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  1. I bought a used Skywatcher ed80 case, for around £40.00 I think. The ed80 and the ST102 are essentially the same tube with different lens cells so the Star Travel fits perfectly, and there are cut - outs for a diagonal, 9x50 finder scope, and a few other bits and pieces. If you could find one for a good price, I can recommend one, maybe try a wanted ad ? Dean.
  2. I also have a Vixen 30mm npl and I find it to be a very good eyepiece, especially the twist up eye cup. I find eye placement much easier and do not struggle with kidney beaning etc as I did with a 32mm plossl.
  3. Speaking of internal reflections, @Don Pensack has posted some excellent photos and comments about some kind of retaining ring? inside Vixen SLV eyepieces which has no paint or anodising applied to it, causing strange reflections. General opinion seems to be that this was on early production eyepieces, so if you are considering buying used I would try to buy as new as possible.
  4. I have a 127 Mak, and also a large collection of Vixen SLV’s. I have a 8mm Vixen NPL 50 degree plossl which I find very nice but the eye relief is quite short and at the limit for me personally, I also have an 8mm BST Starguider 60 degree which is a good eyepiece and has much better eye relief. I find 8mm really good for the moon and on nights of good seeing I have used it on Saturn with good results. I also have a 7mm Vixen LV which I use mainly for lunar on exceptionally good nights. Skywatcher also do a 7mm 58 degree planetary eyepiece which I found to be a surprisingly good eyepiece.
  5. Hi Stuart, I have a Meade lx65 mount and tripod. I work in engineering and am in the process of making an adapter plate for the tripod so I can attach different mounts to it. I have had to drill and tap some threads, and on my tripod, all the threads are, being American, - UNC . UNC has a thread angle of 60 degrees and British Standard Whitworth has a thread angle of 55 degrees, so BSW will fit but not really vice versa. I would personally use UNC , the sizes are imperial ie 1/4 5/16. 3/8. etc. eBay sell UNC nuts and bolts. If you have a digital vernier that would help. Hope that’s
  6. Hi Aquavit, when I bought my 127 Mak, I also purchased a 32mm Skywatcher super plossl which I found to be very nice, but, like you I had difficulty with eye placement. I do not wear spectacles and the eye relief was just too much, resulting in black outs and kidney beaning. Having read quite a few reviews, I bought a 30mm Vixen NPL plossl. This eyepiece has a twist up eyecup which extends quite a long way and I no longer have any problems at all with eye placement. The slightly smaller 30mm fov is hardly noticeable and the views really are bright, clear, and sharp, it even works well i
  7. Another download, many thanks.
  8. Hi miketw, I have two alt az goto mounts, and just like you and your son, my wife and I share the eyepiece. One thing to note about goto, is that you don’t necessarily have to align the scope every time you set up. Sometimes I simply set up pointing roughly north and level, manually turn on tracking via the handset and simply use the up and down buttons to find a target using my lowest power eyepiece, the mount will then simply continue to track. We really like the ability to do both, especially tracking, as we can talk about and share our observations, for instance my wife thought she had see
  9. Hi Sluke, Before you write off the zoom eyepiece, I would definitely try it without the 2x Barlow. It may be that with the Barlow, there is simply too much magnification. As far as eyepieces, the first ones I bought were a mix of skywatcher super plossls and Celestron omni plossls. FLO sell both these I think, and also Astro Essential super plossls, all at really good prices, a 32mm should give you a nice reasonable wide fov without going to 2” eyepieces. For a little more money BST Starguiders have a wider fov, and get really good reviews, FLO also sell these. Also check out the ‘a
  10. Hi Isaac, my wife and I are also big fans of the Pleiades, one of our absolute favourites is M44 Beehive Cluster, it is a most wonderful collection of stars, the more you look, the more you will see a myriad of different coloured stars, under low power some even look like doubles. With your scope the 25mm eyepiece should frame it nicely. I have just checked SkySafari and it rises around 18.00 hrs but it is very close to the moon at the moment, so I would recommend you wait a little while.
  11. Forgot to mention eye relief, @Louis D is right, at 8mm even though I don’t wear spectacles I find it very tight, I would say probably my personal limit.
  12. My wife and I have a Celestron 8se and having read the above SLV review by @John we decided to give them a try, (at the time FLO had a good offer on). We now have SLV’s from 9 to 25mm. I find them sharp across the entire FOV, nice and bright, show colours really well, very good eye relief and comfortable to use, and have good contrast especially when viewing the moon. As far as strange reflections go, we have not noticed anything particularly odd, but I must add, we are still very much beginners, so it is possible that we don’t know what to look for. we only have one BST Starguider and th
  13. I also have a 127 Mak, and when the time came to upgrade the diagonal, I opted for the 1.25 Skywatcher dialectric that you have listed. For the price I cannot fault it, physically it is solid and well built, visually the improvements are for me, more subtle, but better compared to the kit diagonal. The most noticeable improvement for me though, is that the image is slightly brighter, personally I find that when I use eyepieces below 15mm I start to struggle with the smaller exit pupil sizes and the accompanying image darkening, especially when viewing dso’s, for example, on a really good night
  14. Thanks again everyone for your replies. As you all seem to be happy with your prisms, I am now convinced that the prism my son has given me is the cause. To be honest prism looks old and well used, it was in a large box of spares and accessories that came with a Dobsonian he bought a while back, everything was like new except the diagonal. Once again thanks all.
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