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  1. Was good to meet you - and a successful nights viewing I feel! A good few DSO's, a few meteors and some satellites drifting across now and again. Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  2. Such a shame they are taking the Mickey on the price though. $329 <> £349 Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  3. Worth remembering that you also have to plug the rs232 lead into the bottom of the handset - not into the similar looking ports on the base of the mount. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  4. Hi, I've got the 8se - had it since mid January, and I'm really impressed with it. The mount has proven itself much more stable than I read it was going to be. The goto is excellent, once I'd Sussed out some of the tricks of quick and accurate alignment. I've had some very good evenings viewing with it, and seen things that I would never have found without the goto. I've also set it up so I can drive it from sky safari on my Android tab. I reckon its a great scope.
  5. Best I saw was some nebulosity where it should be. No detail, but I wasn't expecting any. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  6. I've just had a couple of hours in the garden with my 8se. The seeing wasn't great, but, for objects fairly overhead it wasn't too bad either. Jupiter was as clear as a bell around 7 to 8pm. Orion nebula was ok, pleiades too, Horsehead nebula - sort of, but too much lp really here. But the cloud seemed to be building from the horizon inwards, so ended up with only Jupiter to see in the end - that's when I called it a day. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  7. I wouldn't bother with charging it once a week when you aren't using it. Once a month should be plenty. A couple of hours star gazing doesn't really draw a lot of power. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  8. Meant to add - alignment, get the star near to centred, press enter, then fine tune it and then press align. Just follow the instructions on the screen. Charging the power tank - my charger gas an led on it that's red when charging and then goes green when charged. If you're not using it for a while, top up the charge once a month. Then charge it back up after using it so it's ready for next time. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  9. Hi - and hello from an 8se owner... Alignment of the red dot finder, you should only need to do it once, unless you start knocking it about! And I usually line it up on something like a distant TV aerial or a church spire. The set up of the handset, once you've entered your coordinates once, it will remember them. Only change them if you are more than about 50 miles away from where you set them last time. The date and time you have to enter each time you power up. Try to get the time as near as you can. Certainly to the nearest minute. Levelling the scope - I've found as long as it loo
  10. Hi all! Now, who's going to sort out some clear skies for us? Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  11. I have the 8se, only bought last week - and I think it's superb. I was concerned about the stability of the single arm mount, but I was worrying over nothing. It's very solid, and the alignment of the goto can easily be done in 5 minutes and is very accurate. You could power the mount off a 12V power supply but I use a 12V 7A/H battery and that seems fine and can be bought for about £20. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  12. That's a good price. A good scope too. The only way thing I found was that the tripod is a tiny bit wobbley but with care perfectly usable. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  13. I have one if those for sale at the moment. It's 3 months old and I want £100 plus delivery... Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  14. Well, the 130p was enough to show me I was still keen! Plan is to sell that on - to anyone starting out it fine to see if you want to spend big later! Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
  15. Great - there will be 4 of us (me, 'er indoors and two toddlers) - I reckon we'll feed ok due to all mod cons in the van. I will remember to get up in the loft and find santa hats! See you there. Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk HD
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