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  1. Hi there people, Firstly can I say what a joy it has been reading and learning from some great posts by your community. My question (as a complete newbie) has probably been asked and answered many times before but some posts are quite old so I hope that you don't mind me re-asking in case there are more upto date answers. Ok, I am looking at purchasing the SkyWatcher heritage 130p as I want a portable telescope to take to South Africa with me and after reading the forums it seems like a good option. I will be there for a few months including being next to the Kruger National Park where light pollution will be at an absolute minimum so I am hoping for good results . I have read that a 150mm would obviously be preferable but is there one that is portable ?? I carry very little luggage so I can accommodate a reasonable size perhaps upto around 10 kilos or so if such a scope exists and would fit into a case that can go into cargo or would this be a no-no ? If there are any options please can someone advise. If I do end up with the 130p then I will have a budget of upto £150 to get any additional equipment (ie :- eyepieces) that may be required or would I be better of spending £300(approx) on a different scope with little to no budget for extras ? My intention initially and perhaps ultimately with a travel-scope would be observing the planets only and would obviously like as much planetary detail as feasibly possible but I certainly don't expect Hubble like images ! I have intentions of purchasing a larger scope at a later date for home use so it really is just about a portable telescope at this stage. Can I say many thanks already in anticipation of some quality feedback from you lovely people !! Laurence
  2. Hi, i..m on Stargazers Lounge for long time ago, but now i have a new scope at last!!! The scope is a Skywatcher classic200p dobsonian, and i received it just one month ago. I.m really happy with it. For now, i.m using the stock eyepieces that come with the scope, a 25mm and 10mm super plossl 52. Yesterday i was received a Celestron Omni barlow, and that expands my magnification range. I posted some pics with my set. Congratulations to Stargazers lounge team, this is one of the best sites to learn about astronomy and equipment. Besf regards to everybody
  3. So, i have settled between 2 eyepieces for my scopes. The explore scientific 6,5 mm 52degree and the Skywatcher UWA Planetary 6mm I have read that the explore scientific gives better contrast and views. The explore scientific will give me 184x and barlowed 369x So should i trade less magnification for more detail?
  4. Dilemna time...... I've realised that I'm not a fan of barlows, I'm also not loaded with cash. I love my two BST's 8mm and 25mm, I'm not so keen on my 15mm meade. I've recently expanded my scope collection due to some inheritance with a 127 Mak, so my question is what would be a benefit to my eyepieces, replace the 15mm with a BST? Go lower than my 8mm? Go higher than 25mm? With BST's I would easily get two below £100 or go for something different and spend up to £100 on one eyepiece? Have a wide range of focal lengths and ratios over my three scopes, do I plan for different eyepieces per scope or stick to common eyepieces? Before anyone suggests Televues, I'll need to spend a fair bit on the wife before they turn up in the post? unless of course someone knows of deals going round
  5. Heyaaaa. Its been a long time!(not really its been 5 days :P) its me againn ! As you have seen by the title i am in a delleema (misspells ftw) between eyepieces Here are 2 eyepieces i can buy with my budget https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prettyia-Eyepiece-Telescope-Skywatcher-Astronomy-Multicolor/dp/B012JC3274/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1547060539&sr=1-9&keywords=prettyia+eyepiece (ik its 3 eyepieces but there is no other pack that delivers to my location than only includes one) and https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-eyepieces/skywatcher-uwa-planetary-eyepieces.html But with that excact same money i can buy this! https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-eyepieces/sky-watcher-sky-panorama-eyepieces.html holy moly 82 degrees! Something is telling me to ditch the cheap Zoom eyepiece and the planetarys and just buy the panorama eyepiece from the money i would use on the planetarys and the 8-24 instead. Does anyone have any expirience with that particular price range zoom eyepieces or the planetary or the panoramas? Also can you reccomend me a size (7mm 15mm)?(there is no way i m buying the 22mm one) my main targets will be dsos as well as planets so. I will be using those in my Celestron firstscope and in my future ( i ll buy it in like 3 months lol Skywatcher heritage 130p) telescopes: Focal lenghts :Current telescope:Celestron firstscope 300mm FL Future telescope:Skywatcher heritage 130p 650mm FL To sum up:Get the 2 or the panorama? If i get the panorama which lenght?(7mm or 15mm)? (i want a size that compliments planets and most dsos ) ( i live in the southern hemisphere {so no orion nebula for me} (my favourite DSO) for now atleast) Thanks for your time ! Kronos!
