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Stu1smartcookie

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  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 .
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