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About JG777

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  1. Berlebach Tripods Uni series

    I have UNI 18 and yes the north point is removable by undoing the nut underneath.
  2. The one I had usually took about 40 minutes to cooldown, sometimes a bit less sometimes a bit more, hard to be exact as it depends on conditions.
  3. Always have a dew shield on my 9.25, and if at the dark site near the river I pop the heater tape on as everything else is usually dewing up. Also use a dew shield on the reflector as a precaution but no issues with that dewing up as yet
  4. New Celestron Evolution Issues

    Steve, I dont like the description of the sound the mount is making at the end of the Goto, that would be my bigger concern before solving WiFi issues. I have a very early Evo mount and the sound is pretty consistent from start to finish in goto and fairly quiet on approach. I can test the WiFi switches on mine and report back but as mine is an earlier mount it may be a different, there are a few on here with later evos like yours let's hope they see this for you and chime in. My WiFi is OK out at the dark site as no interference from other networks, actually it works well for an early unit but I actually prefer the HC so rarely use the WiFi other than to do firmware updates. Also tracking and goto need my 9.25 front loaded so the balance is in favour slight at the front. I know many users have overcome the WiFi issues by shelling out for the dedicated Celestron WiFi unit but that is more money and in reality you should not need to do this. Is the package still under warranty? Definitely a case of step by step trouble shooting, but number one for me is the latest firmware because the first thing Celestron will ask you is if you are running that. Rgds John
  5. Thank you Sir, kind of you to say so.
  6. New Celestron Evolution Issues

    I would check you are running the latest firmware for the mount and SSA and test properly without using the Wi-Fi. If all is well you now know that all these issues are all Wi-Fi / software related rather than related to normal non Wi-Fi operations. There is a chap on here Noah 4x4 who has documented much about the Wi-Fi woes of the Evo mounts, maybe he will see this or you could ping him a message. Some good info over at CN if you search there.
  7. Not sure which system you have, guessing SW Dob in which case if same as Celestron you can change the initial slew speed to the fastest using the number buttons on the HC. Towards the end of the slew it slows down and locates the target. It sounds like some tweaking and fine tuning will help you a lot. The Nexus DSC shows 2 arrows for Alt and Az plus the position numbers for the target. You move the scope in the direction of the arrows and the numbers decrease to zeros when centred. In actual use you just need to get close to those zeros and you will likely find your target in a 20mm EP. You have to really swing it around fast to suffer encoder lag bordering on the reckless to be fair! To give you an idea I move the scope probably twice as fast as my Evo 9.25 on full speed and the encoders keep up. Of course you lose a bit of time homing in on those zeros but as mentioned if your alignment is good you can be off the zeros and find the target. An illuminated reticule EP is a great addition and will help you centre a star, I use one as well, but you can also defocus an alignment star into a big doughnut to help centre it.
  8. There are two versions of Nexus, both require encoders fitted to your mount. One is a WiFi enabled box that connects to sky safari app on tablet or phone and as described earlier after a 2 star alignment you push the scope manually using the tablets screen to locate target, the other is Nexus DSC which is a full featured computer with many catalogues and thousands of targets, can also be used with sky safari although you don't need it. The on-board GPS takes care of location and time. Here's a pic of my set up, AYO encodered mount with the Nexus DSC. Once aligned you push the scope in the directions of 2 arrows, then nudge the scope as required. Nexus DSC has a rechargeable battery that lasts about 20 hours. Wonderfully simple, quiet and accurate. Easy to use but it is just as or in many cases more expensive than regular Goto.
  9. Also if time is limited and skies polluted GOTO will save a lot of time in between targets than manual. This was the issue for me when using my smaller scopes manually, sometimes I didn't know if I had genuinely missed the target or whether LP / seeing was the issue. I solved this on my small and mid scopes with a push to setup, AYO and Nexus. A sort of middle ground I guess but I definitely get to see more objects. The larger EVO and SSA is up and ready to go in a few minutes with just the time and date to input. No right or wrongs and it is nice to manually learn the sky as well. Whatever works!
  10. A 130mm Newtonian might be all you need, very portable, very cheap, fast cooling and an excellent performer. Can often be seen beating refractors at their own game. Bit don't take my word for it the only doubles I observe are in a glass with ice, however this chap seems to know a thing or two.. http://neilenglish.net/further-newtonian-adventures-with-double-stars/
  11. I have the 9.25 with Starsense and it is a fantastic scope and Starsense works very well. Yes you can take it out of the car switch it on and after entering the time and date into the hand controller Starsense will align the scope for you. Would I swap the 9.25 for an 8 absolutely not. Not even an Edge version which are only really better for imaging. One of the ladies in our astronomy group has the 8 and yes it is lighter and easier to move around but the views in the 9.25 are way better than the 8 which is why she spends more time at my scope than her own. If you get a 9.25 you can always put an 8 on at a later date, and benefit from that stronger tripod.
  12. Yep Dave is bang on. Also lasers can make things difficult if there is slop in the focusser. A cap and Cheshire will work better, once your secondary is set it's usually just a tweak on the primary required unless the scope gets a heavy knock.
  13. Lovely skies at last!

    Nice report Stu, I managed 2 hours out as well with the VX6 and had lovely views of the double cluster and Caroline's Rose in the ES 20 68° . The owl looked good and Orion was also pretty decent though low on the horizon. Also managed M81 and M82 although feint fuzzies nice to see them for the first time in this scope. Mostly very good seeing conditions until about half one then the mist off the field got a bit much and everything was dripping.
  14. I think the scope makers are really after keeping the price point down as far as possible so things like RDF and EPs in the package tend to be pretty basic. Makes sense really so people can choose their upgrades at a later date if they want to considering there is such a wide choice. I would rather pay a bit more for the actual scope with certain manafacturers if it meant the quality control was more consistent or higher and or better specced mechanicals. Too many stories here of out of the box mods needed that have been overlooked at the factory.
  15. Not sure on that but can see a similarity. It's standard Synta fitting on the shoe.