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Recently acquired one of these for £48, which I think was a bargain.

Finally got to see it today ... ker blimey it's huge :) and weighs about 4 tonne :( ok slight exageration!

Anyone have any good targets for my first light? (when the clouds disperse ... sorry!)

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The Veil will be a great target but you'll need a UHC or OIII filter too. M31 will be a stunning target a little later in the summer. And it will be great for scanning the milkyway near the southern horizon (if you have good skies).

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Thanks for the heads up about the filter, as this EP will fit both my scopes (4" refractor and 10" dob) would I need 1 of each kind of filter, or would one work for both?

(Remember reading the OIII was better in larger apperture scopes)

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I actually had pretty good results from my Celestron wideview 102 with the Skywatcher 2" OIII. Even from the garden it picked up the Veil. But the OIII was always best with the dob.

I sold (big mistake) the OIII last year and replaced it this year with a less aggressive UHC filter. But so far i just long for the OIII again. The Baader UHC-S is okay but the results were better with the Skywatcher OIII.

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Ooo very interesting....

im toying with the idea of getting a Skywatcher Aero ED 30mm for my dob. looks like a skywatcher OIII has made the list too.

Bring on the clear sky!

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Ooo very interesting....

im toying with the idea of getting a Skywatcher Aero ED 30mm for my dob. looks like a skywatcher OIII has made the list too.

Bring on the clear sky!

Well worth it for the Veil and various planetary nebs. Strangely i found M57, the Ring, better without the filter. But all other planetaries were much better with the filter. M27, M97 and M76 were standout examples of how the OIII improves the view.

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Well worth it for the Veil and various planetary nebs. Strangely i found M57, the Ring, better without the filter. But all other planetaries were much better with the filter. M27, M97 and M76 were standout examples of how the OIII improves the view.

Totally agree, M57 shows no improvement to me either. It is most strange.

Regards Steve

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Another vote for a Castell OIII- I use one in an 80mm ED scope with a Moonfish clone 30mm 80degree FoV. Seeing the whole of the Veil and the North America nebulae from my light polluted back garden was a wow moment last summer. Had to stop observing nag pop inside for a whiskey to steady my nerves:D

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Another vote for a Castell OIII- I use one in an 80mm ED scope with a Moonfish clone 30mm 80degree FoV. Seeing the whole of the Veil and the North America nebulae from my light polluted back garden was a wow moment last summer. Had to stop observing nag pop inside for a whiskey to steady my nerves:D

Man your back yard can't be that light polluted if you can see the NA nebula.

Even with a filter, that's a great bit of observing, give yourself a pat on the back.:)

Regards Steve

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I agree with all of the above, the OIII filter, I have the Sky Watcher one, is fantastic for the more diffuse and spread out nebula like the Veil, also cuts out a lot of light pollution as well, great from my back garden also in Swindon, we live a mile from the town centre. Try it on the Orion (M42) as well, I was blown away to be honest.

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thanks for that - i'd never heard of castell or 365astronomy before. definitely on my want list.

to chip in about the original question - alberio just splits in my 38mm panaview, and with the milky way in the background, this is one of my favourite views.

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