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About Stu1smartcookie

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    Astronomy (obviously) , Sport (watching , not playing)
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  1. Yes , you are right,of course, but i was actually surprised that i had at least some of the cluster in view . For me , nothing will come close to the wide angle WO Z73 , but i took the plunge with my mak 180 and i don't regret it . I was a bit worried when people told me the cooling times on a mak , but i found it to be reasonable . Also , i do find that focusing is a bit tricky sometimes .. there is a really small sweet spot.. i guess that is normal for these scopes . Or am i doing something wrong ?
  2. I had the same dilema as you , Jason ...i went through 3 scopes before i settled on a 180 mak ... ive not had the best chance to use it yet , and its certainly a different proposition from my 250 dob and my lovely little WO Z73 ( which i hate myself for parting with). But , i , like you , think the Mak is the way to go .. it was when i looked at the Plaides that i knew i had done the right thing .. especially with Mars close by . Im looking forward to seeing the planets and the moon in more detail . Now all we need is some lovely clear nights . Good luck , mate .
  3. Last night in Bishops Stortford ...we had clear skies ... i was delighted until i saw the moon ... completely washing out my viewing area Hopefully though we should be in for some nice frosty weather soon , although as i write this there is even more cloud zzz It is all a bit depressing , especially as at this time of year we have a great opportunities to use our scopes more (supposedly ). Also i've had more than one occasion when ive spent ages setting up the equipment only for a blanket of cloud to completely ruin my experience ... oh well ... it just makes it all the more special when we do actually get clear skies .
  4. So , i still have , a WO Z73 Field Flattener and a Canon 48mm T-Ring for sale . Absolutely mint condition , asking £100 for the pair . Please see photos .... stop press !! also a laser collimator , boxed as new , looking for £20 for this . (photo to follow) Thanks for looking Stu
  5. Brilliant report ... echoed i'm sure throughout the astronomy community . Thinking about it all , its probably why so many people in our country are mad for astronomy . Not only do we contend with light pollution , our time spent outside (due to inclement weather ) is so short . Therefore we tend to seize every opportunity we can to observe the night sky. When i read reports like yours Ally , it doubles my enthusiasm for this fantastic hobby.
  6. Good call from you guys . Especially about the extra weight , and , let’s face it , there’s a reason skywatcher put this kind of focuser on the rear of the scope .. namely , cos it works . I will certainly give it time before making another purchase . After all , there’s only so much a wallet can take !
  7. Great to read that the Mak is so versatile, guys . A good view of Mars tonight although only at low power .. I did read that I might be able to attach a different focuser , I don’t think the original is that precise, and it will work alongside the original . Anyone else had this issue ?
  8. So , after four scopes and two mounts I’ve finally settled on my favourite set up . My new ,and , last scope ( that’s what I tell the wife) is a skywatcher 180 Mak , mounted on my EQ5 .. I have already had excellent lunar views and tonight it’s the turn of a rapidly dimming Mars. So , I’ve decided to say goodbye to a lot of the deep sky stuff to concentrate on our solar system ( the Mak has a very narrow field of view and doesn’t do deep sky stuff all that well ) and it’s like I’ve hit the hot spot . Of course we all have different requirements from this fascinating hobby and most of us own more than one scope . But , it’s so satisfying when you finally settle on your favourite .
  9. Hi Paul , just sent you a voice mail .. Thanks for the interest .. i will take some better pictures tonight
  10. Selling my skywatcher Startravel 102 refractor complete with computerised mount . Including 2 eye pieces .. it’s in great condition and is a great scope for astrophotographers and visual alike . Price is only £140 , which I consider to be a bargain . I will even throw in a set of batteries for the mount . Photos on request , although I will upload some soon . Collection preferred although I will deliver within a certain radius . Thanks for your interest
  11. Selling my 2 month old Williams Optics Z73 wide field refractor ,finished in powder white with red trim ,complete with dedicated field flattened, Williams optic guide scope , official padded carry case , canon t-adapter (48mm), colour coded tube rings . Absolutely pristine condition , it’s an ideal scope for astrophotography due to its focal ratio. Can of course be used visually The Optics are what sets this apart from many scopes .The Z73 was reviewed by Trevor Jones on Astrobackyard and was considered as excellent . I’m asking £650 ono . Please note that I won’t post .. I prefer to either deliver( within reasonable distance) or buyer collects . Cash payment preferred . Photos on request , although I will upload a few
  12. You are right of course , but , because of the vast array of equipment it’s very easy to get caught up in the moment and splash the cash on the next have to have accessory. I commend your choice of scope though ... and I really hope you get that apo .
  13. Agree , guys .. out of the three scopes I have i favour my WO Z73 , but the dob gives the wow factor , my other refractor on a goto mount is so easy to “set up and go “ . I don’t have a Mak yet though hmmm
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