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  1. Here’s the solution posted by Yuri - seems straightforward and worked for the person whose rings got stuck
  2. It’s just a carry handle so you can use two hands. I have to say I don’t use it since the scope is surprisingly light to handle but I think the captain’s wheel looks
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. As mine is fine at the moment, I think I’ll leave it. If I ever get any issues I’ll probably install felt on the rings. More gratuitous pics you say?
  4. I’m a member of the TEC mailing group and a slightly odd query cropped up today. A poster mentioned that the tube rings on his TEC140 had effectively become ‘glued’ to the ota and couldn’t be removed. He wanted some advice on how to de-attach them. Yuri replied that he had only seen this once before in 800 scopes and he would provide some instructions to remove it (he didn’t say what they were). Another poster then stated that he also had had this issue and the only way he had managed to remove them was by giving the ota a good whack - not something I’d like to do! He also said the issue was worse when the tube rings had not been moved for a while so he now undid them every few months. When I got home this evening, I thought I’d check my TEC rings and to my surprise they had become pretty stuck. However, I managed to gently ease them off with no issues. On inspection, the padding inside the rings isn’t the usual felt but instead a sort of rubber that I can see could go a bit sticky over time. So I’m now going to undo my tube rings every now and then as a precaution. Gratuitous photo of my TEC160FL with the rings off this evening
  5. So just to clarify, I think you now have attached the adapter with 3 small screws rather than 4 and you use the resulting spare hole to attach the adm dovetail clamp with a longer screw you had available. This allows you to get the adm clamp level with the sensor since in the original setup it was 45 degrees out? Is that right?
  6. Isn’t that only for small adjustments?
  7. Hmmm, I tried fitting this to my solarquest mount a few months ago. However I hit an issue which was that az gti adapter puts the scope at a different angle to the solar sensor so that the when the solar sensor had found the sun, the scope was pointing at entirely the wrong place. From your last photo it appears this may also be the case with your mount? I even took the mount apart to try to adjust the angle of the solar sensor but no joy. Did I make a school boy error? (quite possible!)
  8. Thanks John. Delighted that you are pleased with the T-Rex (I was very confident ). Complete setup looks great and good that your enjoyment of the 130mm is increased. I look forward to reading your future reports.
  9. Enjoyable catchup with several friends and retailers. Here’s the night vision contingent with David Nagler
  10. If there are other Uk nv astro users they are hiding well
  11. 75% of the UK night vision users (ie 3 of us) are meeting up on Saturday afternoon at astrofest. I’ll be getting some more adapters for my kit from Televue. There may be a night vision monocular to have a look at if anyone wants to see one.
  12. Now available from a UK dealer http://astrograph.net/epages/www_astrograph_net.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/www_astrograph_net/Categories/Shop/Night_Vision
  13. Thanks for these comments, very interesting to get someone else’s perspective on this mount - there doesn’t seem to be that many around. I agree the handset is a bit awkward. Hence I use skyfi and sky safari to zip around the skies with the panther. I’ve never had a problem with the 2 star align - I assume your location settings etc are all correct? Compared to my dob and c11 I find it not too heavy - I like the fact it breaks down into separate bags which are easy to transport. And my counterweights aren’t sharp - so no bloody fingers here. It did take me a little while to get the hang of it. In particular I now do the balancing on setup carefully which avoids any issues. And it works well with binoculars as well.
  14. I did manage to give it an initial test. The build quality is fantastic, better than I expected, the focusers are not that far behind a feather touch. The ems is a dream to use and very easy to collimate the scopes with the x and y knobs. Great views with my 24mm pans and plenty of in focus (I’m guessing the tubes have been shortened a fair bit compared to the mono 103). It’s a great fit with my Panther TTS mount. I had a kowa highlander previously which I didn’t get on with but this wo Pegasus is very impressive - really looking forward to the next time (which might be a while away looking at the forecast) With my double night vision setup it looks a teeny bit silly, but works great - two eyes are definitely better than one!
  15. Just got this delivered today - first one in the UK I think. And some clear skies so hopefully will be using it shortly...
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