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  1. Hi everyone I am planning to buy the explorer scientific ED140 FPL53 140mm f/6.5 . But can't find enough review or image captured by it. I am planning to use it with the ZWOASI 294MC PRO and the ioptron cem60 mount. Plz can you guys tell me if this is a good setup to go with and if possible plz. Plz send me photos captured using that scope. Thanks in advance.
  2. Hi guys, this is my first post and i apologise in advance if this topic has been discussed before. I am having some issues with my explore scientific iexos 100 mount, i cannot seem to get it to line up with whatever star or other object i am looking for. For example I sent it to look at the moon last night, being December 29th, when it had finished slewing to what the mount thought was the correct coordinates for the moon, the mount was facing far away from it, so i tried to do 3 star alignment and every star i sent it to, it was facing nowhere near where it was meant to be facing. Does anybo
  3. Hi all I’m getting back into the hobby after some time away I always seemed to spend a lot of time switching between eye pieces so this time I was thinking of having just 4 ep to choose from as opposed to 12. I have a an 8”sct and was thinking of getting the Explore Scientific 82° im considering the following 30mm 18mm 11mm 6.7mm first do you think these particular e/p will work well with this scope and does the choice above sound sufficient. regards Lee
  4. Hello there My budget for eyepieces is $1,000. I started off thinking I would get a Celestron eyepiece kit for about $200, for example. After trying a few out, I soon realised that I wanted eyepieces of higher quality. My mindset is that I'm investing $2,000 in my telescope, a Celestron 9.25 SCT, and I want to be able to extract from that scope the very best views that I can. Wishlist - I'm looking to buy 3 eyepieces maximum (not including a Barlow) Ideally - if possible - I would like to get eyepieces that I can use on both my telescopes, but my priority is toward the 9
  5. I've searched the internet (or CN and SGL) and found mixed info about these... Do any of you own ES 52, how good are they really? Are they premium simple design like TV plossl, with nice premium coating? Or they are just some nothing special eyepiece with ES stamped on it? I can't seem to find any on used market, so no one is selling them. There doesn't seem to be much hype about them now... I also found some huge review here, from someone who signed up just to make that review, it does seem a bit odd ...
  6. For sale is my lovely Explore Scientific APO ED 102mm triplet refractor. Lovely condition, great optics that are unmarked and blemish free, views are stunning and pin sharp. Selling due to lack of use, as a recent change of job keeps me away from home quite a bit, so its not getting any use. Comes with: Essential 102mm triplet APO refractor Tube rings with integrated carry handle Vixen dovetail 2 inch visual back / adaptors and focuser Aluminium case It is the essentials model so didn't come with any finder or diagonal. Price is £450 ovno due t
  7. Heyyy its meee kronos and i have been wondering about getting a filter...I really want the best contrast and brightness i can on my nebulas(i want to view M42 M57 M27 M31 M81 M82 and lots more) with my future 8" dob. Is this filter really going to help me? https://www.firstlightoptics.com/uhc-oiii-visual-filters/es_uhc_filter_125.html If it just a matter of quality of the filter itself can you suggest a better one in the same price range? Or will not the uhc filter help me in general .IF so can you reccomend another one? Also is this https://www.firstlightoptics.c
  8. Apo F8 & Dob F4.7 tests https://www.cloudynights.com/articles/cat/user-reviews/comparing-the-masuyama-25mm-52°-25mm-65°-and-26mm-85°-r3122
  9. Help! I am wanting to take up astrophotography and recently sold my Celestron 5se as this was not giving me the results I want. I have been researching scopes over the last year or so and have made a short list based on what I can afford and what will give me the results I am after and of course build quality. My short list in no particular order is Explore scientific 80 triplet William optics z61 Skywatcher 100ed My dilemma is which one to go with. All the reviews are equally as good although 1 or 2 negative notes on the skywatcher but not enough to put me
  10. Hello fellow watchers Thanks to a few members on here I purchased a Skyliner 200P with BST Starguider eyepieces a while back. I absolutely love tanking the stuff out and sit in my spot all night long and enjoy gazing around. As a member in my previous threat about the BST Starguiders suggested, I also bought myself a Explore Scientific 68° Maxvision 40mm to sweep around the night sky. It was delivered last night and oh boy, this thing is huge! I mean I knew it had to be bigger... but that big? NICE! Now here's the thing... As I took it out of the bag I noticed t
  11. Hi all , The visitor from outer space was Seth the nephew , 5 and I got a shot of him beside the 200P ... The second shot is from a new lens that arrived today ES 8.8mm 82 degree beside 3 kit lenses of similar focal length for scale .
  12. Dear all, Recently I purchased one of these dobsons from ES following the good critics I read in several forums. The Gen II includes some improved features with respect to Gen I, 2 Nylon pad brakes, Virgin Nylon alt and azimuth support bearings (instead of plastic), counterweight bar included with a couple of 1kg counterweights, a classical ES dovetail for the finder. Some of these improvements were demanded by Gen I users, and are highly appreciated, but there is still some minor improvements that the final user has to apply. I will describe them lately. The set up is very
  13. Any recommendations or caveats for the Explore Scientific achromatic air spaced doublet? I am amazed at its seemingly low price for such an instrument! What will and won't it do compared to other 150s?
  14. After a long light Swedish summer I just had my first night with my new Explore Scientific ED127 (+ 0.79x TS reducer/flattener) and got this snapshot (1 x 5 min at ISO1600 on a Canon 60Da without darks etc) of what other people call the great wall of the North American Nebula - I just accidentally framed it a bit differently. So, to me it really looks like an angry bull puffing out some of it anger.
