge of your abilities. Having read a lot of @GavStar and @alanjgreen reports, I believe they’ve looked for the same challenge with NV. Alan’s been trying to see Sharpless Nebula, many of which are beyond traditional methods and appear to be difficult even with NV. Gavin has pushed the limits of finding just how much light pollution NV can push through to see targets like the Horsehead. I’ve spoken to enough imagers that the desire to get better and better results is what drives them. There are still lots of people posting traditional reports and these are the ones that inspire me the most. I would love to see more from you and Calvin. You have scopes and experience well beyond my own and that’s exciting to read about. From a personal perspective, I do enjoy Gavin’s posts with images from NV. I quite often will go after those same targets with my dob to see how much detail I can draw out. It’s inspirational but in a different way. For me, NV isn’t a threat to traditional observing. It has it’s limitations as has been discussed. We have some very enthusiastic and passionate NV users who enjoy sharing their experiences which is a good thing. I’d like to see more big dob owners sharing their experiences to inspire me when I’m sitting under dark skies with my trusty dob!
  25. The mods decision seems fair enough to me. NV is still in its infancy on SGL and perhaps does not yet warrant its own section. Rules are always open to review and change as things evolve and change. I would hope no one felt the need to leave SGL as a result. All the members who have commented on this thread have all contributed a great deal to SGL, either through traditional observing or NV, and are very passionate about the hobby. The key takeaway should be that no one said there was no place for NV just some debate on which section it was posted in. I hope we can all carry on as before, sharing our love of the cosmos, no matter how we choose to enjoy it.
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