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  1. Hi guys and girls I would like to talk about light pollution filters in a little detail I currently live in Stoneleigh which is around 10 miles away from central London.if anything to go by my sky bortale rating is 6 not to bad considering so close to central London and on exceptional clear nights able to glimpse the Milky Way however rare!.my main filter I use like the bread and butter of filters is an baader IR-cut moon and sky glow Neodymium filter and generally use all the time just to generally clean things up a little however don,t notice a great difference with or without.the other filter I use is an ES O111 filter which I swear by and is a must for enhancing emission nebula etc especially on the veil in Cygnus and the M27 dumbed nebula stands out better. I do understand that filters are no miracle cure In more light polluted sky’s and sometimes subtle differences is between seeing objects or not at all I currently was advised by a dealer last year to go for an CLS filter which was supposed to enhance viewing on some star clusters and especially galaxies however I sold it after a few nights of observing as was left a little disappointed as if anything I found it made veiwing worse or was I missing something so I’m looking for any other suggestions for another filter that maybe worth investing in as if there is such a thing would like a better light pollution filter also something to enhance galaxies on.
  2. Hi guys firstly hope you are all on stargazers lounge are keeping well and safe in thease differcult times is anyone else on here spending more money now since the lock down etc.at least we have got the weather and clear sky’s on our side at the moment anyway after some consideration I’m thinking of upgrading my standard focuser on my Meade 12”ACF even tho I upgraded the focuser with the Peterson engineering upgrade kit still a little twitchy in getting fine focus especially at higher powers.i go by the general rule you get what you pay for in life however at times it’s not always the case and I’m considering the 3.25” to 2” moonlite focuser from other people’s experiences is it worth paying the extra premium price tag compared to the likes of skywatcher,Astro revelation and william optics as I don’t mind paying for superior quality and mechanical reliability
  3. Good evening to you yes planets can be differcult as the other post states when low on the meridian your not only dealing with more light pollution depending on your location also atmospheric turbulence I viewed mars around 18 mths ago now and wounded what the fuss was all about and was with an celestron CPC 9.25 however the good news is in the next few years thay will be higher in the sky be patient as you can go out one night and be disappointed then be amazed the next also something else considering if you got an shorter focal length scope thay don,t perform quite so well as an longer focal length scope that’s why some of thease refractors have F12,F15 and so on ie an F4.5 reflector will not perform as well as mainly a fast system and mainly for the moon and deep sky.And lastly there is a device worth considering by ZWO called an atmospheric dispersion correcter and I’ve heard through the grape vine that work very well in visual and imaging observations
  4. Hi stargazer 33 supernova 74 here how ironic I’m thinking of veiwing this comet tonight quite bright regarding comets are concerned when would you say the best time is to veiw and is it in Auriga!? Or as I’ve heard from an Astro friend it was just below the moon around 10:30 last night and what kind of kit are you useing 

    1. Stargazer33


      Hi, I'm not too sure where the comet is at the moment. I run all my imaging through a laptop, using Stellarium, Stellarium Scope, APT, PHD2 and either Sharpcap or Firecapture. I just search on the objects name in Stellarium and slew to wherever it is.

      At the moment I have got a Celestron x0.63 FR on my C9.25 giving a focal length of 1480mm and using either my modified Canon 1100D or my Zwo ASI385 osc.

      I'm still struggling to get everything working together; sometimes APT will platesolve, sometimes it won't; sometimes Firecapture/Sharpcap will work, sometimes they freeze!  I think I need to get a faster laptop!

      Sorry I can't be of any more help. 

    2. Supernova74


      Hi yes I managed to view comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS  it’s in Camelopardalis initially it just looks like a star however after training my eye I’m sure I could see some tale debry I’m useing a Meade 12” ACF the moon was also great night previous to last and managed to rank the power up to £609 x which is rare last night when was observing two meteorites passed in the field of veiw which was nice to see 


  5. Hi John nice to here from you my scope is an Meade 12” ACF and it’s the ES24mm 82 degrees yes it’s very annoying to be honest deep sky seems to be not an issue however on the moon and brighter objects sticks out like a sore thumb

  6. Oh ok Jeremy anyway I use an ironing perch chair personally only cost me £52 there seems to be not a lot on the market not a bad night tonight lol not to happy with one of my ES 24mm 82 degrees 

  7. Hi Jeremy did you get my thread ie observing chair yesterday 

    yes venus in M45 seems surreal 



  8. Yes the moon was good to night just came in after around 4 hrs deep sky a bit of a pain observed the Eskimo nebula also some nice clusters in Auriga and of course Venus not much detail but some nice shadows with the crescent on the planet 

  9. Hi guys and girls I pushased and Exsplore scientific eyepiece last year has anyone else had the same problem looks like my eyepiece has got jaundice lol on outside edge field of veiw False colour and mainly yellow with orangesh tint wouldn’t mind was,nt cheap was over £200
  10. Hi mick yes just come in my self I observed the moon for around an 1hr at. High powers hardly any atmosphereic turbulence a few clusters in Auriga also I take it back thinking Venus is a boring planet to observe 

    1. Mick H

      Mick H

      Nice one, glad you also had a good evening.

