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My very first refractor, the new WO FLT 91, this is going to be my imaging telescope when I can get my hands on a Skywatcher mount.  

Thank you FLO, I love it Mr Bresser Messier was just delivered now.    

Just arrived and amazingly well packed... triple boxed, with spacers 😮 Nestled inside was a gorgeous Takahashi FC76-DCU 😃 I can’t believe how light it is compared to the StellaMira 80mm, and

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7 minutes ago, Sunshine said:

I would love that book, is it still published?

Yes. The big 'A' has it - but lots of other online bookshops can get hold of it too, including secondhand.

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On 03/03/2021 at 14:28, Dean Hale said:

I may actually end up with a decent image. One can hope.

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mine turned up yesterday uk-france 4 days how about that for a delivery

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1 minute ago, fozzybear said:

mine turned up yesterday uk-france 4 days how about that for a delivery + a free moon calendar

 

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3 hours ago, tonylumley said:

silly question, however, can you post details as interested ,

Sure - this is bought as an upgrade to the supplied SW star diagonal.  I’ve gone for a prism as the Mak is long focal so I read that CA will not be an issue. Also, as I’ve been enjoying observing double stars recently I want to get the best out of the OTA, I understand that prisms display less scatter. 
 

This one because i) it’s lightweight & my setup is all about portability, ii) it’s the only item from Tak I am ever likely to be able to afford & iii) it was in stock - which is a rarity. 
 

When I get chance to test I’ll post some notes and tag you@tonylumley

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8 hours ago, Pixies said:

Secondhand, but in excellent nick

 

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I ordered a copy (new) last week from Waterstones (I'd had a gift voucher a couple of weeks ago for my birthday).

I had to pay list price but due to the voucher it'll only cost me £15 for a new copy..and for once it's nice not to be lining Amazon's pockets!

Dave

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8 hours ago, Pixies said:

Secondhand, but in excellent nick

 

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I know it probably seems a bit wierd, but I really love the front cover!

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1 hour ago, SuburbanMak said:

Sure - this is bought as an upgrade to the supplied SW star diagonal.  I’ve gone for a prism as the Mak is long focal so I read that CA will not be an issue. Also, as I’ve been enjoying observing double stars recently I want to get the best out of the OTA, I understand that prisms display less scatter. 
 

This one because i) it’s lightweight & my setup is all about portability, ii) it’s the only item from Tak I am ever likely to be able to afford & iii) it was in stock - which is a rarity. 
 

When I get chance to test I’ll post some notes and tag you@tonylumley

thanks now you  have got me very interested 

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A Cambridge Press facsimile of fine publication:

Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes.
Rev Thomas William Webb.

I really wanted an original, but my pockets were not deep enough or my luck good enough to get one at an affordable cost.

It truly is a clear marvel of its time and the flick read it had over lunch was most enjoyable.
Really getting into these older publications bit by bit, next thing I will be in a jacket and tie when observing 😉

 

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And the Ethos set for the dob is now complete, decided to extend down the focal length with two superb condition arrivals from fellow forum member Dale... thanks😃

Ethos 6mm and Ethos 3.7mm, with 2” adaptors and parfocal rings 👍

Now the set runs... 21, 13, 8, 6 and 3.7.

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Raspberry pi 4 delivered today. Going to download astroberry on this to save me taking my laptop out in the backyard. Have zero experience with linux, so wish me luck.

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1 hour ago, HollyHound said:

And the Ethos set for the dob is now complete, decided to extend down the focal length with two superb condition arrivals from fellow forum member Dale... thanks😃

Ethos 6mm and Ethos 3.7mm, with 2” adaptors and parfocal rings 👍

Now the set runs... 21, 13, 8, 6 and 3.7.

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😁now then,, when shall I get the 10 ?????

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1 hour ago, ScouseSpaceCadet said:

An Altair Astro Ultraflat 24mm 65°. It's quite a beast!

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The Celestron X-Cel LX 25mm needs to go to pay for it. Ad in the for sale section. 😉

They look very good. Same stable as the APM if I’m correct. 

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1 hour ago, ScouseSpaceCadet said:

An Altair Astro Ultraflat 24mm 65°. It's quite a beast!

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The Celestron X-Cel LX 25mm needs to go to pay for it. Ad in the for sale section. 😉

I’m keen to hear you findings with that one. 

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1 hour ago, HollyHound said:

And the Ethos set for the dob is now complete, decided to extend down the focal length with two superb condition arrivals from fellow forum member Dale... thanks😃

Ethos 6mm and Ethos 3.7mm, with 2” adaptors and parfocal rings 👍

Now the set runs... 21, 13, 8, 6 and 3.7.

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By the way, the 2.25” cap is on the 6 as well. I wouldn’t want you to think it lacks in clarity 🤣

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13 minutes ago, Daf1983 said:

Raspberry pi 4 delivered today. Going to download astroberry on this to save me taking my laptop out in the backyard. Have zero experience with linux, so wish me luck.

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You won’t regret this, I did it two years ago, after constant Ascom issues, and have never looked back...INdI is superb and Kstars / Ekos also....👍🏼
Any questions please ask...

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5 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

By the way, the 2.25” cap is on the 6 as well. I wouldn’t want you to think it lacks in clarity 🤣

Ah that's why it looked so "cloudy" 🤣

Thanks for including the 2" adaptor and parfocal rings... along with the equivalent Hyperion extension rings I have on the 8mm and 13mm, I can now use all the Ethos in the Paracorr without swapping to a 1.25" adaptor at all... just need to work out the Paracorr settings for each now and I should be able to swap quickly between all five within a session 👍

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12 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

😁now then,, when shall I get the 10 ?????

You need the 10, I think we've agreed it will complete your set 👍

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Few bits & pieces. 🙂

A StellaMira Losmandy plate for Big Red

A SW 6x30 RACI finder and a laser pointer bracket and nylon thumb screws for a new finder for the ScopeTech 80

An inexpensive 26mm Plossl which with the fitting of a TAL screw in crosshair will be ideal for one of my finders.

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19 minutes ago, Stuart1971 said:

You won’t regret this, I did it two years ago, after constant Ascom issues, and have never looked back...INdI is superb and Kstars / Ekos also....👍🏼
Any questions please ask...

I think there might be a few questions, coming from a position of zero experience! 

Question number 1 - I understand what kstars and ekos are, but am I right in saying that INdi is the equivalent of ascom? (Sorry if this is a stupid question)

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Just now, Daf1983 said:

I think there might be a few questions, coming from a position of zero experience! 

Question number 1 - I understand what kstars and ekos are, but am I right in saying that INdi is the equivalent of ascom? (Sorry if this is a stupid question)

Yes, exactly, it’s the driver interface software, you can run this on the RPI on your mount with all kit connected to it, and then run Kstars from a different PC in the house, (INdI server mode) or you can run it all from the RPI and then either VNC or teamviewer into the RPI desktop to control it all...I do the later....👍🏼

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32 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

I’m keen to hear you findings with that one. 

Don't expect much. I'm hardly an eyepiece expert. It will either be "Blinkin' 'ell look at that!' or "How much did I pay for this again...?" I'll let you know. 👍😁

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5 minutes ago, Stuart1971 said:

Yes, exactly, it’s the driver interface software, you can run this on the RPI on your mount with all kit connected to it, and then run Kstars from a different PC in the house, (INdI server mode) or you can run it all from the RPI and then either VNC or teamviewer into the RPI desktop to control it all...I do the later....👍🏼

I thought so. My plan is to run it all off the RPI(heard it's better this way, in case of any connectivity issues), and then use VNC on my laptop from the house, beer in hand😉

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