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About Donkeiller

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  1. I have a Kson 102 f/6 FPL ED scope. Even at f/6 chromatic aberration is quite well controlled. Seen my best views of a Jupiter shadow transit with it. It’s also really light and compact. An excellent travel scope. now gets a little less use because of my TS Optics 90mm triplet.
  2. I started with BSTs and they are good, but the lenses kept coming loose. it was irritating tightening them up on a regular basis. I now use Celestron Excel LXs. A little more expensive, but just as good a view as the BSTs, but better build quality. PS avoid the 5mm Excel. I’ve gone back to. BST 5mm, which I glued the lenses in?
  3. Agreed. If you struggle to see any but the brightest stars, in an urban setting, Goto is a must.
  4. Brilliant. First class colour-free Optics. Much the same size and weight as an 80mm, but almost a match for 100mm, visually. I won’t be selling mine anytime soon!
  5. Got a BST ED 3.2 for Xmas and as soon as I opened its box the clouds rolled in? Will give me about x187 in my 90mm triplet, which I hope will let me split some closer doubles? I will report when I can.
  6. Your mistake was buying an EQ mount in the first place. Never underestimate their innate hostility.
  7. Welcome to the endlessly frustrating world of EQ mounts. Junk it. Do not sell and inflict pain on others.
  8. No it isn’t. And as you say it only gets harder.
  9. Simple really. RA and Dec are a complete pain, often quite literally, whilst Alt/Az is easy and painless. Unless you’re a masochist, or into astrophotography, stick to Alt/Az.
  10. Ah the delights of setting up an EQ mount.....
  11. EQ mounts are a device of the Devil. I sympathise with you.
  12. Hope you do regret buying the 8SE. I have both the 6 and 8SE scopes. Almost never use the 8 due to a combo of poor seeing and long cool down- the 6 is much less affected.
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