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  1. Skywatcher 150p eq3-2 mount , dual axis motor drive , various eyepieces , nikon D500 dslr . Light polution to the MAX !

  2. Skywatcher 150p eq3-2 mount , dual axis motor drive , various eyepieces , nikon D500 dslr . Light polution to the MAX !

  3. Thanks for your help guys , muchly appreciated I think I might have cracked it (not literally) One thing I did notice wich may have been throwing me off was when I tighten the laser into the eyepiece it shows differently every time . What I mean is it all depends on how I tighten up the two holding screws in the eyepiece of the focuser , if I remove the laser and re insert it it will 9/10 show off the mark . I can adjust it by loosening the screws on the focuser and re tightening . Is this a common problem or has anyone else encountered this happening with their laser ? Cheers Dave
  4. thanks for the replys guys , the mount on the secondary mirror does have some little dinks in where the grub screws have bitten into it , I thought I would be clever and turn the mount 180% so the grub screws don't line up with the existing marks anymore , this way I thought it would stop the need of a washer . with this said I still cant seem to get it right . maybe im missing something or just way off . cheers Dave
  5. hi all . after spending most of the day cleaning my secondary mirror ive now fitted all the bits back together and im having a night mare trying to get it all collimated again , im starting to think something is a bit dodgy somewhere . the first thing I noticed is when I attached the mirror back to the spider the base of the mirror mount doesn't sit flat onto the spider even with all the grub screws fully retracted . then putting the spider back into the tube the fins seem a little twisted even before they are tightend . now im having issues lining up the secondary with the eyepiece , ive had it pretty much bang on centre but when I adjust the grub screws to line up the laser to the centre spot on the primary it throws it miles out again and I can only see half the primary through the secondary . so I start lining up the primary with the laser and its a mile out through the eyepiece . am I missing something here ??? better still , does anyone know to a place in the west mids where I could take the scope and get it sorted ? sorry to be a pain in the forum but its one big learning curve for me . cheers and beers Dave
  6. Thanks for the replays guys . Thought I had better check befor using it . Cheers and beers Dave
  7. Hi all , just been watching some videos on how to clean a mirror on my telescope . The reason I need to clean my secondary is because as I was collimating I clumsily put my fingers all over my secondary mirror as I was lining it up with the eye priece . The question is ..... Is r/o water the same as distilled ? I ask this as I'm also a keeper of marine fish and have plenty of r/o . Or does it have to be distilled ? Many thanks Dave
  8. Daveyboy

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    hi david , welcome along
  9. don't believe it .... justb got my coat on and my floppy hat and guess what .... CLOUDY. great . lol
  10. we have actually got clear skys at the moment (yipeee) see how long it lasts ay !
  11. hi codnorpaul. I have a skywatcher 150p on an eq3-2 mount . cheers Dave
  12. hi guys thanks for the replys typical really lol I buy something I don't reall need by the sounds of it . so would you advise I make a dew shield for mine ? I thought they were mainly used on cassergrain scopes to stop the front lense dewing up . maybe im far off . cheers Dave
  13. hi guys firstly I would like the pros and cons of using a dew heater on a reflector scope . also me being a complete novice , where is the best position to wrap these around the scope ? front or rear by the primary mirror . may seem like a dumb question but on reading different posts I get the impression that the mirror needs to be at ambient temp or even cooler . putting the dew heater near the mirror would this effect viewing on a cold night ? . many thanks Dave
  14. lol itmo.. many thanks for the replys guys ,, I think ive cracked it .. im the kind of person who doesn't really take it all in off paper . im the type who if you show me then it sinks in . after watching a few videos on youtube I think its now sorted . took me an hour or so but I finally got that dot in the center lol . the only thing im worried about now is that the secondary mirror is too far forward . when looking through the eyepiece you can see the front edge of the secondary , is this normal or should I bring it back a touch ? cheers once again for the fantastic replys Dave
  15. hi all , being a complete newbie , I have read and watched videos on colomating a reflector . seeing as I own a reflector myself I bought a laser colomating tool a few weeks ago . my scope has given me some great views in wich I really cant fault to be honest but I have read so many posts saying you need to colomate every time you use your scope . so I used the tool today and the spot was a mile out ,, withought reading the instructions (cus im a bloke) I adjusted the primary mirror screws on the rear of the scope and got the dot centered . then (being a bloke) I read the instruction leaflet . ... ... it doesn't mention touching the primary mirror it just tells you to adjust the secondary (whoops). now as I look into the scope without an eyepiece in th center ring on the primary is way off center on the secondary . is this right or is it a case of getting someone who knows to sort it out for me ??? at this moment in time im feeling like a right div to be honest lol . any advise is greatly apprieciated . cheers and beers Dave
  16. hi britangler. just looked at the link u supplied , it shows a 12volt supply but mine is only a 6v . cheers Dave
  17. once again thanks for the welcome guys . amazing how many Dudley blokes are on here aswell lol . looks like a meet up lads to compare scopes ? what u reckon ??
  18. hi guys , just read the last 50 pages of posts on this thread lol. was just wondering if you are still accepting members into your club/gang/crew ? I live in kingswinford nr Stourbridge and am a complete newbie to the hobby . cheers and beers Dave
  19. thanks for the info james . ill get looking . so is 1 amp enuff ? the reason I ask is because I was looking earlier at a site and they seemed to think that 4 dcell batteries would be about 3 amps continuous ? cheers Dave
  20. hi jambo , I know absolutely nothing about electronics to be honest all I know is they run off 4 dcell batteries . I would imagine its down to the amps to run the motors ? just need to finds a supply strong enuff to keep them turning as it cost a fortune in batteries lol . cheers and beers Dave
  21. hi guys , may seem like a stupid question but ,,,,,, I have a skywatcher 150p on an eq3-2 mount ,. my girlfriend bought me the tracking motors from F.L.O for a Christmas prezzie the question I have is ,, does any one know where I could get a power supply to run the motors with ? I might have totally missed these if they are available ,but I cant seem to find a dedicated supply for them . I have tried a universal one but this doesn't seem to have the umph to run them . thanks in advance Dave
  22. many thanks for the welcome guys
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