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  1. It was made by a chap called Bob Sutton who unfortunately passed away recently and is modelled on an Obsession telescope. The scope is approx 13 years old and the primary was recoated with Orion Optice Hi Lux coatings late last year. The optic were sourced from Markus Ludes (APM) and are either Lomo or Intes Micro optics and is what I call "my forever scope" as I do not think I will ever manage to negotiate that well with the wife again! I am also waiting for the darker nights as I have had first light with the scope but conditions are less than ideal this time of year so I have not had the chance to see how deep the scope will go, but if first light is anything to go by I am in for a treat.
  2. Really interesting read and good to get an idea of some potential targets for the season ahead. It is reassuring to know that existing objects take on a whole new wow factor using a large dob, and galaxies that were not visible previously are now within reach.
  3. I picked up a 2 step stepladder for £5 at our local car boot.
  4. I am sure I will, enjoy revisiting old targets that will take on a new perspective, seeking out subtle colour in objects that looked neutral previously and seeking out those faint fuzzies that we all enjoy. Just considering eyepiece choices now as I have recently slimmed it down somewhat.
  5. Considering the conditions there is a lot of detail , the belt around the GRS seems to have faded somewhat. Nice capture.
  6. Thank you guys, needless to say I am chomping at the bit to get the scope set up and out under a clear sky. As the scope has barrow handles I was thinking of buying an 8X6 shed to house it in and leave it set up. Should be able to just wheel it out when in use. Can`t wait, thanks for all the suggestions. I will be sure to post a first light report and if your comments are anything to go by first light will be a revelation. Previously I was using a 12 inch dob so quite a jump. A colleague has a 16 inch flextube which gives impressive views.
  7. M13 should be impressive, M57 looks good through my 12 inch dob so will be interested to see what difference the new scope makes. The thought of seeing the spiral of M51 instead of using averted imagination is exciting. Typical that we have a week of rain now!
  8. I have just been fortunate enough to purchase a 20 inch F4 dob with a type 2 paracorr. I was wondering if anyone with a similar setup could advise of expectations and give some new targets to look out for? Thanks,
  9. A great report. I always enjoy reading of your sessions with the big dob. Your reports are very descriptive and it almost feels like we are there with you. Thank you and keep them coming!
  10. Love it. I think the diffraction spikes really make this image come to life.
  11. I agree. I have often referred back to the observation target pages in the magazines.
  12. Hi, I have also recently purchased a decent pair of binoculars to observe with. Despite owning a telescope or two, there are occasions where a relaxing scan around with a pair of bins is in order, also very quick to set up. The Binocular Sky do a free newsletter with observation charts. It`s free to sign up to so see what you think. Link below: http://binocularsky.com/
  13. Thanks, Just looking to reduce exposure times and noise levels with lower ISO
  14. Lovely results, Nothing quite so spectacular from here in Lincolnshire.
  15. Thank you Beulah, still a bit pricey but looks to be better than what I had found previously.
  16. Hi, I am currently using a Canon 100D with a stock 18-55 mm lens to do Aurora pictures. I am fairly happy with my results but am convinced I could do much better. Many times when I see good Aurora pictures, the kit mentioned usually has a fast f ration lens, f2.8, f2.5, f1.8 etc. The lowest f ratio on my stock lens is f3.5. My question is are there any reasonably prices faster f ratio widefield lenses available as they all seem to be £500 +? Thanks.
  17. I owned a 6" f/8 Evostar. I liked it in many respects and it often performed well on a number of objects. We had a very memorable view of the Veil Nebula unfiltered with it. I had primarily bought it for planetary and lunar viewing but found the CA to be a distraction . Also It is a big piece of glass so I would suggest considering a dew band or at least extending your dew shield.
  18. I have a 5mW green laser pointer. I find it very useful to point out objects to fellow stargazers and members of the public at events. I always check the sky for planes. When I do use the laser it is only for a few secpnds max just to show the area or star I am talking about. If used sensibly they are a great asset. As with anything in life, in the hands of fools anything will become a problem.
  19. Sorry to hear that also. Always grieves me to hear of folks having their hard earned kit pinched. Hope it turns up.
  20. Recently I came across these that had been re-conditioned by a reputable retailer that I have met a time or two. They were being sold at a very reasonable price and well worth a punt. I must admit that I am so happy that I did purchase them. So far I am really impressed! Once mounted on my camera tripod they give wonderful wide-field views. M42 looks amazing! All 4 members of the Trapezium were visible. M33 was really obvious and M51 showed 2 distinct cores with some diffuse detail extending outward. I really need to get these properly mounted on a paralelogramme mount or something similar as anything above 40-45 degrees becomes uncomfortable to view. So far I love em!
  21. It is a lovely image, and whilst you say it is raw and unfinished I think that as images go it is fine as is.
  22. Hi Nick, I have had a Canon 100d for a few months now after upgrading from a Canon 1000d. I really like the 100d, as you say it is smaller and lighter. It handles noise really well. As said in the previous post, iso 800 is very good for dso photos, even going up to 1600 is possible. I know as I have experimented with mine. I have had some very pleasing results.
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