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  2. You will realise that Nightspores collection seems to be limitless. We are fortunate to have him in The Yard as his collection of numerous scopes, eyepieces etc etc enables him to provide worthwhile comments on various pieces of equipment that he has experience of using. I have made more than one purchase, having taken his advice onboard (along with others on the forum) and have always been pleased with the end results. With regards to your initial comments stating that the lowest setting of your tripod still leaves it to high for you.........by how much? How much height do you need to reduce it by to make it comfortable?
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  4. Yup, gremlins were rife last session.
  5. That's not even half of them lol. Although your earlier statement that you'd prefer a 70mm refractor is a good choice. Refracting telescopes are quite different to catadioptric reflecting scopes like Maksutov Cassegrain or Schmidt Cassegrain types. Refractors have a sharper, more contrasted view generally. Astronomy isn't always about size of aperture and a 70mm refractor can be as effective as a 100mm reflector in many ways. The most inexpensive refractors are basically achromatic doublets. These can show some chromatic aberration (CA) however. My ST80 and ST102 are achromats. The CA can be seen as a light blue or purple haze around bright objects. Although it's often unnoticeable at lower magnifications on many deep sky objects or open clusters. Focal ratio is also a factor. Your Maksutov has a 'slow' focal ratio. This is good for high magnifications but also only has a relatively narrow field of view. A faster small achromat will have a wider field of view. To get higher magnifications you just have to use something like a Barlow lens. My 102mm achromat (above) was about 170 quid when I bought it. They are surprisingly good for the money. The green MoonLite focuser it now has was £360. It was worth it as this is a fairly portable but large scope for me. I've had two different after market focusers on it in the past. I never used it with the stock focuser as it didn't rotate. Short fast achromats can be very effective scopes for observing star fields and faint objects like nebulae. Achromats do suffer from CA though. A way around CA is to use a scope with Extra low Dispersion glass. Above and below show my 72ED DS Pro Evostar. A 72mm fast achromat with ED glass. It's incredibly versatile. This and my Altair 60 EDF are probably my most used scopes. Small fast refractors like this can be used for relatively high magnifications on lunar/planetary targets, yet also can be used at wide field low magnifications. Moreover, they are very portable and easy to set-up. A doublet refractor with ED glass ameliorates CA to some extent. There are also triplet and quadruplet refractors. These are heavier and much more expensive usually. A small ED doublet refractor can be an ideal compromise between weight, size and expenditure. The Altair 60 EDF above has really good Japanese Ohara ED glass. It's only 60mm but I've seen transits of some of Jupiter's moons with it. Even better; I can get a small refractor and the AZ5 into these bags. So it's definitely worth thinking about a short tube refractor.
  6. Hi Nightspore, You sure do have some nice scoops there and a couple I’d like to own at some point. I am trying to research various pieces to start me off. I’d sooner try buy a decent item that I can continue using and this I think will hopefully stop me having to buy again. Sort of middle of the road items. Thanks for showing me you collection of telescopes
  7. Hi Guys a big thank you for your warm welcome
  8. Not even set up since I got back from Davey T's place, I was certainly pretty exhausted from the heatwave and being up until 3 - 4 am on 5 nights out of 6. I sold my Esprit as well during that time as it was just too heavy to be practical for me since I am always changing my kit around depending on the FOV and/or going to darker locations when I can, so am now back to my doublets and trying to re-get the spacing right with the focal reducers, I now have 3 and am planning to have a reducer and spacers for each of my 3 scopes so I don't have to keep taking them apart when spacing get stuck anyway. My pet hate job due to stuck spacers and never seeming to have the right sized ones. My next few nights will be tweaking the spacing and re-aligning my finderguider which has got out of line with the imaging scope. Carole
  9. A great result Mark, despite a lot of grief with the software. Carole
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  11. Thanks guys, I was a bit miffed at so many rejected subs, might try another stack maybe drizzled.
  12. I have a 127mm SkyMax. To use mine while seated I'd rotate the diagonal to the right usually. Although the AZ5 mount can be lowered enough for me to use binoviewers. My 127mm Mak was bundled with the AZ5 although I usually use it for smaller refractors. I can either set the tripod low like in the above picture or raise it higher and rotate the diagonal. The Altair 60 EDF actually has a rotating collar to achieve this. I have an ST80 with an aftermarket rotating focuser especially for this as well. I'm partially paralysed on the right side of my body. So my right arm and hand have limited range and dexterity. Being able to rotate the diagonal safely with one hand is important to me. You might find something like the ST80 and a light alt-az tripod a lot easier to use. Above you can see my ST102 with a rotated aftermarket (Long Perng) focuser. That particular focuser is now on my 80ED DS Pro. I doubt there will be any in-focus problems with an extension tube on a 127mm Mak. It's worth pointing out that there are 45 degree diagonals as well. Many give a corrected image and are known as Amici prisms. Amici prisms can also be 90 degrees. Ignore any claims in this link. The SvBony 45 degree diagonal has a mirror and gives an upright but mirror reversed image.
  13. Thank you Both.....here is a revised version with some work done on the the background Luminance layer that was showing some additional structure
  14. Beautiful work Mark...very deep
  15. Hi Nightspore, Thanks for your input and yes I’ve got a skymax127 for starters but I’d like a70mm scope the Skymax was given to me by a friend that tried astronomy but moved away and did not have time. He said if I did not like to sell it. Yes it has a diagonal and 1.25 eye pieces. I’ll look into that but doesn’t it it swollows more light with it having to travel through an extension. I’m sure I’m wrong so I will look into that so thanks again for your quick reply
  16. Hi Jonathan i was new to both astronomy and this forum only a few months ago. I have found this forum both friendly and extremely helpful. I am sure that you’re questions will not be as silly as some of mine were and probably still are😃 but rest assured you will only find sound advice on this forum for any question you may have.
  17. Looks great. I do like the straight up SHO palette. The blues and golds really make a great contrast with the red background nebulosity.
  18. The link is 3 pages full of scopes Terry, with filters applied for price range and goto.
  19. Welcome Jonathan, and there is no such thing as a silly question.
  20. Great. I was thinking Mak Goto too as the reflector they have is not in very good condition and is essentially being used as an ornament in one of their sunrooms. I’ll have a look at that one you’ve linked Brian thanks.
  21. Are you using a telescope with a diagonal? It's possible to rotate the diagonal downwards. Most astronomy needs to be done while seated comfortably anyway. I'm physically disabled and often need to sit underneath a tripod with the diagonal rotated. Also, an extension tube can help lengthen the distance between eyepiece and diagonal. Not all extension tubes are 2". Some are 1.25". I don't know if this helps.
  22. Hi I’m a newbie here and even though I’ve loved space and the planets I’m now having problems with my SkyWalker. EQM35. I’m wanting eventually to be able to take pictures, reason for this tripo. I’m wheelchair bound and even on the lowest setting it’s far too hight for me to reach the eyepiece. I live in a third floor flat with a south facing balcony and have a decent view of the southern sky. Any help would greatly be appreciated
  23. Hi, My name is Jonathan and I’ve always loved astronomy but never had time to go into it until now through work. I’m now semi retired and find myself at a lose end so I thought it’s now or never excuse the pun. I’m a full time wheelchair user which I detest. I’m hoping to educate myself by other a great deal more proficient in the astronomy world. Please bare with me if I ask silly questions Thanks in advance
  24. Looks good Mark and despite EKOS conspiring against you (a lot !!)
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