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  1. Hi Ricky! Welcome to Bar for broken hearted rained in Astrophotographers! lol You got some nice kit there mate! Look forward to speaking again soon my friend! Wes, Liverpool.
  2. Hi, has anyone owned a GSKYER Telescope ? In particular, a 90/1000 Refractor or similar ? I need to know if they're any good and obviously if the optics are any good ? Thanks in advance for any advice!
  3. What a wonderful night you had my friend! Jupiter and Saturn are now fairly high up so they're beautiful through a 8-12mm EP and anything with 4 or more inches of aperture! I never get bored of viewing or imaging the night sky!
  4. This pandemic is like a bad dream that won't end!?? lol. Hopefully we are on the road to recovery now...literally! lol Best wishes for your daughter! My brother drives his motorbike daily to work etc and he loves them! She will have such fun and freedom with her moped/motorbike! Bless her!
  5. Yes i agree it's always a good idea to see before buying 2nd's if at all possible, as there are some awesome bargains to be had. I too have bought 3 2nds during recent years, and 2 were pristine, but 1 was always troublesome! It was a SW 200p OTA, and i was never satisfied with it's optics?? to this day i just assumed that it was a rare faulty one from the factory, because the main and secondary mirrors looked utterly pristine, but when viewing things through them, the veiws were just awful, no matter what i did to try "resolve" the issue! lol.
  6. I just wanted to let others know, incase they weren't aware, that although the prices for Astro-gear has increased significantly recently for reasons beyond the Retailers control, i have noticed that the prices for used equipment for sale on various popular auction and other second hand sites have started to settle down now and indeed come down quite a bit! At the beginning of the year, sellers were asking for ludicrous prices for Astro-gear, oftentimes asking for more than the products were costing new!! ( due to Retailers struggling to obtain fresh stock! ). So if you're struggling to afford brand new equipment ( which for Telescopes especially i would always recommend buying new, because you never truly know how well the optics of used Telescopes have been taken care of ?? ) then definitely consider used equipment now that the prices are much more reasonable. I just really wanted to get this out there because most of us spend/will spend a lot of hard earned money on this beloved hobby of ours, so it's always important that we are able to get as much product "per pound spent" as humanly possible!! Clear Skies my friends! Wes, Liverpool, UK.
  7. lol the plot thickens!!?? £530!!!??? Nah on a serious note, i have only ever heard good things about yourselves/FLO so i am comfortable that your price increases are unavoidable my friend. I was just a bit shocked early on when the prices shot up. I am aware that 30 years ago this hobby was insanely expensive and out of reach for the majority of people so i am still grateful for the availability, massive range of products and relatively small costs in comparison to my forefathers. Thank You for your reply my friend! Sincerely, Wes.
  8. I'd suggest the GoTo mount, and telescope, together, working fine and in good overall condition, would sell for around £200-£250, possibly more if enough people are intersted in buying it. That's my guestimate going by the pricing trends I've witnessed during recent months. I'd suggest you auction it on eBay with a starting amount that is the absolute minimum you would be happy to sell for, and see how the auction goes ? Best of luck my friend! Wes.
  9. May i ask, very respectfully, why a Skywatcher 200p Dob that was retailing for around £290-£300 last year is now retailing for £399 ? That's a huge increase, and one would have assumed that selling many of them would make the prices come down, not go up ? Normally when something sells well, the seller can reduce prices to reflect higher income through increased sales volume, thus maintaining his/her profit margins ? I understand demand makes prices go up, but conversely increased sales volumes make prices go down, i always assumed my friend ? Thank You for in advance for any help regarding this issue. Sincerely, Wes.
  10. So sorry to be replying almost 2 months later! Yes i was completely blind sided by it tbh. I was also doubly annoyed bc i was just weeks away from saving up my estimated costs of around £4-5'000 to buy a completely new setup, everything needed for astrophotography. I've since bought it all, but much lower spec'd equipment where the price rise was just too great. Now all i need is this damn British weather to play ball!?? lol. Wes. Liverpool. ( Bortle 9+! No joke! I've had to invent the "9+" Bortle scale for where i live cos it's almost as bright as a Beach at midday in high summer!! lol )
  11. Call me naïve, but i honestly didn't see the price rises coming, despite covid...? Wes.
  12. Thankyou! Your post/comments clearly demonstrate what i been complaining about! I was looking on eBay practically daily, and at Telescope retailer's daily online, for many months while i was saving up a lot of money to buy a new SCT 9.25 inch, Quality EP's, Ha Filters, Mono Camera, Colour Camera, Adapters, basically a massive hoard of equipment, to start doing some serious Astrophotography and the ability to do quality visual also. Then this huge price increase, across the board, just happened without warning!!?? Suddenly, my projected total costs went from £4'100 to £6'450 !!?? I am still so bitter because i was only 1 week away from buying everything at the costs i had been planning for for months!!?? Wes.
  13. Yes I've since contacted many suppliers in Asia, and spoken to various retailers in UK and Europe, and basically what you say is what is actually happening. Plus also in Asia, there has been massive effects on staffing levels and interruptions to manufacturing and distribution of essential materials needed to produce not just Telescopes, but many other products. This Pandemic has really gotten us by the proverbial's, unfortunately. Wes.
