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Posts posted by lhuchison

  1. I have a Baader steeltrack SCT focuser fitted to my edge 8in, which i find a great improvement but when i use a heavy 34mm 2in eye piece, the focuser tends to run on its own.

    The knobs turn as the draw tube drops down, usually in an over head position.

    Is there a way to adjust tension? or do i just rely on the stop screw to lock it in place?

    I've checked on line but can't find an answer to this problem.  the eye piece is a weighty lump but if i had a DSLR fitted, surely it must be as heavy?

  2. I've just fitted my new baader steeltrack focuser to my EdgeHD 8in. I removed the large nut actually on the back plate, which the visual back used to screw on. The baader sits flush with the back, which seems good in regard to the optimum distance required (5.25in).

    Have I fitted it correctly? I ask because on the baader site they say it has a 2in fitting for the 8in and 3.3 for larger scopes.

    With the nut removed, it leaves a 3.3in screw fitting. Does the nut hold something essential ? Hope it doesn't all fall apart!

    I am unable to test it properly due to the never ending rain and gales!

  3. I'm never sure whether to cover the scope when's its cooling just in case of rain or just leave it open, so it cools faster?

    What does everyone else do? I'm dreading the day it pours rain all over my equipment !

    I would have thought covering the tube prevents the internal heat from escaping?

  4. Manual for me.

    If i could GOTO any star or deep space object at a push of a button, i think i would just sit in front of my computer screen and view them there.

    For me, the challenge of astronomy is searching that black stuff for amazing new objects, which i believe will keep me awe inspired for many years to come.

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  5. Yes shaun, very impressed. The forecast was spot on, cleared at 7pm then clouded by 10.15pm. they all performed excellently.

    they're now my main set and ill put the x-cels and panaview up for sell.

    downside is the weight, there enormous! but great quality. Couldn't really afford them at the moment but at this price, couldn't resist and no probs importing from Germany.

  6. I'm moving the scope outside, still clear. Eyepieces have arrived, all set.

    Now have 34mm 28mm 24mm 20mm and 16mm maxvision's. (Un-branded Mead swa 5000's)

    With my tal x2 Barlow I think I've got it covered. Hope it stays clear for a couple of hours as I need to try all of them all!

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  7. I can't believe it ! 

    My new eyepieces are due for delivery today and the BBC weather site for East Sussex says: clear skys from 7pm to 10pm.

    hmmm won't get too excited....

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  8. Great news.

    Is that with the 8" scope?

    I've bitten the bullet and am upgrading from my 130 newtonian to a 200. I've got BST starguiders and I am hoping to get that kind of improvement. Maybe that's wishful thinking.

    Yes, i had a 200 Newtonian , it's a great scope but I changed to a SCT due to size. Miss it, wish I could have kept both!

    The rest of the set , 28' 24' 20' due tomorrow . Am I hoping to much to expect a clear sky?

  9. Just had 2 hours of really clear skies here in the south east, so I got the chance to try my 34in and 16in maxvision eye pieces. I'm impressed ! Jupiter was the clearest I've seen it, 2 main bands and 3 smaller ones on the lower side. I believe they are re branded mead swa 5000 . 68 degrees. Only downside is the 34in is massive! I had to fiddle quite a bit to balance the tube.

    Good price as well from Germany . One of my better purchases!

  10. I spent a couple of fruitless hours last night trying to find Uranus, no luck though.

    Checked my charts and sky safari, still no go!

    Maybe it's the extra bright moon last night?

    Every time I thought I found it , when I upped the mag, it still looked like a star.

    I presume it should look like a small disc? At 100+ mag?

    Any tips?

  11. Sorry to all you guys that got clouded out.

    Cracking night here in the southeast. I managed to get my 7mm on to Jupiter and got some clear banding.

    Then on to the Orion Nebula and could see the two tiny stars in the Trapezium.

    Just wished my two new eyepieces had arrived in time to try out. Can't have it all I suppose!

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