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  1. Yes it's the cheapo tubular tripod that they supply with the skymax, with the goto attaching to the top, never been to sure of it and even less sure how the scope itself is just attached to the goto arm with the one adjustable screw, always worry it'll fall off! My old Skywatcher Newt seems a lot sturdier on the EQ3 mount!
  2. Thanks everyone for the help and advise! Lots of things to consider here. I agree the tripod itself is not the best and I think I may consider investing in another tripod, or another scope! ? The vibration does last only a few seconds as described by you all, I just couldn't remember how bad it was, but once it stops and I'm not touching the scope, all is well but I will need to consider some mods to reduce the vibration. Once again, thanks everyone for your help!
  3. Hi All After a bit of advise! Have a Skymax 127 on an AZ mount and haven't really used it much over the past year and decided to start using it again. Have noticed that there is a lot of vibration and the slight touch and the view through the eyepiece just bounces. I've moved the scope from the patio to grass and that didn't solve it, tightened all bolts and knobs, undone and repositioned the one which holds the scope to the AZ mount arm but all to no avail. I've even tried using the scope without the legs extended but that hasn't helped. Am getting this issue at all magnifications too. I'm hoping it's just me and that since I've not used it for a while I've forgot that this happens, would expect higher sensitivity at high mag but not all the time. Reassurance required please or how to solve it! Thanks Mark
  4. On Saturday night I managed to "image" Jupiter with my orion starshoot. I've attached the original image after using Registax (albeit a fumble around the app as I'm still trying to get to grips with it) and then a quick polish with Photoshop. Not the greatest of images, but I was chuffed that for once I decided to ensure whilst setting-up that the tripod was level and when i did my star alignment with the goto I went from 32mm lens to 12mm illuminated and got the alignment stars centered perfectly, so tracking was pretty good, so a pat on my back for the patience in setting up properly, that was well worth it for when I observed other objects. Does anyone else use a starshoot and can they give me any tips on getting better images, would using a filter help? Any tips and tricks much appreciated Mark
  5. I've just recieved a Ostara Filter wheel from Amazon c/w 5 filters fitted. The filter wheel itself is a generic design and the same as those sold elsewhere albeit it has a different label stuck on the front! The wheel itself is very well made and seems to be of good quality, very robust and easy to use, with the exception that its not numbered but colour coded to show the filters, but I will number the slots myself, no great issue there. The filters supplied with the wheel are moon, Red, Green, Yellow and blue but no wratton numbers have been etched on the sides and seem they "cheap" so I'm replacing these with my Celestron / Meade / Skywatcher filters. The possible pain comes from the fact that changing the filters means removing 3 screws, one pozi drive and two hex heads each time you want to change the filters, so essentially ensuring the right mix of filters would be beneficial at it would save time with the constant fiddling with the screws, removal of the filters then is easy enough. I have the following filters:- #12 Yellow #21 Orange #25 Red #38A Dark Blue #47 Violet #56 Green #80A Blue Light Pollution OIII ND96 Moon - I plan not to put this into the wheel as a "permenent fixture" and use it only when specifically moon watching. I sort of studied filters a while back and bought up a mixture over time, some I know maybe a little limiting visually with the size of scopes they would be used with. I guess my observing habit on a typical night would be a mixture of planetary and DSO. i'm not planning to leaving a space for "filterless" viewing as I'll just whip of the wheel when not required, so the million dollar question - which 5 filters should I house permanently in the wheel? Thanks Mark
  6. Thanks guys - i've been viewing over the past two nights and wasn't totally convinced it was Panstarrs but this confirms for me that I was viewing the little blighter!
  7. The smell of a new scope you say...now that be the smell of rain a coming!
  8. Was most definately better view than through my SW 130! I cheated with M1 though, nabbed that one through the 20" dob at Kielder and even then it was a toughy!
  9. Beleive it or not M13 has been one of my worst Messier objects to find and when I did find it I wasnt convinced that it was M13, not until I observed it through a 10" Dob that I ticked it off my list! I've sorted my Messier list in to categories, globs, open clusters etc, and the best times to view (did this a few weeks back nothing else to do with all the cloud!), this I think is a nice way to get through the easier stuff before finding galaxies and I also use the "Ultimate Messier object list" http://www.davidpaulgreen.com/tumol.html - a nice bit of software where you can log your observations and object has a photo against each, theres also a PDF version http://www.1america.com/astronomy/pdf/messier_ref.pdf At the moment I'm struggling with M78 and cannot decide whether I can tick of M43 when looking at M42 at low mag!
  10. I got a 127 goto last Christmas on the basis that a goto would help me find stuff quicker but now I'm starting to look at larger aperture, 10" dobs are top of the list, on the dream list is a 9.25 celestron, purchasing or asking missus for either will without doubt result in instant death! Hello my name is Mark...I have aperture fever
  11. Fantastic photo's - love the first image - deserves an award!
  12. Call it the "Nephologist gazers lounge" I think thats the name for a cloud gazer!
  13. Eeek the light pollution map certainly makes you realise how bad it is in the UK. I always thought observing from my garden was ok until I came back from a holiday in Kielder and started complaining about the orange glow in the sky but then decided it had always been there and that I'd been spoiled by the pitch black of Kielder! Living north of Leicester I can travel 5-10 miles into the countryside and find a reasonable dark site, but there are many areas out in the countryside around me where if you face towards Leicester, the pollution kills any attempts at viewing, its pretty bad!
  14. Great image - I'd love to even get anything close to this
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