  15. I thought that I would give a 'heads up' for some good reductions at Bresser.de at the moment. They are marked as display items, but I have bought from them twice before and the all items looked and performed as new, so I wouldn't let that put you off. I am afraid that I have already relieved them of their Explore Scientific 100° 9mm and 14mm eyepieces (don't tell the missus ) , but keep looking every couple of days as new items pop up randomly. http://www.bresser.de/en/Sale/Display-Items/ ​ At the moment, there is the 20mm 100° Explore Scientific for 275 Euros which I can highly recommend -
  16. Reason for sale: bought it intending to do imaging with my Dob, but have instead acquired a separate dedicted imaging setup. The Coma Corrector is AS NEW, having been used only once to test if it works visually (it does!). There is a full description at: http://bit.ly/1OPa6hu, but to summarise: * 4-element optics. * Incorporates helical focuser (so that, once it is optimally positioned, focusing does not move it). * T2 and 48mm adaptors included (unused) UK retail price (Telescope House) is £249 £200, to include insured UK mainland postage. Payment by transfer of funds (net of fees) or ca
  17. I saw a pretty clear sky on Monday 8th Febuary. I decided to set up the new ( new to me!! ) 300 mm Skywatcher truss tube dobsonian in the back garden and get some practice collimating and give some of my new ep's a workout. I love the fact that I can be set up in just a few minutes with this scope - for me that is a big plus. After purchasing a new SUV ( not entirely unrelated to the purchase of aforementioned new scope ) I will be heading out as soon as I can to the resevoir my astronomy group use which has darker skies than my back garden can ever hope to provide. Despite my record set up ti
  18. Hi there astrofriends, I write this partly to express some frustration, and partly to warn others about potential problems with this product. Last week I ordered an Explore Scientific 12" (305 mm) f/5 Ultra light dobsonian from astroshop.eu, as these were on a significant sale (~ 83% of the price a few months ago) and I was hooked. The package arrived very swiftly in exactly one week. No complaints with this one. On opening the boxes everything seemed well packaged and fine. However, when opening the main parts, rocker box and mirror box, I found tens of metal shards everywhere, of t
  19. For my 16" Meade ACF F8, I'll be buying a Moravian G4-9000 camera with KAF-9000 chip. The KAF-9000 chip is 36.7mm square, a big chip! on paper the Explore Scientific 3" 0.7 reducer/field flattener could work well right to the edge, but has anyone tried it with Meade ACF telescopes? Also, I'm wandering what is the light cone of the Meade 16" ACF F8, will I get a lot of vignetting with that chip? I have a friend who has tried a KAF-9000 with his Meade 12" ACF F8 with very acceptable results. Thank you for your time.
  20. Having downsized to exclusively 1.25" eyepieces for financial reasons, I found myself missing widefield views. Recent price hikes mean the Ethos range are well out of reach, so I looked into alternatives. First up on my budget list was Burgess Optical TMB 40mm 68 degree afov. I purchased this used last year and it is a very nice, relatively compact and lightweight eyepiece. In comparison with the grenade that is a 41mm Panoptic it is positively slender! I've yet to use this under a dark sky where it would excel, but so far have used it to get a decent fov in my C925 from home and hav
  21. Just had delivery of my a bright new spanking shiny 10mm 70 degree Explore Scientific EP to add into my other ES EP family (2' 25mm 70 degree & 1.25' 20mm 68 degree Maxvision). Tested it outside in the daytime just now against my stock 10mm EPs and straight away not only is the view much wider, but optically it is much clearer too. Of course the proof of the pudding will come when we get the next clear night to observe with (yeah, I know, I've just put that off for a least a week now with the new addition), so will write up a first light when it actually sees starlight. Keen to know how we
  22. Hi, I'm starting to save money for my new setup (it will take a while, but hopefully this autumn should do), and I'm probably going to buy a dobsonian telescope when I'll move in the UK. I was aiming at 12", I could use a little more light but the most important feature would probably be portability, as I should also be able to take it with me on the subway. Not many 12" dobsonian are really that lightweight (Meade and SkyWatcher are bulky, though being truss), and so the two main models I've been looking right now are the Explore Scientific 12", and the equal size Sumerian Optics A
  23. Summer at these latitudes (60N) means we do not have any useful darkness until August. There is no reason to grieve, as this gives us in the North plenty of opportunities for reading, planning and preparing (and also sleeping). In thinking and preparing, I decided not to prioritize my explorations of astrophotography during the next observing season (August till May) because that will possibly mean having to engage in upgrades beyond my means. Instead I decided to prioritize another interest of mine and dedicate my scant observing time to delve further into visual variable star observing. This
  24. I am the happy owner of an ES 82 degree 18 mm eyepiece that I use together with a Baader MPCC coma corrector on my SW 200 mm f/5 Newtonian. Until now I have been using the CC directly attached to the filter thread of the eyepiece, which I know is not correct. I now wish to buy the corresponding spacers so to be able to use the optical system correctly, but this is seemingly more difficult than I first supposed. According to the CC specifications, the distance between the flat surface and the focal plane (camera or eyepiece) should be 55 mm. I have verified this when using the CC photograp
  25. Hi, I've been eyeing an Explore Scientific 12" dobsonian for a while (primarily due to easier collimation). But a few days ago I noticed there was a 20% sale at my local retailer on Explore Scientific's 16" dobsonian and I am thinking I should just go ahead and get one. The big question is, is this too big of a telescope for a first timer (don't really have any experience with observing DSOs and planets)? Only experience I have prior to this is a 70mm skylux from Bresser (My dad bought it for me 15 years ago) which I've used to watch the moon primarily. Any advice or thoughts
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