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  1. Sorry, for my needs the AZ baby is fine without an extension bar. I am sure that the astroshop could tell you.
  2. I recently bought one of these mounts and it is very nicely made. It is basically a 2" / 50 mm Teflon disc mount, about the same size as the TS AZT6 but with an easily accessible, top-mounted azimuth knob. It uses plain bearings and apart from some internal washes is made entirely out of machined aluminium alloy. I guess some would like to see roller bearings or some such, but there is no room for slop anywhere in the AZ baby's design and everything fits together very snugly. This mount has actually been around for over 10 years, and is machined by the Liu Xiaoyi brothers in China, w
  3. http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/28/comet-ison-sun
  4. Must admit that as a one-time 'WIS' (Watch idiot savant) that made me smile, especially the bit about lasting a lifetime. A mechanical watch migh have the potential to last a lifetime, but it will need regular and expensive servicing. Although all the Swiss manufacturers play much the same game, Rolex are one of the worst for fleecing thier customers once they have bought a watch from them. Rolex have introduced many restrictive trading practices, including refusing to sell spare parts to anyone who is not a part of their own network, and a basic service will cost £500 upwards and be needed ev
  5. Thanks for that Mcavity, now that I know the issue I have noted goes by the name of 'cone error' findng further information will be much easier.
  6. Just a quick update. Before going out tonight I rotated the puck 90 degrees from its factory position so that I could see through the polar scope when the scope was in the home position. True enough, Polaris was just out of my field of view in the scope itself, but easilly spotted through the finder, which I used to do a quick set up of the mount. After this I rotated the mount to the correct time and date position to do the final adjustment via the polar scope and found that it was already just outside its circle. For me this was much easier than trying to locate Polaris from the off via th
  7. Thanks for that. So, I was overlooking something! The maximum field of view through my scope is under 1.5 degrees. Next time I will take a look at exactly where Polaris is in my finder, allowing for the needed offset from the pole. Thanks again!
  8. Hi there, I'm just getting back into astronomy after a break, and of course this means getting back up to speed with my polar alignment routine. Whilst doing this the other evening it struck me that it would be great if the finder and scope were perfectly in line with the polar scope, so I could do the basic altitude and azimuth adjustment of the mount via the finder and scope, then only minor adjustments of the mount would be needed to get Polaris spot on in the polar scope. Perhaps things are supposed to be this way, but they aren't with my HEQ5. (The polar scope is correctly aligned with t
  9. P.s. I just had a quick look for the post where FLO explained why they don't carry some lines. Before I found it I came across a couple of threads explaining that they no longer offer discounts. I guess that scuppers my theory as to why they don't carry Televue products.
  10. As we all know, retail price maintenance is illegal, and yet is still common, with retailers who sell at ‘discount’ prices finding that manufacturers will no longer supply them. I also recall reading a thread where FLO said that they don't carry some lines as they refused to agree to the pricing terms that the manufacturers / importers were demanding. Putting two and two together, we might have the answer as to why Televue have felt that they can get away with hiking their prices so much, and also as to why sellers like FLO don't sell Televue products.
  11. Hi there, good to see that FLO is always on the look-out for new lines. I can confirm that the true adjustment on these seats is 39-89 cm, once you have unscrewed the two small plastic stops, one on each leg. I would recommend lightly dressing the holes where the screws hold the stops in place with a small round file to remove any burrs as the sliders are a tight sliding fit on the legs. Oh, and the chair is marked as having a maximum working load of 110kg. I'm still impressed with mine.
  12. Nice review, but I would still that that the following is a far better option. What's more it costs only a few quid more for something that is primarily designed for use in industry and was made in Germany, rather than being knocked up in China, probably for a couple of quid! http://stargazerslounge.com/astro-lounge/159674-observing-chairs-another-option.html
  13. To me a 'counterfeit' is something made in a different factory to the original, but which claims to be identical in all ways to the original, including place of manufacture, and is sold as such. In such terms the TMB 'clones' are hardly counterfeits. Having read some of the discussions relating to the manufacture of 'TMB' eyepieces, it seems that the term 'Genuine TMB' is, like 'Plossl' or 'Newtonian', effectively little more than a designation of the design, not a guarantee of quality or place of manufacture. Some have argued that the factory that first made these for Thomas Back did so und
  14. I would be tempted to say that the proof of the pudding is in the seeing. So I would take a peek though it first to see if you think it is worth what you paid for it, and keep it if you think it is.
  15. Well, that and following the two golden rules of the American business model: screw down your costs wherever possible and charge not a dime less than the market will bear!
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