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About SW130p

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  1. Hi I have a 200pds 8" Scope and use the 8mm BST for planets. Its my go to eyepiece and on good nights I get good views with Jupiter. I also have the BST 5mm but don't get used often. So in my option 8mm is good one to get.
  2. Hi I used 4 threaded rods think M16 and scaffold poles in between the two disks. Very stiff. all then painted with hammerite white no issues with rust.
  3. I feel for you! I just found a mice nest in my obsy pc with two mice still inside. Had to chuck it out as it was contaminated and chewed through several wires. I wondered why it wouldn't work. Then after a few months they had nested in my battery box. that I could save with some washing. They chewed a few wires in there too. I have located where they have entered and now blocked off.
  4. Hi I had the same issue when I first got my 200pds ( same focuser) you have to unscrew the 1/4" section of the 2" base section and then screw a camera mount onto that. Heres a link to what I mean.
  5. I had to use a bit the same size as the rod. Bought a 16mm bit same as the rod, as you drill its gets slightly bigger anyway, just enough for it without being tight.
  6. It was Short when I first built it but as I used the scope more I needed to get it up higher to see over the obsy walls.
  7. I used brake disks for my mount and 4 M16 rods and bolts as well as scaffold poles bolted in between to make it very solid unit.
  8. I have a 130p and still do and use it. I upgraded to the Skywatcher 200pds on a Heq5 mounted on a concrete pier. The sturdiness and virtually rock solid at the eyepiece is a big improvement, as for the views the 8" 200pds is obviously a bit larger and most importantly a lot brighter than what you would see with the 130.
  9. The fan is connected to the PWM output, works fine.
  10. Nice build, looks similar to my one I built, I added little rocker switches to each channel so I could isolated the unused ones. I used some of the outputs for LEDs around the scope like on the clutches so I can easily locate them in the dark and being dimable, also one output runs the cooling fan for the primary mirror also being able to control the speed.
  11. i'll second that they have been good sorting problems out for me.
  12. This one in Ipswich http://www.oasi.org.uk/ great location and activity's. Has a full working 258 mm Tomline Refractor, dating from 1874.
  13. I'm a Bird photographer but like to visually observer. I have dabbled in astro imaging and have the setup but haven't got into it seriously enough. Looking is relaxing and love to see with my own eyes.
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