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I'm considering the 250PDS. The main use is visual, and the second is EAA (I currently use a zwo183mm).
What I'm hesitant about is the primary focus. since It's mostly for visual, I'm wondering on how much back focus it has compared to the standard Skywatcher 10" dobsonians? with the standard dobsonias with the same optics and focuser you already need an extension tube for most eyepieces...
Also, there's probably a "bigger" obstruction (bigger shadow on primary)?
Good day fellow gazers at the sky! I recently joined and i would just like to say how wonderful everyone is (a special shout out to George Gearless)!
Can anyone suggest a good reflector within my budget shown in the title? While i'm here i'd just like to say about the app, Nightshift. It is proffesional, clear and tellls you when to observe, and what you can see, for the next year! It also pinpoints your location exactly, so it is really accurate.https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waddensky.nightshift. Anyway, that's me done! Thank you all so much for your time
Hi All, I have a Star Adventurer but have had problems getting consistent results even when setup was as near to perfect as I can do, (this was focussed on due to this issue).
It took me a while to find out that when the eyepiece is is extended for focus it is very loose, so loose the graticule moves indipendantly of Polaris / background.
I have asked the supplier, "Astroshop.eu", to highlight the problem and ask for their feedback.
Question to Astroshop.eu:
I have had a constant issue with Polar Alignment. As I cannot use it so often, (visibility), it has taken me a while to identify the problem. When I adjust the polar scope focus the eyepiece is so loose that the graticule moves a lot laterally in all directions in the view. I can send a video but I think you can understand what I am saying.
Basically I must be getting something very wrong or there is an issue with the product. The thread is so loose it is entirely unstable.
Please advise what we can do about this.
Answer from Astroshop.eu:
1. "I'am sorry to say, but this is very normal and does not affect the function of the star adventurer".
2. "My collegue confirmed that this will not be a issue".
I have subsequently asked the guy to ask his colleague again, but some time has gone past and I have no further reply.
I think it is clear enough from the text and would really appreciate some experienced answer, any comments very welcome.
Additionally here are the videos I have sent to show them, (hand holding the phone so a bit shaky but issue can be seen. I'd really appreciate some help before I spend too much time again tring to get it to work, for reference the eyepiece wobble is around 3.5 graticule intervals, so not small. As it's full of grease it took me a long time to see how poor quality the Polarscope build quality is.
Thank you all, Andy
I have come to you all with the "too much asked question".
I have been using the telescopes from local Astronomy group since few years, and now during these Corona times, it is harder. So now I have decided to invest some money on getting myself a scope, and would so sooooo would love your inputs. My main concerns are:
I may use it only once a month or so, I wanted something that I can handle (maybe >10kg).
I don't own a car, usually I use a bicycle with a carrier to get around the city.
(I had a look at the second-hand (5-7 yrs old) Skywatch MAK 127 Cassegrain that my friend was selling with its mount and accessories. I felt it was too massive for me. Especially if I am getting it to a park and setting it up alone).
I would like to have a look at celestial objects and also at deep space.
As far as I know for deep space, I would need a f5 or something with similar focal ratio, and for planetary object a higher focal length (f10 or more) is better.
I looked into MAK 90-1250, but felt like it might have very narrow FOV. So I am lost here.
My budget is small (I know that is the biggest problem). I can spare maybe 200€ to 250€. I know its not enough, so I am hoping to start with a decent one (not awesome) and then work my way up. I so need your advice on what might be good parameters to look for
- I was thinking Newtonian around f8 or so
- Since its my first scope, maybe get something small and something that I can get comfortable with and use with a bit of ease before getting expensive ones.
- Also definitely not a Dobsonian mount, I need something that I can set up on lawn or pavement.
Is this a good one to start with? Look at planets and maybe some deep sky ones
I also has my eye on this, but I cant find much reviews Any other options are quite welcome.
I tried to setup and use the telescope in the picture, it was quite hard to do it alone and move it around.
Thanks a lot. Sorry for the saga...
Not sure which section to put this in? getting started or cameras, (Mods please move if necessary)
Need a little help/advice/recommendations,
I have been away from my telescope/astrophotography for about 2 maybe 3 years, i kind of lost the mojo for it, but now looking to get back to it, So i'm looking for camera advice/help,
Previously i only ever used a DSLR for astrophotography, however i am thinking do i stick with that or do i get something different? I know there will be a learning curve with new camera setup,
My area of interest is/would be Nebulae and Galaxies,i know there is no one camera fits all kind of thing, so Nebulae would be my main interest with Galaxies coming 2nd.
My current scope is the (Older Blue Model) Sky-Watcher Evostar 80 DS-PRO ED, so with that in mind what would be a good camera to pair that with, colour or mono i'm not fussed really,
My budget for new/2nd hand camera is £700 but could maybe stretch to £800.
Any help/advice (good or bad) will be greatly appreciated.