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  1. Absolutely correct. Some people cheerlead so hard for their favourite brands that you'd be forgiven for thinking they were actually sales reps for the company. These people never miss an opportunity to bash any "rival" model, brand or manufacturer, going so far as to knowingly repeat false information about them. It's crazy. Like that saying, "It's not enough that I win; others must lose!" People need to understand they can be satisfied with their choice of equipment without having to make others feel dissatisfied with their own.
  2. Ah. So it doesn't have the built-in functionality of TeamViewer or VNC, etc. Pity.
  3. TeamViewer and VNC (as well as several other remote control apps) permit things like file transfers etc. Does Remote Desktop offer the same functionality? I've only rarely used it, mainly because I couldn't figure out how to do anything other than start remote apps and similar.
  4. It certainly doesn't look unlike one. A very interesting and attractive bit of gear, though, and being red means it must go pretty fast. The chatter on the Australian forums is pretty positive. There are quite a few EQ8s under the stars in Aussie now and the owners seem very pleased with them so far.
  5. Stephen, there must be hundreds of the Orion Atlas version of this mount in use in the desert states of the USA and I've never heard of any of the owners reporting heat-related issues.
  6. The EQ8 arrives downunder. http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=108249
  7. The EQ8 arrives downunder. http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=108249
  8. Stellarium version 0.11.4 was working fine but I made the mistake of upgrading to version 0.12.1 and that was the end of Stellarium for me, as it refused to load beyond the splash screen, no matter what. Nothing could get the latter to run on any of my computers, so I downgraded back to 0.11.4 but that refused to work again, even after registry seek-and-destroys and fresh installs. Luckily there are around 50 other apps that do the same job at least as well, if not much better! (XEphem, Cartes du Ciel, HNSky, C2A, WinStars... The list goes on.)
  9. These mounts have been stripped and honed by owners ever since they first appeared, even before Beevo published his superb and much ripped-off guides. As you discovered it's not difficult to do if you have the right tools for the job and are careful. You'd have to be staggeringly unlucky or a bit stupid to really make a hash of it.
  10. Yep, that crunching sound is perfectly normal stepper motor noise. Nothing is grinding or being damaged. I've yet to hear any EQ6 that doesn't sound like that.
  11. Awesome! And those look a lot like Sky-Watcher counterweights but with a bigger central hole.
  12. You can do spectroscopy with an email client, now? That's awesome!
  13. From what I've seen written about this scope at IIS, CN, etc it's a GSO f/4 with a Keller corrector.
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