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  1. Yes that's correct. There may be a neater solution that other members use. I'm a visual type of guy so not coming from an informed position. What I will say is dont be tempted by a cheapo generic supply. Using an astro retailer will virtually ensure the power supply will be and remain fit for purpose and not kill a 1k mount.
  2. Cool, you have a 240v source near your set-up. You have the 12v supply to the mount in the form of the Lynx Astro power brick. The dew controller is just that - a controller. It requires a 12v power source to feed the dew heater tapes. I'm sure you can get some form of splitter for the Lynx Astro but running the mount and heater tapes might push the 5A capacity a bit far.
  3. All of those bits and bobs will require their own power source. The only power source you have on the list is the Lynx Astro 12v 5A supply. That's fine for the mount but the rest will need something too. Can I ask where you intend to have your gear set up? The reason I ask is whether it will be reasonably close to a household 240 outlet or whether battery power may be needed.
  4. How do you intend to supply power to the dew controller and cameras?
  5. Many thanks for that. Exactly what I'm after and cheaper than repurposing an awning bag or similar. A bargain at £60! As an aside, how do I get in on the gift gig? Thank you for the link.
  6. Talk about feeling daft. It didn't even click for me that your username would suggest a maritime background and already would've been considered
  7. I imagine the caravanners or mariners among us would have a decent solution?
  8. Pretty much as the title and probably staring me in the face. Is there a commercially available smartphone mount/adapter that will attach to a scope using the quick release finder bracket? I'm looking at using SkySafari as a push-to and need the phone at a position where I can still see the screen at reasonable angles away from the zenith. It would no doubt look hideous and not work too well being so close to the metal tube but thought I'd ask. Many thanks
  9. That's totally what I've done! Having just purchased a Sabre Alt-Az, just as the clouds rolled in, I'm now challenging myself to find objects manually. That's not the only reason though. The set-up time will be considerably shorter not having to demolish the under-stairs cupboard to break out the NEQ6
  10. Whatever floats the proverbial boat really. Some people just want to see the object where others take pleasure in the 'hunt' for those fuzzys. Being a nerd, I love to use technology that enhances the hobby and would always encourage the use of Goto etc.
  11. Jon - was the comment made by a random employee (that should probably know better) or someone of influence? Seems a really careless thing to say given the vast majority of their customers will have, at least, a tenuous grasp of optic quality Trust me, I'm no AA white knight either. Edit: That reads all kinds of wrong - sorry. Not bashing AA or any other retailer. I own one and very happy with it. Just the statement on the glass seems odd.
  12. Don't be put off either retailer by one thread in one forum. Both sell very high quality scopes at attractive prices. If they were all pups they would have folded long ago.
  13. I've had the AA f11 on my wish list since it was announced. Problem is the small sample of actual users. Astrojensen on CN raves about his with very detailed analysis so I'm still on the fence. I really want the AA price, build and focal length but with the glass of the SW. Can't have it all unless I front the cash
  14. If you were to add the FF/FR and a finder you are perilously close to the price of the Evostar 100ED DS-Pro outfit. Regarding the Skywatcher, it's FPL-53, great user feedback, comes in a case and an easy sell if you were to move it on. However, the AA refractor looks nicer (imho) and build quality appears better (tuberings/focuser/dew shield).
  15. As usual, very good advice from vlaiv. When I first started in this money pit of a hobby I came here for advice. That advice was to get the very best mount you can afford. The CEM60 is, by all accounts, a tremendous mount and you do get what you pay for (optional tripod adds even more cost though). Would you consider an EQ6-R? I can't offer any feedback on its performance but it would give you considerable spare payload capacity when using a 2k+ scope.
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