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by trekker308
Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: SOLD - William Optics FLT 110
Replies: 0
Views: 1447

SOLD - William Optics FLT 110

Being sold with a heavy heart - seen precious little use (maybe four hours) in my own garden, and is in excellent optical and mechanical condition. Scope comes complete with: · William Optics FLT 110 Fluorostar Optical Tube · 2 qty. 115mm William Optics White Mounting Rings · William Optics Dielectr...
by trekker308
Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Intes-Micro MN78 OTA c/w Moonlite CR2 Focusser For Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1186

Intes-Micro MN78 OTA c/w Moonlite CR2 Focusser For Sale

Pristine MN78 OTA c/w Moonlite CR2 Dual Rate Focusser & OEM Dewshield. Bought Feb 2006 and never been outside - currently stored in the original wooden crate (it's big!) After an (allegedly) professional clean of the front element there are faint dry marks visible - otherwise optics in fine conditio...
by trekker308
Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:05 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Any interest in an IW star party?
Replies: 3
Views: 4224

Yep, sounds good to me - I've always enjoyed combining camping with astronomy, but I don't think I will be lugging my MN78 over on the ferry!
by trekker308
Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:04 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Orion nebula
Replies: 5
Views: 2648

Nice going Chunk! Here, it stood out of the night sky through my 10x finder, so I put a 75x ep in the scope and yelled to my partner to show her, and her reaction was to point to my M42 Hubble print on the wall and sniff "It doesn't look much like that ...."!! :oops:
by trekker308
Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:12 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Antares Laser Collimators
Replies: 17
Views: 9367

PaulB I'm hardly an expert, but I recently bought the same model collimator in an attempt to rectify recent misgivings about the collimation on my relatively new Intes-Micro MN78 and all I can say is that the unit was very easy to use (helped by the MN78's etched centre spot on the mirror) and resul...
by trekker308
Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:03 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Explorer 130M help required for new astronomer
Replies: 5
Views: 4011

Dear Mikolaj I too have just seen your post - well, all I can say is that I hope your 130M delivers to you as much joy and wonder as mine has in the handful of months I've had it! That first sight of Jupiter's 'big' moons is a blast - and just think, there are many more 'firsts' to come. All the bes...
by trekker308
Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:43 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: 'Google Earth' program
Replies: 4
Views: 4420

Shame, Richard - I downloaded it this morning, typed in Jan's brother's address in Sakatoon, Canada and the program 'flew' to an overhead view of his house (!), gave feedback of his precise co-ordinates to 2 decimal places of seconds, elevation above sea level (in feet - duhh!) etc. When I tried our...
by trekker308
Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: 'Google Earth' program
Replies: 4
Views: 4420

'Google Earth' program

This will only be of interest to those with broadband connections or similar, but I've had a play with the Google Earth program launched yesterday and it's staggering (and slightly spooky!). The website with shortcut to program download is:- http://www.nightskyobserver.com/Articles/google-earth-expl...
by trekker308
Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Baader Neodymium Moon & Skyglow Filter??
Replies: 4
Views: 4776

Cheers for the response Darren, it sounds as though I should re-think here! One of the things that attracted me to the Neodymium filter was the low light loss - I was thinking that this might be of benefit on the 130M as the images are not exactly sparkling through the eyepieces as it is! I'm alread...
by trekker308
Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:55 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Baader Neodymium Moon & Skyglow Filter??
Replies: 4
Views: 4776

Baader Neodymium Moon & Skyglow Filter??

I, like many others suffer from light pollution at my home observing site and wonder if the Baader Neodymium filter would help minimise the effect of this and also boost contrast for (say) bringing out more detail in Jupiter / Mars-watching with my Skywatcher 130M. The advertising blurb says all the...
by trekker308
Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:35 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: TAL-1 v Explorer 130M
Replies: 8
Views: 6272

Sky-Watcher 130M

Like davep I am an owner of a 130M, but I've been a bit reticent about offering advice mainly because I am a novice as far as astro scope ownership is concerned! The TAL's optics are most probably better, but whether the difference would show up in normal usage is another thing. I didn't realise I w...
by trekker308
Sun Jun 19, 2005 11:22 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Siebert Eyepieces??
Replies: 43
Views: 19303

Cliff:- Wise words indeed, but I feel that a lot of my change in thoughts are due to the easier focussing after I changed the grease and eased the pressure plate - much smoother!
by trekker308
Sun Jun 19, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Siebert Eyepieces??
Replies: 43
Views: 19303

davep wrote:While I don't really have anything to compare against I have to say how impressed and pleased I am with what you can get done with such affordable gear.
Couldn't agree more - but It doesn't stop me lusting after an Astro-Physics or a Tak though ....... :lol: :lol:
by trekker308
Sun Jun 19, 2005 8:50 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Siebert Eyepieces??
Replies: 43
Views: 19303

Just a quick report of sorts. Cheers for the report - I had a pleasant 2 or 3 hours observing Jupiter and the Moon last night too, which gave me a chance for a more relaxed appraisal of the eyepieces, however I confess to breaking every rule in the book by having consumed a reasonably generous amou...
by trekker308
Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:27 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Siebert Eyepieces??
Replies: 43
Views: 19303

Davep :- Quite a difference isn't there?? Just proves what an inexact science weather forecasting is! At the risk of upsetting Cliff by unnecessarily extending my eyepiece collection ( :wink: ) my postman just dropped off an Antares 10mm, and I'm hoping for good enough conditions to see whether it'...