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  1. It can seem like an endless mission looking for places, you need to be away from lights, good access, parking, and preferably non public for reasons of safety. I approached a local charity who have some land behind lock up gates within a short drive and away from lights, they were delighted to have us on board as long as we had PLI, which we all chip in for. Closed at moment though due Covid but hopefully open soon. In the process now of securing a small lock up car park as well post Covid. We do also have an agreement to use a cricket ground a little bit out in the sticks, and a football clu
  2. I have 2 of them (one is a back up) and a Nexus DSC. Whilst the Argo is old technology don't let that put you off it still does a superb job in finding targets just as good as a Nexus. During winter I prefer it over the Nexus as the larger dial wheel can be used with gloves on, the keys on Nexus are small and closed in. The limitation of the Argo is if you want to add further catalogues, although you can add personal new objects once you have seen the 30,000 or so objects stored in it ! The older tech means a serial cable to connect to PC and the RJ11 Gary sells for a few dollars. You can
  3. https://uk.telescope.com/ seem to stock Orion with prices in £s I suppose these days with few showrooms around its hard to see stuff beforehand. Never used the site myself so maybe search out some reviews.
  4. The camera firmware has not had an update for years whereas the HC has had many and in nearly all cases has improved things. What version do you have? When you say a critical error what exactly is the message? Are you absolutely sure you are inputting the correct data? Also did you buy from new or second hand? If it is second hand ask the previous owner if they took the camera apart perhaps to clean the glass in which case it is near impossible to get it realigned. SSA working properly will work excellent even in bright skies and can align before dark as well so sky condition other that t
  5. In my observing group one has an 8 Edge Evo and one has the standard 8 Evo, the Edge tripod is a better version than the other one but I'm not sure if both models now ship with the same better quality tripods. Not to bad to pick up and move but it depends on the situation. The Evo mount is a far better proposition than the SE, better quality gearing and reduced backlash plus the internal battery and wifi capabilities. I think it worth saving a bit extra for the 8 Evo as this will give you a better scope and mount with the only compromise being you had to wait a little longer! As for mount
  6. It is true with the 9.25 the clearance is a bit tight but it depends on what you are adding. Mine has a 2 inch SCT diagonal, SSA and an RDF , I did swap out the focusser for a Feather touch one, the whole thing works a charm, but I don't do imaging and this rig would never be a first choice to those who do, so in that respect its important to make the right choice about what you buy and what your intentions are, most of us have made a wrong decision with kit at some point. The wi fi was improved in later versions and for mine which is gen 1 it was ok away from clutter, then hugely improved by
  7. 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 in
  8. 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...
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. I bought the Lynx one from FLO with AZ GTi , excellent quality cable I use with a tracer battery.
  12. 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!
  13. There is also a picture of all the connections in the firmware package, and this is it as well.
  14. 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.
  15. Ah but imaging starts with a bracket, then a camera, new mount, and thousands of ££££s later....
  16. Great report Ags, a good advert for the reducer especially in a C6. Pleased its found a good home!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Im sure @Stu had one and @Stargazer McCabe has one with encoders. Maybe they might drop in. Vamo that is.
  21. I have been using the Geoptic Nadira chair, can't really fault it. https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/geoptik-nadira-astronomy-observing-chair.html
  22. My travel scope is the same as Stu, a 72mm TS Apo which is very small and neat and gives lovely views. Excellent build quality as well. Yes 72mm is a bit limited but on holiday its just great to be able to engage with astronomy and not worry about lugging tons of gear about. Its very good for aircraft travel especially. Sometimes I might take the 80mm Equinox but its surprising how much heavier it is and the more room it takes. That 130 newt looks like a good option for car travel.
  23. Maybe new ones are now OK, but the reputation for it wont have done it any good. From what I read it was not just down to a tightening up issue.
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