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  1. Hi Steve, I believe you did,lol. I like The Shed. Andy
  2. Lol, now,now Keith, don't put any ideas in my head! Lol. Andy
  3. Hi Gray, Just saw your images mate, you're right, looks very similar to mine. I ask to see some images on the Astro Shed and then saw this, lol. Nice one mate! Andy
  4. Thank you John and MayGray, the trouble is now the rotten weather, not had one clear night here in the last 6 weeks. MayGray, have you posted any images of your set up? I'd love to take a look.
  5. If you need any help with the imaging or processing aspect, just shout, there isn't another website in the Universe that hold so much collective knowledge and experience with imaging under UK conditions, and how to get the best out of your system under UK skies and seeing. What sort of targets will you be going for? Hi Tim, Thanks, my first love is Lunar and Planetary but I want to have a go at a bit of everything eventually. Thank you to those that responded, I feel like a proud father,lol. Andy
  6. I have finally finished building my dream imaging system after many years and saving, thought I'd post a picture for you to comment on, Andy
  7. Same price at River Valley Optics too
  8. Where is the best place to go in the UK for tube rings? I need a set of 145mm ID for my FS128, are there any others apart from Parallax as they are a bit pricey for me at the moment. Also, the 33cm SW dovetail plate, is that man enough for the weight of this scope with an ST80 on top too? Andy.
  9. On the NEQ6 Pro it is a straight DB9 male to female extension lead
  10. Hi, go to the Astronomy Shed website and register, they have video tutorials which really are very good. From calibrating the polar scope, calibrating the mount and polar alignment.
  11. Thanks everyone, alt adjusters are on the way. Love the handset holder Olly, I thought after I asked you for the link that you might have been on a wind up, so I do apologise. lol. I'm off to look into the EQ6 Yahoo group. Andy
  12. Finally done it! Now I'm not a small guy by any means but it took both hands and literally every ounce of strength to move the ****** with the ajuster. It would unwind from 30 right down to 10 degrees exactly how you'd expect, but getting it back again was another matter entirely. Got it back eventually to 40 degrees after spraying several times with WD40 and leaving it for a few minutes each time, then managing a few turns with a tea towel wrapped around the adjuster head, I'm really surprised that the inordinate amount of pressure I had to use didn't actually bend or break anything. When it
  13. Hi, I've tried with just the one bolt, I've managed to move it only a little then it locks up and would take what I consider to be silly pressure, incase it strips anything. I've spoken to the supplier and emailed them, but what a bu**er, getting so excited and now, talk about deflated, that isn't the word. Andy
  14. New NEQ6 Pro and can't move the latitude of the mount as it seems seized solid. I was able to move it from about 35 to 30 degrees but it won't go back the other way. Am I missing something? I've taken the mount off of the tripod, removed the two latitude adjusters completely and the joint is just solid, it should move quite freely I'm guessing. I can't believe this has happened! Please someone tell me I've done something wrong! :) Andy
  15. Ha, ha, very good dtr42! I thought it was in Gemini, lol. Olly, are you serious? Do you have a link? ) Andy
  16. The beast has arrived, minus the forklift truck,lol. I can't believe how much mount you get for the money when I consider the Sphinx that I just sold retails at one and a half times the price of the NEQ6 Pro, plus the payload maximum was under half that of this beauty. Unpacking the tripod was very reminiscent of my old 10" LX200 tripod, this one the legs I think is a little beefier in diameter by a small amount. I know why they put the pointy bits on the feet of the tripod legs, which is great for soft ground, but I often wonder when used on a solid surface like a patio how much this could a
  17. Hi guys, I don't want to run before I can walk on this topic as I do appreciate how hard it can be to do, I'm info gathering so I can take my time to digest things properly and get my head around things over the summer. I am taking delivery of my NEQ6 Pro tomorrow, ultimately I want to be able to autoguide the mount to do long exposure astro-imaging. When I say 'long exposure' I am probably talking about several (4-5) minute shots and stacking frames for the final image. If it's possible I do not want to get too bogged down with technicalities, I just want to autoguide, shoot the frames, stack
  18. Ha,ha, nice one! Or is that two,lol
  19. Hey Dunkster, I'd go see a doctor mate, llol (sorry for lowering the tone, I put it all down to recent excitement, lol). Andy
  20. Lol, thanks guys. Yes, let's not rock too much,lol. Endorphins overload, totally! EQ2 and Sphinx to this monster! I bet the boxes are so big they won't fit through the front door, hence the forklift to knock a huge hole through the front of the house, lol. Better get on and change my signature now. Andy
  21. After reading tons of posts and advice on here recently I just went ahead and ordered my NEQ6 Pro SynScan from Rother Valley Optics. It's being shipped tomorrow for delivery on Wednesday, can't wait, let's rock! Andy
  22. Hi Simon, Which refractor do you have? Are the NEQ6 mounts readily available to purchase or is there a waiting time? The reason I ask is that I had quite a job tracking down an EQ2 to buy recently to use as a grab and go mount. None of the usual outlets had any nor did the factory. I couldn't think of anything worse than having the funds to go buy one and then can't find anybody to actually sell me one, lol. Can I also ask for clarification that the NEQ6 is the 'new' name for the older EQ6 Pro? Andy
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