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Posts posted by johninderby

  1. Had one on a Nexstar 8SE and the biggest benefit was being able to focus without vibrating the scope. An add on crayford wouldn’t have fitted and would have been too heavy. An ideal solution where weight and mount clearance are an issue. It’s surprising how much of an improvement it is over the stock focuser arrangement and does reduce mirror flop.

    Of course there are better solutions if you have the clearance and weight is not an issue.. FT on my old CPC1100


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  2. Made in the same factory and can have any brand name the buyer chooses. Many eyepieces and other items are the same but sold under several brands. Sometime the buyer may have different rubber moldings made to make them look a bit different.

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  3. 11 hours ago, ScouseSpaceCadet said:

    As above. With the Skymax 102 I tend not to bother with a counter weight unless the dslr is attached.  When observing with the 150i I did and do so with the 102/714mm refractor. Then jury's out as to whether it really matters, but as Steve wrote, it's an attempt to spread the load.

    I've been tempted by one of these in the past:


    However, I've not read any 100% positive reports concerning the device's real effectiveness and can't afford to splash out on stuff just to see.

    There is one in the sales section.


    I had one and it worked really well with a 127 mak. Got perfect balance which greatly reduced the strain on the motors.


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  4. An 8” dob is quite easy to carry for most as you can carry the base first then the OTA seperately. The dob is a better all rounder that will give better views than the 127 mak. Pity the Bresser 8” dob is backoredered but it is a better specce£ scope than the Skywatcher with a great focuser.


    The 127mak on a manual alt az mount is a very popular very portable setup.

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