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  1. I have a pair of William optics binoviewers and they work without Barlow or 2x nose piece with my William optic Zenith Star 80mm using all my eyepiece pairs, I also use them with my OO OMC-140 with no Barlows etc. Out of the two I would choose the William Optics for the wider views and is also excellent on planets.
  2. My girlfriend saw it out of the window when we was watching TV, she jumped off the sofa and said a green thing has just fallen from the sky, I think it landed in the back garden of the house across the road
  3. Good job on the scope, looks much better than stock. I have tried to use my mobile phone to take pics of Jupiter but never managed to get one as good as yours. Rick
  4. So with the tube cut down and rear baffle removed it was time to check if the draw tube entered the light cone using Andy's method above i also racked the focuser all the way in. As Shane said there was no problem at all, it measured as it should at 4" Next job was to check the remaining two baffles for been square, to my surprise they to the mm spot on, maybe the previous owner already did this. Then on to the flocking and filling the holes around the baffles, i was surprised at how bad the light bounced around in there, it had shiny black paint and the holes around the baffles didn't help. I think the filler i used to fill the holes around the baffles was an Araldite product, it was a bit like putty that you had to squeeze and had an activator within it and set in around 30 mins, apparently you can drill it etc it goes that hard. Next was the flocking, for this i used the Wilko stuff, you can click and collect online and it only cost £5 and seems to work pretty good. This is the first time i have ever flocked a scope and the first time i think one of my scopes would benefit from having it done. I think the results are pretty good and should improve things, unfortunately i didn't get the chance to try the scope out properly before it was flocked so cant compare the views through the eyepiece. Here are the results ( i hadn't flocked the center part of tube when i took the photo that's why its shiny, its done now though!) The end cap is from Tool Station, cost around £5, its a rubber end cap for plumbing etc. It had some small ridges on the inside, once these were chopped off with a stanley blade it fits over the dew shield very well. and a couple of pics with the focuser attached That's it for now, next thing to sort out will be the tube rings and maybe the paint work. Rick
  5. Thanks Ben To be honest I didnt really want to chop the tube, I would of liked to keep it original but I think I will use it more now it has been updated a little. I have done the flocking etc, I was about to post with some pics but for some reason I can't get on SGL using the laptop at the moment, hopefully it will let me on later and I will update what has been done so for. Rick
  6. Bad stuff! I didn't realise at the time, I saw the add got put on again last night so clicked on it but I had just looked at something else so knew I was logged in, then when I pressed the back button on my phone It kept reloading the fake login screen, took a few attempts to get off it.
  7. I'm sure I clicked on one and was asked to log in at the beginning of weekend, so changed my password just in case
  8. Its a link to Ebay not the redirected site so people can see the pictures etc so they know not to click on that item, only trying to stop it happening to people who hadn't realised.
  9. Looks like someone has reported it as it had gone already, I'm sure there will be another of the same soon, they are all buy now £1.
  10. Just a heads up, I have noticed loads of these adds lately for high end equipment on eBay and they normally tell you to reply to a gmail email address, I just clicked on the one in the link bellow and noticed that if you click on description it seems to redirect you to a fake eBay sign in page? I'm guessing this is how they manage to get in to peoples accounts to do these adds? I can't see any way to report this on my mobile though. Don't get court out by this. http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Takahashi-TOA-130-OTA-/252272979713?nav=SEARCH
  11. Thanks Jules I might take you up on that, I will be in touch. Andy I will try that method tonight thanks. So this morning I went to work on shortening the tube, I only have a wood workshop at my disposal so that had to do, I put an old blade on the table saw to start with and chopped 80mm off, the size difference in focusers racked in was 60mm so I took a bit more off to allow for the 2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter and longer light path of modern diagonals. Then I set the blade around 0.5mm up to reduce the tube so the new focuser could slip over the top as the old one did. Next job will be to remove the rear baffle and check the others are square then check I haven't gone into the light cone with the draw tube.
