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  2. Can you confirm how tall is this and outside diameter please
  3. Seems to be unavailable at the moment. The version with the ball head is called the SVBONY Solar Eclipse Serial Solar Finder. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Positioning-Observation-Astronomy-Telescope-Accessories/dp/B072VH5NVX Its identical to this ball head from Amazon thpugh and quite cheap. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0189228CS?tag=stargloung-21
  4. None of those links show the mini ball head? Is that a separate purchase?
  5. James, Just a thought as I know you have purchased the drag strap (ooh er missus!) for the end flap but, how about a fashioning a socket in the top middle of the flap which you can shove the end of a broom handle of other appropriate legth of material when closing so that you just lean on and lever the flap into a managable position?
  6. I agree John but the one I purchase had the extra dovetail plate.
  7. I did as well Gina using a Pringle tube but it really was too large. I felt that £17 for a handy small metal device, which also included a separate dovetail plate, was a good deal. In fact I am going to use the dovetail plate on my 12" Dob because it will hold my 80mm Finderscope better as it has two holding screws.
  8. Prices keep changing on eBay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/362366838367?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F710-53481-19255-0%2F1%3Ftype%3D4%26campId%3D5337682713%26toolId%3D10001%26customId%3Djvwgfh02tw013trd00003%26mpre%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.co.uk%252Fitm%252FSVBONY-Solar-Finder-Scope-Fully-Metal-For-Sun-Positioning-Solar-Eclipse-Observe%252F362366838367%253FssPageName%253DSTRK%25253AMEBIDX%25253AIT%2526_trksid%253Dp2057872.m2749.l2649%26srcrot%3D710-53481-19255-0%26rvr_id%3D1978021818040%26rvr_ts%3Dd59b46f916a0a16d6e229ea2ffb8ef20&ul_noapp=true
  9. One ZWO ASI 120MC-S USB 3.0 Colour Camera. Open Box Open box camera. Complete and in excellent condition with full manufacturers warranty. £146.00 £131.40 (saving £14.60)
  10. Thanks to @johninderbyI also purchased this solar viewer from China. It came within 7 days and cost just over £17 with postage. Fitted the solar viewer in a finderscope bracket and both the main refractor and solar viewer were perfectly in line. I used a sharp pencil to outline the display screen to make it more easy to view. I won't show a photo as @chaz2bhas already done a good job above. However, I attach a eBay link just in case anyone else wants to purchase this handy little device. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SVBONY-Solar-Finder-Scope-Fully-Metal-Mount-Dovetail-Slots-Mount-Dovetail-Slots/323318485106?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  11. Hello!

    I am an astrophile and curious girl from Bangladesh.I am finding for like-minded friends.💜💜

  12. I bought it with the BCOs. It doesn't focus on my scope with my 2 inch diagonal. With a 1.25 inch diagonal it was fine especially with the small eyepieces. The long 32mm poked my in the face so I just used it with the other 3. I only used it a couple of times. The plastic is solid. Maybe I'll give it another try but at the time I felt I didn't want to use it.
  13. No manual? here you go: http://skywatcher.com/download/manual/tracking-mount/
  14. Yes, that's one I've looked at.
  15. This AZ5 would meet your requirements with just a little room to spare as it is rated for 5kg: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/alt-azimuth/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe-alt-azimuth-mount.html If you really want a photo tripod, remember that you need a beefy one and also some form of fine control that can handle the weight of the telescope with diagonal etcetera.
  16. One HoTech SCA laser collimator 2" (includes adapter). Customer Return Customer return. Tested and in full working order complete with full manufacturers warranty. £112.00 £100.00 (saving £12.00)
  17. Wide angle eyepieces are particularly suited for planetary in the 8” dob the OP has. It is a manual mount and needs to be nudged to keep an object in view. Having a wider field, well corrected eyepiece allows for longer drift time across the FOV between nudges. I had that exact telescope as my first scope. I used a 6mm Radian as highest power and used a 2” telecentric barlow if seeing was particularly steady enough for highest power in the dob which was about my limit in exit pupil size also. In an 8” F/6 that would be 1mm exit pupil with a 6mm and .5mm with it in a 2x barlow. Telecentric barlow won’t increase ER also. Some don’t like the tall stack, but I can use the 2x telecentric with a lot of eyepieces and made more sense to me to buy vs a dedicated 3mm which I would only get a chance to use extremely good seeing. I get good seeing quite a bit in my area but it’s not good enough to take an 8” to 400x very much. Most of the time the 6mm did the trick on its own and I also have a Baader Zoom I can get to 4mm equivalent with the telecentric and also keep a wide FOV for longer drift times between nudges.
  18. Hi, is there anyone in the east devon area with the tools to cut a piece of 89mm steel pipe for me so that its perfectly square at both ends? i tried with a 10" grinder with no luck, an old boy friend of mine said he could with his workshop hack saw but i think its older than him and slightly off. maybe a well aligned cut off saw it needed. if i could get a steel cutting blade for my mitre saw it would probably work but the bore is a different size.
  19. My 127 mm Mak has never needed collimation, ever. Read the advice above. And bin the laser.
  20. I have had an interesting read over the weekend. I have enjoyed the book. I didn't buy the book to observe any IMP, it just piqued my interest. some of the images didn't transfer well to paper though. Glen.
  21. Also, when plate-solving with the main camera, ensure you using Binning 2x2 to reduce the workload / speed up the solve.
  22. It uses an optional mini ball head for adjustment. Incredibly easy to adjust.
  23. I am not very fond of google, it's a heavily microsofted version of Microsoft....
  24. Volcano top Ortho from Tani San are excellent eyepieces. Why use a WA for planetary observations. All the good stuff is happening in the middle of the field. Glen.
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  26. Sorry if my first post is on the dumb side. I'm in the process of putting together an imaging set up, but due to the learning curve (and cost) I'm doing this bit by bit as I think this will best prepare me for the 'fun' ahead. Anyhow, I've managed to acquire (when delivered) a WO 81mm APO Triplet (courtesy of this great forum) and was planning on adding a mount (probably an HEQ5pro or equivalent) towards the back end of the year. However, I've booked a cottage up in the North Yorkshire moors in August and thought it would be nice to take the scope up with a basic photo tripod for some visual obs. Could anyone recommend something suitable, it doesn't need to be capable of anything other than reasonably jiggle free visuals - both night time and daytime. Thanks, Mart
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