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  1. Hi all, I've already posted this on my blog, but I thought I'd share it here as well, as I know it's something of interest to a lot of people. I spent a good chunk of last Saturday actually flocking the scope, and most of Sunday morning re-collimating it, and on Sunday evening I managed an hour and a half under the stars checking out whether it made a difference. I set up the scope for about 8.30, and got straight on with viewing Jupiter. The scope hadn't had time to cool properly, and the seeing was somewhat unsteady, but the GRS was very obvious at x250, the brick red colour also obvious, but little other detail. Deciding that I stood the best chance of detecting whether the flocking made a difference would be when viewing faint objects, I swung the scope round to M101 and then M51. The former was little more than a smudge, but the latter had clear signs of spiral arms and bright cores, definitely a little more contrasty than I remember. The Sunflower galaxy in Canes Venatici was very bright, but had little detail on show (I put this down to the seeing being unsteady, and the galaxy being still quite low). The Leo Triplet was brilliant. Nice and high, all three galaxies were bright and sharp in the 24mm MaxVision (x50). NGC 3628 was very obvious. I panned down through the bowl of Virgo, spotting over a dozen galaxies, but I've viewed this area before with better contrast and detail. I put this down to the seeing, and the fact that the constellation was still so low in the east. As galaxies were on the agenda for the evening, I thought I'd go for the nine shown in the bowl of the Big Dipper in the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas (prompted by a recent SGL post). I managed four of the nine (I'm pretty definite I got the lower ones - NGCs 3982, 3998, 3898 and 3780 - the latter, if I'm right, mag 12.65 and an incredible 146 million light years a way; and a new record for me!). I decided to try a couple of star clusters (the Owl and Double in Cassiopeia and Perseus). Both were very clear and sparkly, with, I'd say, a definite improvement in contrast. Subtle, though ... Finally, I swung the scope round to Orion. Wow! This is where the difference was immediately obvious. Although I didn't see more in the Great Nebula itself, de Mairian's nebula was brighter than I'd ever seen it, and just below it, the Running man practically leaped out at me, a very obvious darker band sandwiched between two brighter sections, plus other detail/structure. I swung the scope up to where the Horse head nebula should be (never seen it), and again wow! Although I didn't spot the HH itself, there was very obvious dark nebula in the area, and I feel sure that, had I had more time, I'd have bagged the horse. So ... flocking: is it worth it? I'd say definitely yes. The obvious nebulosity around Orion itself makes it a no brainer, and I feel pretty confident that it helped with the Leo triplet and the four out of the 'nine in the bowl' of the Big Dipper. As for star clusters, the jury's still out, and I think it would take a side-by-side comparison with an un-flocked scope to really be sure. Hope you find that useful. Kev
  2. From the album: Sketches

    2B pencil and blending stump on white cartridge paper. Scanned and inverted in Photoshop, stars overdubed with soft brush tool.
  3. ok ,after some research and deliberation it seems the explore scientific range are highly regarded ,and read "near nagler performance" in some threads. so im pretty much sold on getting these. which focal length would be your first purchase (assuming you have no eyepieces ) also , has anyone any issues regarding viewing with wide angle eyepieces . I previously owned a maxvision 24mm 68* albeit briefly . I disliked the flat top design and prefer angled cup designs. Oh, and they would be initially used in a 250px f/4.7
  4. Hi, I've just ordered a Sky-Watcher Skymax 150 PRO from FLO. It will replace my wonderful 250px which is simply taking up too much room amongst my kids' growing population of Peppa Pig and friends! Will I miss the wider field of view and the light gathering capabilities of the big(ish) dob in my little backyard in averagely light polluted Bedford? I've read good things about the MAK but I'm nervous! Part of my motivation was that I want to be able to share the joy of the night skies with my young kids (6 & 3). The dob is fabulous but it's not that easy for them to see through the eyepiece without knocking it off target. I have an HEQ5 Pro mount (which I've never used). I'm hoping that, along with the MAK, the kids might have a better chance of seeing things and being inspired rather than frustrated. I'll almost certainly sell the 250px asap and free-up the space for 'Peppa Pig land'. I hope I'm not making a grave (and expensive) mistake! Best wishes, Jason
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    From the album: Sketches

    2B pencil and blending stump on white cartridge paper. Scanned and inverted in Photoshop, stars overdubs with soft brush tool.
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