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  1. The TTS Panther has a payload of 22kg. Fully motor driven. https://trackthestars.com/ The Mammoth holds even more... Tom
  2. Love mine, had it a good number of years now. Great on planets and moon. Takes magnification up to 180-200x fine, although I tend to stay below 160x under my light polluted, unsteady skies. As your acquaintance infers, struggles somewhat on dso's, but then 4" is 4" - dark skies help. Doesn't weigh much so sits beautifully on EQ5/AZ4 mounts and upwards. Focuser is servicable but needs tweaking now and then. Sharp, contrasty views? Yes. Great detail on dso's? No - they are there, but just. Over the years I've had a 150mm F5 newtonian, a 200mm F6 newtonian, a 150mm achromat and a 127mm mak. The 100ED is the only one I've kept. It is what it is, but what it does it does very, very well. My purely subjective view, of course! Tom
  3. orley

    USB to serial adaptor for Win 10

    The one I use comes with a CD that has the driver. Worked straight out of the box. One thing though - you may have to change the COM port setting. If you're not sure how let me know. Tom.
  4. orley

    USB to serial adaptor for Win 10

    I use this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00QUZY4WO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Works with W10. Tom
  5. In fairness, the author of the linked article repeatedly points out that those exceptional views occured in rare, fleeting moments of (almost) perfect seeing. The key words here are 'rare' and 'fleeting', which probably is a good summation of seeing in the UK, and rather demonstrative of average conditions. Everything is subjective, of course. That's part of what makes life fun! Tom
  6. Light pollution prevents much deep sky observing from my location, so planets and brighter Messier objects are my thing. I have a 100ED and recently, after a year of gathering side by side observing experience, moved a Skyliner 200 dob on to a better home. The reason? To me, the refractor gives consistently better views of the planets. I'll go one further. My 100ED gives consistently better views than my 6" achromat too. Tom
  7. This does already exist, to a degree. Look up the Track The Stars Panther mount - an alt az mount with goto that is suitable for imaging. The third axis is implemented using a mechanism to rotate the tube. Tom
  8. orley

    Adobe CC price increase

    Windows 10 being the last version of Windows was announced a couple of years ago: https://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyleather/2015/05/08/windows-10-to-be-last-version-of-windows/#64b42098713a Be interesting to see where it heads...
  9. orley

    Biggest Refractor on an AZ4?

    ED100 + AZ4 =
  10. orley

    Mount loading

    Thanks for the suggestion. I had a go this afternoon - managed a small improvement but there is still slippage. Time permitting I'll have another go tomorrow. Regards, Tom
  11. orley

    Mount loading

    Thanks Olly. I think it's that the weight is too much for the clutches. No matter how hard they are tightened there is slippage and I can't see any obvious way to fix this. Regards, Tom
  12. orley

    Mount loading

    Absolutely. Indeed, I've found that the dampening times are acceptable when using the 6" refractor on the AVX. I was simply making the point that I've found that the mount won't track reliably with this load - the goto's start off okay but worsen significantly as the evening goes on, no matter how carefully balanced the scope is and how accurately the mount is initially aligned. I don't experience this issue with a lighter load. Unless I'm doing something wrong, which is always a possibility . We could argue that accurate goto's are not really essential, but they are one if the reasons why I bought the mount in the first place. Regards, Tom
  13. orley

    Mount loading

    As much as I love my AVX with my 100ED, it's just not coping with my 12kg 6" frac. As hard as I tighten the clutches it still slips and I lose goto alignment. A shame as up until now it's been a fantastic mount and I hate to post a negative comment. Do post and let us know how you get on. Regards, Tom.
  14. orley

    Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5GT or HEQ5 ?

    Hi all, Just to extend the original question a little...I recently picked up an old Meade AR6 achromat. It wasn't something I was particularly after, but opportunity arose and hey ho it's in my shed. I have an AVX mount which my ED100 sits on beautifully, but it struggles with the Meade - the dec clutch slips and I lose goto alignment pretty quickly. I've been pondering upgrading to an NEQ6, but have been put off by the size and weight. The Meade plus diagonal/rings etc. is coming in weight-wise at around 12kg. If I recall, the AZ EQ5 handles 15kg. Is this enough tolerance or should I be looking at the NEQ6. Of course with the AZ I've the added bonus of alt-az observing. What are people's thoughts? Cheers, Tom

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