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Sirius Starwatcher

Mak 150 arrived should I get a lottery Ticket?

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Well the 150 arrived this morning. Removed all packaging and it slipped nicely onto my AZ4 mount with steel legs. The WO dielectric diaganal fits nice and tight with no slop. Put my RACI on the tube and orientated it for a comfortable position. Slipped the 28 mm EP on the end and aligned scope and RACI up ready to go.

Now. Here's the big difference to the other scopes I've bought and set up. BBC weather and Clear Outside are telling me it's CLEAR SKIES tonight from 2100 onwards in North Wales. I can't believe it. In view of this lucky streak running through my birth sign at the moment do you think it's a good idea to by a lottery ticket ? It's something I don't normally do. However the 11 inch SCT is on my radar now.

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Compared to the statistical probabilities of getting a clear night after buying a new telescope, I suspect the odds on winning an enormous lottery are about the same as a heads-tails flip of a coin!

Congratulations on the new Mak.

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10 minutes ago, Sirius Starwatcher said:

Well the 150 arrived this morning. Removed all packaging and it slipped nicely onto my AZ4 mount with steel legs. The WO dielectric diaganal fits nice and tight with no slop. Put my RACI on the tube and orientated it for a comfortable position. Slipped the 28 mm EP on the end and aligned scope and RACI up ready to go.

Now. Here's the big difference to the other scopes I've bought and set up. BBC weather and Clear Outside are telling me it's CLEAR SKIES tonight from 2100 onwards in North Wales. I can't believe it. In view of this lucky streak running through my birth sign at the moment do you think it's a good idea to by a lottery ticket ? It's something I don't normally do. However the 11 inch SCT is on my radar now.

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Its like you still think the BBC is an accurate forecast.....

;-)

Love to hear how you get on with the 150 - was on my list of scopes for planetary work before I spent the money on something else, but still keen to hear how it performs. Fingers crossed for the evening!

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3 minutes ago, Marky1973 said:

Its like you still think the BBC is an accurate forecast.....

;-)

Love to hear how you get on with the 150 - was on my list of scopes for planetary work before I spent the money on something else, but still keen to hear how it performs. Fingers crossed for the evening!

Will keep you posted Marky. Thanks for reading

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congrats on getting a six inch F12 ED, if it was 1.8 metres long and a white tube it would have cost about 10k, good luck with the lotto and clear skies

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looks very nice Garry

Congrats, hope you get the clear skies, very cloudy here at the moment,

James

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1 hour ago, Sirius Starwatcher said:

Well the 150 arrived this morning. Removed all packaging and it slipped nicely onto my AZ4 mount with steel legs. The WO dielectric diaganal fits nice and tight with no slop. Put my RACI on the tube and orientated it for a comfortable position. Slipped the 28 mm EP on the end and aligned scope and RACI up ready to go.

Now. Here's the big difference to the other scopes I've bought and set up. BBC weather and Clear Outside are telling me it's CLEAR SKIES tonight from 2100 onwards in North Wales. I can't believe it. In view of this lucky streak running through my birth sign at the moment do you think it's a good idea to by a lottery ticket ? It's something I don't normally do. However the 11 inch SCT is on my radar now.

I would. Getting into astronomy also started me off playing the lottery again - hey, observatories don't grow on trees! :-)

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44 minutes ago, nightfisher said:

congrats on getting a six inch F12 ED, if it was 1.8 metres long and a white tube it would have cost about 10k

Heheh. I'll concede and inch or so... just in case we annoy expensive ED APO owners too much [teasing]. :D
But, as a visual scope, I just stick in a 31mm 70 deg 2" Hyperion and it does most things well. 
Will even focal-reduce by "silly" amounts, if you fancy dabbling in imaging. ;)

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1 hour ago, nightfisher said:

congrats on getting a six inch F12 ED, if it was 1.8 metres long and a white tube it would have cost about 10k, good luck with the lotto and clear skies

Thanks Jules. Ordered the Vixen SLV today from FLO so all set up and raring to go.

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1 hour ago, JemC said:

looks very nice Garry

Congrats, hope you get the clear skies, very cloudy here at the moment,

James

Thanks James I notice your signatures been updated. Great news.

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49 minutes ago, Macavity said:

Heheh. I'll concede and inch or so... just in case we annoy expensive ED APO owners too much [teasing]. :D
But, as a visual scope, I just stick in a 31mm 70 deg 2" Hyperion and it does most things well. 
Will even focal-reduce by "silly" amounts, if you fancy dabbling in imaging. ;)

Thanks Chris it was one of your posts that helped me decide. 

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1 hour ago, nightfisher said:

congrats on getting a six inch F12 ED, if it was 1.8 metres long and a white tube it would have cost about 10k, good luck with the lotto and clear skies

Thanks Jules I've ordered the Vixen SLV so I'm ready to go.

 

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what focal length SLV did you order?

 

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6 minutes ago, nightfisher said:

what focal length SLV did you order?

 

Pushing my luck and went for 10 mm as I had a gap in the group will see how I get on and then look to add to the set.

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10mm will work well on planets and Lunar, it will be a "star" eyepiece for Saturn as this planet takes loads of mag on a good night

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Just now, nightfisher said:

10mm will work well on planets and Lunar, it will be a "star" eyepiece for Saturn as this planet takes loads of mag on a good night

Thanks Jules that's music to my ears (holst ?) as this is the reason for the Mak I want get more time with Saturn especially early next month when she's around a bit earlier in the evening.

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Glad to see it all raring to go Garry, should be a clear night. On that basis alone I'd defo buy a lottery ticket.

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12 minutes ago, Cpaulo said:

Glad to see it all raring to go Garry, should be a clear night. On that basis alone I'd defo buy a lottery ticket.

Sort your signature block out please. You should know better (lol)

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As I was typing out that last post I was thinking "Garry will pick me up on my signature block" and how right I was. There we go, all better now that balance has once again been restored!

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11 hours ago, Sirius Starwatcher said:

Thanks Jules that's music to my ears (holst ?) as this is the reason for the Mak I want get more time with Saturn especially early next month when she's around a bit earlier in the evening.

I used my 9mm Anteres HD ortho last night and it worked very well on the Luna surface so the 10mm you ordered will be good

here is mine set up

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That looks a great set up. Will post a first light today and I managed some photos so will get them on as soon as .

P.S The fuchsia at the back wants watering !.

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Nice. The SW150 Mak gets good reviews. I have the 127 and it is a really good scope optics wise, so the 150 should be even better.

I use a TS diagonal and my Delite or Baader Zoom and the views are great. The supplied EP's and diagonal are gathering dust in a draw. Not impressed by their quality.

 

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My goodness! Two identical Maks on the same mount I have. Yours are called AZ4 over there, while mine is branded Orion-USA and called a VersaGo II. But they're identical. The 150mm fits these mounts like a glove - perfectly.

You're going to love this telescope!

Dave

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I think you shouldn't push your luck. Just enjoy the weather as long as it lasts.

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