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by Peter1959
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Telescope mounts
Replies: 1
Views: 1363

Telescope mounts

I have the Celestron Astromaster 90 AZ and the Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ reflector.

I have put my refractor on the equatorial mount from the reflector, but it doesn't seem right. Do I need to get another eq mount more suited to the refractor?

Regards
Peter
by Peter1959
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:10 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Light Pollution Filters
Replies: 6
Views: 5987

Light Pollution Filters

I'm considering getting a light pollution filter and was wondering if these are worth getting as they are a little on the expensive side.

Any advice/comments would be appreciated.

Peter
by Peter1959
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: EQ vs AZ mounts
Replies: 8
Views: 4491

EQ vs AZ mounts

There is a You Tube video where the presenter states categorically that is a mistake to use an AZ mount simply because it is difficult and frustrating to track an object using the up/down controls. Hence, an EQ mount is essential for tracking and general observing. Although it is understandable that...
by Peter1959
Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: The most powerful binoculars...
Replies: 18
Views: 13177

Hi David, Thanks for your comments and advice. Although aperture size is a primary consideration, in my case I appreciate practicalities need to be considered first. As my observing is done indoors through an open window, a 3.5 or 4in refractor might be a better choice. Still, I'm in no hurry just y...
by Peter1959
Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: The most powerful binoculars...
Replies: 18
Views: 13177

Sherwoods have the SKYWATCHER EVOSTAR-150 (OTA) TELESCOPE 150mm (6") f/1200 REFRACTOR at £530.00 (just the optical tube) This looks perfect but for observing through an open window is perhaps too high end!! There is the same model but 120mm (4.75 in). This might be more practical. Any views/sug...
by Peter1959
Sun Dec 25, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: The most powerful binoculars...
Replies: 18
Views: 13177

Hi David, Many thanks for the advice. Actually, the Celstron 10x50 I have which cost under £20 work very well for star gazing and even observing the moon! On the Amazon website the Nikon Action V11 binoculars (10-22x50) are on sale for £88.99 (reduced from £275.99!!!) Even though I have a reflector,...
by Peter1959
Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: The most powerful binoculars...
Replies: 18
Views: 13177

The most powerful binoculars...

I came across Sunagor 30-160x70 BCF Mega Zoom Binoculars. These are supposed to be the most powerful binoculars in the world!! They're not cheap at around £250. Has anyone used these and if so what sort of images can one expect in particular using the zoom function? From what I've read they could be...
by Peter1959
Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Eyepieces
Replies: 11
Views: 4050

Hi David,

Focal length of my relector his 650mm.

Peter
by Peter1959
Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Eyepieces
Replies: 11
Views: 4050

Eyepieces

I recently purchased the Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ which came with 2 eyepieces -10mm & 20mm. These are adequate but general advice is to purchase better quality eyepieces. Can anyone recommend eyepieces I should be thinking about? I don't really want to go much above £50 if I can help it. Any...
by Peter1959
Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Equatorial Mounts - Polar Alignment
Replies: 9
Views: 3604

Hi David,

Many thanks for the advice. I think I have a rough idea where North is using my compass but not sure what else might be influencing it. The dates you gave should give a more accurate approach.


Peter
by Peter1959
Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:29 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Equatorial Mounts - Polar Alignment
Replies: 9
Views: 3604

Equatorial Mounts - Polar Alignment

With an eq mount, the advice is to polar align it. As I do my observing out of a window on the 2nd floor plus I do not get a view of the north side hence cannot see Polaris, I have not polar aligned the mount. However, by simply using the finder I can locate/focus on, say, Jupiter and using the RA a...
by Peter1959
Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: New Member
Replies: 7
Views: 3906

New Member

Hi to all SPA members, My name is Peter and recently taken up the hobby of astronomy. My equipment: 10x50 binoculars Celestron Astromaster 130EQ Canon digital camera So far I've seen: The moon through my reflector and photgraphed several of its phases over the last 2 weeks Jupiter and the 4 moons - ...