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  1. Are Quarks still coming to FLO? I don’t suppose you’d be starting with them during the depths of winter ...
  2. Im suprised noone has questioned whether getting a 12" f4 scope is a good first scope - a 8" f6 dob costs peanuts and is easy on the eps and will show you plenty and could save you a lot of cash.
  3. I dont generally bother with the screw in handle - just move the ota - a much longer lever with a frac. Also balance has to be spot on so you dont need to overtighten the bearings. But then for high mag observing I'd always set up my tracking mount.
  4. If youre ever tempted to get a binoviewer the 1.25" would actually be better for reaching focus with the ed100.
  5. Hi, I dont have one but did briefly have a azeq6 (& regret selling that now). Anyway in az mode, no you don't (can't due to how its set up in az mode) polar align the mount, you just plonk the mount down, & sync the goto with a 1,2 or 3 star alignment (or if you bought the starsense accessory let that do its thing).
  6. Fitting your tal newt with a curved vane spider could be a very low cost solution.
  7. My cable arrived today too, it seems like a very nicely made cable thank you. I'm looking forward to trying it out
  8. Hi, how long are these valid for? i.e. once bought how long do you have to spend them? (I was just thinking of saving up for something by stockpiling vouchers). cheers, John
  9. PM sent, thanks , bit late to the party (as always) but that's a fab gesture either way
  10. Hi, that's a fantastic amount of scope for £40, it'll make a fab Christmas present. Sounds like you've already done your research aligning/collimating the mirrors and setting up the finderscope. Not having had a Tal1 I can't say for certain about your questions but my guess would be: 1) to help collimating the mirrors - i.e. put it in the focuser and adjust the secondary mirror so the crosshairs meet on the center of the primary mirror. 2) I think so - it'd make sense I guess. 3) An eye cup might help or be nice but is not essential (and might be tricky to source anyway).
  11. Hi, I used a lazy susan on my 10" diy dob base but I also have a 130p heritage and I don't think I'd put a lazy susan on that - it doesn't seem to need it as it's a lot lighter. - I just had a go moving the 130p and it rotates smoothly on three teflon pads. The wobble with the lazy susan, like furrysocks2 mentioned would drive me a bit nuts on a lighter scope. If your scope's rough in the azimuth before trying the lazy susan solution maybe you should take the base apart and check that the teflon pads are dirt free and the pins/staples used to secure the pads are below the level of the teflo
  12. I'm pretty sure the official Daystar recommendation is that for 120mm you just need to use a uv/ir rejection filter as the ERF before the Quark- not an expensive front fitting ERF job - I did try this myself once with an Evostar 120mm f8 scope + Quark which was fine.
  13. Yep as above it depends on what the OP wants to image. Lunar & planets the xbox 360 webcam doesnt take much modding to convert and costs about £5 on ebay. If wallet friendly means up to £100 then like others said, imo either a 2nd hand zwo camera or qhy 'webcam' is better or canon 1000d for dso (which would then need t-ring and possibly other adapters).
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