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Everything posted by BWBlackett

  1. I managed to get a box and some foam to keep my eyepieces safe. Any tips/ideas on how to make round hole in the foam for the eyepieces? Thanks, Brian.
  2. Some newbie questions. 1. Using my 10mm eyepiece (giving x120 magnification) the planet moved across my field of view in about 20 seconds. I think that with a bit of practice I should be able to manually track by adjusting the Alt & Az. Does anyone have some tips on how to do this effectively? 2. Although the specs say my scope will give x500 magnification I would think that Saturn would fly by in a couple of seconds. Can someone with a 10" (or so) Dob give me some tips on the maximum magnification for looking at for example Saturn. 3. The view of Saturn 10mm (x120) was great. Am I right in thinking that with a 2x Barlow the planet will be twice as large in my eyepiece and take half tghe time to cross the field of view? Thanks in advance, Brian.
  3. Does any one who of anything similar for a 46" Dob tube? I suppose I really need some kind of padded bag? Brian.
  4. It's not difficult, I am thinking about something similar (and the Lunar 100). What do you want to include in the list - I'm happy to have a go and create some PDFs. Brian.
  5. WOW - AMAZING :saturn: Using my new 10" Dob delivered today from FLO. Saturn was easy to find - could see 2 rings around the planet and 5? moons The Moon has a bit low in the sky to see clearly from here but still managed to see some great views of the craters. Too much cloud - but I can see some very late nights coming up if the weather gets better. :D Brian.
  6. It's here and it's huge! (I'm 6' 6" tall) Steve from FLO excellent service and a great deal on a 10" Dob. Thanks to all on the fourm who have answered my questions over the last few weeks (months). The other half hid it next door ("until the children are in bed") but I rang the courier as their website said it had been delivered. Took about 3/4 hour to unpack (did I tell you it was huge?) and assemble. Unfortunately the clouds have been gathering all day and I can't see anything. Mangaged to line up the finder on a distant pylon. Now just waiting for some clear skies!! Brian.
  7. I too want to connect my camera (Panasonic FZ5) to my Dob. The question is how? Has anyone used one of these? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/F-ADAPTER-for-Panasonic-DMC-FZ50-FZ30-FZ5-FZ4-FZ3-NEW_W0QQitemZ230114608855QQihZ013QQcategoryZ30070QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting Would it be suitable for connecting a camera to a telescope ? Brian.
  8. Has anyone used one of the ebay type green lasers for pointing at the stars - are they any good? When ever I try to point at a star with my finger no body else can see the same one (I am 6.5ft) Do they actually look like they are pointing at the right thing? I recently used a 3" refractor with a red laser finder and it seemed quite a useful bit of kit, what do people think about the merits of laser finders rather than optical ones ? Brian.
  9. I've noticed a few questions about dew shields, including the recent one about portable dew shields, can someone please explain what one is and why I might need one on my soon to arrive Skyliner 200? Thanks, Brian.
  10. but I've finally got round to ordering my telescope from Steve at FLO. An 8" Skyliner Dobsonian is on it's way. :D Brian
  11. Thanks everyone for all your responses. It looks like I will go for the Revelation set and wait for the lottery win. Brian.
  12. Has anyone any experience of either/both of these sets and able to provide any recommendations? Or am I better off buying a couple of single eyepieces for the same kind of price? Revelation Eyepiece/Filter set £99 http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=revelationepset or Sky-Watcher Eyepiece & Filter set £69 http://www.opticalvision.co.uk/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=21&strPageHistory=cat Any help appreciated, Brian.
  13. 8 stages of the eclipse, about 15 minutes apart, from 21.30 UT Brian Lancashire
  14. I recorded some good footage of the Moon last night with my Mini DV camera, transfered the file from tape to PC using Windows Moviemaker, and saved it as a standard PAL DV-AVI file. I can't get Registax to read the file. It comes up with the error "Failed to open AVI straam" Can Registax work on DV-AVI files ? Any help appreciated, Brian.
  15. Could someone explain to me the difference between using 2" and 1.25" eyepieces, what the realative merits of each are and how the prices change? Thanks, Brian.
  16. Can you give me some more details of this mod ? Thanks, Brian.
  17. Just to throw in my question, how does the 114eq compare with the Bresser 114 @ http://www.scopesnskies.com/prod/bresser/starter-scope/114/900.html You seem to get a lot for £180 but is the quality as good as the Celestron ? Brian.
  18. Has anyone any experience of using Bushnell 16x50 Binoculars or Bushnell in general. They are available on ebay for about £25 Any feedback appreciated. Brian.
  19. Thanks for the info and the welcome everyone. It looks like I should go for the 8" Dobsonian and buy a better mount later. Time to speak to 'er in doors !!!
  20. I have recenly become interested in astronomy and found this Forum. Can anyone tell me if there is much difference in image quality between 2 telescopes below The Skyliner 150 : 153mm (6") f7.84 Parabolic Dobsonian and Explorer 150P (EQ3-2) : 150mm (6") f5 Parabolic Newtonian Reflector I guess it is harder to track an object with a Dobsonian, making photography more difficult but I could but a better mount later. Any help appreciated. Brian.
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