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  1. Not just the sight, but knowing the whole is a supernova remnant is what I find so fascinating, the ghost of an exploded imploded star. And somewhere is the white dwarf or neutron star, all that remains of its core.
  2. I have an older version - hard cover, light blue jacket - it's good and durable.
  3. Thanks John. The Ercole only needs to hold my 100 and 120 Equinoxes at most so not too extreme. I hope it's metal is harder than a Skytee's puck. For a counterbalance weight shaft, if a dovetail bar could be used with a shaft central and perpendicular, then it would only need to be clamped in, the necessary weight fitted, and no need for removing or adapting a clamp. Obviously a tough clamp such as ADM, and one with 2 or 3 locking plates.
  4. And bada-bing a MEF for Taks appears in classifieds... Can the Ercole be fitted with a Losmany D clamp each side?
  5. +1 "Not a trace of doubt in my mind"
  6. The extender and Barlow only yesterday, in-between clouds and loads of aircraft (RAF 100 coming or going maybe). More time with gear than observing. The Skytee 2 is only good enough for 1x 100mm scope really, it gets top heavy. I put the Equinox one side as heavier and Tak counterweighted on top clamp. Both focusers worked well, the SW has a microfocuser as OE, which was useful. Comparing the two same FL 100mm refractors was interesting. Equinox is heavier, closer to its 120 mate than its DL rival. Deeper dew shield. No trouble with cooling for either. Beyond 130x magnification hand guiding becomes tiring. Better with a dob as they seem more relaxing, but more focusing. Anyway Mars will be around for awhile I hope, that will test the red and contrast of SW and Takahashi.
  7. Both being 900mm F9. At lower magnification I could not see any constant difference but at higher say 100 to my max 150 or more, the difference is not so much CA as light transmission and possibly contrast I think, more noticeable across the FOV. For Jupiter, especially it's moons moving and surface shadow transit, the Tak has made it seem high definition, likewise separating moons from the planet's edge. I have given the Tax more use than its Equinox stable mate. Using 10mm XW, 9mm Morpheus, 8mm LVW and 7mm XW for both scopes, I ended up using the parfocal Pentax pair most. Their TFOVs are close to the other 2. Fitting my DL with Q 1.6x extender and the Equinox with an Altair 1.6x 2 inch Barlow, the Tak was literally clearer ahead. I have yet to try 2x Zeiss Barlow and ES 2x extender on both scopes. The diagonals I used were an Astro Physics Maxbright on Equinox and TV Everbrite on Tak. Lots more comparison fun ahead. ?
  8. ENS has a "mint" 120 Equinox for sale. The best SW doublet all round.
  9. 66 Equinox. More portable and lighter than the 80 Equinox. I have all 4 Equinox models now (AFAIK)!
  10. "New telescope arrived today" Baby Equinox brought by Parcelstork this afternoon. (Whole family photos to appear soon.) Bit of worry about its focuser tube being stuck, but all OK now. Like all Equinoxes, baby has a sliding retractable lens hood, rotatable 11:1 scaled Crayford focuser, ED lenses and beautiful black CNC tube with chrome trim. Metal slip over lens lid. Only takes 1.25 inch eyepieces. Fairly heavy but noticably less than my 80 Equinox. The tube feels robust in a Tele Vue way, apart from the focuser, which I may replace with a Baader Steeltrack.
  11. Been attacked on holiday in Rep. Of Ireland. Had to get back into my car then exterminate the bloodsuckers that got in as well. For bites medical alcohol gel stops the itch. Horse flies are another H G Wells type nightmare insect.
  12. 2018 Astro Fair Speakers: Jo Richardson -Diary of an ESERO-UK Space Ambassador. Inspiring a generations with Space. Steve Owen - In Defence of the Night: Dark skies around the World. Prof Alan Fitzsimmons- Intersellar Objects in our Solar System. Dave Eagle- Celebrate Tim Peake's Principia Mission. Good topics, what are the times @Herbigplease?
  13. Spring event which was nearest to me was flu and snow season sadly. Hoping for another next year.
  14. Snap with the extender ?, almost. SN : 2×2001520. Mine is a 50.8mm with a 31.7mm adapter. Heavy!
  15. For holidays, birding and astronomy I would like a spotting scope that is shock and water proof, which take interchangeable 1.25 in/31.7 mm eye pieces. It would be a refractor 45 degree to 90 degree prism model, 80 to 100mm OD. Pentax models, Nikon and Celestron Regal all do, any others? For astronomy, which are going to give the best views for flat field, low or no chromatic or any other kind of aberration?
  16. I have a 1991 vintage orange tube C8. Just the OTA. It is light enough to go on my Skytee 2. I usually have a Celestron reducer on it which protects the inner tube from outside pollution. Also a Baader 2 inch helical lock for eps, diagonal, etc. My biggest grab and go scope, it's portable and effective.
  17. I agree. If we went by such tests, we wouldn't buy any.
  18. It's like bench tests v reality use. Same with hi fi, TVs etc. The atmosphere and weather are the biggest light scatterers of all. In a perfect environment, no man made creation would be perfect. I can see how observatory choices of optics might be interested in the scatter results though.
  19. Pp, ebay and Amazon buyer protection is worthing paying a bit extra for, to use them rather than straight from an unknown seller. Having used it, I have never lost money on soiled or damaged goods. Glad it all worked out for you ?
  20. My original Genesis is Ivory. The perfect white for a refractor tube. I wish the brass tube and finish was still available as an option though. Truly classic traditional look. Seen Ranger and of course Renaissance in brass. But ivory is what I too would choose. Camouflage tube cover for wildlife watching/photographing. I do like the TV Panoramic mount and wood tripod, again owning the originals. 30 years old and still smooth. Tripod needs a new varnish coat. Marine lasts well.
  21. Interstellarum atlas - I like it's presentation. "Pac Man Nebula", "Muscle Man (open) cluster" ES 2 inch 2x extender. Heavy! Weighs as much as a 35mm Panoptic, maybe a bit more. Certainly no Barlow & will require balancing compensation. Couple of Astro Zap tube end covers for my VX10L.
  22. One of the reasons I like long FL dob's is that the more upright, the more comfortable. SW EQ5 pillar extension adds a height comfort factor.
  23. For a refractor, a Tele Vue NP127 on Gibraltar 5 mount. A C11 or Meade 10 inch on Goto fork mount. Orion Optics 16 inch Dobsonian. Acre of land with my own observatory in a dark site not too far from home. No more eyepieces. Honestly.
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