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  1. Morning was wondering if anyone knows what the thread size is on the Celestron 1 1/4 diagonal tightening knobs. My Hyperion's dont sit flush in the diagonal and l was advised to get longer tightening bolts. Picture shows what l meanMany thanks for nay help.
  2. Me again. the time on the GPS on my 6SE is showing as being an hour behind. lt says GPS linked and everything else is ok. Can l change the time my self or just leave it. l'm in North Kent UK. Should it be in standard time or universal time. l have tried both and it is still an hour behind. Thanks in advance for any comments. Steve.
  3. Having problems with my eyepiece's dewing up so was looking at heated dew bands. I use Hyperions so assume a 2" would be OK. Wondering if l should get a longer one and wrap the diagonal as well. Any thoughts on this please.
  4. Had the same problem last week on my nexstar 6se. Brand new baader clicklock first time using it it stuck. Had to remove the clicklock and diagonal and bring them in. It released after a few minutes of trying. Weather was not cold. In my box now and reluctant to use it.
  5. l managed about 45 mins before they rolled in. Did as you suggested and all seems to be OK. Thank you.
  6. Double vodka, thank you l will give that a go tonight. Looking good here at the moment but l can see a band of grey fluffy stuff heading my way lol.
  7. The solar align method you sent the link to is the method l have been using. Finder scope first them eyepiece, but posters on a Celestron site have said that is wrong and it is Eyepiece first. l have the CPC800 and l use solar align and always centre the finder first. Totally confused now.
  8. No problem. l have been unable to get out due to the weather but l asked the question on another site and 2 or 3 people said the instructions for Solar align were wrong. No chance tonight either as the sky is full of big Grey things and its threatening to rain.
  9. Thanks cosmic Geoff l will give that a go. O yes l know what you mean about Synscan. l had 2 scopes with it and just gave up lol.
  10. Just re checked the procedure and it says finder first as l have been doing. lt is going to centre the object in this case Jupiter in the eyepiece that it wont slew. l need to get out and have another go unfortunately the clouds are saying no. Here is the instructions. Or perhaps l am reading it wrong?
  11. Thanks everyone l think it may have been sorted. Human error lol.
  12. I'm a donut. Thank you Michael for that l misread the instructions. Must be my age lol. I wouldn't mind so much but l do the solar align on my CPC800 no problem.
  13. Thanks for the replies. I use a skywatcher power pack which was fully charged. Also the proper celestron dew shield was used and l left it plenty of time to cool down and it was leveled up. The GPS unit was connected and reading right. I done the first slew to line the finder up with Jupiter pressed enter. Used the controller to slew to line the eyepiece up and it did not move. Also forgot to say the bottom line on the hand set was just a bunch of letters nothing readable. Update. l have just checked the focus in day light. lt was so far out it made my wrist ache winding it in lol. How the heck that happened Heaven knows as l am the only one allowed to touch the scope. So thats sorted. Now it is getting the alignment sorted. l do have the 6SE's big brother the CPC800 and have no problems with just using the Solar align, mind you that is in France. l am sure it is just human error but what l did not understand is why it would not slew to line up the eyepiece after l did the finder and pressed enter. Even though it would not slew to line the eyepiece up l pressed align anyway and sent it to M31 and the scope headed off in the right direction although l probably would not have been able to see it in a 10" as l have Bortle 7 skies. l will persevere tonight weather permitting. Wont give up on it yet as l had a good session with it last week even though l only used it manually on Jupiter and Saturn. Also just using the controller to manually move the scope last night was OK but no focus. l will get it sorted especially with the help from this forum. Thanks again.
  14. Set up my new Nexstar 6SE for only the second time in the 3 weeks l have owned it. l have very limited views but can see Jupiter and Saturn clearly. scope and Telrad had been set up in daylight so should be good. So l did the Solar align. Lined up the Telrad and pressed enter then tried to slew to get Jupiter in the eyepiece and it did not slew. Only way l could get it to slew was to turn it off then on again. On one occasion it was jumpy while slewing. So decide to line up manually on Jupiter and could not get it to focus. Tried different eyepieces 25 and 40mm just a white blob in the centre. Neither the scope or eyepieces had dewed up. First time l used it was manually i.e slewed in the hand set not using align and it was perfect. l will try again in daylight and if no joy back it goes. Any suggestions? It has not been knocked or dropped.
  15. Just got the Nexstar 6SE. Very easy to set up. l only have a small garden with limited views and Bortle 7 skies. Jupiter was beautiful in the supplied 25mm eyepiece. Tried my 10mm Hyperion and it sat on the tightening knobs of the supplied 1 1/4 diagonal. Going to give it another go tonight with a 2" diagonal and Baader clicklock. Really impressed so far and nice and portable. l have 2 young grandchildren my wife and l look after during the day so l set up a bit at a time.
  16. Just treated myself to the Nexstar 6SE and was after advice on a good eyepiece for viewing planets. l rather like the Baader Hyperion's and have the 21 and 10mm and was wondering if the 8mm or 5mm would be better. l wear glasses so need good eye relief. Budget up to the £100 mark. Thank you in advance for any advice given
  17. Hi Trevor l use an ironing board chair. You can pick them up for under £30. Had mine about 4 years now does the job for me.
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