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Capricorn

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  1. Some scope you enter (for example) 2° 15' W - where you specify West by the "W". Others West is Negative so you enter -2° 15'. In effect if the scope is expecting +/- and you don't put the -ve bit the data has the scope East of the meridian. Cannot recall the start position of the scope. Someone should be able to clarify that. Thinking about it what version of software are you running? The newer ones have an alignment based on Polaris (I think), oddly most astronomers can find that so I think that an alignment start may be aim scope at Polaris. Just thinking that if you have it level and the scope thinks it is aimed at Polaris then you will really have fun at the beginning.
  2. Isn't there a start position for the scope, before you start the alignment?
  3. Might help if you said which hand controller, Meade, Celestron, Skywatcher, AWR, iOptron .........
  4. No, I didn't know that the great dark spot on Neptune is the windiest place on Earth ? Would have expected to find it on Neptune.
  5. Have a search for Wrexham, someone was asking about how many people are around there, came up 2 or 3 days back I think, they may be trying to get a meet up sometime. Found it: Wrexham People
  6. So far we have a person thinking they really need 2 eyepatches - one for each eye presumably, and a woman with a black cloth over her head. :eek: :eek:
  7. Good hat, good shoes/boot, good coat/jacket. No one say that you will need £200-300 of good warm clothing and boots. Curious about the oil stone, so far never needed one for anything or even come close to needing one.
  8. First question is are you sure it is not moving, they move very slowly and can often be mistaken for not working. Found/read of this site in the US for bits: Potential spares: Think they ship to the UK, believe I read of someone getting bits over here. D Hinds are the importer for Celestron but they seem to prefer to act as importer only and for help prefer you to go via a retailer for spares and repairs. I half expect there is a pile of bits sat somewhere from returned broken scopes etc.
  9. One of the nice big Astro Physics refractors or a similar sized TMB, something around 132 would be nice.
  10. I would disagree with that, I see so many wanting to do AP with what is simply an utterly incorrect idea of what they need and how it works. So many what to do AP on the cheap as well, most photographers appreciate that you will have to spend money on the lens, and get the right lens, most in AP seem not to. An f number in AP is I think rarely really understood. How many posts asking about the magnification on prime focus imaging. How many get a manual dob for imaging - big heavy long scope for visual more then a little unsuitable for imaging. The very basic of the right type of mount is lost on many.
  11. I am going for a friends birthday, Feb 29th.
  12. Cannot locate it at the moment but I have seen a couple of good shots of the milky way from a camera and lens. Somewhere on CN. From memory they didn't use a lens as wide as 50mm so yours should be OK. I also think that the image I saw was on a stationary tripod ansd a 20 or 30 second exposure. Short enough that rotation was not apparent. Obviously the darker the better. It will be a DSLR so just give it a go, you can always just delete any that don't turn out as good as you want.
  13. Clear here at present, been out looking at Jupiter and M42, just set the scope up at the front door so a bit limited. May try M42 after midnight when the lights get switched off. Slightly cold however, still getting over the thermal shock.
  14. I think the motors will move at 2x, 4x and 8x. Just had my scope out and for "fine" movement I was using 32x, so you can guess that 8x isn't going to be fast. Quite how the selection of 2x, 4x, 8x is made I am not sure on your handset.
  15. The old Meade ETX-70 had an adaptor for a camera tripod, and I assume that the ETX-80 is the same. Have an adaptor plate somewhere and used it for some years successfully with scope on a Slik tripod. Not sure about the ETX-90/105/125, although the 105 and 125 will need a pretty soid camera tripod, the 90 may be OK. These scopes have a flat base so an adaptor plate is relatively simple. Astro Engineering are the ones to ask about tripod adaptors, once you have decided on a scope.