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Bigwings

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  1. Seperate mounts is one solution. The problem for me was getting an AZ that would handle a big Newt. So for me a good tracking mount for visual is limited..... Mine is set up with Starsense and on the dolly it can be in use in 6 mins from exiting the garage. Transforming to EQ takes 5 mins even having to dismount a big Newt. Polar aligning mmmm Havnt done that yet but unless your permanently mounted you would have to do that anyway. Horses for courses I guess. Clear Skies
  2. I have the AZ EQ6 mounted on a dolly with 6 " wheels to get to any part of my garden. Havnt used it in EQ mode but will this winter with my 130pds and Dslr. It handles my 10" Newt very well in AZ mode for visual and its a fantastic mount. I will keep it till either it or I die. Well worth the extra fot the flexibility it gives. Clear Skies
  3. I have a Bresser 10" Dob which is solid tube. It's party trick is that it comes with tube rings on which it mounts big alt bearings when in Dob mode. Take these off and you can mount it as a conventional Newt. Mine sits on an AZ EQ6 mount in Alt Az mode. Just a thought but you may one day want a mount that will do everything including AP. Clear Skies
  4. I understand that Stu. My observation was that the specs seemed to help me get better eye position with some EP's. MY Baader zoom was one.
  5. Firstly let me apologise if your offended by 4 eyes, my nickname when I got my specs when at school. The question relates to glasses or not when observing. All these years I have observed with glasses off as my dominant eye has perfect long distance vision. Whils playing with my rebuilt 10" Newt and working out which EP, s needed what spacers to reach focus I tried specs on. I found that with some of my EP's the "correct" position for my eye was easier to find and it is changing my opinion of some EP, s. Now this was a daytime experiment so if the sky clears this year I will try specs on when observing. How do you find it? On or off? Those with perfect eyes and no specs probably won't wish to respond. Clear Skies
  6. Mmmm. On this occasion I will pass. This lovely Newt is now back in great condition for the sum of less than £30. Spares service and customer support from Bresser UK was superb. For me its a Newt every time. Great performance at a good price and owner repairable at modest cost. Love this scope.
  7. No Paul, I can't lift it up and don't need to as its got a scope dolly. I did lift it back up after its fall to the horizontal. That was hard enough. I tripped on something in the dark and took it over when I fell.
  8. Gorrila tape. Goes on well. Sticks well and comes off with a good peeling action without marking the tube.
  9. Don't worry John it's going to be fine. It's a keeper as far as I'm concerned.
  10. In the last 6 months I have had 2 catastrophic telescope disasters (or so I thought). I dropped my Skymax 150 Pro destroying the corrector plate and it is beyond economic repair. Two weeks ago I had a fall on my deck taking over my whole rig. AZ EQ6 and Bresser 10" Newt. The result was a broken focuser mounting plate and tube with dings, dents and creases. The focuser and EP were in rhe flower bed but had survived. After a large gin ( no that was not the cause of the fall) I emailed Bresser UK to see if I could buy a new tube and mounting plate for the focuser. They were very helpful but tube not available till about Easter. . Full disassembly of the scope. Then started my self taught pannel beating course. Tools used Large roll of Duct tape to bump out the larger dents. Just held in hand and banged with the curve of the tube Wooden mallet and small hammer to gently tap out the smaller dents and sharper crease caused by the edge of the mounting plate. I found that the extension bar from the Azeq6 counterweight bar held inside the tube made a perfect anvil and holding it across the inside of focuser hole I could caress the tube back to shape even removing the crease. You need to look very hard now to see any evidence of damage. Bresser are sending me a new mounting plate for the focuser. £19.50 delivered. Who considers the cost of repair when choosing a scope? I do now. Clear Skies Bigwings
  11. Enjoyed watching and learned 1 important thing. I will send mine to a professional
  12. Getting the counterweights in the right place to balance my 10" Newt would normally require setting it up in EQ mode and marking the position then taking everything off, changing to AltAz and rebuilding the rig. My tripod is on a trolley on which the rear member takes two of the tripod legs. I jacked up the dolly with its leveling screws and placed my laser test block underneath using a metal broom shank to provide a central fulcrum. Retracting the leveling screws I moved the weights out to the effort to tip either way felt negligible. Importantly this had to be done with the rear axle level on the yellow bubble level. By my reckoning the counterbalance weights should be in an acceptable position. I seem to remember reading that there was a tolerance along this axis but can't remember what it is or where I saw it. Comments very much appreciated. This is for visual. Thanks Mike
  13. Bought John in Derby, s very nice Bresser Dob to upgrade from 8" to 10". Set up and collimated ready for startesting tonight if the clouds stay away. Thanks John it's a lovely scope. Clear Skies
  14. Yes he built that for himself. He spent 8 hours and about £80 making the scope dolly Damn sight cheaper than buying on in America and shipping it over. It will take two adults standing on the centre without flexing so impossible to overload with astro kit. I Feel a 10" Newt creeping my way soon.
