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by GordonCopestake
Sat May 10, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: XML Obs website hits Alpha!
Replies: 9
Views: 6244

It never seemed to take off. After 12 months and less than 12 users I didn't bother to renew the domain. If you would like the source code PM me and i'll email it to you. It's PHP/XML based.
by GordonCopestake
Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Eyepieces for Planetary Observing
Replies: 10
Views: 3560

If it's for purely planetary then go with an Ortho design. DONT get the x-cel's they are terrible (IMO)
by GordonCopestake
Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Baader Hyperion Zoom 8-24mm
Replies: 2
Views: 1649

I have one of these, it's not a gimmik but just for convienence. If you are swapping between using this eyepiece and 1.25" eyepieces you can use an adapter in your focuser, if you are swapping between the zoom and 2" eyepieces you dont need an adapter. It's a really nice eyepiece and the best zoom i...
by GordonCopestake
Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Barlow
Replies: 4
Views: 1801

The TAL 3x one is the best for the money IMO
http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddet ... talbarlows
by GordonCopestake
Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:13 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Which sellers offer Buy now pay later
Replies: 1
Views: 1342

David Hinds do, but only for celestron scopes
by GordonCopestake
Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Nexstar 8 SE
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

I have the 6SE and find it a great grab and go scope. It is not however an imaging platform. If you are interested in astrophotography I would advise that you look instead at the C8 on the CG5GT mount
by GordonCopestake
Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Clear aperture reflector, will it catch on?
Replies: 13
Views: 4346

Given the choice between a 3.6" off axis reflector and a 3.6" normal reflector I would choose a 4" refractor....
by GordonCopestake
Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Cheap Scope - But Too Cheap???
Replies: 13
Views: 4057

The Skywatcher Explorer 200 (HEQ5) is about £530, so your camera shop had it at cheaper than the going rate: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=200heq5 In addition Steve at first light very kindly offers a 10% discount to SPA members making the setup £477 by my calculator. Of cour...
by GordonCopestake
Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Skywatcher 200p with HEQ5 mount
Replies: 4
Views: 2630

If I hadn't just brought some expensive eyepieces I would have snapped your hand off hehe
by GordonCopestake
Wed May 23, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Your help and advice please on telescope purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 2469

Jeff, the most important part of your new system is the mount. I would recommend the HEQ5 as a minimum and the EQ6 as a prefered solution (assuming you are able bodied as these mounts can get a little heavy). The Pro versions have GOTO and more acurate gears/motors for photography. Once you have you...
by GordonCopestake
Fri May 18, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: how do you clean your telescopes
Replies: 6
Views: 2640

Glass is more robust than some would have you believe, however I tend to NOT touch my optics at all. Dont forget that your C6 has a 37% central obstruction and works fine. Another 1% in dust wont affect your views in any noticable way and 1% of the area is a VAST amount of dust. I would advise that ...
by GordonCopestake
Fri May 18, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: upgrade choice. Whats the difference
Replies: 3
Views: 1605

I'm no expert but I believe that the difference is the load capacity (and weight) of the mount. The LX200 is a heavy beast compared to the LX90. Personally given the choice of the 3 'scopes you have listed I would go with the CPC925, this is purely because I prefer Celestron 'scopes to Meade 'scopes...
by GordonCopestake
Fri May 18, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Outside storage?
Replies: 18
Views: 5449

Thats a great idea Geoff about the Max/Min thermometer and the damp gauge. Have you got a link to the ones you used?