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    hi all.
    the good- great clear skies in my area on fri 22nd,best ive had since owning a scope (feb).
    the rich star fields within the milky way through my bins was amazing,can spend hours just lying on the floor staring up through a pair .
    manged to see m15 , m2 and the wild duck cluster through my 90mm refractor. all of which are new finds for me.

    the bad.- im getting a little down with the views now, might be ap fever ,i dunno. but all the deep sky objects i have real problems getting a good view. just faint smudges with averted vision. i know you cant expect alot with dso's, you need dark skies and appeture, but these are soooo tiny most of the time. and more mag just not possible with my appeture .

    the ugly- my celestron 90mm eq. is showing signs of its inferior build. the screws keep spinning and wont tighten to hold the diagonal in place, so it keeps creeping out of the main body.wont hold weight of the e/p's for long.

    however a few new messiers to my name,so its not all bad. but dont really wanna be a list collector. i want to see a little more. wonder if its time to step up ?

    clear skies...

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    Sounds like it is time.
    You could retap the holes in your diag - the tap would cast almost nothing - just drill a hole in a different place and screw in the tap and you've got a new grip on your gear!
    I wouldn't live ten minutes without that - my camera is too precious - I can't afford another!
    Wooster in UK is not too bad for light pollution is it? Perhaps you need to find somewhere the street lights are a bit less intrusive! Or your neighbours!
    90mm is fine for taking prime focus piccies but it's a little restrictive for DSOs
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    Aperture fever... perhaps. As you become more experienced in viewing through a telescope, you will see more details. However, a 90 mm refractor can only do so much on DSOs reqardless of its optical quality and the eye of the observer. If you have a clear view to the southern horizon, try objects in Sagittarius and Scorpio, and Scutum. Some nice objects there for your telescope if you are not located too far north.

    I went from a 100 mm SCT to a 150 mm SCT. The difference was significant. Later I went to a 200 mm SCT and while the difference from my150mm is noticeable, it is not that significant. If you do upgrade and have the space at home, try to go directly to an 200 mm aperture telescope. If the budget or other considerations say smaller, a then a 150 mm.
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    thanks for the input. i was planning to use this set up for at least 2 years . as to decide if im going to stick with the hobby, as well as get to grips with all the basics it entails.
    i think me and my son will take the tent and head off for a night or two in darker skies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rory View Post
    i think me and my son will take the tent and head off for a night or two in darker skies.
    If you haven't had the chance yet to observe under dark skies, don't draw too many conclusions until you do. Dark skies are terribly important.

    Now, if you can figure out how to get your dark-sky-field-trip to coincide with good weather, please let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Original Mike View Post
    If you haven't had the chance yet to observe under dark skies, don't draw too many conclusions until you do. Dark skies are terribly important.

    Now, if you can figure out how to get your dark-sky-field-trip to coincide with good weather, please let me know.
    lol. yeah i know what you mean. could always paint a planitarium on the inside of the tent .

 

 

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