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  1. I once saw the little faint star from which the Ring Nebula was caused in my 12 inch dob using the Nagler 13mm Type 1 I had at the time. It was the only time I ever did, but left an impression on me - very faint but there. After that I concentrated on M57 itself using OIII or UHC Lumicon filters. This year with a 10 inch F5 I have not been lucky to see M57's star. Might be the 2 inches less aperture or just worse seeing. Has anyone else seen that star or any other from which a planetary nebula came? If so, what were you using?
  2. With the red colouring, aimed at Vixen or Tak triplet owners maybe. My Equinox is black& silver. (Vixens white rings would look more aestheic in a SW kind of way, and they are closed/unhinged which could be a bonus.)
  3. Baader Eudiascopic

    Don't give up! They are out there. There will more Celestrons & Orions than Baaders probably. I find things by browsing randomly. Sheer chance. US will have Orions, EU will have Baaders and both should have Celestrons. @Johndo you know if any current ranges use or improve on the design? The TS Superview 32mm seems similar https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p1429_SuperView-32mm-1-25--photography---visual---T2-adaptation.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=ts+superview&suchdas=OK
  4. Do you use a Zoom and if so, why?

    This is a good review of zooms, including the TV & Vixen (that look very similar!) http://www.astrosurf.com/luxorion/reports-tvzoom.htm
  5. Do you use a Zoom and if so, why?

    That is very impressive. Better eye relief than Leica binoculars usually give! How is it for eye placement tolerance?
  6. While researching who sold tube ring sizes I need, I came across Primaluce https://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/primaluce-lab https://www.primalucelab.com/astronomy/125mm-plus-support-rings.html Has anyone anything made by that company? The rings look strong, (but are red).
  7. 124mm Tube Rings

    I was considering strong cable ties! What do you use to prevent the tube from being scratched?
  8. Do you use a Zoom and if so, why?

    Less FOV & eye relief on zooms. They will also always be a compromise over prime eps - but arguably have a fun factor only zooms can give. I bought the Pentax because of reviews being favourable, and liking my XWs enough - also covering focal lengths beyond my 10mm XW. It has the edge over a Vixen LV/Tele Vue 8-24 I tried once. Volume & weight apart, zooms when travelling mean less financial loss in accident, theft or mis-directed luggage etc
  9. I'm not surprised the LVW came top of the mid section, but am that it was beaten by the XW14mm. With respect to the latter scoring 1 point over an Ethos, the criteria for former was the Moon, while latter, the sky. Both specialise then, XW have much better eye relief, giving it a close victory. So maybe the middle ground is where, of all brands. Competition was fiercest. Pity no ES eps in either test.
  10. I was new to scope buying then The Vixen was much lighter, but its tube seemed very thin. Mr Fuller was more nervous of it being handled than a Genesis as well. I still have the Genesis, but would probably have sold a FL - though considering a Japanese lightweight refractor now!
  11. FL102S was the one I turned down. Bought my TV Genesis instead.
  12. With photo and terrestial, there is merchandise and resources for potential customers to actually try out gear. But astro hardly any by comparison. Some online stores provide links, which is fine. It would not take much to copy ans paste to a seller's own site though.
  13. Do you use a Zoom and if so, why?

    I bought the Pentax XL SMC zoom in FLO's Christmas sale. Its fabulous for lunar viewing. I am hoping to try it out in a whole different range of uses, exciting optic! As with zoom camera lenses, there is a seamless increase/decrease for magnification. Great for outreach as well.
  14. Yeah.Two Tele Vues coming top. Surprise surprise. Not. Partisan influence maybe Going on my 17.5mm Nikon SW, I think their 10mm would be better performance as well. But also not so high profile/well known. So to https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/407409-nikon-nav-10sw-vs-pentax-10-xw/ I like Tamiji Homma's comment https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/407409-nikon-nav-10sw-vs-pentax-10-xw/?p=5742503
  15. Found this while browsing https://www.tringastro.co.uk/vixen-ax103s-telescope---ex-display-8651-p.asp Triplet ex-display with focal reducer sale price 1999.00. A Tak rival.