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  1. Welcome What is your definition of portable?
  2. Use the wall space for storage get some shelves or hanging hooks
  3. Very nice, should try 25s with that lens.
  4. Alscollimationaid is a neat like little application you can use to check your collimation. Plus a star test is good to try to test it but need a clear night for that.
  5. When I use my camera in print focus I have a t ring and a t mount attached to the camera so the Orion extension tube is the correct option for the accessories I use. With my t mount attached to the t ring on my dslr it just pops in the focuser tube like a regular eyepiece. Your focus is behaving as expected. If you remove the diagonal you'll need an extension tube. I re read my earlier post and sorry I didn't explain very well how it would feel in practice.
  6. Yep this is the right thread if you do not have a wedge on your mount, I can't remember :-)
  7. The great thing about camera is you can start now you don't need to use your telescope. read from the begining of the blob is best If you do end up using your telescope then you'll want to see this thread. link here Your mount I think moves in tiny left right up down movement so an object stays in the field of view but rotates because the Earth does. This will limit the length of exposure you can use but it doesn't mean you can't use what you have. You will probably need a 2 inch extension when you use a camera. I'll add links in a bit, now added
  8. A dry run proved not there yet... The weight of the camera and lens was too much for the clamp, I can't turn it to fully tighten because the adjustment handle is too large and fouls the bar. So made a wooden chuck that stops the quick release clamp from moving. It is positioned on the two end bolts and I'll fix a bolt and nut right through just got to rummage in the garage for that. There is a tiny bit of play still but in practice I don't think this will matter.
  9. You could use your camera, assuming dslr, now for wide field imaging and or make a barn door mount for longer exposures. You don't have to use a telescope for astrophotography.
  10. Is the commulator the black centre bit please?
  11. Good read. You've probably got a spare motor now have you cleaned your original as well?
  12. Here's the link I mentioned and another for a related read reviews. link here and another two reads on this link here
  13. Turn Left at Orion is a great book to use to get started with. Stellarium is brilliant planetarium software. It's free and brilliant.
  14. Not extending the triood legs can help stability
  15. I wouldn't get the 76 because if your son gets disinterested it will be too small for you, however the heritage 100p might be ok for you. Though I think too small to see a moon transit. I woke this morning thinking I may have used my 1.6 barlow with my 6mm eyepiece that day. Which then leads me to thinking reserving some of your budget for one eyepiece may not be a bad idea. I will link to my post I made.