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Posts posted by tony4563

  1. 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


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  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. On 08/10/2019 at 18:03, markastro said:

    Thanks Tony,


               I currently use it with the 127 MAK and the lack of the 2nd security holding screw doesn't matter as the scope is only 3.5 kg. Do you think the 180 might slip a bit without the 2nd screw?

               I'd also like to mention that it's the aluminium AZ4 I have and not steel.





    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.

  5. 1 hour ago, markastro said:

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. I wonder if it would hold well on an AZ4. It's a really nice strong tripod but I only have the central  (main) holding screw for the Vixen plate because the threads for the security screw are worn.


    Appreciate it,



    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.

  6. 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



  7. 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.  



  8. 3 hours ago, Grotemobile said:

    How would U say your Dob performs, say to your Mak 180 scope Tony.  @ the moment I

    have got a C8 scope & thinking of buying a Mead 12" scope.  Is it worth it. I live in a town.

    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.  :headbang:




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  9. 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.


  10. 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.



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  11. Congratulations on the new scope Peter.  :)

    I love astronomy and own telescopes of almost every type. Call me mad, but I rarely sell them, even when buying another. I hate to let them go as each one has something different to the next. My wife says I could open a shop with what I have :grin:

    I can tell you that views in the 150 Mak will be excellent, and as bright as what the ED120 can offer. It will have a much narrower FOV though, and the ED120 will have a smidgen more contrast and bite. It's close though.

    The Mak needs a good hour to cool down and a dew shield of course. The refractor is good to go more or less straight away.

    I found the short stubby size and weight of the 150 handled vibrations very well on an AZ4 mount.

    Great choice Peter. Its a lovely scope.

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  12. Thanks everyone for the nice words :smiley:

    Had the scope out last night  but only stayed out for a few minutes as it was windy and boy it was chilly wind!

    The moon was also out. I was gonna start with a quick peek but didnt have my moon filter to hand.

    Basically just did a star test on Vega to check my collimation (which was fine) and M57 which could be clearly seen using my Paragon 40

    Amazed by the colours of the stars I'm getting with this scope. Beautiful oranges and blues (Alberio in Cygnus)

    Looking forward to a decent testing once the moon disappears

  13. Can you reach the focuser at all elevations from a seated position, maybe sat on one of the garden chairs as a guide.

    The scope in shot looks mighty tall.

    Hi Charic.

    I'm 5ft 9in and found the 10" ok for most elevations apart from the zenith where I had to stand up.

    Unfortunately I had to hunch slightly which was not comfortable for me after a while. Started to get aches in my lower back after a while

    The 12" again is fine for most elevations seated but to view the zenith I need to stand once again.

    The difference is it's the perfect height for viewing as my eye is directly in front of the eyepiece and so it's far more comfortable.

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