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Hi, yesterday i've raided the piggy bank and pulled the trigger on some gear, so the waiting game is on FLO order (you're welcome) Esprit 120 without te ES Reid test (contacted FLO, there's no test report delivered afterwards so ) SW flattener for the scope A larger Bahtinov mask (my current one is too small for the 165mm dew shield) A Baader Click Lock for the Esprit 120 A Baader finder shoe (i've read somewhere the standard one isn't that good) TS Optics order APM 330mm Losmandy plate (will mount this one to the bottom and the green one on top) Dew tape 160-200 TS 0,75 APO reducer/corrector Variable M48 spacer (17-23mm) for getting to 75mm backfocus with the SW flattener Some M48 spacers TS has already shipped, FLO hasn't, don't know why, i've made sure everything was in stock and i've paid triple shipping cost for Express. Anyhow i'm sure i'll get my toys by Wednesday. I've doubted on witch reducer to get, i've read good things on the Explore Scientific 3" 0.7 reducer, but that one needed quite some expensive adaptor rings for the same starting price of the TS reducer. Does anybody have experience with the 120 + TS reducer ? Thanks
I bought a pack of delrin rings (from FLO) to give me an extra couple of mm between my FLAT6 reducer and my new filter wheel (also from FLO). These two connect successfully, and both state that they are "T thread". The FLO page states that the rings will "slip over" any T2 thread. I have not been able to find a lot on the internet concerning the comparison of T & T2 threads, but this post states that they are "interchangeable" (3rd post down in the thread). So, in my naiveté, I thought the rings I was buying would slip over the thread on the reducer. Unfortunately I have been unable to get them to do so - they are just that little bit too small. And they don't seem to have sufficient elasticity to stretch. One thought I have had is that I could use a stanley knife to cut them across one side. This would give me the slack to get them over the thread (by opening it slightly) and, hopefully, the lack of elasticity that is preventing them from stretching would pull them back into shape so they stay closed and do the job of providing the extra couple of mm required. However, this is a fairly non-reversable action, so I thought it would be worth checking on here to see if anone is aware of another (less drastic) method that might work and that I should try first. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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
Received my AVX mount counterweight from First Light Optics and did a double take on the labelling! This really is the limit - bad enough the skies never clear and now you get the potential of "bonus" clouds with your equipment LOL! Very funny FLO - made me laugh out loud :-) David