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  1. Thanks Steve That is reassuring... I am begining to think that my focuser is also faulty, as its extremely rough, and feels like its skipping/jumping with every rotation. I'm struggling to describe it correctly
  2. Thank you. I've done that, and maked the CW shaft with electric tape, one for the ED80mm scope which needed just one CW, and another for the SCT OTA, which is much heavier, and needed both the CWs
  3. Yes!! First refractor. All my life wanted to buy a full setup, work, life, commitments etc prevented me from buying one. This past xmas, kids asked me to get a scope...PERFECT EXCUSE so SWMBO caved in... Bought a Nexstar 8SE, even though all my life wanted a C11... Then the bug bit big time...and I went totally mad... Last week I ordered the ED80mm and a AZ-EQ6 Pro, as I want to get into AP at some point in time in the future...
  4. Did you buy yours directly from OVL, or from FLO?
  5. I have indeed, and many thanks for that.... But I would be terrified to do that on my own!!! I'm an absolute, total newbie!!
  6. Good luck with the return....hope you receive a pristine sample!! On second thought, maybe you had perfect balance due to the EXCESS glue on the lens!!
  7. ouch...yes, that's a bit too much glue... You reckon I can give RVO a call and complain about the focuser? Mine is horribly stiff and clunky? I was even considering putting a drop or 2 of lubricating OIL on the gears?
  8. I would be very interested to hear what the balance is like when you remove the guidescope? Would be great if you could try?
  9. Since we are discussing this scope, can someone please advise me what replacement dovetail I can use? With the 2" diagonal and 2" eyepiece, the scope is VERY back end heavy, and I had to push the OTA all the way forward to the point that the retaining rings are flush with the focuser, and also pushed the dovetail all the way forwards in the saddle, to achieve any sort of balance, but it's still very back heavy? Is there a LONGER compatible dovetail I can use? Thanks
  10. Hi Steve Not from FLO, it was ordered from RVO. But I could see on the outer box the order information, which shows it was shipped from OVL to me directly, who are SW distributors in the UK, so in all likelihood would be the very same scope you stock. And I agree with Davey-T that having no spec on the objective makes it look very cheap. Either way, its the performance what matters, and with the current weather, there is no way to find out! If I were you, I would confirm with SW the specs, to avoid any confusion with future customers.
  11. Afternoon everyone Can you please advise me how to balance the scope in Alt-Az? I am pairing the scope with a C11. The mount's home position is with the counterweight shaft parallel to the ground. Balancing the OTA (DEC axis) is pretty self explanatory, and took some sliding of the dovetail in the saddle to balance it. However, balancing the whole OTA on one side of the mount with the counterweights on the other side is the part I do not get? How should I know that the balance is alright, since there is no movement in that axis? Thanks
  12. Well, its certainly confusing. The manual clearly states that the objective is Ohara FPL-53 and crown is Schott BK-7, and FLO & RVO website's description also confirms that. Beside the good reviews, that was the primary reason I bought the scope.
  13. Can you please advise which Oklop bag takes the Az-EQ6 Pro mount? I have just bought the new model, but i think they are identical in size? The shipping foam measures 50x48x25cm Thanks
  14. Evening everyone... Is this noise normal? At the very start and end of the slewing, there is an unpleasant noise. The videos I checked online sound probably the same, so in all probability its normal? Is it the gears/belts getting engaged/disengaged? Thanks
  15. Evening everyone. I've just received the ED80mm in the post today, and noticed a few things that I hope the experienced and savvy can clarify for me?It's my FIRST ever refractor, and my only experience is with a Nexstar 8SE. The OTA is listed as having FPL-53 in the objective, and Schott BK-7 glass in the crown. The product images on FLO, RVO, SW USA & SW UK (Optical Vision LTD) show the OTA with a graphic of "SCHOTT GLASS INSIDE" on the OTA? The scope I received today has no such graphic, and has no markings at all on the objective, with 2 visible blotches of glue? Is this expected? Also specs list that it has a crayford focuser and 2"99% dielectric diagonal, yet I feel the focuser is very rough, and the diagonal has no specs etched on it or any details written on it, and looks cheap? Is this all normal, and I'm just having a mini panic attack, or is it possible the OTA is an inferior product? Many thanks!!
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