  11. Oh ok then we’ll its definitely worth considering the celestron (Advanced VX 8”Sct cassagrain as good beginner to intermediate starting point it’s slighty over budget at £1595 at Rotherham valley optics it comes with the Advanced Equatorial mount with a payload capacity of nearly 14kg This will allow manovability for Astro imaging and photography in the the furture a very versatile scope and is fully goto.also an advantage will be celestrons sky portal WiFi adapter which will enable you to use an iPad or phone to remotely control from the device ie whole night sky will be shown on app so it’s an question of just choosing an object you would like to observe and press goto and scope will point to object automatically and it’s very easy to use
  12. Are you looking for visual mainly or Astro imaging also in the further !?
  13. Hi if your looking for something generally for all round observing I would choose the Sct cassagrain thay are the work horse so to speak of the Astronomy world and a 8” OTA weighs in around 5.8kg mark and you don,t need a massive payload capacity mount either thay do most solar system and deep sky to a reasonable standard also
  14. Hi I see what you mean there however what maybe another idea is make some kind of brace towards the bottom of tripod or another idea if you used chain some how where locking bolts are then shouldn’t allow tripod to move or slip
  15. Good evening to you or morning lol well I can say you definitely get more for your money thease days and some major contenders out there however there is no such thing as a perfect scope maybe I can point you in the right direction what’s your sky conditions like firstly and most importantly your budget
  16. Good afternoon Jeremy fingers crossed I get some clear nights over the wk-end are you still looking for suggestions for observers chairs that will not break the bank!?
  17. Hi I,m considering in purchasing an APO myself however are the TAK! Really worth the premium price tag I be mainly useing for visual maybe somewhere down the line imagining or video Astronomy at some point the only reason I ask is in some reviews and testing against cheaper brands the under seems not to be that far behind ie in quality

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    2. Supernova74


      Well my current set up is a Meade LX90 12”ACF have a sky bortale rating of 6 not to bad for outside London on good nights and seeing conditions the scope can shine however I’ve heard that people have looked through an 14”Sct side by side with an 6” APO and preferred the APO that’s under even worse sky conditions then mine I think however in dark sky conditions the sct,s would come up trumps I think as aperture rules so I’m considering the Skywatcher Evostar 150ED what I’m trying to achieve is what I can see would like to see in more image detail and contrast I suppose sometimes in life quality can be better than quantity?

    3. JeremyS


      I think your 12-inch SCT will give better results all round visually on both planets and certainly deep sky.

      If it were mine, I would not swap it for a 6-inch refractor.

      I have a C9.25 and it gives fantastic results visually. And my C11 is great for faint CCD imaging.

    4. Supernova74


      Yes I used to have an CPC 9.25 good scope however got that little thing called aperture fever unfortunately deep sky can be a little more differcult around my neck of the woods however I’ve found Astronomy can be a little bit like fishing wait years for that good catch similar to Astronomy just the same.even tho the planets are still quite low in the horizon at moment I still had pleasant views of Saturn at around 380x I think tho in a few years time if I cannot bring darker sky’s to me I have to go to it 

  18. Hi there I’m selling my Meade LX90 12” ACF for maybe an APO myself however I’ve found thay are a little bit like car badges if you get my drift not always more you spend is always the best and many budget scopes have been tested against the big boys of this world like Takiashi if your looking for a Big Bang for your buck I would also consider the Skywatcher EVO ED 150 has focal length of 1200mm which also will be a good contender for visual also however will be a little slower in Asto imaging terms it will not over stress your mounting as weighs in at less than 9kg it was only a dream a few years back an 6”APO for £1550 nothing on the market comes close at that price !?
  19. Hi there the 200p weighs in around 9kg if you was considering piggy backing with an additional scope I’m afraid you most probably be over loading the mounts payload capacity
  20. Hi Craig I’m Sean I’ve just joined the forum over the week end yes it’s good if you can do a few things yourself with your Astro gear I have also manufactured some gizmos and gadgets myself so to speak must admit do get some strange folk in the Astronomy world had some guy name I will not mention as was as I was a new member and made a mistake was acting like the stargazers lounge police lol
  21. Hi guys and girls I’m new to this forum so apologies in advance for any mistakes etc.anyway I consider myself an intermediate amateur Astronomer with a twist Any way for you beginners out there or more advanced I’ve spoken to a few people in past who have had a few initial alignment procerdre problems and believe I’ve come up with a little perk so to speak as some folks have trouble eyeballing the star in centre of eyepiece for goto mounts either in azimuth or equatorial mounts and if you haven’t got a cross hair illuminated eyepiece at your disposal I’ve come up with a simple little trick and love and behold it seems to work!? All you need to do is with your favourite eyepiece when aligning is drill a approx a 3-5 mm hole in centre of eyepiece cap most are plastic then place back on eyepiece as your aiming your scope at bright stars anyway this allows a lot less margin for error regarding the object is more bang centre of eyepiece and I’ve used this method on my Meade 12” ACF a few nights ago and I must admit objects do seem to be closer to the centre of the eyepiece by a good 15-20% kind regards
  22. Yes apologies new to this forum yes I’ve come up with an very easy upgrade so to speak if you can call it an upgrade that is more of a perk as if you got an goto mount in alignment procedure instead of useing a cross hair illuminated eyepiece which can be tricky at times I’ve drilled a small 3-5 mm hole in eyepiece dust cap and you still can see star clearly this saves eye balling the object in centre of eyepiece and I’ve found in goto the object is defiantly closer towards the centre of field of veiw

    1. Cornelius Varley

      Cornelius Varley

      Please post that reply on the thread you started


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