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  1. I find my best views of globulars come through my mid power eyepiece (a vintage 10mm orion megavista) which in my scope gives 75x magnification. Higher mags are useful for the fainter globs to try and tease out a bit of resolution (eg m 53 in coma and m 56 in lyra spring to mind but i do only have a 5" scope!), but seeing a bit of sky around them always makes them look nicer!! HTH Adam
  2. I'm thinking of buying one of these as a travel scope Telescope House Revelation 62mm Four Element f8.4 Achromatic Refractor (Black)as i'll be going to the canary Isles soon and they have nice dark skies!! At first i thought i may be a reincarnation of the WO ZS 66SD but with a f ratio of 8.4 it's a lot longer. The price is certainly good and it comes with a soft carry case. Anyone bought one and can share their experiences?? I suspect at 62mm and f8.4 chromatic abberation won't be an issue so as long as the optics are good it should be a winner!! Thanks Adam
  3. Olly i do agree with the anthropocentric view point we take about the universe but I guess that just our intrinsic prejudices, hence why we name planets, moons, topographic features after people, gods etc of the past! This view point has even gone so far as to have created the anthropic cosmological principle which the states the universe couldnt be any other way or we would not be here to ask questions about it! Of course this principle assumes it's presumptions and so is of limited usefulness however I'm always slightly reluctant to agree with multiverse theory as is purely theoretical and b
  4. Opps my bad! First time i've posted in here and i will keep that i mind next time in delve into the incomprehensible! Blackparticle that was something i has thought about but not heard that once everything has spread out and time and space to do really exist per se it could all start again as i guess that is the 'nothing' out of which the big bang took place or the creatio ex nihilio. Its the eternal return which Nietsche so loathed the thought of!
  5. After recently re-watching the first episode of wonders of the universe it raised the question in my mind again about the end of the universe and what a anticlimax it all is. If we now think that dark energy driven expansion will eventually spread out the universe so much that even all the protons are split apart then nothing happens forever (even though nothing can actually be said to be happening because, thermodynamically speaking, the universe is completely homogeneous and so entropy cannot increase, therefore the arrow of time has ceased being useful and time has stopped !!) it seems li
  6. Morning all! Just seeing if anyone else managed to get any decent views of the Europa tansit last night? As seems to be happening a lot this year when the sky is clear the moon is out to prevent any DSO observing but as it was forecast to be clear all night i set the alarm for 3.30 plonked my scope outside and had a quick hour. I was using an Intes MN56 so it took about 30mins to equilibriate, but once it had i was able to use 200X (a 7.5mm ultima and 2x TV barlow) and get a pin sharp view of the shadow on the disc. Any way this was my first proper go at jupiter this season and it reminded me
  7. I agree with swamp thing, regarding the narrow FOV. The best views i've had of NGC 7000 have been with a 66 sd and a 22mm panoptic and UHC filter which gives almost a 4 degree TFOV and nicely frames the whole nebula. It is only a very subtle brightening and so being able to see all of it with some space to spare really helps you see it! The west coast around california and mexico are the brightest parts and i would imagine your 10" dob gives to much magnification. I agree with swamp thing ditch the dob and reach for some binos or a rich field scope to get the best views. Cheers Adam
  8. From my experience a UHC filter is for this object and I've found small aperture still gives great results! I can see the veil nebula from my suburban backgarden with a 66mm scope and UHC filter! I think for both these objects good transparency is essential to get the best results!
