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Hi, I've got a Skywatcher Heritage 130p reflector, and if i insert anything less than 10mm eyepiece, the image won't get crisp. I guess it's normal, but as I'm very new to astronomy, I'd like to know what the sharpness depends on exactly.
Is that the focal length (how fast the telescope is? ) or the size of the mirror and how much light it gathers? Or both affect it the same way?
Are things the same with refractors in this regard? Thanks.
First post - I'm aware this is a question asked a lot, but after a lot of post reading and over saturation of information I've decided asking the question myself to you guys is the only solution!
I've just become an owner of the Heritage 130p, just wondering whether a decent eyepiece set is realistic?
My budget is in the £40-£70 range, aware this might only achieve one eyepiece?
I've not picked an area of interest yet although I would love to hunt out DSOs.
I'm in NE London so light pollution is a big factor.
Hi, I got a skywatcher skyliner 200p dobisonian a few days ago, my first observing session was out in the cold and the telescope dewed up when I bought it back in. I then noticed that the glass on the base of the telescope(not the primary mirror inside) was smudged and had a little ring shaped scratch on it. I tried cleaning with a lense cloth but it is still slightly dcratched and smudged. Does anyone know if this makes a difference to the inside primary mirror?
I've been contemplating making a portable power box so I can take my mount to a dark site, a friend gave me an old lorry battery that no longer turns the engine over but will hold some charge. My intention was to get a nice enclosure and build something that looked professional like a few other members have created on here, unfortunately spare time is limited so I went for a simpler solution and created the following and it works very well.
As a beginner I'm in the process of acquiring all the equipment necessary to start imaging on an EQ3pro.
As we're all experiencing, it's tricky to get your hands on any equipment at the moment due to stock shortage so I've been thinking of ways to keep myself busy in the meantime!
I thought I'd share a project I worked on today that will give me a greater view of the night sky from my covered balcony.
There are some good views from the balcony from East to West but using the tripod severely limits any overhead views.
To bring the setup closer to the edge of the balcony I've built a shelf attached to the sturdy (wall set) balcony itself with a wooden pier for support. The pier itself sits on the balcony floorboards support beam and so there is no noticeable wobble.
I've included an image of the spirit level to show my effort in keeping the mount level.
The mount neatly slides off the feet of the shelf which I'm hoping will reduce setup time (once I have the opportunity to polar align!) The north foot points to magnetic north.
Whilst building I realised I could have saved myself some trouble by using a metal telescopic "chin-up bar", not least from the missis who wasn't too happy I drilled into the decking!
I'm quite happy with the outcome and glad I could get into a hardware store before "tier 4" sets in.