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Posts posted by Skynovice

  1. Just bought a 2 inch Howie Glatter Collimator with TuBlug.   I cannot fail to be impressed by the solid feel of it.  It didn't take long for me to collimate the telescope and after checking, I wasn't surprised that it was spot on.  The placement of the collimator when checking the secondary mirror did not display any sloppy movement (something I was a little concerned about prior to carrying out the check -  considering it's cost) and that lack of movement was mirrored when I used the collimator with the HG TuBlug.  It fitted snugly in the eyepiece holder as I checked the primary.

    I have used up to now, a Hotech SCA Laser Collimator; and although I have been happy with it when collimating,  I have to say, that I prefer the HG it's an impressive piece of equipment.

    I've also used the HG Parallizer with a Baader collimator and not only does the parallizer feel solid but it held the collimator securely in place which I'd  checked on numerous occasions  and did not notice any deviation. 

  2. Thanks to you all for the replies.

    Yes Don, I currently use a Lumicon UHC and I've been happy with it so far, but I think I will have to take the jump and buy the O-III. At the moment, it's looking like either a Lumicon or a Baader make.


  3. Hello Paul,

    I have a 12 inch SkyQuest Dob (with struts).  If I had bought a full tube (even a 10 inch) dob, I think at some point it would have  been a struggle to set up on my own.  However having bought the two-sectioned version, I have found it a simple exercise to move and set up.

    I think the best advice would be to have a look at both the full OTA and the strutted versions before you make your mind up.


  4. I too, have been using a Baader laser for a while now.  However, I bought a Hotech laser colliator a few months ago and have used it ever since.

    The Hotech was definitely a good choice for me.

    Your comment about the batteries is correct.  It was one of the reasons for the change.


  5. Hello.

    I too have been looking at the Kendrick Observer Tent. Ignoring the cost (which justiably, most people consider ).

    I have three questions which could help me make up my mind.

    Please can anyone help?

    1. Is it effectively water resistant?

    2. Is it too much of a hassle for one person to erect it?

    3. Does the floor material have the thickness to protect it from damage when using a telescope?

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