Well, Iam all set now sort of. New tripod, EP´s and diagonal, and had my first night session two days ago. Iam a happy camper as they say
TS Optics 8mm Planetary HR, and a older model Celestron X-Cel 25mm that was on sale at half it´s original price. The diagonal is a 90º zenith star diagonal from Omegon. All was €165, plus €70 for the tripod which I bought last month. EP`s from Teleskop Service EU, tripod (Ravelli AVT) from Amazon.
The X-Cel is sharp and clean and seems well coated, in my case better with glasses on then without, the TS Optics is nice too, also seems well coated and clean, but better without glasses and your eye in there in it´s eye relief. This did take a bit of trail and error for me as someone new to this. By this I mean that the 25mm was easy to look through as both ends of the EP have a large diameter, but not so with the 8mm. were you have the looking end with a large diameter and the bottom end a smaller one (lense), and here is were the ER came into play, and maybe some exit pupil. But once my eye was in there, it was all fine. Still learning, but having a great time!
Still need to do the modding but the dew shield is a tough one to pull out. The lithium grease is on it´s way. I have also ordered from Aliexpress a 6mm TMB Planetary II clone or whatever it is, but I choose a bad time to order anything from Aliexpress with all that´s going on in China (virus), so it will be awhile before I can try that one out. Most likely I´ll get a 12mm, x2 Barlow and a 32 or 40mm Plossl next month and I´ll be all set for a good while. Well, maybe I´ll get a adaptor for my smartphone (Celestron Nexyz) to compare what Iam looking at with my apps after a session.
Aside from that, I felt like a kid the two hours I spent watching the night sky two days ago. The Stellarium app (pay version android) came in very handy, and the included RDF did it´s job, so overall very happy, this is great folks!
Edited by Mike710, 15 February 2020 - 08:03 PM.