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mark RD

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  1. There is two screw holes on either side of the focuser. If you remove the screw you can use it to fit a finderscope bracket. If you have a look at SkySurfer s pictures you can see the screw.
  2. Its only when you take things apart where you notice some of the bad workmanship, I had a SW ST80 before which was a great scope but sold it on, regretfully. The new SW ST80 I bought was not as good I could not get the finder aligned to the main scope. and the images where not as good neither, Although I put some of that down the the local Cancel putting up white street lights Also image shifting while focusing was bad too. Hence the reason to put a new focuser on this scope. On changing the focuser I noticed the SW focuers mounting screw holes where not drill in quite in the right places so the focuser was at a slight angle. Putting the collimation out and the reason for me not been able to get the finder in the right place. The only problem I can find with this setup is the extra weight of the focuser makes balancing the ST80 on a EQ1 mount impossible and looks like I will need to make some sort of plate to off set the scope a little. Other then that its a joy to use and CA is reduced stars are now the correct shape and the background is much darker.
  3. Anyone used one of these mounts, Load capacity is a bit better then a SW EQ5 at 13KG instead of the SW EQ5s 9KG and reasonably priced Looking for a mount for my ED100
  4. I finally went with the GSO single speed focuser. and I have ordered some flocking, Might as well get the best I can out of the little ST.
  5. In short No, Better optics give better contrast. Some of the best veiws I have had where though a Skywatcher ED80
  6. Just wanted to say a big thank you ( not ) to the St Neots Town Council for put up new street lights in the area. The new lights stand about 10 ft taller then the old ones and produce the dreaded white light. Ok there is a few less of them but this has made it harder to see in the streets. But worst of all for me is I have no dark spot in my garden anymore plus also light polution is now much worse.
  7. I was looking at the GSO The pricing is reasonable even with shipping to the UK
  8. I have an old ED100 which I replaced the focuser on to good result. As its only going to be used as a visual scope im not worried about putting too much weight on it. Im more concerned about image shift and all the problems that brings
  9. To be honest I wanted a good grab and go setup for deep sky. I had a ST80 in the past and know how good a little scope it is also it is very light and im hoping not to have to use a bigger mount then the EQ1. I do not have any 2" eye peices so even with an upgraded focuser I think I should still be OK with the EQ1. Idealy I would like an ED80 but that would need a bigger mount.
  10. I was wondering if anyone has tryed to upgrade the focuser on the ST80 to an upmarket crayford and how much of a diffrence it made.
  11. If your thinking of selling the EQ3 at any point give me a shout I might be interested
  12. 16" refractor in Cambridge pointing at jupitor. Not too impressed as I had had a better veiw though my ED80 on a freak good night.
  13. I know the mount head is not going to be great its only needs to carry the ST80 Wondering though if the legs could be replaced with a decent camera tripod
  14. The HEQ5 is a bit heavy for a grab and go scope Im thinking of riviting on some alloy plates to the legs to make them more stable
  15. Thanks FLO for getting my EQ1 and ST80 to me in time for the clouds and ran That was expected. I know there is a youtube clip for tweeks on the ST80, some I have already done. The rest I will do in time. But for now I have turned my attention on the mount. Why do the chinese use that horid grease Its hard to balance the scope as the grease is so sticky. Deffinatly need to strip and regrease. I have also changed the clutch levers to give a little more leverage. Anyone got any more idears what can be done to improve an EQ1 mount?
  16. One of these would do perfect I think http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GSO-2-Single-Speed-Refractor-Crayford-Focuser-with-86-4mm-Base-Adapter-/121488604399?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c4948fcef
  17. Dave your right I was looking at a focuser around £80 on ebay (GSO) I have had an ST80 in the past and loved it but the focuser is a big let down. Happy cat I seen the youtube clip. Thats pretty much everything you could do to a ST80. Machael Thanks, I wanted an EQ1 as I can add a motor drive for about £30 Ideally I wanted an ED80 but I would need a bigger mount, But thats where im heading when I get a little extra money after buying expensive bass amps
  18. Must be about 3 or 4 years since I was last active on SGL. After starting a family playing in a band semi pro for a few years my intrest in astronomy has been put to the side for some time. Gone is the Skywatcher 200P the ED80 and HEQ 6 Pro mount. I just sold my upgraded EQ5 ( that replaced the HEQ6) as I had to buy a bass amp as my one just packed up right before a gig. However I decided to keep the ED100 and buy a ST80 on a EQ1 mount from FLO. As I could not be without a usable scope at all. Infact I think it might rekindle my intrest and get me out in the garden again. Im also thinking how far can a tweek an ST80. As mad as it seems I was thinking about upgrading the focuser as well as the useral tweeks. I wonder if the EQ1 would take the weight. Im sure putting the ED100 on the EQ1 would be a silly idea.
  19. I had a shooting star cross my FOV on a ST80 once. Thats not too common exp when there is no showers.
  20. Hi All I was wondering if anyone in or around the St Neots (cambridgeshire) area has regreased a eq6 pro mount. Mine needs doing and I dont have the skills or the tools.
  21. Wow 10Min Closest I can get is about 2Min although light pollution kicks in petty bad oft that. Great picture Martin
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