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A McEwan

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  1. Looking for Helios, Skywatcher, Celestron or Bresser 120mm "long" achro tube assembly. Ideally with tube rings but anything considered. Condition unimportant as long as the end bits are good (front and back)! Ant
  2. I think Robindonne is refering to the sitting on it side of things....
  3. Exactly! I had one of these mounts before and regretted selling it. This one is just as good as the first one was. Long slow-mo's definitely make it easier to use though.
  4. Strong coffee actually! I think the phone enhanced the colour slightly.
  5. I haven't really bought any eyepieces newer than T6 Nagler or Explore Scientific 68-degree designs, so I'm not up to date with what's available now, but... I can advise re what I use and what I have in my cases! For planetary I stick to Orthoscopics. In my case, Baader Genuine Ortho's, but there are other makes that are probably just as good, if not better. Fewer elements = more detail and narrower field of view = fewer distractions to take your eye away from those details. Same goes for lunar or double stars, in my book anyway. For "general viewing" my used eyeieces are usually the
  6. A new-to-me but obviously used Skytee-2 mount which incuded the ADM upgraded saddles and the heavy duty tripod! It was all a bit..."lived in"...but an hour or two with WD40, Cif degreaser and some microfiber clothes worked wonders. I need to get some longer slo-mo controls (see wanted ad) but otherwise it's really, really good! Ant
  7. Hi, Looking for a set of flexible slo-mo cables for Skywatcher mounts, or other mounts that use the same fitting. Ant
  8. Cambridge Double Star Atlas is one of my faves!
  9. It would be quite a mental effort to remember all mine. I THINK I'm technically into the 40s now, but since acquiring the Tak it has slowed down A LOT! I can remember the ones I should have kept though: GSO 680 8" f6 Dob (modified and pimped) TS 90mm f6.6 Triplet Apo Equinox ED120 Helios 6" f8 achro (pimped and resprayed etc) Celestron/Vixen 90mm f14.4 achro Apart from those there were lots of scopes of various types, probably mostly refractors but a few Maks and Cats along the way too! Ant
  10. That is ingenious! I went the counterweight route and it's worked perfectly for me, but your spring setup takes less space and will be less heavy! I tested mine yesterday with my 77mm f1000 achro and it feels and looks promising too!
  11. That looks reassuringly similar, JeremyS! The FLO box was correct - it did also contain clouds. Ant
  12. So, here's what was in the box - an Extender Q 1.6x for the FC100. My f7.4 just grew into an f11.8! It all looked a bit complicated to put together, with conflicting diagrams online, so hopefully someone can tell me if this looks right? Drawtube connector - Extender Q 1.6x - VAri-tube (L) - Visual adapter - 1.25" eyepiece holder - diagonal. I have a vari-tube (L) and vari-tube (s) left over. Ant
  13. A nice Japanese box. More details later....
  14. I think my Tak FC100Df is "probably" my lifer. That doesn't mean I won't get another scope that will also be a lifer, though! I'd like a bigger Tak or maybe a Tec-140 or even a biggish Dob at some point, but there are other things to consider, like location, portability and ease of use, so there's no point in me splashing out on a scope like that unless I know that I'll be able to use it! For now, the FC100 is just perfect for me in that regard.
  15. I'm actually tempted by a FOA-60Q at the moment. It's in my brain now...
  16. Congratulations on your first Takahashi! They really are something rather special!
  17. Just a diagonal for me. Well, a Baader Zeiss prism (BBHS) T-2 diagonal body which I'll be using in all my refractors from now on. It arrived with mist as well as clouds! Ant
  18. I've had an Equinox ED120 on mine and that was plenty sturdy enough. Nothing larger/heavier than that though. I mean it didn't even notice a 6" f8 Newtonian, but refractors are heavier so... I hear tell that FS128s might be more of a challenge though.... (hope to find out one day!) Ant
  19. Indeed. AZ-3 mounts are ike that, so I added a counterweight system to mine which made it much better (completely removed the problem). I wondered if the new Tak model might have some kind of variable friction clutch arrangement, but haven't found anything out yet.
  20. Correction to earlier text - I've edited this to reflect that I actually found this picture on a Japanese seller's site through Zenmarket, and it has an FC76-DCU mounted on it. This mount is included and ... it looks nice! Does anybody here know anything about it, like will the mount be coming to the UK at all, or technical details? Ant
  21. You can get a decent adapter on Amazon just now. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08F9HQZ8N/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Ant
  22. Yes. By undoing the two screws on the side, the base slackens off and different types can be inserted. I could have a look and see what different bases I have, if you're looking for a specific type? Ant
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