  9. Interesting responses, I had my best view last summer from the new forest with a 66 sd and it seems smaller aperture may be best owing to it's low surface brightness. MjrTom I'm sure the combination your taking to ireland will give you a great view! Olly you should use your zs66 and put a eyepiece in which gives you at least a 2 degree tfov and a UHC filter and you can't miss it! It is only a subtle hazy brightening but I find the coast and peninsula to appear most obvious! I'll try a sketch next time I'm out I think! Cheers Adam
  10. Evening all, Having bagged ngc 7000 for the first time last night through my zs66 sd I wondered what equipment or techniques people seem to find helps with this? Last night a I used a 22mm panoptic and lumicon UHC filter and it gave me a good view, got it all in the tfov and I found the Mexican peninsula to especially stand out. Anyway I'd be interested to hear your tales of observing this great summer object and the equipment used. Cheers Adam
  11. So it was a bit hazy here on the southcoast yesterday so didn't think it would be worth setting up the scope but after watching family guy I looked outside and the sky was very clear and black! Once I set up after 20 mins I could cleary make out the milky way from cassiopia right down into saggitarius! I could also see the scutum star cloud clearly which I've never noticed from my back garden and it was an amazing area to scan around! Bagged m11 and 26 but also saw a globular I'd never noticed before, it was small but had a bright core. No resolution was possible but at 130x there was a granul
  12. I use an 11m t6 and 2x barlow as my planetary eyepiece in my tal 100 and found to perform very very close to the 5mm setting on the 3-6 nagler zoom which is regarded as one of the best planetary eyepieces. So good is this combination I've never felt the need to get another eyepiece and the wide afov really helps as my mount is undriven! Hth Adam
  13. Is this stil planned to go ahead?? The forecast is looking good for tomorrow night at the moment!
  14. I would say that the under correction in your scope is one of those things you'll have to live with and is often a consequence of buying mass produced optics. On most nights you may not even notice the difference between a better figured mirror however if you want top optics (eg 1/8 wave correction and high strel values) you need to pay extra for it, hence why Orion optics scopes are far more expensive than the ones you may get from sytna etc. IMHO i would be very suprised if a supplier would consider exchanging your scope based on the star test images you've supplied and once you go down the
  15. I have a 35 panoptic and do find that eyeposition is important. That being said once you find your spot its very comfortable and is a great widefield eyepiece! Also it good for the veil and N.America nebula with a good O-III filter! I was out having a good view of the veil last night and even in at tal 100 F10 it still got a good chunk of it thanks to its wide AFOV. HTH
  16. Afternoon all! No i know this (hopefully) shouldn't be to a problem for too much longer with the evenings getting warmer, but i personally have issues at the moment with my eyepieces dewing up or getting condensation from my eye when observing! Even my long eye relief panoptics! Now i've just started sketching and it is rather annoying so was wondering if anyone has any tips to prevent this happening?? Thanks Adam
  17. Sounds good Russ! Fingers crossed it'll stay clear!! Adam
  18. No plans for this weekend or tomorrow? forecast looks good, though there is a waxing gibbous the contend with!
  19. Im suprised no one has mentioned either M4 or M22. I guess they don't get to high for us but i've had great views of them both through my 4" apo! Your right about M53 Paul, it certainly is a gooden! Had a great view of it through my 10" dob a couple of weeks ago and even was getting hints of resolution at the edges through my apo (though it required a good 20 mins at the eyepiece at 200x!)
  20. Afternoon Russ! is M56 the one in Lyra?? I have viewed it but not from a dark enough site to get any decent resolution. I'll have to try that one out if i can hiost the dob down the new forest!
  21. Morning guys and gals. I've always been fascinated with globulars and they are by far my favourite objects to view..... so with spring here and the spring/summer globulars reaching more favourable viewing positions i was wonderiing what everybodies most memorable views were and of which globular? Maybe there are some NGCs someone has had a good view of who could enlighten me about (of course in the S hemisphere they have 47tuc and omega centauri). I yet to observe any of the ophiuchus messiers but for me i think my fav has to be M5. Although it doesn't quite reach the elevation on say M13 or
  22. I'll plump for the WO flt-98! I have one and it's a truly stunning scope! Very portable, no false colour and it takes magnification very well! For the price I would say there's no better 4" scope! Cheers Adam
  23. I also have a flt 98 but in carbon fibre. I personally use this as my grab and go on a ez touch mount. The scope only weighs 3.6kg and with my heq5 tripod it's very portable indeed! I have also had a lomo 80/480 which incedently is a world class grab and go! Mine was certified 1/9th wave with a 98.6 strel and it was great! Anyway perhaps just buying a more portable mount might give you more freedom? Since I've bought my alt/az mount I use my flt-98 more than I ever have! Cheers Adam
  24. Great stuff! Cheers barkis, i'll pop down the hardware store and see if they have any! Thanks Adam
  25. Afternoon all! I've just bought a second hand RDF for my flt-98 after finally realising i needed one but i didn't come with any screws to fit the shoe to the scope. Does any body know what size screw is required and where i may be able to get one? Thanks Adam
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