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About ibraidwo

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  1. Thanks - I think I have that exact eyepiece in my collection! I will have to give it a try. Has anyone had any success with using phone adapters/holders?
  2. Great picture. Can you tell me what eyepiece you used to achieve this? Whenever I offer my iPhone up to the eyepiece I never seem to be able to find the sweet spot. Do you have the eye shield folded down or not? Thanks,
  3. Morning all, Is it possible to test a drive on a mount without having a controller to see if the drive is working? I don’t want to spend time looking and throwing money at it if the drive is faulty! The drive is on a Vixen SP and has an 8-pin connector with a 1/120 gear ratio. See pics. Many thanks, Ian
  4. Thanks for posting, I recently picked up the same mount, with an old 6" reflector at an auction a month or so ago for £45 and am just starting to see how it works and whether it does everything it should. It came with the same tripod as yours as well; I note your tripod cross-support also has rust on it - I was wondering what I should do with that. Until seeing your post, I wasn't exactly sure what model mine is, however it looks exactly the same as yours, so i assume its a Vixen SP GEM also. I have stripped the telescope down and cleaned it - it was very dusty (probably sat in a barn/garage for some time. I have also partially disassembled the mount, but won't go too far with it. The RA worm screw shaft is a little bent, so I need to do something with that and it has an RA drive, however I don't have a controller so can't test it. The mount appears to move well on both axis. Hopefully it will work okay once I reassemble.
  5. Hi all, I picked up an old 6" reflector on a Vixen SP mount via an auction house recently, however it has a very unusual focuser that I haven't seen before. It appears to focus by manually moving the tube in and out, tightening the nylon screw then rotating the whole tube for fine adjustment. Can anyone tell me anything about it and how old it is likely to be? Possibly even what the reflector is? Manufacturer? I have stripped the whole scope down to clean it thoroughly. Many thanks in advance, Ian
  6. Hi all, Can anyone tell me what EQ mount this is (it looks fairly old) and any ideas on what weight it could carry? Many thank, Ian
  7. Sorry, now sold - I met up with the buyer this afternoon.
  8. Hi gazza25, the quality on these are better than Skywatcher (in my opinion) and they do look good - I also think they hold their value well, however it would be interesting to hear views from others on how it compares to a Skywatcher 72 or 80.
  9. Thanks everyone for your feedback. I am in no particular rush to sell, and would prefer to sell to a fellow SGLer.
  10. Have I overpriced this? Or should I just put it onto a well known auction site?
  11. Also meant to say that it comes with its original manual, warranty card and 2 WO stickers, in lovely condition as kept in a plastic wallet.
  12. I am reducing my collection of scopes. I bought this ZenithStar 80 II ED on a bit of an impulse buy during the peak of my interest but ended up only taking it out of it's box twice. It's in great condition - telescope tube, optics and focuser are all fairly pristine. The only negatives are some marking to the (original) storage case (by the previous owner) and some minor marking to the mounting foot. Comes with end caps, 2"-1.25" reducer and a WO finder shoe (no eyepieces or diagonals are included). I am really not sure on price as I can't find any that have been for sale recently (and astromart want you to pay to see auctions/prices). I feel that £350 would be a fair price plus postage (or can be collected in Surrey). Happy to add more photos if required.
  13. Indeed sad news. I used to walk by their Dorking shop and pop in to look at their stock. Also went along to one of their newbie evenings. I believe that they recently moved to bigger premises which were further south. Maybe they lost the local walk in trade... Their buy-back and second hand sales were both value-add things that they did. Thanks FLO for flagging this and offering your support.
  14. I would prefer it if it could transport me and my scope to a place with clear skies! Now that would be something worth paying for... Nice one... Typed on a typewriter
  15. My wife swears by her Nespresso machine. Coffe capsules are cheaper than Starbucks. One reconmendation - always flush it through before every cup (or at least once a day) with a button press of hot water and no capsule... This has kept he machine clean and her coffee always tasting great... Ian
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