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  1. Help with the 130pds

    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.
  2. Pier hub mounting advice.

    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.
  3. Pier hub mounting advice.

    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.
  4. Pier hub mounting advice.

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. The fan is connected to the PWM output, works fine.
  7. 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.
  8. i'll second that they have been good sorting problems out for me.
  9. 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.
  10. Visual only Astronomy?

    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.
  11. Glasses wearers

    I wear glasses to correct astigmatism in my right eye so need to wear them whilst observing. Racking the focuser tube won't correct that but think should be ok for your eyes being short sighted.
  12. Big Moon

    It is a stunning sight, shame you didn't get to image it, would of looked great.
  13. Big Moon

    Nice Moon out tonight took a quick shot with my 600mm lens.
  14. Hello all from sunny Suffolk

    Welcome to the forum.