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  1. David Hinds 495mm F5 mirror and 95mm Secondary mirror. Hilux Orion coating. Some small patches of damaged coating near the edge of primary mirror. Doesn't affect the views at all. Orion Optics recoating only about £350 shipping within UK included. Asking £1700. Detailed pictures on demand.
  2. I've only tested in so far in my 6" F5 and I love it. First light (the one I bought from David) in my big scope on M42 in just a few weeks now. I'm almost done working on my new mirrorcell. Patience... :p.
  3. In excellent condition though without box. - SOLD Having just purchased this amazing eyepiece from David H. here recently, another one fell in my hands and I don't need two of them. Pictured here with the 10mm Ethos which is not for sale. £490 Shipping to UK insured and tracked about £15.
  4. The postman made my day with this beauty coming from the UK. Thanks David :).
  5. I've recently moved from a Bortle 3-4 at the coastline to a Bortle 2-3 at about 500 meters above sealevel. I still have light pollution from a coastal village due south (grrrr) but from about 35° towards zenith, the sky is awesome. I have no sqm meter (yet) but I figure it'd be about 21.8. Now here the sky does indeed looks brighter, especially with the summer Milky Way overhead. It rather looks dark bluish gray.
  6. From what I've read around, you'd 'need' an 8mm Delos. Unless you really want bigger AFoV. Then it's 9mm Nagler > 8mm Ethos.
  7. Me too. It's nice to know your way 'around'. With some patience, I'm sure you'll see more yes. Also, think dark skies, no local interfering light sources (especially mobile phone screens), low power wide field eyepiece(s), UHC and OIII filters, and maybe some dark hood also to pull over your head and focuser.
  8. It's kind of depends on the budget AFTER that first £150-200. Will you have budget in the 3-9 months after the purchase to buy decent accessories like eyepieces and maybe filters? I remember I was VERY passionate about astronomy and getting into observing, but I was quickly dissapointed by the limitations of the supplied eyepieces. The eyepieces are just as important. I'd even say get ONE good one and add more ones as budget allows. Learning your way around the sky takes a while anyway and taking into consideration realistic magnification limits regarding the atmosphere (seeing), all one really needs to start out is a medium or low-power eyepiece with a decent apparent field. If one is very certain that their interest is only to solar system objects or in the case of medium to severe light pollution, a medium power and a high power ~50° plossl will be just fine. Though many starters want/need to check out everything the sky has to offer, so deep-sky (nebulae, galaxies, globular clusters etc.) should be taken into consideration. If there's no budget in the months following the telescope purchase I would rather recommend a smaller telescope with (a) better eyepiece(s) than the ones usually supplied with the scope. For your budget, some alt-azimuth mounted (avoid equatorial) 3-4" refractor or 4-6" reflector with some 10-20mm 68-82° apparent field eyepiece will give you real nice wide views of the Milky Way, extended nebulae and nice context views of solar system objects.
  9. I don't understand. You live in Australia. You mention 'under the darkest skies'. You cannot see nebulae. You are either looking in the wrong places, you have a serious problem with your eyesight, or (I doubt that possibility), your skies aren't half as 'dark' as you say they are. With a 10" telescope and whatever eyepieces, unfiltered, even in light-polluted skies, you should be able to get a glimpse of the Tarantula, the Lagoon etc... You say you're heading out to dark skies, yet you mentioned before you could not see the nebulae under the darkest of skies. Could you be more specific under what kind of skies you are NOT seeing nebulae? In the case you're trying to see them within minutes after leaving a pc monitor or brightly lit room, then you should indeed take more time to adapt. Most of all I think you may be looking in the wrong places. You should see a dim patch in a (well-aligned) finder first, before attempting viewing through the scope. Or take some time scanning the area with low power. If you are using goto, you might be quite sure you're looking in the right place, and therefore thinking you can't see it. Yet the goto might be malfunctioning.
  10. Nice post Neil! The process of finding targets can be as enjoyable as actually seeing them. So true! I loooove scanning the heavens at low power and if I don't find something, I'll find it the next time. I remember stumbling upon a big round nebula last year, I was just scanning around but I immediately recognized the object as the Helix. It was my first observation ever of the object. Dark skies rule. Yes they do. I had the opportunity to move to dark skies and I took it without hesitating. Equipment and the never ending desire to upgrade. Been there, but absolutely don't regret it. I just love optics, in particular eyepieces, and I feel I'm getting there, after some years of buying and selling used ones. Of course I could still enjoy observing with the ones I started with but it wouldn't be the same. Repeated viewings will reward with new details. No doubt. I like looking at pictures too before heading out and observe. Knowing what is there definitely helps also noticing some details.
  11. It happens all the time. An F4-5 telescope without budget for premium eyepieces and/or coma corrector. The eyepiece, IMO, is just as important as the telescope. Better have a slightly smaller telescope with good eyepieces. BUT... eyepieces can be bought afterwards at a slow pace. It's better then I think to get ONE good ep; let's say a premium mid-magnification eyepiece and slowly go from there. Like getting a 15-20mm 82-100° eyepiece (APM, ES...) and just enjoying that view until budget allows for what you want next most of all; more magnification or less magnification, more apparent/true field or less, more eye-relief or less, more or less exit pupil (what's your sky quality, how are your eyes doing...).
  12. Congratulations :). I went straight to an Ethos 13, coming from a Meade S4K 14mm UWA, but I know I'd have been very happy also with that Nagler13, especially if I won it haha. The Meade I got was a sentimental purchase (the old days), but I wasn't happy with the EOFB. I'm sure the N13 doesn't suffer from that. Enjoy !!!
  13. Yes! The Veil is quite something indeed. I used to observe as a teenager but later I gave up on the observing part of astronomy with all the light pollution and clouds. I never saw the Veil then either. I saw it for the first time under dark skies and at zenith only last year and my mouth fell open. I like the UHC filtered view a bit better though most of the time (depends on the magnification also).
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