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  1. Maybe this is worth a look https://www.sumerianoptics.com/eq-platform As for technology age is one thing functionality is another. The push to mount you mentioned XTi12 uses old technology that works. There are better versions of it but the technology delivers the required outcome and its pretty much bullet proof. Fully auto GOTO mounts have more advanced technology but still do the same thing ie, put you telescope on the target. I have both, old technology encoders in a manual mount with older tech Argo Navis and a newer all singing and dancing Celestron GOTO mount with starsense. The interesting thing here is the newer mount needs more attention, updates etc and needs more regular input. The older mount with the older technology and computer just gets on with the job quietly and efficiently and delivers the same accuracy. It uses a lot less power as well. One isn't better than the other for the outcome, its just different ways to find an object, but the older tech seems more robust and never needs messing with. Bear in mind that optical and mechanical solutions have been improved with newer materials and production methods but the basic designs for telescopes have lasted for hundreds of years, so no real need to re invent the wheel.
  2. An AYOII deserves good quality wood, so when mine is not in UNI18 mode the extension comes off and it resides very happily on a Berlebach 112 Report. 25kg load capacity and enough room for an Argo Navis or Nexus. It must be a desperate situation for someone to sell their AYO...
  3. Perhaps thats the answer Martin, bring the OO8 back and drop the Equinox off in Dorset! I thought you had a 4 inch Vixen and a 127 Mak?
  4. They are not quite the same thing https://www.chemicals.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-distilled-water-and-deionised-water But for cleaning mirrors they are totally interchangeable and will achieve the same result. Deionized seems to be cheaper and easier to find, just don't drink it.
  5. I bought the Lynx one from FLO with AZ GTi , excellent quality cable I use with a tracer battery.
  6. Did you set the tracking in the HC to lunar?
  7. In our group there is a standard 8, plus a 8 Edge and a 9.25. The 9.25 is the best performer for pretty much everything, and the 8 edge is sharper around the edges but other than that for visual not much in it with the 8s. The edge takes longer to cool than the standard 8 and the owner complains about it, surprised by Marks findings. I can cool the 9.25 down in half the normal time using a cat cooler. If your mount can take a 9.25 then go for it, but the 8 is lighter and a bit more portable and cheaper!
  8. There is also a picture of all the connections in the firmware package, and this is it as well.
  9. Yes, a 150mm newt is a great scope for general use and very portable as well. There will be quite a long list of things you will able to see with it all things being equal. I really enjoy using mine even though I have a bigger scope sometimes its about having the right scope.
  10. Ah but imaging starts with a bracket, then a camera, new mount, and thousands of ££££s later....
  11. Great report Ags, a good advert for the reducer especially in a C6. Pleased its found a good home!
  12. Hello Alan, hope your keeping well. Yes the Vixen one feels very premium and well thought out purely for astronomers. But yes the price..I don't think I would have bought one originally but now I have one from the competition if I lost it I think I would stump up the dollars for another one.
  13. The Vixen one I have has a dimmable red light and goes very dim. Also can be used without activating white light. The Petzl E light is OK I have one of them but found the beam a bit to narrow and dim for close in work. Another good option is the one from @FLO https://www.firstlightoptics.com/red-light-astronomy-torches/david-chandler-night-reader-pro-led-torch.html I have one of these clipped to the scope bag so hopefully should never lose it. I suppose the most important thing is people being considerate to others whatever they use.
  14. My centre spot OO mirror survived a clean. Also you can use deionised water which is usually a lot cheaper and is interchangeable with distilled water for cleaning purposes, mirror was spotless with no smears.
  15. Im sure @Stu had one and @Stargazer McCabe has one with encoders. Maybe they might drop in. Vamo that is.
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