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  1. Nice shots!
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  3. Nice 10" Orion Optics on eBay at the moment.
  4. As has been said, objects vary hugely in scale, so it is essential to have a good understanding of this size in order to stand a chance of seeing them properly. Looking at the North America Nebula at high power is likely to show you nothing, looking at the Ring Nebula at low power will give similar results. Some objects shown here with Telrad circles overlaid to show the scale. The circles are 4 degrees, 2 degrees and half a degree. The likes of M31, M45 and the Veil are large and need low power and a wide field to show in context, first three images. Globs and planetary nebulae are generally much smaller and need power to see, next four images show these at different 'powers'
  5. Great stuff! Here is the thread, a somewhat tongue in cheek take on imaging, but main aim is for people using smart phones to have somewhere to show off their images and learn how to improve.
  6. I have my two ladies with me to drop off at Auntie Jo's in Bakewell before coming along, hope to be there mid afternoon. I should have the C9.25, Tak and PST mod with me, plus AZEQ5
  7. Amazing stuff Art, remarkable outcome. You should enter this on the StuPOD thread, a surefire winner! EDIT Technically it is against the rules because it's processed on a PC but we can make an exception
  8. I know! I've got red spots in front of my eyes....
  9. Took me a while to go just the right amount of cross eyed, but it works very well when you manage it! Nice one!
  10. The Blinking Planetary (NGC6826g is another good one, looks green to me. In a smaller scope the Nebula shows well with averted vision, then if you look at the central star directly it disappears, hence the 'Blinking' tag
  11. You can use Baader fine tuning rings to extend 2" barrels Nick
  12. Of these, the 17mm 92 degree looks like it is the only one which actually needs a 2" barrel. The 14mm has a field stop of 24.4mm and the 9mm is 15.7mm, both less than the 27mm of the 1.25" 24mm Panoptic or 32mm Plossl. The 17mm is just over this at 27.46mm. I guess both marketing and other engineering reasons (such as secureness of connection to the diagonal) come into play in the decision to go 2".
  13. We are in Imaging here Mike, so I'm guessing the focal length on the SCT was perhaps challenging?
  14. The filter holders for my widebinos arrived today. Shame I didn't have them last night given the weather. Had some good views unfiltered though. Focusing is fiddly, and the eye cups get really cold against your face. Once right though, the effect is pleasing. For instance in the Pleiades I could see around 11 stars down to mag 5.6 (18 Tauri) vs a normal 6. That was when it was quite low down in the murk too so quite impressive. Taurus itself looks very nice, framed very well in the same field and Theta1/2 Tauri a lovely wide pair. Hoping for a good dark sky at DIYPSP!
  15. It's yours Steve, sorry for the delayed reply. Will pm you Stu