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  1. Hi - me here again. I think there was some progress this evening in so far as the scope appeared to align itself close to one of the selected targets, though Sirius was a bit off. Should it be straightforward to see Polaris in the polarscope because although it appeared to be pointing in that direction, there was nothing to be seen through it. I understand Polaris isn't the brightest star in the sky and presumably because of the moon and some intermittent cloud would this have had an effect?
  2. Many thanks for the comments and kind offers of assistance. I'm fairly sure that the data entered into Synscan is correct, having checked it a number of times after looking at advice given in previous posts. I have also watched Dions' videos (really excellent help particularly for beginners such as myself) and have come to the conclusion that I must be going wrong somewhere in the mount setup with regard to polar alignment. I have looked through the polarscope and there's very little off-centre movement of the reticule when the mount is rotated in RA - certainly not enough at this stage to tem
  3. Yet another evening of frustration! I just can't get to grips with my newly acquired NEQ6 Pro - it's taking me everywhere but where I want. Is there some kind soul in the Lichfield / Cannock area who has this mount who would be prepared to give me the benefit of their experience - I'm more than happy to travel a reasonable distance if it means an end to my torment? At this rate it's soon going to be a pickup for the local rag & bone man!
  4. Hope you're both wrapped up well, it's likely to be a bit chilly up there tonight!
  5. Oh dear! In the 12 months since being a member of this wonderful forum, this is the first negative feedback I have encountered -sad. If Q has responded with well meaning advice in the past then we'll done, I'm sure it would have been appreciated by the recipients. However, if some of this advice has been ignored by some which seemingly has resulted in obvious frustration to you, then surely the thing to do would have been to withdraw the benefit of your experience and just leave it at that?
  6. Well that's a relief -I thought it was just me! My first ever EQ mount which I've had since last Sept has only within the last week made it from the garage to the lounge. I have followed Astronomysheds' setup guide up to the point where I'm in the 'home' position but haven't summoned up the courage to go further! What's making it worse is the fact that there's a (new to me) APO 100ED Evostar Pro in the garage waiting for something to sit on.
  7. Have kept mine in the shed during the 12 months I've had it and it doesn't seem to be doing it any harm. I may be wrong but I use the logic that by being where it is it doesn't take as long to cool when it comes out for using as would be the case if it was stored indoors.
  8. You might want to check the integrity of the film before you start on your filter. I didn't and after quite a lot of time, effort and a few quid spent in making it, I found it was riddled with pin holes so ended up binning it. Not sure if they were due to something I'd done or not, even though I thought I was being careful all the way through the process. I was not a happy bunny I can tell you!
  9. If you have the patience (and I know that's easier to say than do), what about a 200Dob on AstroBuyandSell?
  10. A set of Bob's Knobs and a pair of tube rings for my 200Dob - hope the mount doesn't buckle under the strain! Isn't Santa clever, knowing just what we would like to have? Merry Christmas to evrryone wonderful, knowing just what we want?
  11. Thanks for the replies. My thoughts were that the 200 Dob would be good for DSOs'. With regard to planets, moon & star clusters, the Evostar 100ED which to be honest was my first major impulse buy, should hopefully perform well?
  12. Will an EQ6 be capable of supporting the Skywatcher 200Dob for imaging? If so, what would be the pros & cons please
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