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  1. Is it these bolts? These are what I will be using when the skies clear
  2. Having had a Home Observatory fitted some 4 years ago, I can attest to their quality. Lovely people to deal with, both during ordering and delivery / installation. They get a thumbs up from me , I would recommend.
  3. Thanks for the heads up Richard, not sure what version I am running but I think I’ll start again and uninstall / reinstall all the software again. It’s likely user error! The mount is connected and working off the hand pad controller, so I know there is nothing wrong with the mechanical side of things, just the connection from the mount to the PC. Obviously doesn’t help when there is a dummy (aka me) in between
  4. Think I may have missed a few steps or downloaded the wrong version of software? So all cables from the Sitech controller connected up correctly, start laptop up, connect usb/serial connector to USB port. Start the Sitech config software, select com port from the one noted in device manager, select get data from controller and that is where it fails, just states error, error, error etc and message as below. Am I running latest version of the Sitech config software, 1.30? Any help welcome please or directions to the correct version if anyone could throw a few suggestions my way.
  5. It’s the 3 bolts beneath the RA drive, a little different to the previous version as there was a bespoke latitude adjustment. Users of this newer version have commented how easy it is to adjust, not tried it yet though so can’t comment at the moment.
  6. Now attached to my pier and adapter plate. So mechanically all in place. Looks good in its natural habitat Struggling connecting it to the laptop though, missing the usb/serial driver I think, will try again today
  7. Ouch again @manoss27, I’m glad the damage hasn’t affected the operation of the Mesu. I’m hoping to power mine up this weekend, just awaiting a few bolts and washers to allow attachment to the pier.
  8. Good luck with the sale Stu, looks a great scope BTW, recently bought from this guy, 100% pleasure to deal with.
  9. Ouch, I feel your pain. I hope it’s not too serious and can be repaired easily. I had a similar warning from Mr Mesu when I sent him a picture of my completed assembly as below. He got a little ‘jittery’ when he saw the location of my mount upon the table. I now understand why …… All the best, Neil.
  10. So you’ve lurked on here for awhile and then asked the question ‘Why do I need a telescope anyway?’, on an astronomy forum, what kind of answer did you expect My suggestion and perhaps new question you should ask yourself would be ‘Is this the right hobby for me?’ Where your sanity is questioned by your partner when under your own free will you will spend many hours in the dark, cold night looking at faint objects in the night sky, or capturing light emitted from objects so far away it makes the mind boggle. On equipment that has probably cost a lot more than you care to admit (es
  11. Have you considered buying used? The wait for a good one to turn up may be no different than waiting for a new scope. If bought second hand from an imager (who is willing to show images taken with the scope) it can be less hassle than buying new. I’ve recently gone down that route and don’t regret it. Especially with recent posts regarding issues with new optics. Good luck on your search.
  12. Thanks for the heads up regarding the set up guides. I have several now, one is 23 pages long and is the quick guide to installation which is kind of helpful but more related to the previous model to mine. I have another, some 230 pages and is the Sitech Operations manual, updated October 2009? And lastly a 9 page quick set up guide that is very specific to the e200 which I used last night to assemble my mount. Many thanks to everyone that have sent me these documents recently. Trying to get my head around offset innit etc
  13. It’s a long time @ollypenrice since she has been anywhere, but bless it just made me chuckle. Especially when she said ‘it doesn’t look a lot for 6k’! Her opinion improved marginally when it was assembled. Not looking forward to the battle with Sitech and all the associated software. I’m a little like you, I hope my meagre IT skills are not taxed too much in talking to the mount and setting it up.
  14. Delivered yesterday by Bernard, in several boxes. As the missus said looks like a few boxes of scrap metal Before and after assembly. Installation documents and PSU to arrive in the next few days. Managed to get it assembled by looking at various pictures on the internet and the ‘simple assembly guide’ on Mesus website.
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