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  1. Fozzie

    Equipment hardly used

    Hi Mark, I while back our sponsors @FLO were offering the NexStar Evolution mounts only, which as a bundle come with a 925 OTA. link below.. (not sure if it was a celestron thing or it just happened as usually they are bundled with scope) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/nexstar-evolution-telescopes/celestron-nexstar-evolution-925-telescope.html It seems exactly what you are looking for, just a slightly larger version of the SE mount... Might be worth a few emails to see if anyone would split a bundle for you.. It's like an 8SE only bigger! Ta Fozzie
  2. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    3 vixen mounts each.. positively shameful the pair of you! I need to up my vixen game, maybe, I do have a case full of SLV's too, and only one scope, and two mounts already.. but... i'm sure there's a reason for more vixen...
  3. Fozzie

    Wooden Tripod Legs

    That's a great find and will make a great project.. I do love a wooden tripod build and back story.. Have you seen OSMO Wood Reviver Power Gel.. My timber Guy back here when I asked about silvered timber recommended it.. might be worth a try to see if it brings those Ash legs up even nicer than you've already got them after all these years. OSMO do some nice clear Stains and varnish type applications also.. I used some of the clear and Red Cedar on one of my projects, came out nicely.. Good luck with the project, will follow with interest! Ta Fozzie
  4. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    Struggling to find that TS puck anywhere at the moment.. looks ideal if it is suitable for non tak equipment.. I'll keep looking.. I was close to going for a gp-dx with goto.. should have done it in hindsight.. what's the sphinx aimed at, 10kg load?
  5. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    Hold the phone!! Just found this.. Looking to see if TS still do one.. @Stu @graham56
  6. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    Is it sinful to have 2 great vixen mounts.. not in my world it's not!! Iv e just stripped the GP dec motor down, removing the top saddle.. I'm now classing it as optimistic that the ADM up grade will fit both.. but very confident my original idea would work too.. As I say would be good to know if the saddle suits both though! Good work @Stu look forward to your installation reports lol.. Ta Fozzie
  7. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    I'd noticed this yesterday, no hanging about from auntie @FLO. Could be a good seller.. @Stu do you still have a GP mount or just the GPDX.. I don't think this saddle is compatible but it would be good to know? (If you make the upgrade that is!) Ta Fozzie
  8. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    Well I'd say it looks like you've done great refurbishment job on it.. not had the pleasure if looking through the vixen f10 achro, but read very good things about them.. who doesn't love a good 100mm frac.
  9. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    @graham56 I've been meaning to ask, hope you don't mind, what is the lovely looking vixen (moonlighted?) frac in the corner please..?
  10. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    If you do try this out would be very interested in the step by step photos... love my GP mount, having a saddle attached would be perfect! Ta Fozzie
  11. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    Or.... https://www.admaccessories.com/product/dual-gpdx-dual-series-saddle-fits-celestron-vixen-gpdx-mounts/ Maybe @FLO could advise if this ADM is available and it fits the vixen GP/ GPDX.. Not sure why I've not seen it before?
  12. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    As graham has done really, but (for me anyway) the idea of using a saddle over a single holding bolt is added stability, so if I was going to upgrade to a saddle, I'd want more than the original bolt holding the vixen dove tail and saddle to the mount... seems the weakest point still, yes your not damaging the scopes dovetail but you can easily replace those, and the same issue is still there, if that fails everything still goes. My thoughts were to utilise the holes/fixing points already on the mount, in order to secure the saddle. Just like the ADM EQ5 upgrade kit, making the original single bolt redundant (so to Speak).. Below is what I had "envisaged" would work.. Remove the existing top fixings on the GP mount (as circled) Buy a saddle and vixen Dovetail Fix saddle to Dovetail Drill through saddle and dovetail to match the exisiting fixings on the GP mount, counter sink these. Fit larger bots through the saddle and dovetail into the GP mount securing the entire assembly to the top of the mount. I "assume this would be more stable, and as a secondary back up you could then use the M8 bolt option, through the original against the side of the dove tail.. 3 points of fixing, two physically tied to the mount and one contact at the side. Im no sketch artist, but something like this.. Hope that shows what was in my minds eye.. It was just a thought I had a few moons ago.. Still interested in this upgrade the saddle I have on my skyteeII is a very nice secure but of kit. Thanks Steve
  13. Fozzie

