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  1. Hi everyone, I was lucky enough to get a 12" Skywatcher Dobsonian (305mm/1500mm) for Christmas. It shipped with a 10mm Plossl and a 25mm Plossl, both 52° AFOV. Finally had a clear enough night to try it out and I absolutely loved it. I researched a bunch over the last year so I knew this was the scope I wanted should someone want to get me a really sweet gift before I grabbed it myself. What I didn't research at the time was accessories and equipment, something I've been doing relentlessly over the past few days. I'll primarily be viewing in the backyard until I find a great viewing spot (and a good way to safely transport). Light pollution isn't terrible but I haven't fully gauged its impact on seeing fainter objects. I'm not interested in imagery/photography at the moment. Not foreclosing on the idea by any means but everything I'm looking to add is purely for visual gratification at this point. Hoping the experts out there can lead me in the right direction. Here's what I'm trying to figure out: 1. What eyepieces should I pick up? I've read that, generally speaking, you want 2-3 premium pieces in over to cover low, medium, and high magnification. I'm currently looking at the following "sets": 5mm Nagler, 13mm Ethos, 35mm Panoptic or 6mm Ethos, 13mm Ethos, 21mm Ethos. I'm not overly concerned about price. I recognize that there's going to be a premium associated with a brand like TeleVue and with squeezing out that last drop of performance; however, I don't want to throw away money unnecessarily if I'm not going to see a benefit from pulling out the stops. I'm not beholden to TV by any stretch but everyone says they're the gold standard so I figured I'd look there first. I'm not looking to grab everything at once either. Was thinking of starting with the 13mm Ethos since it would fill the mid-range gap between my 10mm and 25mm. 2. Should I grab a Paracorr? I've read many comments that go back and forth on this but the consensus seems to be that, while it's not crucial at f/4.9 like it would be with a faster scope, it's something I should probably have in the arsenal if I'm using wide field eyepieces, which the ones I'm contemplating are. I couldn't detect any coma with the two eyepieces I currently have but I suspect I probably wouldn't given the FOV and my beginner status. I also think that once I see it I'm not going to be able to unsee it. 3. Should I pick up a Barlow? This question assumes I'm not getting a Paracorr. I like the idea of essentially doubling the number of eyepieces I have but I'm not too sure of the ultimate utility/necessity of it. 4. Any other crucial accessories I should have? I'm looking at a Cheshire collimator for when the time comes. Aside from that, is there anything else I should absolutely have? 5. Finally, any suggestions on transporting? It goes without saying but this baby is heavy. I don't have a garage, and I'm hesitant to store it in the shed, so what I've been doing is removing the OTA from the base and transporting them separately to the backyard for setup. It's not bad but I can see it getting old after awhile, especially with numerous viewing sessions in a row. After all, I didn't get this scope so it could collect dust; I want to use it as often as the weather lets me. I do plan on replacing the feet with wheels so I can at least roll it, but I'm trying to figure out a good solution to getting it in and out of the house (down 3 small steps) to the backyard without damaging it or breaking my back. I think that's all I have for now. I appreciate any help you all can provide. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can so I can have a great experience and eventually show my little guy all about the joys of astronomy. Thanks everyone!
  2. I've recently installed a Telrad on my C9.25 scope and immediately run into a problem - dew. What products have you found work best at keeping dew off the glass plate?
  3. mitchelln

    Telrad base Mod

    From the album: Kit

    Modification to Telrad base to make it fit my 300P.
  4. Hi All, I have for sale the following: William Optics Binoviewer - £135. This is boxed and in excellent condition. SOLD. Telrad Finder - £22. This is boxed and in excellent condition although being used, it will need new sticky pads on the bottom. SOLD Baader Sky Surfer III - £15. This is also boxed and in excellent condition. SOLD. All items can be cash on collection or posted if the buyer pays postage. Also a heads up for future sales posts: most of the major items for a full PST mod, including PST, D-ERF filter, Coronado BF10, Vixen A80M, filter holder and finder. Also a MN190 + NEQ6. Pictures and prices to follow. Cheers, Jon
  5. Like many I think Telrads are great scope sites. And want to use mine with different scopes. But I don't want to stick a base to a nice looking OTA. All base types seem to be curved so sticking to a flat surface such as an accessory plate is not possible. The only option seems to be using two holes in its base, if they line up with those on a plate. Are there any ideas out there, or aftermarket Telrad bases apart from the company ones?
  6. I use a Telrad spotter on my Orion 6 inch Newtonian reflector telescope. I am considering adding a Sky Watcher ED100 APO 4 inch refractor to my viewing tools and am wondering how well a Tetrad unit would function on this telescope. Does anyone have experience using a Telrad with a SW ED100 or with another 4 inch telescope?
  7. When I got my new telescope I decided to get a Telrad as well (after reading lots of good reviews about it) and it really is a sweet piece of equipment. Easy to align, easy to use and so on. However I didn't get along with the 6x30 finderscope that came with the OTA. It just made me dizzy looking through it so I thought a RACI would be better. Actually I ended up removing the finder mounting shoe to get a better placement for the Telrad (only mounted with zip ties at the moment). But, now a question popped into my noobish little head and of course I just have to ask. Does anyone use the Telrad, or Rigel for that matter, as your only finder? Or am I better off with a finderscope as well, RACI in that case I think?
  8. The coming wet weather is the perfect opportunity to treat my baby to some upgrades and mods. My XT10i is to be pampered with: Telrad finder on a 4" riser Primary mirror cooling fan Protostar flocking Bob's Knobs on secondary Moonlite CR2 focuser Fingers crossed it all goes well and my baby will be even more wonderful. :-)
  9. Hi there, selling off the last few bits i have come across of my astro gear..... here is the RRP and details https://www.telescopehouse.com/telrad-red-dot-finder.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwk4vMBRAgEiwA4ftLs3Z_WfmZQRR0rdroNMFPhytFfEyOCgsNel7QfWLAw-m9vsKYK5QLzRoCj7EQAvD_BwE i would like £25 posted please via bank transfer, or you pay for the paypal fees thanks for looking
  10. I'm after a Telrad with base. Must be in good nick.
  11. mitchelln

    Telrad view

    From the album: Telrad

    Telrad finder on Sky-Watcher 300P flextube
  12. Has anyone had any experience with the new heated dew shield for the Telrad Finder (#DN18)? Any suggestions as to a small 12V battery pack unit to power the unit? Thanks for help and suggestions.
  13. Hi all, Usual story, 8" Dob, straight-through finder, Jupiter very high, and bad back. I was going to go for a RACI, but folk seem to be recommending Telrad/Rigel. Am I missing something? If you have a Telrad or Rigel don't you still have to get behind it to see through it, which would involve the same contortions as using the straight-through finder? Or can the screens be seen from 90 degrees? I like the idea of having the illuminated bullseye of the T or R, but I really need to go for the comfort of the RACI. Can anyone advise please? Cheers, Neil.
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