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  1. Hello Ben,

    I bought the same tripod last year supposedly to fit the LXD55 mount, it did not fit either but I managed to get away with a bit of filing and all was well. I also wanted to beef up the clamping of the legs and the wooden spreader/table so I contacted Berlebeg and they were able to supply within the week. Suggest you go straight to Berlebe

    Dve Cooke

  2. I have a WO flt 110, it would have been nice to have some sort of quantative definition of the scope rather than the advertising puff that seems so prevalent. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted with my WO and there is no way that this is leaving this house but why are good manufacturers so very coy about revealing their quality, perceived or otherwise. Your example at least gives some numbers.

    Dave Cooke

  3. Hello John,

    Regarding the e star in the trapezium I suspect that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing as Orion heads west but I will be trying and will let you know the result. Likewise any suitable close doubles. I have gone from being a guy with a big hole in the pit of my stomach to being very excited about this telescope. What I did not say in my original post is that I spent a considerable amount of time researching the relative merits/prices of the ZS 110, FLT110, Tak 102s and the Vixen 115s and feared that I had made a bad decision. Whilst I acknowledge that the Tak probably has better optics the WO setup offered a better alround package pricewise, bells and whistles don't seem to be in the Tak vocabulary. I am 62 and it is debatable whether my eyes could detect the difference between the two scopes.


    Dave Cooke

  4. A month ago to the day I posted a query on what should be observable with a 4 inch Apo after I had sent a scope back to the supplier after judgeing it to be underperforming. The original scope gave very poor views of the planets, no detail whatsoever on Mars, Saturn, to quote Galileo, had ears and the rock fall on the periphery of Plato could barely be seen. Curiously enough the instrument appeared to be in perfect collimation and the focuser was a joy to use (Don’t you just love an original turn of phrase) at the time I didn’t give any further details as I was still in discussions with the supplier.

    The supplier was Ace cameras of Bristol and their manager Mike Stokes handled the situation brilliantly. The scope in question is a WO FLT 110.

    I first phoned Ace on 22/12 after using the scope for about 8 weeks, I was advised that Ace would arrange to collect the scope at their expense but due to Christmas and the New Year they didn’t receive it until 3/1. I was advised by Mike that they had decided to return the scope to WO and to supply me with a completely new scope from the next consignment. I received it on 7/2.

    During the recent good seeing conditions I have had sufficient time to judge the telescope and am absolutely delighted with it, it is a different instrument completely.

    In my original post I suggested three targets which I believed a 4 inch Apo should reveal, I have already managed to tick one off the list. I have seen two craterlets in Plato and a collegue claims he could see three in a triangular pattern, what makes this more believable is the fact that he was not aware that there were craters in Plato but was able to describe their relative positions.

    I can now begin to enjoy this telescope in the knowledge that it is performing to its full potential

    Full marks to both WO and Ace cameras.

    Now, what are 350ds going for, will it never end?

    Also thanks for the replies I received from Jahmanson, Maccers, Vega and Kai Herb.

    Dave Cooke, One very happy chappie

  5. Hello all,

    I have had to send a recently purchased 4" APO back as I was unhappy with its performance. I wish to be a bit coy about the make at this stage except to say that it was towards the expensive end off the market, I will also add that the shop is willingly replacing the scope and I have no criticism whatsoever of the retailer.

    My question is what should I be able to see with such an instrument. I believe the following should be possible.

    1 Detect 5 stars in the trapezium

    2 Split epsilon Aries

    3 Detect the craterlets in Plato

    I would welcome opinions on wether my expectations are too high given my approx mag 4 skies. It seems to me that is difficult to remain objective(sorry) when testing telescopes unless it is taken to an optical laboratory or similar. On receipt of the second scope I need to give the retailer a decision on the scope fairly quickly as he has been fair with me.


    Dave Cooke

  6. Who said that God didn't have a sense of humour.

    WO 110 Fluorostar arrives Tuesday

    Mounting plate arrives Thursday

    Ready to go

    Rugby playoffs Friday, Clear skies

    Rugby final in 45 mins, Even clearer skies, not one cloud, no haze, no wind, no notion of which way to jump.

    Dave Cooke

  7. Kaptain,

    This is my first post on this site and I,m sorry to say that it has to be a negative one. I,ve been waiting for Sutor's book "Star testing etc" since March, I wanted to take it on holiday at Easter! I,ve ordered it from Earth and Sky in Norfolk but so far they have been unable to obtain a copy from the States. Not to cast aspersions on a man of your rank but be warned that this is supposed to be quite a difficult book. Maybe it's as well that I didn't get it on time, it could have spoiled the holiday. As far as I know Earth and Sky will be your only hope.

    Regards Dave Cooke

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