Jump to content



  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Stu1smartcookie

  1. The new ones do have the push fit cap Agree with the comments about not being a planetary scope but i have had some of my clearest views of Jupiter with it at a decent mag . And , yes the Cassini is visible around saturn ... all in all a great scope
  2. lol.... John , changing the app doesn't change the abysmal (for astronomy ) weather . Nice try though ! Stu
  3. Firstly , congrats on the scope and the potential mount purchase , Ian . An EQ5 is a great mount that will easily cope with the 120 . Where people have cause for concern is when attempting serious astrophotography with the mount . Most people recommend an HEQ5 . But for visual the mount is sound and is rightfully reknowned as a classic. I think the payload maximum for visual is listed around 9kgs . Any Cons ?... maybe you can update the altitude bolts as they tend to want to bend , also i believe the mount comes with very short slow motion controls rather than the long cables . Stu
  4. A lovely addition to my (getting better) eyepiece collection.. thanks to @Franklin. Great condition and well packed oh and a very nice bag came along for the ride too
  5. Nice place , St. Albans .. very historic . ( my wife likes the cathedral and the market ... oh and TK Max )
  6. Great report Nik ... and well done for taking advantage of what has been a truly depressing week of weather ... i swear i will swing for Carole Kirkwood if she keeps smiling on BBC telling us of more rain and cloud ! lol . I was encouraged with your views through the Newt , I may be considering a 200p as a next purchase .
  7. Yeah you did well buying that mount.. something else for the op of this thread to learn .. ie watch out for bargains
  8. Yes that is the one , Heather ... I think they all get a fairly good press , can't fault the look too , i reckon they look smart .
  9. Bear in mind there are 2 102 's ... in fact i believe 3 as bresser also make a 1000mm scope too .
  10. Yes that 102 mm Mak and pronto was a combination i just sold the other week to fund my SkyTee ... the scope is a wonderful instrument that punches above its weight . Agree though about the tripod , shame they changed it really
  11. Matybe that was an inaccuracy by them which is poor, in my book ( i did like the scope too though )
  12. John i beg to differ as this scope was always marketed as having ED glass although what type was never disclosed . Of course thats when i had one , if the marketting has been corrected then i stand corrected .
  13. its a bit of a minefield in itself ... ED glass has many guises ... the scope certainly isnt "colour free " so its probably FL51 ( although i am honestly not sure ) . But , just as important for your situation , it has a healthy aperture which increases its light gathering abilities . Of course it has a very short focal length . its really lightweight too
  14. good point from @Tiny Clanger...about the bresser in fact it reminded me @Dean Hale has a 102 /460 frac for sale in the Ads ... its a really nice little scope , from Bresser and is supported by ED glass .
  15. Its the same as the 102ST but in a different livery and no tube rings ... i bought one of these from a well respected member on here and they are nice scopes . Obviously false colour is present on the brighter objects but for widefield stuff they are fairly decent . Be aware of course , and i'm not sure anyone has mentioned this , you wont see any colour from faint fuzzies you may view . All in all a good starter scope on a decent enough starter mount ... you can even buy a motor for it which will track the object in view , allowing you to take a picture or two .
  16. Wouldn't that metal shed be a heat conductor , John ... although it does look a but shadey there .
  17. Can I just remind everyone that the op is buying a scope primarily for his daughter . She is 4 ! Let's think about that . Using high magnification may not be the best option here. A 4 year old will want to touch the scope , and that causes vibrations which in turn causes frustration which in turn wanes interest . So talking about 100x magnification on an st80 is or could be a bit of a disaster in THIS particular case . Far better to have a solid mounted scope that is useable at a reasonable magnification to look at bright objects that the child can actually see with their own eyes without the scope to start with .
  18. Firstly , welcome . I don't have kids but i can guess that a 4 year old would want to see something bright and big in the eyepiece . I therefore may not recommend the ST80 which is essentially a wide field scope that would show just very small points of light . ( the moon would look ok ) Therefore why not buy a heritage 130 or 150 dobsonian . These are really popular starter scopes , because they , especially the 150 have great light gathering and will show the likes of Jupiter , saturn and of course our moon in good detail . But most of all , those objects will appear bright . Stu
  19. I refer to my previous answer ... a 200mm Dobsonian .
  20. You will use an optical finder or a Telrad to locate objects . Larger Apperture will enable you to see further into space and to see more objects as you will increase light gathering , but you will also increase any imperfections ie light pollution . If you have dark , clear skies you may be overwhelmed by sheer volume of stars which actually make it difficult to pick out the targets ( not a bad problem to have in my book lol ). As for the scopes mentioned to go with the AZ-Gti , both are very capable , the skymax 127 is a very powerful scope that will excel on planets and the moon and brighter DSO's .. for some people , thats all they need especially as both scopes will not show false colour. I suggest though that you seek out a YouTube channel from Ed Ting, and Astrobackyard , by Trevor Jones ( hes mainly into photography but did a nice piece on visual astronomy ) .. who both champion the 200mm Dobsonian as being the best starter scope . In the end it comes down to , Price , Location , and viewing preferences . If these didnt matter we would ALL have the biggest and best scopes money can buy .
  21. Hi ... i have the Evo 72ED and at this point only use it for visual ... in my opinion ( which will be a bit biased ) the views of stars and planets are tack sharp with very no CA , even on the brightest objects Planets whilst being sharp are obviously small , but i find i can boost magnification to close to maximum on planets and get very good views . Of course this scope excels at widefield ... i actually use mine as a finder for my long F11 frac on the SkyTee mount , and it works a treat . Look , its not a cheap scope and as others have commented , you just get the scope ( and case ) . So you do have to weigh up the costs , but , as in most things in life you do get what you pay for , but , there are bargains to be had ( buying used ) . One thing you can be sure of , if you buy a used scope from people on this site you can almost guarantee that the equipment has been well looked after , and the seller nearly always points out even the slightes defect , ie paint chips Stu
  22. toilet humour ! er , literally ... i can almost hear Kenneth Williams or Sid James at this point
  23. Be careful when you pull the pin , er , that is a hand grenade isnt it Great Eyepiece .
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.