  6. Hello, Having a tidy out and have the following for sale :- 1. Celestron 40mm Plossl - mint - makes a bino pair with the Skywatcher below - unused - £15 +p&p ** SOLD ** 2. Celestron 1.25" diagonal - mint - unused - £15 +p&p ** SOLD ** 3. Celestron 13mm Plossl - mint - unused - £9 +p&p ** SOLD ** 4. Skywatcher 40mm Plossl - mint - makes a bino pair with the Celestron above - £15 +p&p ** SOLD ** 5. Russian Tal 15mm Kellner - very good condition - £15 +p&p ** If you buy this eyepiece I will throw in the 4mm Celestron Plossl for free ** 6. 12mm Reticule eyepiece - no illuminator - Mint - £15 +p&p ** SOLD ** 7. Japanese Vixen 10mm Plossl - very good condition - £19 +p&p ** SOLD ** 8. Celestron 4mm Plossl - well used but good for high power collimation - FREE - If you buy the 15mm Tal Kellner ? 9, Antares 2x Barlow - lens cell can be removed and threaded into other eyepieces - very good condition - £15 +p&p ** SOLD ** Please note the p&p is £4 which uses the Royal Mail 2nd class service, I can use other choices at cost if required. Thanks for looking.
  7. Hello, so I bought my first telescope a few days ago, I bought a SkyWatcher 200p on a goto EQ5 mount, my first general impression is that I made a good decision, it was a bit over my budget, but I bought it second hand, and 8" with goto EQ5 is a good start in my opinion so far, as I won't need to replace is really soon. So I tried observing for 2 nights so far, I tried using it from my garden, and obviously its not amazing, but I live in a relatively small city with a decent light pollution. So the first night was pretty bad, it was really hard adapting to everything, learn how to use everything, my brother ripped by mistake the crosshair in the finderscope(I fixed it today tho, it was kinda loose before, so its even better now), and it was pretty hard. Today I read a little about the things that were harder to me, I tried to align my finderscope, and even tho Im unable to do it for some reason, I know where the finderscope leads me, so its a bit easier, I learned how to use my eyepieces better, managed to use the 2x barlow lens, I still couldn't figure how to really do all the aligning correctly such as polar align etc, but hopefully I'll learn that slowly. I also tried adjusting my goto mount, but I couldn't do it because when Im trying to do the star aligning I don't know yet which stars I should use, and trying to figure where each star is in a place that you're not even sure if you can see it because of light pollution is kinda hard, so I gave up on aligning the goto and just used it to move the mount sometimes to follow an object. The only object that I really saw was mars(I think), I couldn't see it very well tho, I tried using all my eyepieces(25mm, 10mm and 4mm) and my 2x, but it still wasn't really great. Im not expecting to see anything too well obviously, but I did except to see it a bit more zoomed and a bit more detailed than sort of orange lamp light, it makes me wonder what can I do about it, what do I need in order to see mars better? Is it because of the light pollution? Maybe the eyepieces? Something maybe Im doing wrong? Again, Im not expecting to see it like hubble pictures or anything, not even with details, but just see it a bit bigger and a bit more clear, this is a photo for example(took it with my phone and 10mm super eyepiece): One more thing is about the finderscope, when Im trying to adjust the finderscope, I simply can't adjust it enough to make it accurate, I need to loosen the screws to adjust it, but eventually the screw will just go out and the finderscope will still not be aligned with the scope, what can I do about it? I have a lot more to learn and experience, so sorry if I ask really stupid questions etc, thanks a lot for the help!
