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John Barrow

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  1. I can't help you with that as I am lucky to live up in Lincolnshire, but there are more detailed light pollution maps here (Right hand side under section "Related documents") and from the map you can work out where all the towns are (light polluted areas - some are marked to give you a head start) and so where the best locations are. Use Street Map alongside the light pollution map and it becomes obvious where you want to target your new home to be. I used these maps to work out where to drive to from my home town to squeeze out that little extra darkness.
  2. Went out Tuesday night to walk the dog, counted 21 (Sleaford, looking out to Silk Willoughby), but lucky in that Orion is over fields rather than over the town - if it was the plough then can only see the major ones. Submitted results to CPRE.
  3. To back up the other posts on this point, I have just received the very same telascope (Skywatcher Equinox 120) and it does not come with a diagonal. I have ordered the William Optics one from FLO Diagonals - William Optics 2" Dielectric Diagonal with SCT Adaptor although I believe that the SCT adaptor is for a different type of telescope but I assume that is a trival part of the overall price. You should also be aware that it does not come with a finderscope either and while I have GOTO (HEQ5 mount) I suspect that you aren't going to get very far without one. This is causing me a slightly dif
  4. Yes, it was new from OpticStar Sky-Watcher Equinox 120 PRO Fluotite ED telescope. The service, I thought, was first class but I may have misled him in wanting to view the image straight on to start with, rather than via a diagonal and understand the difference as I expect most of my viewing will be focused on the planets and moon initially. However, it would have been nice if they had mentioned that an extension tube was needed if a diagonal wasn't used. My main issue is with the quality of the Skywatcher documentation. It could have been a lot more informative. For example, there was no men
  5. Not quite Skywatcher Equinox 120 APO PRO OTA at the bottom of this page Equinox
  6. I have ordered a diagonal (William Optics 2" Dielectric Diagonal) from FLO (and beat the VAT increase) although I still need to wait until the end of January for the Finderscope as that is out of stock. I may have a hunt around tonight and look for an alternative (was looking at the Skywatcher 9x50 Right-Angled Erecting Finderscope). > Through an upstairs window during daylight is good for finder alignment and focus testing and the pylons are great to use. Focus on the top tip for best results. However - for the stars at night you need to wrap up warm and get out in the elements lol. Give t
  7. Morning everyone, Firstly thanks for the quick responses. > Are you using a diagonal? No - one didn't come with the telescope. The purist in me believed that a diagonal was an optional extra that was used for comfort rather than necessity. As every extra peice of glass between you and the lens 'loses' something I thought that I would see what the 'best' image you could see just using the eyepiece and then purchase a diagonal to compare. However, if that is not the case (i.e. just a matter of personal preference) then that would explain why I can't get a focus point. > Are you sure your o
  8. I have just finished setting up my new telescope (Skywatcher EQ120) and have managed to mount it and balance it for both R.A and Dec. and so the next task is to align the finderscope. Now I have a small problem here in that this telescope does not come with one (optional extra) and so that is ordered (although out of stock at the moment). In the mean time, part of aligning the finderscope is to point the telescope at a distant point on the horizon and focus in on that. As I can't really do anything until the finderscope has arrived I thought that I could still do this just to see the magnifica
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