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  1. The following items for sale. Too many to include photos here, I think, but happy to forward images on request. Skywatcher NEQ6 with SynScan handset and tripod with Altair Astro Losmandy-type saddle. £775 plus carriage. Meade ETX125-EC & tripod with Autostar handset, solar filter, piggyback camera bracket and flexible dew shield. £475 plus carriage. Orion Solar Filter to suit Meade 10" LX200 (little used). £60 plus postage. Atik 2” 5-position EFW2 Filter Wheel (used, but in good condition). £275.00 plus postage. Lumicon 1.25" OII
  2. Many thanks Robindonne, I'll try somewhere under £500, and see what happens! Best wishes, Herrman
  3. Dear All, Very many thanks for your kind and helpful responses. There does seem to be a consensus that around the 66% of retail value is the going rate, so that's what I'll aim to achieve. However, I have an old (but in good nick) ETX125 with Autostar, although a great little instrument, I suspect there are newer all-singing and dancing models out there to be had, so I'd be surprised to achieve 2/3 of the original price. Tiny Clanger; thanks for mentioning the importance of location- you'll see I've updated my profile. Louis D; thanks for pointing out the incomplete filter wheel
  4. Thanks Scotty38, thanks Carole! Your thoughts are most helpful. I have a filter wheel and a mount that I think should prove popular, so I'll peg these at 2/3 retail value. The other items might not be so desirable, so these I'll ask 50%. Thanks again, Herrman
  5. Hi, Could anyone please offer advice on how to determine a fair price for second-hand equipment? Some months ago I place a for sale ad on SGL for a range of items, but managed to sell only one of them. I was surprised by the lack of interest (I had thought someone would have been tempted by the Atik EFW2), and can only assume the asking prices were too high. I’d determined my prices by first looking at eBay and Astro Buy & Sell, and then setting my prices slightly below the asking prices on these sites. I’m now looking to sell some more equipment, and would hope to achieve g
  6. Hi, The following surplus equipment for sale: Orion Solar Filter to suit Meade 10" LX200 (little used). £100 plus postage. Atik EFW2 (used, but in good condition). £300.00 plus postage. Lumicon 1.25" OIII filter (little used). £90 plus postage. Baader 2" NT Steeltrack (unused). £180.00 plus postage. SOLD Celestron Axiom 23 mm eyepiece (unused). £200.00 plus postage. I hadn't a clue what t ask for these items, so I searched the internet for guidance. I hope the prices asked are realistic. Happy to provide further images and details. Regards, Herrma
  7. Fozzybear and Wandering Eye, many thanks to you both for your replies. I like the idea of taking the DIY route, and the rpi4 is readily available through Amazon. Could I please ask if the rpi4 would require a degree of configuration, or is it ready to go out of the box (allowing for the need to download Astroberry or Stellamate OS)? I'm able to find my way around most software programs, even PI (well almost!), but have no experience dabbling with programming or tweaking motherboards. If this is required it might be best for me to hold-off until Stellamate Pro arrives . Than
  8. Hi, I've been pondering the possible purchase of ATIKbase. However, I see operation relies on Stellamate's softwear, with this in mind I wondered if purchase of the Stellamate equivalent to ATIKbase would be a better prospect? I'm not sure if ATIKbase works with Atik equipment only? If so, Stellamate might offer greater versatility. It would be great to hear you thoughts, or accounts of experience with either system. Best wishes, Herrman
  9. Hi Stash_old, Many thanks for your thoughts. XRDP, KStars, Stellarmate et al... you've all opened-up a whole new universe for me this afternoon- lots to look into! I'm very happy with my EQMod/Cart Du Ceil/SGP set-up, it took me a while to get to grips with it all, but it now runs very well and I'll be sticking with it to work with my Atik equipment. My plan is to use the ZWO gear with a second mount and scope, ultimately to use this as a mobile rig, so the apparent flexibility of the Air system appealed to me. I'll see how I get on once I have the Android is up and running.
  10. Hi Grierson, Many thanks for your reply. I do have an iPad, and did wonder about blowing the dust off it, but its a very early one (must be about 10 years old) which I think Apple have disowned when it comes to OS upgrades. I've therefore taken the plunge and invested in an Android, which I'm looking forward to playing with. Thanks again, Herrman
  11. Hi Mick, Many thanks for searching Windows Apps. A rhetorical question; I wonder why there's not a Windows App for Air??? Thanks for the thought about buying a cheap Android tablet, I've checked them out on Amazon- I'd not realised how relatively inexpensive the lower spec ones are, so I've ordered one! Best wishes, Herrman
  12. Hi Julian, Many thanks for your reply. I like the idea of not being constrained to use the ZWO/Google App, although I'm wary of corrupting the AIR by trying to install XRDP; I know from bitter experience- when it comes to computers, if there's a way to cods it up, I'll find it! I wasn't aware of KStars, I've just taken a look at their website- very interesting, I'll certainly investigate further. Thanks again, Herrman
  13. Hi, I have a Windows-based tablet that I'd like to use for controlling ASIAIR. I'd assumed I could download the required App from Google Play, but have been unable to do so. Is it possible to control ASIAIR via a Windows tablet, or must this be done using a smartphone or similar device? I've been happily plodding along with EQMOD etc for years now, so this is a step into the dark for me, therefore any advice and guidance you can offer will be much appreciated. Regards, Herrman
  14. Hi Ian, Many thanks for the link, I'll have a read. Best wishes, Herrman
  15. Hi Ian, Many thanks for your reply, and research on my behalf. Your comments about the robustness of the Epsilon does make me think removal of the mirror and cell from the tube may not be such a daunting prospect. Having been warned that these instruments can be difficult to collimate, I was pleasantly relieved to find the scope was accurately collimated straight out of the box. Experience has taught me the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' mantra is a sound one, so I try to not fiddle with things unless I have to- hence my initial thoughts about trying to clean the mirror in-situ. H
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