  8. Loads of eyepieces for sale - I really need to have a clear out. All prices are for posted in mainland UK. All are either in bolt cases or original boxes. Celestron X-Cel LX 7mm £45 Celestron Omni plossl 6mm £20 Celestron Omni plossl 12mm £20 Meade 4000 26mm £25 Revelation 40mm camera projection eyepiece £30 The following eyepieces are, I am pretty sure, all GSO. They are all the same design. An opportunity to put together a good range at low cost. 6mm £20 9mm £20 15mm £20 20mm £20 Finally, a digiscoping afdapter. Can be used to hold any camera with a standar tripod thread for digiscoping. Like this: https://www.telescopehouse.com/universal-digiscoping-adapter.html £20 Payments to be made by PayPal or bank transfer. Jon
  9. I was wondering if any of you have used Vixen PL eyepieces before? When I buy my new scope ( either a 130p/150p dob) I was looking to purchase some of these eyepieces to use instead of the stock ones as people tend to say they aren’t great at best. The eyepieces looking to get are the 25mm ones and 10mm. Is there a big difference using these then using the stock ones. Or if not the vixen eyepieces any alternatives that are in that price range. Or is it worth just keeping the stock EPs for a while. Just want to get the best possible views from the get go. Many Thanks
  10. Hi there guys, a friend of mine do have several GSO eyepieces from his deceased father and is willing to part with them, are they any good?, how much should you pay for a 2.5X 3 element Barlow? and for a 15mm lens? Some of the pieces do have the inscription "Taiwan" on them some others does not, are there any difference between them? Also there are some Barlows made out two and others out three pieces elements, what are the differences between them? Lately have been reading in forums about Meade 4000 eyepieces too, which ones are better, GSO or Meade 4000? For my readings, i have come to the conclusion that eyepieces made for Meade, (not the 4000) Orion and Celestron, are not of good quality, am i right? Good eyepieces (brand) to buy w/o breaking the bank (or getting divorced) ???? I do use glasses all the time, is there anything to be concerned with the eyepieces use and the glasses? Thanks for any help you can give.
  11. I am looking at improving my EP collection. I have the kit 25mm and 10mm supplied with my Skywatcher Explorer 150P reflector along with its X2 Barlow. I also have a 40mm Meade Series 3000. All are 1.25 inch. The clarity of the Meade is an absolute joy so I want to start upgrading the kit I have. I am unsure whether to replace either of the kit EP's are go for an intermediate such as a 15mm EP. What is a good EP for £75 or so and what would YOU choose if you were upgrding? Thanks all. Matt
  12. I need help. My wife has offered to buy me an eyepiece for my birthday and has given me a budget of up to £100. My equipment is a SW Startraveler 102 with goto mount, 6, 10, 20, 40 mm eyepieces. I was thinking of getting a 15 mm eyepiece and have been looking at the TeleView 15mm Possl. I would be grateful if you could give me some advice about this eyepiece or recommend any other good quality eyepieces in the price range (I might be able to add a bit more for something really good). Jim
  13. Hello! So I have been an amateur astronomer since last few years and now I see that so many people have asking me about general telescope suggestions. (Guess the next step will be helping to set up small observatories...Ah dreams!) We don't have many telescope brands available. The major brands that are available here are Meade, orion, celestron and skywatcher. The confusion starts to rise when the other party is interested in little larger scopes like 8 inch sct or 12 inch reflector with eq mount or dobsonian mount. Would like to know overall experience that you guys have had with these brands like optical tubes, mount, eyepiece etc. Sort of like "this is good, this is not so good" type. For e.g. I have used celestron 6 inch sct, 12 inch (sort of) sct and 102mm short tube refractor. Although I love their optics, I haven't had good experience with their mounts. Meade : Used their 8 inch sct with fork mount (and liked it). Used their 90 mm refractor and didn't like it much. Skywatcher has given balanced performance overall. Decent mount, decent optics, decent supplied eyepiece etc. Also, on the same topic, I am quite confused with how much importance does having a good telescope dealer has. As in we do have many dealers here, but many times I have experienced things like overpriced scopes, no decent guidance etc. If I suggest just one dealer with whom I hadam good experience then it looks like biased opinion.
  14. Has anyone used russel optics eyepieces? what is your opinion of them?
  15. I have just got a Star Traveler 102 / 600 Goto, and would be grateful if some of the more advanced members could give me some advice on eyepieces. It came with a 10 & 20 mm eyepieces. I can't afford expensive ones, but if you could give me some idea of middle range models that will work well for Deep Sky observation and the occasional Planetary viewing. Thanks Jim
  16. Hi. I have a baader zoom ii and 32mm plossl which i use loads with my c8. Just for visual and 1.25. A WO dialectic diagonal just because it was really cheap second hand and a Barlow which I never use because the magnification is high enough with a focal length of 2000mm. Is there anything I'm missing that might be really useful? I'm thinking about the 6.3 reducer and or a 40mm plossl, but I'm not really sure if I'm going to feel the benefit or not. Advice welcome please. It's so easy to own seldom used kit in this hobby. Thanks TimB
  17. Hi, a few years ago I received a telescope, a vivitar 76700. I have a 2x barlow, an erecting eyepiece, a 20mm lens and a 12.5mm lens. When I try to put it together, nothing quite fits. I can get the lens into the erecting eyepiece and the barlow into the telescope, but I cannot fit the erecting eyepiece either directly into the telescope or the barlow - it's too small and therefore doesn't perfectly line up which is preventing me from seeing anything. Am I missing any pieces? Am I doing something stupid? Any help appreciated
