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  1. Now all sold, thanks. Advert can now be removed / archived thanks
  2. Now also listed elsewhere, but I will keep this advert active until sold.
  3. Hello all For my next project I’m moving to a refractor - a Bresser Messier AR-102XS. I’ve been acquiring various pieces, mainly 2nd hand, and the missing piece now is a tripod. I’ve got a 2nd hand AZ-GTi mount on the way, and am trying to work out what the most suitable tripod for it would be. I don’t mind how heavy it is, my main consideration is that it doesn’t take up too much space, and is less than £100 (new or 2nd hand). With that in mind I’m thinking of: - Redsnapper RST283 - Horizon 8115 - The steel tripod from my CG-4 (which I’ve currently got up for sale) The CG-4 tripod looks much the same as the Skywatcher stainless steel tripod (https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-star-adventurer/sky-watcher-38-stainless-steel-tripod.html). I’m sure this would be the most sturdy option, and possibly the cheapest since I already own it. It’s not the most compact though, and I’m not sure how I would attach the AZ-GTi to it. The head is recessed, and I can’t see that the mount would fit in the recess. So it would sit on top of the recess instead, but there is then an alignment pin that sticks up from the tripod that would get in the way. Even if I cut this off, the retaining bolt wouldn’t be long enough to secure the mount to the tripod (it’s only very slightly proud of the recess when fully screwed in). So all in all, this might be too much of a faff. The other two tripods I don’t have any experience of. Is one significantly better than the other, or are there better options that I have overlooked? Both look to be sturdier than a basic manfrotto, but I’m going by eye only. Would anything special be needed to attach the AZ-GTi to them, or would it be a case of removing the head from the tripod and replacing with the mount? Thoughts appreciated! Steve
  4. The Omni XLT127mm scope is now sold (but thanks for the additional interest!) CG-4 and tripod combo are still available.
  5. Omni XLT 127 is provisionally sold. Will edit the listing when sale goes through.
  6. I'm having a bit of a clearout to make way for a new project. For sale here are a couple of items that have seen very litle use: 1) Celestron Omni CG-4 GEM Mount + Tripod - £125 *** SOLD *** This is in generally very good condition. There are a few marks, and scuffs consistent with normal use. There are also a couple of minor (small) patches of surface rust on a few of the bolts and steel legs. It has seen very litle use, and has been in storage for the past few years so it is time to find it a good home. The small rubber tips that go on the very end of the feet have perished, so these won't be included. It includes tubular steel tripod, 2 counterweights, built in polar scope, built in bubble level and slow motion controls. Due to size and weight, collection would be preferred from the RG27 area. If you are reasonably local, I would also consider delivering. Price: £125, but I am open to offers. Payment can be made via Bank Transfer (preferred), Paypal or cash on collection 2) ***SOLD*** Celestron Omni XLT 127mm Telescope ***SOLD *** Again this is in very good condition, and has been in storage for the past few years and has had very little overall use. A few marks on the dovetail as is to be expected. It includes a small finderscope, diagonal and a 25mm eyepiece Can be collected from the RG27 area, I could deliver if you are reasonably local, or can be posted for an additional £8. Price: £110, but am open to offers. Payment can be made via Bank Transfer (preferred), Paypal or cash on collection *** NOW SOLD *** Any questions please do let me know.
  7. Or maybe just 14 days Sadly the scope spends more time in the loft than outside nowadays, but I'm hoping to get it out again soon! Thanks for your input though Sky Daddy!
  8. Thanks for the continued replies sherr03: WRT the XLT 127, I've only ever looked at planets through it. Jupiter and Saturn can be quite sharp given the right viewing conditions. Another forum member pointed out this site in a post earlier today: http://www.12dstring.me.uk/fov.htm If you switch to "visual view" and then choose the relevant eyepiece and telescope, you can get a rough idea of the size of image you are likely to see relative to your apparent field of view. The quality of the image will vary widly though according to viewing conditions. If you were able to set up in the light, then probably 10 mins or so to put it together (assuming you store it disassembled) then once you've carried it outside, another 5 minutes or so getting a rough polar alignment. It's reasonably heavy thanks to the good quality EQ mount, so I wouldn't want to have to carry it too far! You'll then need to leave it for a while to cool, and I've found a dew shield a necessity as it does tend to attract dew! Hope that helps! russ: Thanks for your positive comments regarding dobs - I have to admit I'd have trouble tracking Mars at that magnification using an EQ mount! valleyman: Thanks or the tips regarding the setting circle and angle finder. I'll head over to the dob community forum for a more thorough read. Cheers Steve
  9. Thank you very much for all the replies so far From what has been said I think a dob would suit me best based on my current requirements. There were some interesting points raised about not going with the flextube to save some cash, as indeed it will only save on vertical space which isn't too much of a problem in my shed. Which dob I go for is going to come down to whether I decide on auto tracking or not, so I'll do a little more thinking and review reading to decide what I really want. Thanks again for the initial suggestions (and the agreement that eq mounts can be a pain to store!). I'll let you know what I decide on, and in the meantime if anyone is interested in a 2nd hand omni xlt 127, watch this space... (or at least keep an eye on the for sale section )
  10. Hi all I currently own a Celestron Omni XLT 127 scope. Although I like the scope very much, I find that I'm not using it as much as I ought to due to the time it takes me to set up (no space to leave it pre-set up unfortunatley!). One of the main reasons I bought my current scope was to save space, but to be honest although the OTA is relatively small I still need a fair amount of space to store it all. So I've been toying with the idea of a dobsonian... I had discounted them originally as they seemed big and bulky, but thinking about it they would probably take up less space than my current scope, and setup time would be as long as it takes me to carry it from the shed to the middle of the garden. I quite like the look of the Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Flextube Auto, as it can store to a relatively compact size, has good light gathering ability, and the benefit of auto tracking which would aid my visual observing and allow me to take a few planetary photos should I be so inclined in future. My viewing mainly consists of planetary work, but I would like to start viewing more DSOs too. I've never used a Dob before though, so I have a few questions: - How do you manually track an object with a Dob? Just by moving it by hand? If so, how do you achieve small enough movements so as not to overshoot? I'm used to EQ mounts where a rough polar alignment will allow me to track easily and smoothly at the turn of a knob. - How would the quality of image in the 200P compare to my current 127 XLT? - Would you recommend the auto tracking option on a dob, or should I save the cash and invest elsewhere? I'd be grateful for your thoughts Thanks in advance!
  11. Hi all My scope has been relegated to the shed, and there isn't room to leave it set up with a cover over it....so I need to look at suitable storage. I'd really like something that both the scope, mount and tripod could fit inside, and that would offer adequate protection for life in a shed. Based on the size of the tripod, I'm going to need something approx 100cm in length. My best bet so far would seem to be a cricket bag, such as: Readers Team Wheelie Cricket Bag with a few silica gel sachets thrown in for good measure. Does anyone else store their scope in a similar way, or can anyone offer a better alternative? Thanks for your help Steve
  12. Hi Mark Welcome to SGL. I've had much the same problem as you - a new scope which had caused a drastic change for the worse in the weather! Steve
  13. Tugboat

    complete newbie

    Hello and welcome to SGL! Steve
  14. Hi Paul Welcome to SGL! It looks like you've got a decent set of kit there to get you started Steve
  15. Having checked, it wasn't dubious at all - someone signed him up for £500 direct debits to charity: BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Clarkson stung after bank prank
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