  14. Yes a couple of other more experienced members have said the same things about the 70's and 80's prices/availability etc. I do accept that we are living in amazing times for Telescopes and technology! I just got such a shock when prices rose so suddenly and so steeply! lol. Wes.
  15. very good point! I sincerely hope so! Only time will tell... Wes.
  16. I know!! I have seen the retailer in question myself and my goodness his/her prices are just plain wrong!!?? I actually emailed a couple of sellers asking them how on earth they could possibly justify the prices they were asking in their ads, and rather tellingly, I got no reply whatsoever!!?? lol Wes, Liverpool, UK.
  17. Hi, you make a very fair point my friend! I do agree we have been spoiled during recent years due to massive decreases in prices, and 30-40 years ago, one could only dream of owning a 20 inch Aperture Telescope of such high quality!!?? or even a 12 inch Telescope without paying thousands of £££'s!!?? So in that context, the prices are dirt cheap!! I guess one should keep ones eyes on the bigger picture!!?? Wes, Liverpool, UK.
  18. I was under the impression that the retailers had raised prices because they saw an opportunity to make more profits because their new products were now being sold used on eBay et al for more than their new prices!!?? Maybe it is the suppliers ?? Possibly for similar reasons i outlined ?? I'm really surprised the mainland China prices were so similar to UK retail prices ?? That's quite a shocker bc one would expect the prices to be much cheaper at source!?? Strange ? Oh my goodness i really hope prices do drop significantly post Covid!?? But either way, I'll never fall out of love with this amazing Hobby!! The only thing that truly mystifies me is why there aren't so so many more people in love with this beautiful Hobby!!?? How can one not be utterly blown away by the views above us!!?? Wes, Liverpool, UK
  19. Hi. Yes I totally understand the Covid issues, and yes I would agree their will inevitably have to be some increases in prices, but just as an example for you, the extremely popular Skywatcher 200p Dobsonian Telescope was priced £289 a few days ago, and now it's priced at £399!!?? That's wayyy too much of an increase, surely!!?? I was looking to buy a new Dob, a 12 inch SW Flex-Tube, but now after price increases I'm not sure whether to!?? I can actually see one potential plus point to all this though ?? ( I hope!?? ) at some point in the future, the Covid situation will settle down, and all the people who bought Telescopes during lockdown for something to do, rather than because they genuinely love the hobby, will all likely start selling their Telescopes and equipment, and the law of supply and demand ( Hopefully!! ) will mean that the second hand market will be flooded with Telescopes and equipment and prices should drop down again!!?? I sincerely hoper so!!?? lol. Wes, Liverpool, UK.
  20. Thanks, i will do that my friend. I am so annoyed by these rises, bc as we all know, Astrophotography and visual Astronomy is already pretty expensive, so these price rises will further reduce the ability of certain people to afford entering into this beautiful Hobby!!?? I noticed Ebay prices started rising some months ago, then yesterday the retail sector shot up in prices too!!?? For example, the extremely popular SW 200p was priced at £289 a few days ago, in a very well known retailer here in UK, then yesterday the same 200p is now priced at £399!!?? Thats a shocker impo!!?? Thats roughly 30% price increase!!??
  21. wesdon1

    Hello everyone

    Hi! Welcome to SGL! have you purchased any Telescopes/equipment yet ? The reason i ask is their has been a very recent, very marked increase in retail prices across the board for Telescopes and equipment! I would suggest you research well before spending any money my friend! Wes, Liverpool, UK.
  22. I just wanted to express my shock and indeed anger at the astronomical ( pun intended ) price rises for Telescope equipment during recent months!!?? It all started on Ebay, and yesterday i noticed all the retail shops online have also massively increased their prices!!?? It was/is already such an expensive hobby, so i don't understand why this is happening ??
  23. Hi. If you can simply Hoover up/out the webs without touching Mirror surface, then do that. If you do have to disassemble it and clean it, I suggest you head over to YouTube and type a search in along the lines of "How to clean a Newtonian telescope Mirror Safely". It will be difficult to explain how to clean in words without illustration's etc. All that being said, if it is just some cob Webs, and the Mirror looks fairly clear and free of major dust, then i would just try to remove webs while Mirror is still inside Telescope, being careful to hold OTA ( Telescope optical Tube Assembly ) level to the floor, so if you drop anything inside telescope OTA, it will not fall and damage Mirror! Finally, look up "How to collimate a Newtonian reflector telescope". Your telescope is likely not been collimated for a while, so this is critical for it to produce good views. Eyepieces can be found all over the web. Pay no more than £20 for a 10mm, and £20 for a 25mm. They will suffice for a while as you gain experience and learn if Astronomy is for you and your children! Best of luck! Plz let me know how you get on! Wes.
  24. This is one of the best, most easy to understand explanations for this highly complicated and DEBATED issue in our beloved Hobby I have ever seen! Thank You! Wes, Liverpool, Bortle 8-9.
  25. lol that was the problem my friend! I/we couldn't measure it because we didn't have it in our possession yet! I/we wanted to buy 1.25 EP's for it but because we didn't yet have it ( in the post ) we couldn't be sure we were buying correct sizes! Thanks for the advice.
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