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  1. Not sure if this has been highlighted before, but certainly worth a watch. You know the scope is big when its secondary is bigger than your 12" primary! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAfUBiWOjNc
  2. Hi thanks for this. I see Andrew Johansen is already on the case. When the fixed version is released is it simply the case of paying for the registration key and going through the update process? Also seems odd that some units have reverted to 1999 but mine/ meade has gone to 2099...
  3. Appears to be a GPS week number roll over issue that have affected number of older units possibly pre-2012. A bit of a discussion going on about this in the Celestron section of CN.
  4. Just last night scope would not align (LX90 ACF with GPS unit). Checked date and it read 29-Aug-2099, time was ok. When I changed the date all was ok and scope aligned fine. However in the past never had to add the date, the GPS unit always picked this up. Any one else experienced this problem? Thanks!
  5. Did anyone get a chance to see this tonight? It seems to have brightened significantly. I took a few images of it and was surprised by how much brighter it was than its companion stars in the field.
  6. Unless the scope has a fault, aligning the LX90 is a very simple process and normally takes me no more that 2-3 minutes once tripod and OTA are paired up.The basic process for me is as follows in Alt/Az config: 1. Set up the tripod and level it with a surface bubble level; a surface bubble app on a phone or tablet is good for this 2. Mount the scope onto tripod, release clutch and swing the OTA into the horizontal position, use a spirit level on top of the OTA to ensure OTA is properly horizontal. tighten clutch 3. Release clutch in scope base and rotate scope towards magnetic north, tighten clutch. 4. Switch on Audiostar (in my case). The scope will acquire satellites and then start the alignment process by first asking if alignment is to be done by True North or Compass North. For this procedure select compass north 5. You can at this point select your own stars using a 1 or 2 star alignment or let the scope do a 2 star alignment where it selects the stars for you. 6. Once your preferred alignment option is selected the scope will first slew to the first star, you then centre it in FOV (not always in FOV depending on EP used, so finder helps here) press enter and scope will slew to second star centre it and press enter. Message will pop up Alignment Successful and you're good to go. Piece of cake! Wouldn't be without Goto :) Hope this helps. If this process has been followed and a fault still occurs then something is amiss, which could be cured by simply training the drives or performing a reset.
  7. Hi Billy, Thanks for that. I naturally assumed the Cambridge would go deeper than the S&T, not so it seems! Interstellarium seems to be a good option. Rob
  8. Thanks to you both for your feedback! I will take a look at your recommendations. Rob
  9. Hello all! I've recently been enjoying browsing the heavens with the Sky and Telescope pocket sky atlas; looking at the maps identifying the IC and NGCs noted there and then going to take a look with the scope. The observations are often checked there and then with a quick online research of the subject via phone / ipad; a back to front way of doing things perhaps but nevertheless quite an enjoyable and unplanned method of observing. Question then is this. The S&T is very good but I believe is more inclined to the identification of objects for the smaller scope. Is there then a bigger brother of this book that identifies additional DSOs for the larger apertures? I was wondering if the Cambridge Star Atlas fits the bill? Can anyone recommend this or similar publications? Many thanks in advance! Rob
  10. I have the LX90 12" and love it. Works really well with the 30mm 82 ES ep to maximise FOV. However the scope is heavy! I can just about move it from the lounge to the tripod, a grand distance of 12ft or so, without blacking out. It also needs the Meade giant field tripod, the standard tripod is not ideal for this scope. However in answer to this thread my ideal scope would be a Planewave PW1000 and with it i would need the ideal bank balance, mansion, grounds and moral strength to part with £0.5 million on a telescope!!
  11. Seeing was average last night here, Jupiter was 'boiling' a bit; BUT I was transfixed to the eyepiece as I saw quite clearly Io's shadow (think it was Io's!) on Jupiter's face. Then as I observed, an imperceptible pimple grew on the side of Jupiter which after only a matter of minutes separated, and this was obviously Io! Celestial mechanics in action and it happened so quickly. This took place almost dead on midnight last night. It was great to see, a memorable moment.
  12. This is one of the first photos I took when I got the 12", the small black blob underneath was my previous scope, an ETX90. This probably gives a better idea of scale
  13. Thanks all. Doc prescribed some Diazapam to stop the spasms/cramps I'm getting in my side and I have to say I'm feeling rather gooood right now Looking at that photo again I think the phone camera has probably exaggerated the proportions a touch, the rear end of that thing looks like a 16 incher. The tripod in the background which is only just behind the seat is a Meade Giant Field tripod and it looks positively titchy. Maybe I've just stumbled across a cost effective way of dealing with aperture fever...
  14. Thank you. Yes it is a big thing. I had seen a 10in in the flesh prior to buying this so figured the 12 wouldn't be that much bigger,... how wrong was I.
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