  18. Explore Scientific 70° 35mm vs. PANAVIEW 38mm 2” 70° Which one do you prefer?
  19. Newbie here with a Heritage 100P, I've already added a 15mm Meade 4000 china Plossl and a Revelation Astro 2.5x Barlow to the supplied Skywatcher MA 10mm, 25mm and 2x Barlow. As it is an f/4 scope I've read that plossls have to be high quality but as the aperture is 100mm and it's a low price scope more expensive plossls seem a bit overkill (not planning to add a 8" Dob for at least 12/18 months). So the question really is do I upgrade my 10mm and 25mm (probably Meade 4000 again) and will I see a significant benefit, believe with my eyesight I'm not going to get any benefit in going higher than a 28mm so unless advised contrary I don't think going beyond 25mm will help me much. As a guide I'm interested in DSO's not just planets Thanks in advance
  20. Hi I will buying a Celestron 11" HD cassegrain and to save I need to buy most of the needed equipments since they are 2x -2.5x price in Asia and i would not want to end up with things I dont need. For eyepieces will a combination of Ethos 13, 17, 21, Nagler 31, Panoptic 41 or William swan 40 and a TPO 50mm. Any suggestions please? Im not really well versed yet with filters for planets and deep sky and other than sky viewing I will be using a Nikon D5500 for astrophotography and maybe buy a simple webcam. Any suggestions? Im also considering getting a JMI dual speed motored focuser....Any suggestions? I hope with your suggestions I can gather most of what I need since I will be bringing them home to Manila Philippines where there no astronomy stores. Thanks in advance.
  21. hey guys, im reallly new to this, and ive bought a celesron astro fi 130mm newtonian telescope. but i really dont know what should i buy next for making the observation more clear? any advices? thank you so much.
  22. Hi astropeeps Can anyone explain why the view through a 21mm celestron ultima duo eyepiece frames the moon perfectly, but when I attach the camera it acts more like a 18mm eyepiece and a third of the moon is out of frame? Do I need an extender of some sort or a better camera? I have a LUMIX G7, micro 4/3 mount. Cheers The Nut
  23. Hi Folks, I have a full set of Baader Hyperion EP's in black (purpose made) hard case For Sale Also included in the bundle are the two extensions rings 28mm & 14mm - Just research online what this complete set will give you in terms of power and eye relief. EP's are a great condition and I also have individual boxes if for some reason you want to box individually. So that's 7 EP,s Two extension rings and the Baader Hyperion Carry Case.... 24mm 21mm 17mm 13mm 10mm 8mm 5 mm £350 Collection from Birmingham preferred...
  24. Good day to all. I primarily observe with a Celestron C80ED, f/7.5, and a 150mm Newt-DOB, f/6. May I ask?..... I have a couple Celestron Omni Plossl eyepieces, 12mm and 9mm (newer China mfg). I also have 2 Meade Series 4000, Plossl, 12.4mm and 9.7mm (newer China mfg). And finally I have 3 older Edmund Scientific Volcano Tops, 12.5mm, 9mm and 7mm (1970s Japanese made). With the eyepieces, I use a TeleVue, 2x Barlow at times, which is an excellent performer. Seeing in my area has been so bad for such a long time, I can't seem to get a handle on which set might have an edge over the others. I've tried on several occasions to compare them side by side, however it is very difficult to do so under such conditions, though I'm hoping with the cooler weather better views may be had. I'm speaking primarily of quality in sharpness and detail for planetary and lunar views. I'm wondering if anyone has had a chance to use any of these brands - or all of them - and if you feel one brand or type would have an advantage, if and when good conditions present themselves. Any opinions would be appreciated. Thank you. joe
  25. Revelation binoviewer for sale, complete with two pairs of eyepieces. In very good condition, complete with original aluminium box, a pair of FMC 12mm wide angle eyepieces and a pair of FMC 20mm wide angle eyepieces. New from Telescope House the binoviewer alone is £125. For both sets of eyepieces plus the viewer the price is a mere £120, plus postage. Postage will be £8. Can also be collected from Victoria area of London.
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