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  1. It’s certainly worth trying for. The sky may still be too light but give it a go.
  2. What an amazing comet! Fantastic images everyone. I’ve finally seen it, having messed up my alarm on Friday night/Saturday morning. I went out at about 11pm and wandered 100 yards down the road where I managed to find a good view Barth and caught it easily with the naked eye and also through the binos. At 2.30 I headed up onto the heather for a better view with the Genesis. Really lovely stuff, both at lower power (24mm Panoptic) and also using the Leica Zoom. The nucleus is so bright and I love the split in the tail. This is a quick pic through the eyepiece, I may have some better ones but need a couple of hours kip before the short person starts bouncing on my head!
  3. With the 66mm, get yourself well dark adapted and you should get it all; a lot depends on your skies but I think they are quite good? The 100ED is too long a focal length to fit the whole lot in, you really need a scope of around 650mm focal length to fit it in comfortably; around 3.6 or 3.7 degrees field is what you need I think. John’s Vixen is 660mm, I used to have a 106mm triplet that was 690mm and that would do it with a 31mm Nagler. The Genesis is 500mm so will just about do it with my 24mm Panoptic (3.4 degrees). The 40mm is better from a field of view perspective (5.4 degrees) but the exit pupil is 8mm!
  4. They definitely work with smaller scopes Rob. I do get a little frustrated at this incorrect advice which is out there. You definitely benefit from good dark adaptation with smaller scopes, but they give wonderful widefield views of the Veil and NAN. I think a widefield 100mm is best for these objects; my Genesis is lovely at 500mm focal length and 5 degrees of sky, but I have had good success with smaller scopes too. The TS72mm was excellent from the Pembrokeshire coast last year with an OIII, the who Veil fitting in the field of view comfortably.
  5. I may even try to see this tonight at 11pm, as it appears to be 5 degrees above the horizon then still. Will get up at 2.30am and give it a go then too. Sleep? Who needs it?
  6. That will be because it is over exposed. What phone do you have? I’m not trying to put you off getting a proper camera, just saying that better results are possible (than you were getting) with a phone camera.
  7. It is possible to get planetary images using a smartphone. This is a single frame using an iPhone 6 and the ProCam app (was 5 at the time, now version 7) You can also stack videos taken on phones by transferring them to a PC and using Registax for example. I’ve not done that so far but may do at some point.
  8. Yes I think so. It would give x187 which would work pretty well for all three. Saturn and Mars can take more under good conditions, perhaps up to x220 for Saturn and x250 for Mars but the 8mm would be a good start. One issue is that with planets low currently even x187 may be too much on occasion so the Zoom would give you the range of magnification options.
  9. Stu

    Expensive!!!!!!!

    Good point Diomedes! I don’t really have any other vices so any spare cash goes on Astro stuff for me.
  10. Let’s not forget petzvals! There are quadruplet and quintuplet designs with doublet or triplet objectives and reducer/flattener doublets at the rear to flattener the field and reduce the focal length.
  11. Stu

    Expensive!!!!!!!

    You are totally right of course Paul, and if the skies were kinder then I’m sure the discussion would be more observational than acquisatorial! I certainly notice that topics are more kit based when skies are cloudy. As Jeremy has said though, I get pleasure from owning my kit as well as using it which adds to the hobby from my perspective. Much of it is second hand so less of an investment than it may appear.
  12. Stu

    Expensive!!!!!!!

    That sounds like the kind of maths I use to explain the price of kit to my dear lady, although that is normally the 2/3rds rule . If you started in 1620 then it might be £1/annum.....
  13. I would forget the barlow, no need for it with a 1500mm focal length; you can get to x250 with a 6mm eyepiece so the barlow is pretty much redundant, especially if it is questionable quality. John’s suggestion is a good one, and would give you plenty of flexibility. I guess the alternative would be something like a BST Starguider or two . The 8mm would give you a very useable x187, good for planets or the Moon. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces.html
  14. Definitely possible in smaller scopes. TV85 would show it nicely as would an ED80. I’m sure the Scopetech 80mm f15 should do, just need to give it another go most likely. Focus was an issue (not enough inwards focus with my Orthos which do focus further in than others. Perhaps I’ll try barlowing a longer focal length on and see if that works. Can’t chop bits off FLOs lovely scope like John did with his!
  15. Yep, it’s Venus still. Close to the sun so is pretty much as bright as it gets.
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