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  1. Well, lots to think about. If I buy the Skywatcher then I know that I'll always be wondering whether the Telvue would have been a better choice. So I'm going to go for the panoptic. If I'm unhappy with the pan then it will hold its value better, and be easier to sell - much the same rule for any quality item. I suspect that the pan will be a keeper though. Thanks for all the advice.
  2. I have a 10" Skywatcher Dob, f4.8, auto. I realise that there's not a definitive answer with regards to whether one eyepiece is better than another - but I would appreciate some experienced opinions please: Will the Telvue 27mm Panoptic really give me over £100 better viewing than the Skywatcher 30mm Aero ED? Both of these eyepieces have the same 68 deg FOV. The adverts say that the Telvue image can be improved with the addition (and for more expense - £295) of a Paracorr coma corrector. So the Panoptic its not perfect - at least not in a fast scope. The Skywatcher will give me (I think) a lit
  3. I keep it in a warm room, carry it outside for viewing and then immediately attempt to extend the tube. Next time I'll trying waiting a while for the telescope to cool down and see what happens.
  4. Yep! That sounds like mine. Different rates of expansion for different metals perhaps.
  5. Hi, I've got a Skywatcher Skyliner 250P FlexTube AUTO which I bought a short while ago. I'm really pleased with its performance. However I'm finding it difficult to extend the tube smoothly, and sometimes it just won't budge. I've tried WD40 but the problem was the same, so its not a friction issue. It's probably caused by the close tolerances of the design. I have no problems collapsing the tube - there is a knack but it I can collapse the kit very smoothly every time.
  6. I'm still very much a newbie but it seems that choosing high mag eyepieces for a fast scope f4.8 is quite easy. Trying to find a suitable lowish mag is just plain confusing! I'm seriously considering the 30mm Skywatcher Aero ED SWA. Does anyone have any experience of this eyepiece in a fast scope?
  7. Hi, Does anyone know where I can get a plastic 10" dust cap for my Skywatcher Skyliner 250px FlexTube Dob? I'm hoping to make some sort of filter to view the sun - yes I know it's dangerous, but if I use this stuff: Baader AstroSolar Safety Film ND 5.0 Then I should be ok - won't I? Please stop me if I'm wrong.
  8. Hi, Please could someone point me to a UK supplier of mirrors for a dob project (150-200mm). Thanks!
  9. A very big... THANKS ...to First Light Optics for replacing my Celestron X-cell 8mm eyepiece. This was a very considerate gesture from James & Steve. I owe you one chaps!
  10. BLIMEY I don't deserve this. I will contact Stardust later this morning, and get back to you FLO.
  11. I've just received my Circle-T (University Optics) 12.5mm orthoscopic eyepiece from Lyra Optic. I'm very new to astronomical hardware but I do recognise quality. This eyepiece is very nice indeed, and I can't wait to use it. A very efficient service with a super quick delivery. I paid £50 and used Paypal. Lyra Optic provide an email address which I found reassuring, as my emails were responded to by a friendly chap called Glen. Nice one Glen. Thanks!
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