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  1. Most interesting thing I saw in the air over the past few days was my neighbours temporary car port leaving the ground in the 65mph+ winds! (didn’t even need to set my scope up to see that one)
  2. More thoughts:🙂 i assume from its name ‘Ortho’ it is orthoscopic in design. Nightspore has reviewed some orthoscopics in the review section and some of his comments may be relevant. From what I remember I believe they have a FOV of approx 50deg and quite short eye relief. These are not necessarily an issue, but some may prefer a wider FOV and others longer eye relief. Unfortunately the only way to know what suits you is through trial and error.
  3. Well your suffering the cold was well worth the image. What a great shot. Now whilst you’re waiting for your fingers to warm up you could get on with counting those stars🙂
  4. Hi Baz This is an EP that I have no experience of so I can’t make any comment relating to that particular EP, it’s quality or the value (good or bad)at £40. Baader does seem to have a good reputation though. Here are a couple of my thoughts (correct me if I have got your scope details wrong) Your scope has a Focal Length of 660mm and an F number of 6.5. A 10mm EP will therefore give you Magnification of 66x and an exit pupil of a bit over 1.5 (if my maths are correct.) I mention the above specs as when buying your first EP upgrades you may want to consider what kind of targets really interest you in order that your money is wisely spent on EPs of a magnification etc that you know you want and you will use. Its a shame it’s cloudy at the moment (it is here) as the cold crisp air at the moment gives some great views.
  5. To answer your question re the use of the 8.8: My observing over the summer has been very limited to be honest, (probably due to not getting good dark skies till late and some other commitments), but I have tried both of my mead 5000 82deg against the moon in twilight just to try them out. I like them a lot. It’s one of the reasons I was interested to try the Maxvision as I had read about the possible connections to the Meade 5000 range and I felt that if the quality was even close to the Meade 5000 82deg, then it would be a good eyepiece. I will certainly keep an eye open for other Meade 5000 or Maxvision EPs. I do enjoy using EPs with a wider field of view. Now we have darker skies earlier in the evening I am eager to try them out against different targets. I think the Maxvision 20mm with my ST120 will give some great wide views.
  6. Thanks Nightspore, it’s always a relief when something gets positive remarks from yourself. I hoped I hadn’t bought a dud as I hadn’t heard of Maxvision, but First impressions certainly seem good. I was hoping to try it out this evening, set my scope up, but clouded over and looks like more snow!
  7. On my quest to obtain useful and hopefully decent quality EPs at a reasonable price, I regularly scan the used market in case anything interesting appears. I have recently acquired the following Eyepiece that caught my interest for a number of reasons. Maxvision 68deg 20mm. The 68deg FOV was appealing: I have one other EP with a similar FOV and I find it to be both practical and comfortable. I had not previously come across EPs branded as “Maxvision” but the limited research I did revealed the following: Meade produced an EP range (series 5000 SWA) which appears identical apart from some green colouring to the body. These are no longer produced. Explore Scientific also produce(d) an identical range of EPs which they actually called “Explore Scientific Maxvision”. Again these EPs are identical to look at. I own two Meade series 5000 UWA EPs with an 82deg FOV. There are certain similarities between these and the Maxvision: The appearance is similar and they both use the same screw up and down eye-guard system. They utilise the same eyeguard cap with a circular indentation where Meade has put their Logo/Star. The Maxvision is not a small EP, but it is not such a hand grenade as the Meade UWAs. As yet I have only tried the Maxvision on a daytime target using my Skywatcher ST120 and I am pleased to say that I am quite happy with the view it provides. The only downside is that I now have 3 EPs of a very similar focal length so I will have to be practical and sell on one or two of them, but it won’t be this one.......it’s a keeper!
  8. I do like the bluish/violet colouring to the stars and the background is wonderfully dark enabling the stars to be even more stunning.
  9. The scopes both look very nice. I have no experience with Newtonian so can’t make any direct comparisons between the two, however the dual speed focuser does seem a nice feature. For planetary work you will clearly be after a reasonable magnification: You mention that you like the sound of a Celestron X Cel LX, but don’t discount the TMBs that Nightspore put a link to. He reviewed them in the review section and they are very reasonably priced. Welcome to the forum by the way. Having been a member for about a year I can only say that I have found the folks on here very informative.
  10. Hi Barry i have been eagerly awaiting a pic of your new scope and it looks great.🙂 Your Red Dot Finder (RDF) looks identical to the one supplied with and still on my scope. It does the job, but I find that I often have to re jig the alignment with my scope. It gets me in the right area, but I can’t seem to get it spot on. However, If you use a long focal length EP (32mm approx) as a finder piece, you can usually get your target in the field of view, (or if not very close to it) and then you can centre it in your view before selecting an EP of a higher magnification. I am still trying to decide what to replace my RDF with, but as yet I am undecided. Clouds are preventing observing for me at the moment and probably are for you, but I am spending a bit of time researching what targets I want to have a go at and where they are in the sky.
  11. I never tire of looking at The Pleiades as it’s such a great object. Well done for capturing it. Nice shot.
  12. Hi and welcome to the Yard. The video intro is a first on this forum......well done🙂
  13. Hi and welcome to The Yard. You have made a good start in increasing your knowledge just by joining this forum. Is your interest in viewing the sky with your naked eye or will you consider obtaining a telescope? A lot is visible with the naked eye but obviously a telescope shows more. Even a pair of binoculars will show a lot more than the unaided eye. there is an online site called “Stellarium”. This shows you what is visible in the sky from any given location. It’s a useful way of learning to recognise just where stuff is in the sky.
  14. I have come across references to an 0-111 filter (or is it 0-iii) And was wondering just what advantages this would give to an observer. There are also a few remarks on the net regarding its usefulness being limited to scopes of a given size. I use refractors with a diameter of 102 and 120mm, therefore my question is weather or not I would gain any benefits from such a filter. (They don’t come cheap so I don’t want to splash out on something of limited use). thanks for your time and any replies in advance.
  15. Hi I realise that your question relates to photography whereas I only observe, therefore I can not comment on the photography specific bits of your question, but my understanding of telescope focal length is as follows: the magnification is the focal length of the telescope decided by the focal length of the eyepiece (EP). Therefore a scope with a longer focal length will give a greater mag compared to that with a shorter focal length. However the amount of light gathered is dictated by the lens diameter: A telescope with a long focal length but small diameter, although giving high mag, would be like looking through a long dark straw.
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