  12. Thanks Shane, the focuser is very solid and seems much better built than the Synta equivalents that i have and luckily should be quite easy to fit on the tube. AndyH - Thanks for all your help with this so far i decided to go with the 2" focuser as this was a much easier option as Shane was selling one just as i was deciding and it gives me more options for eyepieces to use and even binoviewers maybe. I am going to cut the tube tomorrow and fit the focuser, is there any way of knowing if and how much i will need the cut off the draw-tube? Unfortunately the top part of the tube ring is missing so a fix is not possible, i have put a wanted add on ABS to not very hopeful to be honest, i think TS sell some nice 105mm cnc rings so theres always that option. I pointed a torch down the tube and saw how bad the light gets past the baffles so flocking and sealing around the edge of the baffles are on my to do list, it looks like Shane has already flocked the draw-tube so saves me a job Rick
  13. When this came up for sale i couldn't resist to see what all the fuss was about, I've heard lots of good things about them and this was going very cheap. I took a bit of a chance as it was in N Ireland so could only go from photos, the seller told me he could get it to within an hours drive from where i live free of charge on his works transport so how could i say no. It came with a broken tube ring and unfortunately it was missing a couple of parts including finder scope, end cap and diagonal but everything else was present. It all came in the massive coffin box, the tube paint was a bit tatty but the objective lens is immaculate with the deep purple coatings, the EQ mount although seems quite good will be staying in the box i think but the nice wooden tripod is now carrying my Vixen GP and looks good It also had the excellent 25mm purple coated eyepiece and a 10mm plossl with what looks like a yellow-ish coating. The only part i don't like is the 1.25 R&P focuser, it only has around 25-30mm of travel and doesn't come to focus in any eyepiece's bellow 10mm. The 1.25 focuser also needs the missing diagonal as it has a strange flange fitting, this means you can't just put any old 1.25 diagonal in without some modification, it has to be a Tal. I was going to put up a wanted add for a replacement diagonal but when a used 2" Tal focuser came up for sale i bought that instead but to fit this means shortening the tube as its a lot longer than the 1.25 (see pics) but wont be hard to fit. I don't know if this is right but if i rack the 1.25 focuser about half way out and measure then rack the 2" focuser out half way and measure and cut the difference off the tube will that work? this should mean when the 2" is racked half way out the eyepiece should be in the same position as the 1.25" racked half way out i will also have to remove the the rear baffle will this create any problems? Rick
  14. I can't see why it wouldn't work, here are the connectors on mine, yours will probably be the same motors just different handset and box.
  15. Hi I think the plugs are different on the motors, I think mine has 7 pins and yours may have 5 or 6 on the motors? I tried to connect a simple handset to mine and it wouldn't fit. Rick
  16. That's good news I will send it off to be looked at, then I will have a go at connecting up to a laptop, if i don't get on with it i could always sell it on to someone with a bit more know how who could put it to good use. Thanks again
  17. Thanks Harry I will give him a call on Monday and see what he can do. Have you had the upgrade done to the handset? At the moment it looks like I would have to put coordinates in instead of just selecting from a list of objects. Here are Some pics of the control box Thanks
  18. Hi all Just wondering if anyone knows anything about this setup? I bought a Vixen GP a while back which has this on it, its looks very well made and a solid bit of kit. When i bought it the seller told me that it had stopped working and had sent the handset back to AWR to be checked and came back ok with a letter from the company to confirm this, the handset powers up fine and when i tell it to slew the numbers change as if the motors are turning but they aren't. I have noticed the previous owner had the motors labeled up the wrong way so must of been plugging the RA into the DEC and vice versa, i don't think it would but could this of broken the motors?? Is it worth spending money on this or is it a bit out dated now? I think its around £35 for them to look at it, then repair costs and then i can get the handset updated for around £65 and i think this makes it easier to use?
  19. I'm pretty sure the celestron CG5 is the same fit as the EQ5 so should be fine. My old CG4 (same as EQ3-2) i used to own fit on EQ5 tripod.
  20. Wow they look brilliant!!
  21. The Meade and the 25mm Tal look familiar, i think you may of bought them from me a few weeks ago? Very nice collection!
  22. I have seen chips covered with black paint/marker pen and i doubt you would notice much difference when in use. I sold an 80m in original box with az mount and accessories for £125 and that took a while, so that might give some idea of what its worth?
  23. Hi Jules, I used my Samsung scb2000 in the 130p-ds I sold you and I had no problem with focusing so hopefully you camera will work fine. Rick
  24. That's right John the focuser is kind of a R&P on its side and the secondary move's with it, very odd but works great
  25. Thought i would add my baby Vixen newt, very nice little scope with unusual but very good focuser. Not seen one before so don't know much about it, its 100mm x 600m (F6) and gives surprisingly good views for its size.
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