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  1. Hi Tommy welcome to SGL . try and visit the isle of seil just above Oban over the atlantic bridge, make your way to Balvicar and theres a wee road on the left that takes you to the hills . I went there years ago and you could not see your hand in front of your face! but the stars were amazing and there were millions of them not a streetlight in sight either, but you'll need a torch to set up. I had a yellow van and you could not see that either. David
  2. Try the peanut butter lids filled with silicone glue fill them and level them off and leave them for three days you'll find they add good absorbtion to the feet of the tripod. still use the weights of course and a skywatcher focusmotor (with cogs and toothed belt from amazon) to add even better vibration free focusing. I used crystal clear araldite rapid to cement the bracket onto the OTA just above and behind the dovetail bracket and fixed the cog onto the focuser brass bush taking care not to tip the OTA onto its front as the shaft would drop into the inside of the OTA ,the motor was screwed onto the bracket with the supplied bolts I marked the rear cog of the focuser with a bar of luminous paint so i could see during the main set up in the dark hours the minute movement of the distance travelled by the focuser on the slow setting getting the scope focused with a 40 mm eyepiece first the attach the camera and refocus. then a few turns in either direction at slow speed from the house via my laptop I already had my tripod bolted to the slabs in the garden before, but found i still had bad vibration form the heavy vintners trucks supplying the Busy hotel at the rear of my house at all hours.
  3. Hi There!...  why was the topic on First light optics closed?





    1. Cornelius Varley

      Cornelius Varley

      All reviews are locked to avoid them becoming discussion threads.  All new reviews are first checked to ensure they comply with the code of conduct and then merged with the other reviews for that retailer.


    2. boulderbelly


      ok thanks!  thought i'd done something wrong.




  4. Hi Folks Firstly i would like to thank First Light optics for all the customer service excellence they have given me since I have bought most of my Astronomy Equipment from such a reputable company and I would recommend them with 5 to anybody starting out in this amazing Field. well done Folks at FLO keep it up. David
  5. Cheers Mate! looking forward to it! Its still cloudy up here (as usual) clear all day today blue sky and quite cold too for ayrshire, considering the back green is sheltered from other buildings, should have taken the chance before the clouds started gathering again.. I'll get there eventually!..
  6. Hi Folks thanks for replying! i havent tried it outside yet as the glorious raining western scottish region weather has not let up yet but i'll try it tonight since the sky is clear today cheers for the heads up folks very much appreciated! I just seen the bluish tint on the LCD screen when I held it against the window light after putting the filter in, I had to tweak the legs on the filter a bit to fit snugly (thanks to a few folks on here with filter problems) but but when i pointed the camera at the darker wall it seem to go dark on Liveview i could still see the variations on the wallpaper so i can see through it brilliant! being a bit older and just getting back into astronomy way of things and the new fangled tech gear thats about these days its all very new but exciting to me.
  7. Hi Folks Good Affternoon I have just bought a skytech CLS filter for my Canon 2000D and i tried it on liveview through the scope 72 ED with Field Flattener and its just coming back as a blue screen on my lcd screen is this right? or is my camera not set properly. any help would be appreciative. thanks David
  8. Hi Mate thanks for the update Much Appreciated! I went and Bought a .85x FF from skywatcher from Harrisons to match the SW 72 ED along with a 48 T ring for my canon 2000d and the camera rotator by evoframe and a CLS clip in filter. I usually go to FLO but they had none so. looking forward to the clouds disppearing! clear skies Mate!
  9. Hi Mate does the 80 reducer have any better effect than the one for the 72 ED .85x reducer?? thanks
  10. Hi Guys good evening/ & nearly good morning!.. is it possible to turn the mount head of the SLT so the bolt for tightening the wedge on the Altitude axis is on the top? (like skywatcher goto mounts) I have hands like shovels and fingers like sausages so access for me is a bit difficult.. as the bolt is positioned underneath? (pic) ..can the mount/wedge head be moved either way to assemble OTA to wedge with power off without damage to the drive train ?? .. or I could power on and find out if it can do this but dont want to damage the head during aligning thanks!
  11. To: Starlighthunter is that rotator not custom made for the SW .85X reducer/flattener?
  12. I just went and bought a SK 72 ED pro with Field flattener and fittings to fit my Canon 2000D as I cannot get enough of the images seen in astrophotography. i am just going to use the 127 slt mount and swap with the 127 for closer images of my Favourite the Moon. I'll get heavy mount later, posssibly an EQ6 as I have just spent loads on equipment. I still have the slt mount screwed to the slabs but it still vibrates if its accidently touched by my foot. its amazing how the vibration runs up to the fork arm and through the tube even when its screwed down, i even tried those rubber absorption feet celestron supply absolute rubbish even on grass!
  13. Hi Guys thanks to all who replied with information very much appreciated!! i was going to buy another OTA (150) for that SLT mount but it weighed in at 14 Lbs! too heavy for the gears and the extra weight of cameras etc. celestron dont inform you of the maximum load capacity the mount can take. I was looking at goto EQ mounts but WOW !! medium sized Mortgages!
  14. leave nothing unattended! I have a hotel across the back from me separated by a 5 foot high wall and i have seen folk at the windows looking across the back green i was out the back one night last month with my Nikon D4 with the 80-400vr on the pro tripod taking photos of the local mouse on the forage and i heard someone say from one of the rooms i wonder if he's going to leave that outside!! just goes to show it would have walked given the chance!! TRUST NO ONE!!!
  15. Frustrating as the clouds have loomed once again.. went and bought all my new gear and as usual the heavens have opened still never mind we'll get there!
  16. Hi folks good evening hope you all ok just one question what is the OTA weight only in Ibs of the 127 slt from celestron i have tried to find out from celestron but just states to be determined? ?? thanks. David
  17. a folding mini table attached to the chair for eyepieces too! ....but I'd rather have a hot cuppa on a cold night though!
  18. Hi Mate thank you very much for the valuable settings information its very much appreciated!! I set up my samsung android tablet with the canon control feature but time will tell if thats worth the bother i just got the camera basic kit as i was just going to use it with the nose piece on prime focus I also bought an extender so i can put the eyepiece's inside.. i have the eos backyard loaded up but will look at the APT tool as well .. thank you very much again and clear skies to you too
  19. how about a coffee cup holder
  20. Hello Folks Good Afternoon hope you are all ok and keeping well ! I just received my new Canon 2000D today i went and bought a click in LPR filter for it as well and just one silly thing what settings do i use when i am using the camera with the nosepiece on the telescope? I have yet to set up the wifi for the canon camera control as well but want to get this right first any help would be most appreciative. Thanks David
  21. Weird aint it!.. i have even seen rain falling with no clouds! Weird!..
  22. that item can be bought from Opticstar.com @ £40 its the right bore for the prime focus collar on that scope and its from Meade too! , or the cheaper priced with Aliexpress £11 and if you can wait 4 weeks for it to arrive. I had that item from Opticstar and its made for the T adapters for nikon & Canon etc the canon T adapter can be had from Amazon @ £8
  23. yeah the weatherman seems to know when someone buys anything astronomical and turns the Tap on.. for ages!! especially in Scotland!
  24. Cheers Chris for the info! just uploaded the Backyard EOS program and looking forward to using it also loaded the Canon control app for my Android tablet... really looking forward to getting it all up and running. bought a Canon printer to get all my prints done too. cheers Graeme for the canon power adaptor recommendation too will look that up. and thanks to everyone else for the advice
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