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  1. Brilliant thank you! I went out for the first time with a circle t ortho at the weekend and was quite blown away at how sharp it was. Looks like I managed to find the Alpine valley, by accident, but have since been trying to find a nice zoomable picture of the moon to see what it was I'd seen! So, many thanks for the link, and the information on the various valleys
  2. I saw a bright flash to the left of orions belt on Saturday night, not the meteor in question as I believe that was Sunday, but it did finish off quite a productive Saturday in general nicely!
  3. Thank you for this post. As a beginner I have managed to pick up a 9mm circle T eye piece as a first foray into orthos which was my main reason for reading the post. Just got to practice with it as I've got used to eye cups and it feels a bit strange without one! However I've now realised I was also looking at the Montes Jura and saw the jewelled handle effect as well. Off to read up on the geography of the moon some more....
  4. I also have a 130P heritage. The first two eyepieces I got were the 32 and 15mm celestron omnis. A big step up over the supplied eyepieces in terms of clarity. I now also have a 9mm circle t ortho and a 5mm bst. The bst gives the darkest image which is to be expected given the size of the exit pupil and I also have a little trouble getting a really sharp focus with it but I suspect that may be down to the focuser (ptfe tape modification due soon) or getting close to the scopes limit and seeing conditions, but will keep practising with it! Not had a chance to try the circle t at night yet!
  5. It's also well worth having a look during daylight hours at things you can see so you can get an idea of how the scope moves relative to the image. The image you see will be inverted you are looking at a reflection which can also be a bit confusing at first. I got a 32mm celestron plossl last year and that showed me a lot more sky than my existing eyepieces, the 20mm and 6mm that came with the scope. I always start with the lowest magnification eyepiece (32mm in my case, 30mm in yours) and centre what I want to look at. Then increase the magnification centring the object in each eyepiece as I
  6. Thank you for the replies. Exit pupil is something to think about and I'm tentative about a higher power ortho as although I don't need glasses at the minute, it might not be long. Plus I enjoy showing others what you can see and they need glasses. So I think a 5mm bst with a bit of eye relief may be the way to go, thank you.
  7. I have a flextube 130p and am looking for a couple more eye pieces. Those I have are the 32mm and 15mm celestron omnis and a 9mm circle T. I also have the Baader Q turret barlow. From my calculations that would give me approximately 20x, 43x, 72x and 46x, 98x and 163x with the barlow (without taking it apart to get the 1.3 mag). I would like something in the 130x range and also something to get me in the 200x range. Eye relief although not necessarily a problem would be nice to have and my interest is initially planets, then moving onto dsos. My dilemma is if I go for a 5m
  8. Another vote here for the 130P flextube. I managed to find mine second hand for a very good price and have been very happy with the views. As mentioned stay away from anything that's main selling point is magnification. Telescopes are essentially a tube of differing designs on a mount. The tube on its own is often referred to as an OTA but then you would need a mount to go with it. The other rather essential thing you need are eye pieces, and it is these that you can choose your magnification with. Going back to my point about magnification, a manufacturer could put a cheap and nasty hig
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