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Everything posted by johninderby

  1. I did experiment with using the OTA from my Bresser 10” dob on a Skytee and actually it worked quote well. A right pain to fit it to the mount though holding the OTA with one hand while tightening the saddle clamp.
  2. And not forgetting the canine lovers.
  3. If you want to improve the movement of the bearings on the Bresser use some Turtle Wax original. It’s the best wax for dob bearings. Just has the perfect formulation for the job. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turtle-Wax-50187-Original-Shell/dp/B00068OL1A/ref=asc_df_B00068OL1A/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310513207083&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15593881433322917941&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006674&hvtargid=pla-555610532102&psc=1
  4. Space seems to be a popular theme for masks. https://www.etsy.com/market/outer_space_mask Silly prices though.
  5. The AZ100 is indded a lifetime sort of mount. Waiting for the motorising kit for it due early next year. GOTO will be great.
  6. Photo of my old TS 152 f6.25 and another scope on my old Skytee II. Handled the weight with no problems.
  7. The Skytee with an upgraded tripod would handle it OK. Of course the AZ100 would be first choice but much more expensive.
  8. Just be aware that the hole spacing on the Bresser finder shoe used on their dobs isn’t the same as the standard SW finder shoe and you will need a finder shoe like the Baader one. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/finders/baader-universal-quick-release-finder-shoe-base.html
  9. When I had my 14” OO dob could just reach the eyepiece at the zenith but had no problem with a 12” SW..
  10. The SW and Celestron mounts are a totaly different design. Not had any problems with the WiFi on my AZ-GTi. The only problem people seem to have with the WiFi is the initial setup with their phone. You do need to have the WiFi settings on your phone set up properly. The auto power off is the usual problem if settings not changed..
  11. From the Starizona website. Sky-Watcher Collapsible Dobsonian 12" Eyepiece height at zenith: 55.5”
  12. The AZ-GTi Alt-Az mount is pretty popular and easily handles a 100mm mak or small refractor. Can be used in EQ mode as well with the addition of a simple wedge and counterweight. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-gti-wifi/sky-watcher-az-gti-wifi-alt-az-mount-tripod.html
  13. Allways enjoy observing the moon. Just so much to see and idenifying a crater or other feature can be very satisfying. You could spend a lifetime studying the moon properly. I observe from the comfort of the conservatory a lot as it gets colder. While the temp may be the same as outside there is no breeze to chill you.
  14. It’s been handled. ADM radius blocks and a WDS Ltd tube handle. Bought a handle with 400mm bolt centers and shortened it by 55mm as the bolt centers between the radius blocks is 345mm. WDS do the nandle with 350mm bolt centers but I bought the handle before the radius blocks arrived and didn’t want to end up with a handle that was just a bit short. The radius blocks have M5 threaded bolt holes in the center which I drilled and tapped out to M6. The WDS handle comes with M8 bolts but I wanted to use smaller M6 bolts so used some M8 to M6 shoulder washers under the bolt heads. It’s now much easier to carry the scope as it can be done one handed and fitting it to the mount is also easier using one hand to hold thescope and the other to tighten the saddle clamp knob.
  15. From ADM in the US. FLO sells the radius blocks and dovetail bar set. Perhaps worth asking if FLO could order in the radius blocks only. Sure it would be cheaper. Got hit with a £15.00 customs and handling fee. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adm-mini-dovetail-series/adm-mds-rc6-mds-series-dovetail-bar-for-6-rc-telescope.html
  16. Radius blocks for mounting a handle to the StellaLyra CC6 and a mini red torch. Hamdle fitted to CC6.
  17. One other thing you might want to get later on is a right angle erect image finder. https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/skywatcher-6x30-right-angled-erect-image-finder--bracket.html#SID=22 Will fit the stock finder bracket and is easier to look through for most.
  18. Great choice. You won’t reget spending the extra as you are getting your moneys worth. I have the Bresser 10”. The Hyperflex zoom is an excellent zoom for the monsy. A best buy. https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/skywatcher-hyperflex-7e-7.2---21.5mm-zoom-eyepiece-1.25.html#SID=239 One of the Svbony branded zooms is also good and available from Amazon.
  19. Some like to use an erecting prism but many don’t. I’ve found they never seem quite as good as a regular non-erecting prism but some say they can’t tell the difference. Seems to be down to personal preference. Good though if you want to do a bit of nature watching. I have one of these which is pretty good for an erecting prism. https://www.astroshop.eu/amici-prisms-90d/omegon-1-25-amici-prism-90d/p,14172
  20. Fits the same as the stock diagonal. although you have the option of attaching the diag directly to a T2 fitting by removing the standard nosepiece.
  21. Just checked a German dealer and they are giving mid January for new stock. They do come up for sale second hand but not often. Try an ad in the Wanted section on SGL perhaps. I use mine on my CC6.
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