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Liquid-sun

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  1. So I take it any extension tube would be ok. Would this one - https://www.astroshop.eu/extension-tubes/orion-extension-tube-1-25-extender/p,14075 - fit into the existing low profile 2" to 1.25" adapter?
  2. Ok, thanks for another confirmation. Time to source the extension.
  3. The highlighted advice worked wonders last night! I racked the focuser fully outwards and then pulled the eyepiece as far as possible and the moon was in-focus with my eye in the correct position. I pushed it back in again and it was out of focus. So as you said it looks like I need the longer adapter - but at least I can start using it. Is pulling the eyepiece out a 'normal' focussing technique? Many thanks for everyone's help!
  4. How did you find that? Your google skills are strong! I can't even find it on there site - I'll contact them tomorrow!
  5. Thanks but £35 for P&P takes the total price up to almost 50% of what I paid for the scope...
  6. Thanks again, everyone! I'm going to try and source one online (who deliver to France). Edit: The seller actually showed me the old focuser and it looked like this - https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/skywatcher-1252-rack-pinion-focuser.html - which doesn't appear to have the long adapter. So giving him the benefit of the doubt (seemed like a nice guy!) it looks like he swapped over the focuser and perhaps didn't test the new one?!
  7. Hmm, the seller said he's replaced the "old rack & pinion focuser with a Crayford 2" with 1.25" adapter" - maybe he forgot to include it ... Edit: It would make sense why I have to keep my eye at a distance if it is missing the long adapter. Damn! Thanks everyone!
  8. Last night I tried my new (to me) skywatcher 8" dob on the moon. The problem was I couldn't really get the standard 25mm eyepiece focussed on it. I extended the eyepiece focusser all the way out but I then had to keep my eye 10-20cm away from it and at an angle to actually see detail (which was very sharp but almost like looking through a pinhole). Am I supposed to touch or nearly touch the eyepipece with my eye (glasses in my case)? The finder scope seemed aligned as the EP pointed at exactly the same point. The scope was outside for more than an hour before use. The focusser lock was screwed in and the EP was actually moving in and out. I tried with and without my glasses - it seemed better without and I could get closer, but with glasses I had to be more than 30cm away. Is this normal? Do I need a different (LER?) EP? I assumed I would be able to put my eye close to the EP and have a good look at the entirety of the slowly moving moon and not get glimpses of portions of it by moving my head around at an odd angle to the EP?! Hope you can shed some light on this!
  9. Great post, thanks for compensating for my apparent laziness! That's very interesting and something that would be great for my family too! I've always been interested in the planets, galaxies, the universe etc. and I always look at the stars in my garden at all times of year (South of France in a quiet village with not much light pollution). I sometimes use my binoculars but I need an attachment for my camera tripod, so that will be my first purchase. I'm just not sure if I'll stick with it once I've seen the major planets, and if my expectations are too high (they were slightly curtailed by the first reply!). I'm currently on holiday and walking the dog in the mountains at night and early morning and I've been looking at Mars, Venus and Jupiter and wishing I could get a better look at them (forgot the bino's...). I'm just not sure what the interest is after you've found the major objects; looking at 'fuzzies' doesn't seem that appealing after the initial 'ahh, I've found it!" moment if you can't see much detail. I would love to have observed the recent blood moon and I quite fancy getting into astrophotography with my Nikon dslr, but being able to observe a decent amount of detail in nebulae and spiral galaxies, etc. really appeals to me but it doesn't seem to be achievable with a medium priced telescope (looking at the Sky Watcher 8" or 10" Dob). Anyway, thanks for the advice, sorry about the slightly disjointed post (had a few beers on the beach). I'll do more research on this site and hopefully come back with more questions if I make the purchase. Thanks!
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