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Ags

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  1. I've traveled with an ST80 and an AZ3 (not recommended, although the views made it worthwhile) and with a Skymax 102 and Berlebach Report 112 tripod. The latter combination was very enjoyable to use.
  2. Thinking about switching to one of these, if i can get it in Europe: https://explorescientificusa.com/collections/52-series-eyepieces/products/soft-sided-eyepiece-case-epwp-kit-case
  3. Ags

    Eyepiece Maze 😀

    Of the eyepieces you list, I've only owned ES 68, ES 82 and Hyperion eyepieces, and the Explore Scientific ones vastly outperform the Hyperions. When I first used my Hyperion 24/68 in my ST80 the view was so poor (blurry and unfocussable) it was upsetting. My ES 24/68 gives pin sharp views in contrast. In a slower scope like an F13 Maksutov there is no difference between ES and Hyperion, and they both give great views then.
  4. A very short focal length refractor has a very large amount of field curvature. To get a wide field you would need a flattener I think.
  5. Yes I got a Berlebach UNI extension colmn, 25cm long. It works out well. I'm very happy with the tripod, real quality.
  6. Balancing the scope is not an issue as you attach the scope at its center of gravity. The heaviest eyepiece I have is only about 250 grams, but I haven't had any issues while changing eyepieces. A counterweight is likely to make the mount smoother however. I used the mount with a Berlebach Report 112 tripod (Astro version).
  7. Ags

    Finally, after so very long...

    I've looked for E and F many times without luck. Maybe one day... I saw Jupiter and Venus this morning, and the moon looked promising this evening - nice and high. But cloud kept blowing in and I got lazy
  8. Ags

    A tale of two implants

    My partner was diagnosed with cataracts by this hobby. She was complaining our microscope lens was dirty, then the next week she said the same about ALL my eyepieces. So I suggested a visit to the doctor...
  9. Sadly not on FLO... What is the weight of the 40mm?
  10. Yes, but proportionally 100 to 130 is a bigger jump than than 130 to 160.
  11. Interesting thread. From all I have heard, the Nirvana eyepieces were touted as Nagler-killers (back when Naglers were seen as being more awesome) and work well even in fast scopes. I prefer the new mechanical design, less blocky and bulky than the original.
  12. Ags

    What did the postman bring?

    I like the Explore Scientific 82 degree eyepieces, but feel the 14mm is a waste - too close to the 11mm, and I want the longest possible 82 degree eyepiece possible in 1.25" format - so the Nirvana 16mm is on my shopping list. Eventually... Let us know how the eyepiece works out!
  13. I have the TS version of the Altair Mini AZ. It is a very nice mount for travel. I have used it to observe planets at 135x with a Skymax 102, and also tracked aircraft at the same magnification. I have no experience of the counterweight so can't comment on that.
  14. Ags

    What did the postman bring?

    I've had my eye on a Nirvana 16mm for a while. The price on FLO is definitely right. I rember when these things had a much higher price tag - in a different housing however.
  15. I have an ST80 and it gives great views. I will always remember the stunning view it gave me of the Orion Nebula - it was like an astrophoto. I was using a 9.4mm eyepiece at the time. The secret of the great view was not the eyepiece or my skill (ha ha) as an observer, but simply the darkness of the site. Orion has a lot of structure to see - but that delicate structure is obliterated by city lights. On another dark night I looked at Andromeda with a cheap pair of 15x50 binoculars bought at a tourist trap in Spain. It was the best view I've ever had of the galaxy, including other times where I observed it from on top of a mountain with a 16 inch reflector! The reason is simply the huge object is best viewed at lower magnifications only possible in binoculars and small telescopes, so for Andromeda in particular (and M33 too) the ST120 is one of the best tools to use - from a dark site. Under urban light pollution you will only get the bright core, with hints of "wings" on either side on the very best nights. For planets and the moon, you might want to consider getting a little Maksutov. For example I use a Skymax 102 and for a reasonable price it gives really good views of the Great Red Spot, Saturn's Rings, and detail on Mars (but not last year - all I could see was dust clouds... no fault of the scope). Stopping down the ST80 to 50mm gives an F8 scope that can reveal some planetary detail, but a mak is much better for the task.
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