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  2. I have 3 of those, somewhere on earth there is a landfill where tractors are moving huge mounts of those around, world governments will meet in Geneva to discuss hurling them into space in giant nets towards the sun.
  3. For sure - if you have tracking, get anything that provides utmost clarity in the center of the FOV. I only had a tracking mount briefly. A CG5. Was trying AP. It was not for me. I’m into very simple setups and least fiddly observing. No patience for AP. I have encoders and a Sky Commander XP4 Flash on one of the mounts and I’m too lazy to even do a two star alignment most of the time. It has slo mo handles but tracking with an alt-az mount with slo mo handles is a bit like trying to make curves on an Etch-A-Sketch.
  4. That is a pretty focuser i must say, and looks like its built to last at that!
  5. I assume the same goes for Huwea's Matebooks? They looked like a better and cheaper alternative to the MacBook Pro as well
  6. Yes, that is a good price and probably well worth it for what you get and the saving of effort. I'm finding that applies to a number of things.
  7. Fair comment. Never had the problem myself. I like the clarity of the Ortho design. Glen.
  8. Now why why why why why why!!!!! hasn't every other manufacturer thought about a finder on a ball head like that? BRILLIANT!!! i will now adapt finders onto small ball heads like that one.
  9. Can you confirm how tall is this and outside diameter please
  10. No longer available under the Svbony brand with the ball head but still available under a different brand. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-Gravity-Solar-Finder-Used-For-Sun-Positioning-Total-Solarscope-Eclipse-Partial-Eclipse-Observation-TelescopeW2563AB/32815681374.html Its identical to this ball head from Amazon though and quite cheap. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0189228CS?tag=stargloung-21
  11. One Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED DS-Pro OTA and Aluminium Case. Open Box Open box scope. In full working order and excellent condition, complete with full manufacturers warranty. £359.00 £323.00 (saving £36.00)
  12. None of those links show the mini ball head? Is that a separate purchase?
  13. 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?
  14. I agree John but the one I purchase had the extra dovetail plate.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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)
  18. 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
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  20. 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.
  21. No manual? here you go: http://skywatcher.com/download/manual/tracking-mount/
  22. Yes, that's one I've looked at.
  23. 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.
  24. 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)
  25. 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.
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