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Everything posted by tony4563

  1. Was fed up of being a contortionist trying to polar align, so I bought a Skywatcher 90 degree Polar scope. Great bit of kit which comes highly recommended. So simple and effective to use. Northern Optics service was Brilliant. Great communications and free delivery. The item came less than 24 hrs after ordering Big thank you to Nigel.
  2. Big Big Thank You to Steve Clay for the holder Really appreciated Tony
  3. It’s a long shot but I’m looking for the holder for the handset if anyone has one in their spares drawer I bought a used HEQ5 Pro but it didn’t come with one Clear Skies Tony
  4. Don't underestimate yourself... These are superb shots!
  5. Wow! She's Beautiful! What a tail! Taken with a Canon G5X Mk2 in Handheld Night Scene Mode
  6. I've always kept my Dobs (10" and 12'') in the garage in all weathers, without any problems I cover the top and bottom of the scopes with large elasticated shower caps available from ebay. This protects the mirrors from any spiders etc crawling in I then cover with a fabric dust cover
  7. I did have the right time, didnt I? lol 9.32pm Tuesday was the info I was told What time does it go past Wednesday if I missed actually did miss it?
  8. That's weird John. I was out from just after 9.30pm tonight (Tuesday) looking Westerly towards Orion. Saw the first go by, but took another couple of minutes to see the next, which had the same path. They looked no brighter than any normal satellite seen in the night sky. Again, the next one took a couple of minutes to see. It was a clear night and the skies here in Driffield are rated as Bortle 4. i eventually went in disappointed. It was nothing like the you tube video i saw of them earlier
  9. They could only have been bright for one night. I've been out last couple of nights at the correct time of passing, and hardly saw them at all. Dim and very well spaced apart by around 3 or 4 minutes. I was looking up thinking what the heck all the fuss about
  10. Hi Mark. Although not long in length the 180m Mak is quite heavy. The single screw of the AZ4 suffices, but I always check and check again that the dovetail has engaged correctly! I have the steel tripod so unsure about how wobbly the aluminium one would be. One advantage of the scope is that it is relatively compact in size, meaning the legs of the tripod dont need to be extended fully, which may make it more stable in use.
  11. Hi Mark. I have mounted mine on an AZ4. Its at the mount's limit, but it's fine as long as you make sure it's mounted properly and happy with a little bounce of the object for a couple of seconds, till it settles in view.
  12. Really appreciating the replies guys. Thank you! Yes, although remote sounds ideal, realistically it need to be pretty close to amenities too. A village like Foxholes seems to be closest to what I need. Away from the glow but a short (ish) drive to the shops. Can't wait to find one though. I'm trawling Rightmove every day looking for somewhere with a wide, open outlook at the back but away from a big city
  13. I'm living in Bradford , West Yorkshire at the moment but for a number of reasons, major light pollution being one of them, I'm thinking of packing up and moving out to a semi rural retreat in North/East Yorkshire or the East Coast around Filey. I'm wanting to live in an area around these areas where I can just take the scope out in my back garden and not worry about a dreaded orange glow ruining my enjoyment of the heavens. Does anyone live in these areas or recommend a village that has the dark skies I'm after? In fact, any fellow members living anywhere in Yorkshire with recommendations of dark skies in their area Many thanks. Tony
  14. Always amazes me when I see Orion upside down in the night sky. Thought I'd post a quick image I took for others to see how it looks
  15. Fantastic image Pete. Well done Sir!
  16. As you can see from my profile Steve, I have the largest aperture Dob that I can safely handle on my own, the largest aperture Mak that I can put on an AZ4 mount, and the largest aperture ED refractor that I can afford. Its all about the aperture. More aperture = Brighter objects and more details. I'm certain you would see more with a 12" Dob compared to the C8 ( which itself is a fine scope ) However, its not as clear cut as that. I've had nights where the Mak or Refractor has performed better that the Dob and vice versa. Its all about the seeing conditions and which scope cuts through the atmosphere better at that time. I own all three and use the best scope on what the night has to offer. The greater aperture of the 12"Dob will help you see more brightness and detail in clusters and nebulae. Galaxies will still be very faint smudges (if that) especially from your Town location. Get to a dark site and it's a different story. That however starts the problem of portability. The 12" is quite a big scope to move around and get in the car. If you are planning on sometimes going to a dark site, then maybe a 10" Dob may be more practical for transport? Have a look at the Revelation 10" or 12" Dobsonians. HIGHLY recommended for the money Would it be worth it? A definete "Yes" from me. On most nights, its an awesome, practical scope, be it widefield views, nebulas or planetary work that floats your boat.
  17. Same here. After recollimating the 12" Dob and pointing to Jupiter, it was a little bit of a let down following the previous nights excellent viewing. The seeing was so so here, and of course no GRS or transits to see. Still nice to look at though.
  18. What a great night's viewing. Jupiter was certainly the star of the show tonight thanks to the excellent seeing. Views through the ED120 at x180 were stunning. The best I've seen in this scope so far. Very crisp and contrasty, with bags of detail visible. The GRS was a lovely brick red and the swirls and festoons in the bands were amazing. Another barge above the GRS clearly seen I was interested to try my other scopes out tonight on Jupiter in comparison, seeing as the conditions were so good. The Mak 180 delivered fantastic views. Very similar to the refractor but with a tiny bit (and I mean tiny bit) less contrast. It did however pick up "waves" of good and not so good seeing, whereas the refractor was perfect pretty much all the time. Its a great scope and is certainly worthy of being called " A poor man's 7" APO " Its been a fab purchase and never regretted buying it for a minute. The 12" Dob actually gave pretty poor views, which I couldn't understand. I've recently flocked it top to bottom and collimated it just a few days ago, but the planet lacked contrast and detail. A quick test with the laser showed the red dot miles away from the centre dot on the primary. I roughly fiddled with the Bobs Knobs to centre the laser and the views were much better. However, it soon lost collimation again so I gave up. I'm thinking maybe the secondry screw has loosened. Whatever it is, it needs sorting. Ah well, that's a job for the next rainy day.
  19. A good hours viewing of Jupiter tonight, although the seeing was so so. GRS quite dark and prominent and Io and Europa very close as mentioned earlier
  20. Callisto appearing from behind Jupiter was awesome tonight. Really enjoyed the viewing tonight
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