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  1. That gun barrel rdf certainly does the job and worth a try. I own a rdf gun sight but it's the rail fitting.
  2. Like the setup bryand. I already use the Celestron star pointer pro on my frac so being able to easily swap between that and bins would be ideal. The celestron skymaster pro bins specifically remark about it's central rail allowing RDF fitting. Just want sonething similar on a higher quality pair of 20x80s though.
  3. Thanks Steve, that's really helpful to know.
  4. ditto on reading your opinion of them. They look a quality pair of bins for the price
  5. I seem to be in a similar decision making process to yourself, were there any major reasons for choosing the Helio Stellar 11 over the LightQuest which were also within your budget? As I currently own 10x50 and 15x70 bins I was looking for the extra step up in mag, so 20x80s make more sense than 16x80s. As you already have the stability of a tripod would you regret the extra mag at the expense of FOV? I can't remember from the excellent Binocularsky reviews if there was any noteable mention of the difference in magnitude of 16x80s vs 20x80s - will have another read now!
  6. Just wondering if there's a real benefit in using a RDF with 20x80s. I currently use 15x70s without a RDF on a pistol grip and whilst not as easy as handheld 10x50s it's not that difficult to hone in on a target with some star (and tree/bldg.) hopping. Would the extra mag jump from 15x70s to 20x80s make a mounted RDF a beneficial or even necessary aid? On a side note, does anybody know if a RDF can be fitted to the Helios LightQuest 20x80s? It doesn't have the central bar /rail that the Helios Stellar and even Celestron Pro versions have.
  7. Looking to part with my SkyTee 2 mount complete with the following accessories: SkyTee 2 & 1.75" tripod (EQ5 and HEQ5) Skywatcher Extension Tube for SkyTee 2/EQ5 ADM Vixen-style saddle for SkyTee 2 Skywatcher counterweight set for SkyTee 2/EQ3 (1x 1.8kg + 1x 3.4kg) Price = £330 All items were purchased brand new and are in good single owner condition. Photos attached and I have the original boxes for the mount and tripod. Collection only due to number of items, size and weight. As per the username I'm in the Woking area and will meet at a reasonable distance within the Surrey, North Hampshire, and surrounding area. Reason for selling is that I went over to the dark arts of GOTO early last year, and whilst I had planned on keeping the SkyTee due it's portability for observing away from home, the Covoid lockdown has meant it's been unused since.
  8. Firmware version upgrades?
  9. Have checked and I had previously done the same firmware update. 190221 for both handset and mount. Glad it went ok Steve, I thought the process and instructions were pretty good. Don't understand the serial cable supplied though, could have supplied something more compatible with modern laptops! My SkySafari 6 Plus is v6.3.2 46 for Android. Seems fine but only tested inside...I can connect to the mount, use GOTO to different objects to see the mount move, and then the align function. Without checking properly outside with the scope it doesn't seem to be an issue. Only niggle is the mount had forgot my SSID settings and password encryption yet again. Battery wasn't drained but it's been charging for a couple of hours and it had a full charge before storage only a couple of weeks again. Looks like it needs a charge before every session which can't be right. The wifi settings is bugging me. If anybody alreadty has this setup or wants to try setting this up, it would be great to know if it's a common problem or not.
  10. Steve I will check tonight and with SkySafari. I'm pretty sure I connected to the mount and tested after the updates but with all the comments think I will double check.
  11. There's a section in the manual on setting up SkySafari via the mount's in built wifi. Simple to follow and will work with smartphone or tablet. Only drawback if using with smartphone is you are effectively offline when connected to the azmp wifi. It does mean no whatsapp or email interruptions whilst observing so probably no bad thing!
  12. I'm using SkySafari plus 6 and works fine. Ioptron released updates for both mount and handset a few months back which is worthwhile doing. The serial port connection was a bit of a faff though as laptops don't have the male port required so i ended up using an old docking station
  13. Cheers for this. Guess I'm suspicious that there's only a 30day warranty on the battery compared to the 2 years I think for the mount itself.
  14. I've found the AZMP to be pretty spot on with just the auto 1 star calibration. Occasionally have to resynch when moving from one half the sky to the other. Have not mastered the balancing yet. The manual says to also check the spirit level as the mount rotates during the auto calibration. It's always off for me and I've tried an additional spirit level too. Can never get the spirit level centred for the full 360 and this probably explains the above resynch when say going from a south to north objects. Have you tried controlling the mount with SkySafari? I use this instead of the handset and it's been great. Also how are you finding the battery life? I'm not sure about mine, seems to drain quicker than the advertised 10-12hours. Think it's even draining when not used for a few weeks.
  15. I kept finding the thrill of the chase diminishing the later it got at night and purposely leaving those tricky objects till last! 1am frustration knowing the alarm clock is going off in not many hours. GOTO eliminates frustration and enables a proper night's sleep
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