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munro

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  1. Dammit! Just bought one from Mikes yesterday - awaiting delivery. Ordered it because Jupiter in my new Pentax 10x50 looks a bit wobbly (must be an age thing ) - thought I would be better with a monopod
  2. I have decided to try my EQ3 again I tried the mount a couple of times indoors today. I entered the usual info and tried a one star align just to see if it worked. I used stellarium to give me a rough idea where the star was and it slewed to roughly the right direction. When I tried to park to "home" the DEC was OK but the RA was out (the bar you put the weights on was horizontal instead of vertical) this was despite read out giving the position being given as 90 degrees for the DEC and and 00 minutes for the RA. Instead of turning off the power I checked the position reading in Utility and found the DEC to be 90 degrees but the RA was about 12 hours which seemed about right given the position of the bar. I dont understand what is happening here. The mount and handset seem to be out of sync. Can anyone help ? I had posted this in the mounts forum but have had no response
  3. I have just given my three month old EQ3-2 a chance to redeem itself and have brought it out of the cupboard where it is gathering dust. I put it there out of sheer frustration (I then bought an AZ4 which I love) but anyhow... I tried the mount a couple of times indoors today. I entered the usual info and tried a one star align just to see how it worked. I used stellarium to give me a rough idea where the star was and it slewed to roughly the right direction. When I tried to park to "home" the DEC was OK but the RA was out (the bar you put the weights on was horizontal instead of vertical) this was despite the position being given as 90 degrees for the DEC and and 00 minutes for the RA. Instead of turning off the power I checked the position reading in Utilities and found the DEC to be 90 degrees but the RA was on one occasion about 6 hours and just now it was about 12 hours. I dont understand what is happening here. Can anyone help before back into the cupboard it goes !
  4. F1 Bird Don't feel too bad. I got my Rigel yesterday from FLO. I thought at first that it didnt work - took out the battery and reinserted it. It worked then! Pretty hacked off about the tape tho'. Like you I didn't think there was any tape. I though "what a miserble bunch" (my Telrad came with tape). I went out and bought a roll @ £5.25 After reading your post I had another look in the box and found it cunningly concealed there (doh!) Am now wandering about the house looking for something to fix with 2.5 metres of double sided tape
  5. Thanks Jiggy 67. Understood the instructions up to para 6 then got totally lost What are MEL and Maz? Also I am not sure what are the azimuth adjustment knobs. There is also talk about drawing back(?) Can you help please. Thank you. Steppenwolf - I actually bought an HP webcam for £14 in Tesco today but am at a loss how to mount it onto the eyepiece. I watched the astronomyshed video on youtube but they use an SPC900NC cam which doesn't seem to be available now
  6. Is that just the sort of webcam I could get for instance in PC World? How do you mount the webcam onto the polarscope?
  7. Not being as young and supple as I used to be , I find looking through the polarscope very difficult even with the tripod legs fully extended . Somebody mentioned to me that there might be a way to line up polaris by using a camera (and computer?) Does anybody know anything about this. Alternatively are there any gadgets out there (right angled polarscope for example ) which would help.
  8. Explorer 150 is a great scope. I think you could get in in your car without too much bother. Personally I would avoid the EQ mount as you would need to Polar align it every time you went out. Polar alignment can be a real pain ( you cant always see Polaris to align anyway even tho other parts of the sky may be clear ) Think about an AZ4 mount. Highly thought of on this forum. I bought an EQ3 and then an AZ4 and would take the latter any day. Its so much easier to use - especially for a beginner. Maybe if you want to get into astrophotography later you can think about an EQ mount.
  9. I used both my 150p and st120 last night on M42. With a 25mm eyepiece I could only make out the shape but goimg down to 5mm I could see the 4 stars of the trapezium clearly. I think you should try a greater magnification.
  10. Mr Fiery Jack is spot on. I have just spent two hours in the garden. The first hour and a half were spent trying to see if I could get my 3 month old EQ3 to work (again ) - unsuccessfuly . I then brought out my AZ4, switched my 150P onto that and within 5 minutes had the trapezium in the Orion Nebula . No contest.
  11. I think there is a lt to be said for an AZ mount (or Dobs) for a beginner. My EQ3 drove me to distraction - A beginner has quite enough to contend with without the hassle of polar alignment. I started with an EQ Goto (which gave up the ghost in short order) . I got an AZ4. What a difference. Easy and quick to set up and just start observing - not the ritual of setting up an EQ mount. I think beginners should begin with a straightforward mount like a Dobs or AZ4 and graduate to an EQ mount once they have mastered the basics - if they decide they need one.
  12. No problem now. As I was lifting it into the centre of the room to have a closr look at things the plastic joint at the top of one of the legs just sheared through.I can honestly say that this has been the biggest pile of junk I have ever clapped eyes on. Thank God I have an AZ4. Will stick to that in future.
  13. I am assuming it is the DEC motor. It is the one with two plugs - one cable coming from the black box, the other going to the other drive above it .
  14. I haven't tried anything as I haven't a clue about mounts. I will have a look at that - when you say sits on top of the cog do you mean it lies horizontally on the same spindle as the cog pressing the cog in? (sorry - I am not very technically minded)
  15. As a total newbie I recently bought one of these having swallowed the advertsing blurb- I had never owned a telescope or mount before.. I tried it out once the day I bought it for about half an hour using the hand controls supplied to fine tune it (nowhere in the instructions does it say not to do this). I thought I would set it up today with a view to using it tonight only to discover that it only moves on the RA axis. I took the cover off the Dec drive and noticed that the cog on the drive does turn but does not properly engage the cog on the spindle on the other end of which is the hand control and which moves the head in Dec mode.. I can only think that by using the manual controls I have damaged the drive. Presumably the guarantee would not cover this. Is there anything I can salvage from this or do I just have a very expensive coathanger ? (Luckily Ihad just bought an AZ4 which I used last night - sheer joy to use)
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