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  1. Thanks for the advice Peter and dave. It really is a minefield trying to find a case. Astroboot has a standard binocular case for £2.50 + p&p. The description says 10x50 porro prism, its got to be worth a try at that price.
  2. My hellos naturesport 10x50 binocular case has seen better days so I need a new case, do I go for a standard padded case, a hard case or even a small flight case. The latter I was thinking would last longer aswell as protecting the binocular. Has anybody else upgraded their binocular case?
  3. Thanks @bomberbaz and @Stu I shall look into doing both of these, one as a hard copy and one digital copy, best of both worlds!
  4. Thanks @Zermelo I shall have a look at Michael vlasovs sky atlas now.
  5. Thank you again @John I've dug out my Cambridge star atlas, I can't see a key referencing the degrees, but a daft question, is the declaration used as the key, is it the same measurement?
  6. Thanks @John How would I go about making the right size circles? Are there any links that would point me in the right direction? Many thanks.
  7. Thanks @Stu thats cleared that decision up easily. Which size would be the best to have? As I understand it now the smaller one would give a wider view but the bigger one would give a more magnified view. Are there star charts on the Internet designed for finderscopes? I usually use stellarium and zoom in or out to match what I see in the eyepiece. Thanks.
  8. Hi all, I have a cheap 6 or maybe 7x30 finderscope on my telescope, the problem is its been sitting in my shed for quite a while and now its all dusty, the lenses have misted over and looks in general bad shape. What would the best option to go for, either a new finderscope or something like a 32mm eyepiece. I'm eyeing up a skymax 127 that comes with a red dot finder but no space for a finderscope. It seems the 32mm would be an ideal choice, however, would the eyepiece be as good as a finderscope reading star charts? With the skymax being more of a narrower angle view would I benefit more with a wider angle finderscope by adding a double shoe for fitting both red dot finder and finderscope? I'm a little confused? Thanks.
  9. I checked last night whether or not the magnet field between phone and telescope was going to play havoc with finding targets and throwing the calibration out. I have to admit I had no problems with calibration and even though I was holding my phone on the telescope it guided me to my targets. I was only using polaris and mizar. Took a great while due to dodging thick clouds! I have a cheap phone holder that would perfectly on the telescope, so today I've fitted it on making sure it doesn't obstruct any other parts. Now I just have to wait for a nice clear night!
  10. @tomato Thanks for the link, its great they're still keeping the talks going, I'm going to catch up on the past talks now.
  11. That looks super smart and effective. Have you tried it out yet? I bet it's like a different scope now! Thanks for sharing and motivating us heritage owners to do the same!
  12. Hi Stu You've made the scope look very smart, may I ask what the shroud is made out of and how you made it look so neat and tidy? PS what rdf have you fitted to it? Many thanks.
  13. Thanks for the replies. The magnetic field is the biggest problem I fear, but, if it gets close enough to jump off and walk so to speak I'll be happy! I just need to work out how to fix it in place now.
  14. Hi ashish83 I have the heritage 130p and I'm also a newbie. I have seen both Jupiter and Saturn using the stock eyepieces. The only things I can say are: You really need to be outside, viewing through a closed window will distort the view and the heat from inside the house when viewing through an open window will also distort the view. Let your eyes adapt to the dark and let your telescope cool to the outside temperature, this will let your eyes see more detail, so will spending more time looking through the eyepiece at your target. Using the 25mm first then using the 10mm is one way to do it but the 10mm isn't the best eyepiece (it can be done by using the methods stated above) I used to use the 25mm and then the 25mm and a celestron 2x barlow to pull out the detail before I upgraded to an 8mm bst starguider. Lastly, make sure your in focus, if the targets blurry play with the focuser. Hope this helps.
  15. Does anybody use the "push to" mode in stellarium and/or skyEye with their telescopes. Does it work well with todays phones? (The research I've found so far seems to be a bit dated). I used to use stellarium to help with star hopping so using it to push the scope may be easier? Even if it gets close to where I want to be and then use a finderscope or low power eyepiece to hone in on the target?
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