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  1. Sounds like the one that made me mutter "holy s**t" out loud to myself!!!
  2. Thanks everyone. I don't enjoy moving but at least I'll be in relatively dark skies after many years in and around the "big smoke". Hopefully my astrophotgraphy will come on in leaps and bounds. That's what I'm looking forward to also. The plan is for this to be our family home for the forseeable future so it will be worth making alterations and provisions for hobbies etc. (observatory, home cinema room, garage for sports car etc ) Up until now the wife and I have been all over the place due to education, training and career pursuit. All is great except for one hitch. I'll be working at Swan
  3. Well I've had my scope for 5 months or so now and it's been pretty frustrating...as expected. When I bought the telescope it was a long term purchase and knew it wouldn't get much use at first due to the awful light pollution here and too many big trees in the back garden. Now both my wife and I are relocating which means we'll buy a house in Wales. Every time I go back there I marvel at how much more i can see in the sky. Not that it'll bother anyone else but I just had to spout how much I'm looking forward to getting to use my scope in some good conditions. :) :lol:
  4. Wow. Just wanted to get a few pics....2 hrs later...I've just come in. I gotta be in work at 7am!!!!
  5. Only just re-entering the hobby myself so I can't really offer much advice. You might find that it is worth buying a new telescope AND mount because the the mounts seem to be very expensive on their own. Then you could sell one of your scopes on ebay or astro buy sell. It would be helpful to know what equipment you have ie. Digital SLR etc.
  6. Any update Steve? Any other recommendations from anyone else? What about getting the Meade 5000 set from FLO instead of the Baader Ortho 5mm and the Meade 5000 32mm? How does the 5.5mm Meade 5000 compare to the Baader Ortho 5mm? Can I ask any more questions?...............
  7. That's good to know....I'd rather throw money at FLO since you've been very helpful since the start. Of course the price has to be right
  8. Or try the absolutely awesome freebie software "Stellarium" Google it. Up there with the best free software I've seen.
  9. Yes Steve, link is the same. I won't go for the one on ebay cos he wants 80quid for it. I told him that I thought it was on sale for 100quid and I'd rather pay the extra for a new one. Of course at the time I didn't know whether I was right or not but thanks for confirming it for me. Sounds like a nice EP though..might have to do some research...shame FLO doesn't stock them!!!
  10. As listed here Steve? http://www.telescopehouse.co.uk/page.aspx?theLang=001lngdef&pointerid=45738sd2jyZONBp6IZah0QGIWp4Chzrf&action=lnk I presume you mean to go with the 32mm rather than instead of?
  11. Thanks guys. So it looks like an ortho for planetary..that's that sewn up as it seems consistent with my research. Looked at the Meade Series 5000 for a wide field which seems a good bet. I missed out on this auction on eBay but am in contact with the seller for a deal. I can't identify the eyepiece. It matches the Series 4000 super wide angle but it says its a 2" fitting. Any ideas? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=003&sspagename=STRK%3AMEDW%3AIT&viewitem=&item=130072441608&rd=1&rd=1 If you know what it is and have an opinion on it's performance pleas
  12. With my Skywatcher Explorer 200 came 25mm and 10mm eyepieces. So to extend on these I'm looking for one around 5mm for planetary and lunar when conditions allow. A 32-40mm for that "spaceship porthole" view and then if necessary or advised replacements for the 25mm and 10mm. For the short term I am in the process of buying some Meade 4000 series Plossls. A 6.4mm for planetary and the 32mm (from Andrew hopefully!) for wide views. Also getting a 9.7mm Meade 4000 as it's a good deal. Thanks to advice from Andrew and research on the forum I'm aware of the limitations of the 32mm in terms of AFOV b
  13. Well thanks for the info astroman. TBH I wouldn't know whether my scope was collimated well or not. I'd read about the shape of objects out of focus being doughnuts and thats what I've observed. All stars look like the ring nebula The question about collimation was just a small aside in a topic about me being chuffed with my new scope. It may need some tweaking but what I can see so far looks great so I'm very happy. This thread has been taken off topic by peoples willingness to help. Thanks for the sentiment but I'm happy with my scope....I'm sure I'll be back at some time asking for adv
  14. The barlow basically is the camera adapter. You can unscrew the lens from the end of the barlow but I couldn't focus it like that.
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