    Vixen GP-DX clamp upgrade

    Yes that M8 bolt does solve the saddle clashing issue, nice solution.. I've toyed with this upgrade, the standard (as far as i know) ADM for EQ5 doesn't fit, so my thoughts we similar to above, however i would like to not rely on a single M8 bolt to hold the cradle, I'd toyed with the idea of using the ADM vixen to losmandy adapter £108 from FLO and having my machine guy drill holes that corresponded with the fixings on my GP, then using oversize fixings to secure the entire thing, so the original GP fixing is then a "back up".. No easy way or off the shelf upgrade that i could find.. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adm-vixen-type-v-series/adm-vixen-to-losmandy-adapter.html Let us know how you get on Stu.. Ta Fozzie
  14. In respect to the tripod options, have you considered a Pier mount such as this.. https://www.primalucelab.com/astronomy/tripods-piers/skywatcher-pier-for-heq5.html just a thought when minimum leg spread on a "standard" tripod is not an option.. Ta Fozzie
  15. Fozzie

    Unknown Tripod needs repairs

    Great news..
  16. Used to spend hours playing turrican and project firestart.... thought my world had changed for ever when the kid up the street got an Atari ST.. oh my days, did I save for ever to buy one of those!! Then another kid got a Nintendo.. game changer.. I ended up with a master system and then a mega drive.. those were golden days, of bike rides, bullheading down the local beck and epic marathon gaming sessions just watching an other kid play his new console that captivated us for hours.. now the longest I spend staring at the same view is on the commute home from work.. Good luck with the power up Chris.. ps im on for a safe bet with mine.. if the kids don't enjoy it, I most certainly will!!!
  17. So i have this box in the loft, thats been up there for some time.. its a brown box, it contains clouds amoungst other things. The problem is, i've currently got the itch to open said box... so should I? Here's the two "problems" that have kept me at bay thus far.. Firstly, the contents of said box is for my kids, when they grow up, i've earmarked my 1st sons 10th christmas (other son will be 6 then) as time to give said box as a present, depending if he's interested enough. By then the box will be at least 13 years old, along with the contents and will never have seen the light of day, or night. It could quite possibly be a unique item, especialy in fully wrapped/never been out of packaging condition. The second preventing factor is i have a perfectly good one of these all ready, so i dont actually need to open the box, but the ITCH is getting me currently.. So the question is, save it as you intend, or get on and open it. little clue below..... if you know, you know..
  18. BTW I didn't open the box and the itch has passed! the Box is safe for a little time yet.. feel quite proud of myself.
  19. No joke, just read this in my local paper.. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/uranus-will-be-visible-in-yorkshire-s-sky-tonight-here-s-how-to-see-it-1-9416225/amp?__twitter_impression=true Now if I'm being thick please tell me, goodness knows the wife derives pleasures from telling me so you might as well, but how can our moon light up Uranus... bit lost with that one.
  20. Fozzie

    Gadgets that work !

    I recently got the revelation twist lock.. great bit of kit..
  21. I'm sure I read somewhere that as brighter sky's means larger pupil then more light more detail.. too an extent though surly.. It was the impression the news piece gave me that our moon was some how providing illumination that I found poor.. Still though might set up and have a go once the kids are in bed..
  22. I am slightly sceptical if I'm honest...
  23. Fozzie


    Can he/has he update(d) all the drivers for the camera.. similar issue discussed here.. http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?p=1389236 I had similar issues USB 1 to USB 2 when I built a few PC's back in the day (read lots of years ago) from a collection of older work machines.. a proper Frankenstein job, but they were free and saw me through university.. wouldn't hurt to try.. Ta Fozzie
  24. Fozzie

    Unknown Tripod needs repairs

    @Newbs2215 bracket is in todays post so hopefully it will be with you by Wednesday.. Let us know how you get on with it.. Don't worry about the postage... just pay it forward if you get the opportunity. Ta Fozzie
  25. Because I know it's there.... waiting.... ready to be opened... That and I'm doing this stoptober thing... no alcohol now for 21 days... idle hands and all that..

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