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Everything posted by Mcphisto

  1. I used the wrappers off the strawberry creams from a tin of Quality Street
  2. Ah! My bad! I read somewhere about the red light and assumed it applied to the EQ3 too! How daft am I? But thanks for all the replies and I'll defo be looking in the DIY section. Thanks again!
  3. Took my scope out last night to a nice dark sight but had terrible trouble getting polar aligned due to there being no red light in my reticle. I have a fairly new EQ3 mount. Is there something I'm doing wrong or a way to switch it on? I was using a power pack for power so no issues there! To compensate I held a red flashlight above and got it fairly close but it was still off a bit. Also, even though it was a really dark place, no street light etc and just two passing cars. I couldn't get good night vision. Is it because I wear glasses, but every time I looked into the scope things seemed a bit washed out. It was pretty good seeing as I could barely make out the Milky Way.
  4. Half it. You can see the light that's bounced back too!
  5. You got your excuse for a bigger scope though
  6. First, go to THIS site and convert your age to decimal. Then go to Atlas of the Universe and find a number in column 10 as close to your age as possible. The light that left the sun on the year (month, week, day, however close you can get) is just arriving at that star! My star was Capella, or really two giant stars plus two red dwarfs 0.41ly away! Now you can go find the star that is receiving the light from our Sun at the time you were born! (found this on my web travels )
  7. I'm over the moon (quite literally) with my Heritage 130P, the price, portability and quality are great for a starter scope. The kid can take it camping, sleepovers etc.
  8. I may try this tonight. I was going to take the scope out, but something's come up, so this may be a good idea for practice! Thanks a lot!!
  9. Ah, I think I've found my mistake! I had Polaris bang on center of the crosshairs in my polarscope. I'll have to try your method, I use the gps gizmo too which helps. It's slowly making sense now. But it was still good enough for observing, but hopefully now I'll get it bang on for AP too! Thanks!
  10. Your asking the wrong guy, I have a eq3 which I've yet to use for AP (this winter), so not experienced enough sorry.
  11. Thats great. Thanks Qualia, I'll be reading up on that in work....providing I find the time
  12. I came across this, and as I was always looking for a step by step guide to PA, I assume that someone else will be too. Hope it helps http://stevebb.com/polar_alignment.html
  13. I can't help sorry, but what I can say is, that before buying my mount and scope I must have read every review I could find and watched every YouTube video on setup etc. Now I'm not saying you haven't, but just in case I thought I'd bring it to your attention because you can learn a lot of good and bad from the reviews. Hopefully you'll find something on YT as the manufacturer usually stick some on there. Good luck!
  14. I actually tried it both ways. But its not a problem, I was just curious. Thanks for the replies
  15. I did yes. And it was ok for X amount of time. But like you say I must have knocked it, why else would it go out like that? Do you know if the image through the Mak is supposed to be inverted? I lined the scope up to a pylon on the mountain and it was upside down. I was under the impression it would be as normal.
  16. I bought my Mak127 and eq3 in April. Due to the light summer nights, working shifts etc, it was only the other night I used it properly since I got it. This is how it went. I set it up, levelling it first, pointing it north, its on the correct latitude, and I have a gps on my mount. Looked through the mounts ocular to check I was on the Polaris...off by a small bit so just tweaked the tripod to the left a little till it was in the crosshairs. Then setup on the handset. I did the two star alignment and all seemed good. After looking around and getting used to the handset, I noticed that objects were not in the centre anymore, yet they were bang on in the finder scope. Any ideas? Also I thought images in a MAK were the correct way up? But there weren't. Maybe I'm wrong but I'm sure that's what I was told. But regardless, got to see a double star, the Ring Nebula and a few other bits n bobs. Not bad considering it was quite light polluted and to find stuff of interest in the part of the sky that was darkest, I used my iPhone app which totally ruined my vision. Can't wait till next time
  17. I hope its okay to post this link here, but its very interesting. Its about the Pillars of Creation and worth a read.
  18. Sorry for such a late reply, I only just noticed the bell reminder thingy at the top! My t-ring is for an Olympus E series camera, and I ordered the adapter from ebay and hopefully it should be here soon. Ive found a really dark site to try it out too!
  19. Well if you got the money, THIS is the way to go I guess. I'll just stick with my Mak and Heritage P130 till my ship comes in!
  20. Thanks mate. Cant go wrong at that price! I'll be ordering that tomorrow.
  21. Is this the same thing Mallorcasaint? Only they dont seem to sell the ones from FLO here in Canada http://www.canadiantelescopes.com/Canadian-Telescopes-Largest-Collection-of-Celestron-Meade-Vixen-Televue-Telescopes-Canada?search=Celestron+T+Camera+Adapter+Universal+1+1%2F4+Inch
  22. I recently bought one of these scopes, could you tell me why theres a need for blackboard paint on the back of the secondary? Thanks!
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