  15. It's better than that. If you look on the trolley below the centre of tripod there Is an eye welded on. He is making a bit to screw onto the mount bolt and a chain and small turnbuckle will make it secure
  16. My son made me a 74 year birthday present. I can now move my AZ Eq6 Starsense /GPS rig with the 8" Newt from the garage to the deck and be observing in 5 mins. Thanks son
  17. Hi. Anyone know of a UK source for a telescope dolly/ trolley??? Thanks
  18. WiFi problems. Equipment New Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 New Celestron SkyPortal WiFi adapter Celestron Starsense 18 months old but as new and just first installation. 2 year old SkyWatcher WiFi module. Mount plus Skywatcher works perfectly well with SynScan pro. Will not work with Stellerium, or Sky Safari trying multiple settings get connection to wiFi but messages ….telescope not responding. Added StarSense for Skywatcher which works with the AZ-EQ6. Advice received was that any Celestron plugged into the StarSense aux ports should work. Get the following error. Connection failure Celestron Skyportal can make a wireless connection to the scope but the scope is not responding. Make sure the scope is powere on and connected correctly. Also make sure you selected the correct scope type. Use Direct Connect………is selected. anyone any ideas? Thanks
  19. WiFi problems. Cant get Celestron SkyPort WiFi working Equipment New Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 New Celestron SkyPortal WiFi adapter Celestron Starsense 18 months old but as new and just first installation. 2 year old SkyWatcher WiFi module. Mount plus Skywatcher works perfectly well with SynScan pro. Will not work with Stellerium, or Sky Safari trying multiple settings get connection to wiFi but messages ….telescope not responding. Added StarSense for Skywatcher which works with the AZ-EQ6. Advice received was that any Celestron plugged into the StarSense aux ports should work so add the Skyportal dongle into an aux port on the Skysense -Skywatcher adapter box Get the following error. Connection failure Celestron Skyportal can make a wireless connection to the scope but the scope is not responding. Make sure the scope is powere on and connected correctly. Also make sure you selected the correct scope type. Use Direct Connect………is selected. Any Ideas Guys?
  20. Thanks for the input guys. Tried the Starsense on the Newt and it's survived. The focuser needed a few tweeks with the aln key and screwdriverand appears full functional.. Not sure about the diagonal. The Mak FLO have priced a corrector plate at £213 3-4 months delivery time. That's about the same cost as the excess would be on an insurance claim plus the premium would go up. Is changing the corrector a DIY job. There doesn't seem any other visible damage....
  21. Advice needed. 1. Is the Starsense camera likely to be OK. No direct bang and no sign of damage. 2. Can the OTA be economically repaired and if so by who. 3 Is the diagonal likely to be scrap. 3 Will the focuser be ok No sign of damage but its slack. Im gutted
  22. I have dropped my Skymax 150 complete with focuser and Starsense camera. Hard landing on the 2" dielectric corner Glass
  23. Welcome, Hope you enjoy the community your part of.
  24. I have used a Skymax 150 on an EQ5 Pro and I enjoyed it. The scope is a cracker on planets, doubles and it good on smaller DSO, s. The 180 Mak is a big beast and some would argue that the 150 hits the sweet spot. Maks have a narrow field of view so be aware of that. Think where you are going in the future. Imaging, deep sky, planets or all of these. The EQ5 Pro is a good mount but doesn't give you much headroom in max weight. I now use my Skymax 150 and my Explorer 130PDS on an AZ-EQ6 at the same time in Az mode so I can have wide and narrow high mag views available at the same time. My advice would be to think about future proofing your purchase and spend your money on the mount. Have a look at the AZ-EQ5 and don't be afraid of Newts they give tremendous bang for the buck. My little 130 is a gem and can be used well on my mount in EQ mode for imaging. Best of luck with your choices. I love Mak's but they would not be my choice for beginners.
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