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About Trikeflyer

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  1. Sorry to hear you are not well. I used to get colds very regularly 4 times a year and really bad ones (yes I am a man ) and started to drink lemon water every day (fresh lemon juice in boiled water in the morning) I know it’s an acquired taste but since I started that I haven’t had a cold - 3 years now. Not for everybody but I swear it’s helped me fight off the lurgy. Steve
  2. Thanks Ade, yes I use this mount with a 120 equinox which I think weighs about 9kg+ with all the paraphernalia - weight for this scope is not a problem. With this scope I do need the ioptron pier extension otherwise the scope would hit the tripod on initial mount auto alignment. I have actually used it with an 8 inch revelation newt that all up weighs about 13kg and it is ok apart from taking time to get the balance point right and the slight vibration when adjusting focus which does settle pretty quickly but is annoying it works pretty well. Steve
  3. Glad you got to see it. It was the first for me too. Sadly I won’t be around to see the next Venus transit and I missed the last one as i5 was way before my Astro hobby started. Thanks for posting the pic.
  4. I have an Altair starwave 80mm Ed and that has 53 glass - it cost more than the 102 above so I think yes this must be 51 glass. Here is the 53 glass version https://www.altairastro.com/Starwave-102ED-FPL53-Refractor.html Steve
  5. Sorry to hear about your experience with the mount Ade. Mine has been pretty good so far so I may have been lucky. I had the whole Ioptron set up including the tripod so maybe mine just fitted together well because it was all Ioptron kit. The sky safari 6 working is because the firmware is the last but one on your mount - mine worked fine with sf6 until I upgraded the firmware to the latest. So if you want to continue with sf6 don’t upgrade the firmware. The new firmware is fine with sf5. I must admit if I had seen the Rowan mount pre buying the Ioptron, I might have held out for one - they do look well put together even the prototype. Like everyone I’m waiting to hear more from the tests being carried out. That said, my ioptron mount has performed well except for the sf6 hiccup so I can’t say I’m unhappy with it. It pretty much hits the target every time once it’s aligned and it tracks pretty well too. Like others have said, I’m sure FLO will either fix or exchange it for you and hopefully soon. Steve
  6. I just got these https://www.firstlightoptics.com/opticron-binoculars/opticron-imagic-tga-wp-7x50-binoculars.html For the money they are a good all rounder, light weight, easily hand held. Not bad during the day or at night. I’m very pleased with them. Obviously not 10x50 so if you’ve set your heart on 10x50 they won’t be what you want, that said, if your open to other options, at this price you can’t go wrong. Good luck in the final decision. Steve
  7. +1 for the Ed 120. I have an equinox 120 and it’s nice. I only do visual. Second hand you could get one for the price of a new 80mm if you look out and are not in a rush to get one. steve
  8. You might just need some adjustment on the tensions. There is a thread about this on cloudy nights but let Rob check it out. Glad your impressed. Enjoy SGL
  9. Did you get your AZ Pro mount sorted Ade? Steve
  10. I looked this afternoon in white light and couldn’t see it. Hopefully, it will be visible at some point before the weather breaks. Steve
  11. I want to test if AP is Something to consider investing time and money into. Before I get into image capture and all the financial, emotional and time investment that entails, I thought it’d be a good idea to try processing first to see if I get the same “buzz” that others do. I know that this isn’t full AP and that for true imagers, the capture is part of the experience and fulfilment. That said, it is for me a potentially low cost and interesting way to enter the world of AP. I believe there is a wealth of online raw data from many sources these days? Including NASA! I have no experience of anything AP related whatsoever though so can anyone recommend good raw data sources and secondly, the “simplest” processing software to start with that comes with a free trial and reasonable youtube (or other explanatory) lessons and that would allow me to test out whether AP is something I want to invest time and money into. Thanks Steve
  12. Thanks Ian for taking time to provide such a detailed review. I also have some 15x70’s which I use on a parallelogram mount. Sounds like you are happy with them and now I’m looking forward to giving them a go. I’ll post an update once I’ve given them a good workout. Steve
  13. Just decided to take advantage of these Opticron 7x50 Imagic as FLO have them on offer. Hopefully they’ll do an ok job, I’m not expecting miracles for that money but thought I’d take a punt. Anybody have any feedback on them - good or bad? I’m hoping to get some nice Nikon’s for Xmas but couldn’t turn these down at that price. Steve
  14. Yes I am. There are others on here who are members too and I sure they will reply to this post if they see it. I don’t get along to all the meetings but if you want to come along let me know and I can at least put you in touch with someone who will be there when you come along. We pretty much always get scopes out if the weather permits. We have 2 meetings each month, one mid month for observing and one at the end of the month for a talk and some observing. Hope that helps Steve
  15. Hi and you have Chosen a great all round scope. Regarding accessories 1. 6mm eyepiece - If you can stretch to it, I recommend the vixen slv for lunar and planetary https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-slv-eyepieces.html It will give you a magnification of 200x which is more than enough and may even be too much. A 3mm will probably be overkill at this stage. If you get a 2x Barlow, then you will be able to turn your 6mm into a 3mm on nights of exceptional seeing. Regarding moon filters, there are many opinions about the value - or not- of an neutral density filter. I have one but never really use it. They are good to cut out light from a full moon but you’ll soon get to know that full moon observing with a scope doesn’t show lots of detail. I Would suggest try viewing without any filters and see how it goes. Although there are many brands of collimators and Cheshire’s, a basic one will do the job pretty well (as per your link above) if you want something slightly “better” then this is the option https://www.firstlightoptics.com/other-collimation-tools/premium-cheshire-collimating-eyepiece.html either will do the job pretty well, the slightly more expensive one has some extra features that are nice butnot essential. Barlows again there is a wide range, like all thinks Astro, the law of dismissing returns applies meaning that you can pay a lot more for little improvements. You could get either of these depending on your budget https://www.firstlightoptics.com/barlows/bst-starguider-2x-short-barlow-lens.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/barlows/astro-essentials-125-2x-barlow-with-t-thread.html Hope that helps Steve
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