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About pete_gamby

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  1. The bolt is M10x1.5mm and the standard length is 55mm - the adaptor plate I mentioned has a much longer bolt. If you already have a Vixen tripod for the SX, the bolt that's in the canopy can be removed. I have a couple of bolts from the old HAL130 tripod if you want another one - PM me your address and I'll post one to you. Cheers, Pete
  2. No worries Paul - we still have all the knowledge even if we don't have the sales! The dimensions of the footing and for the top plate of the half pillar/tripod are shown on page 99 of this manual for the newer SXD2: https://www.vixenoptics.co.uk/PDFs/User Guides/SXD2_User_Guide.pdf Cheers, Pete
  3. The SX mounts always had the 45mm footing - it was the GP2 and GPD2 that changed from 60mm to 45mm. The tripods changed in late 2011 - we received our first shipment in April 2012.
  4. If it has a 60mm aperture on the top, then it could be that all you'd need is a 60mm to 45mm reducer: https://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=611&sprache=english But there is the added complication of the azimuth pin positioning! A (massively convoluted) way around that would be to get two 60-45mm reducer rings and one of the Vixen 45mm to 60mm adaptor plates which has a removable/movable azimuth pin - item 75169 here: https://www.vixenoptics.co.uk/Pages/connection_specifications.html
  5. The dovetail that was supplied with the later accessory plates is Vixen's part number 2662: https://www.vixenoptics.com/Vixen-Universal-Slide-Bar-p/2662.htm I assume it's silver plated rather than brushed aluminium because even for Vixen, $90 for a slide bar is lot of money As AdeKing mentions above, it attaches to the 1/4" threaded holes arranged the central longest axis of the plate. The old green plates had a different coloured dovetail - you can see the centre of it and how the bolts attach it in the Company 7 listing image - but the principle is the same. HTH Cheers, Pete
  6. Optics Planet's website is not a particularly reliable source of information about whether something is discontinued - they "discontinued" nearly all Opticron models by accident at one point last year! We have had no notification that the SLV or SSW eyepieces will be discontinued. There is usually a "last chance" offer made by Vixen Japan when they discontinue a range of eyepieces. The offers that FLO have are for the last of our stock which we wanted to clear in the most efficient manner. HTH Cheers, Pete Sales and Marketing Manager - Opticron
  7. Have you ever changed the internal battery on the Skysensor? It could be that it has come to the end of its life and that's why you're seeing the odd behaviour.
  8. https://www.celestron.com/blogs/press-releases/celestron-reinvents-sky-exploration-for-novices-and-introduces-robust-sky-mapping-solution https://www.celestron.com/collections/starsense-explorer-smartphone-app-enabled-telescopes
  9. The larger bolt holes on the Porta II are M8 with 1.25mm thread pitch. The smaller ones are 1/4" with 20tpi pitch. HTH Cheers, Pete Sales Manager, Opticron - Vixen UK Distributor
  10. Skywatcher EQ3/EQ5 motors are compatible with the GP series mounts including the GPE. Available from the forum sponsors: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-mount-accessories/enhanced-dual-axis-dc-motor-drives-for-eq-5.html Best regards, Pete
  11. Sorry to arrive late - if anyone needs one in future we do still have these available. Retail price is £6 excluding P&P and could be special ordered via FLO I'm sure. HTH Pete
  12. For terrestrial use, this Vixen diagonal works with the VMC110L and is comfortable to use on the straight through view port: https://www.vixenoptics.com/Vixen-Erect-Image-Diagonal-p/8791.htm Have you checked the image quality with the Barlows at short range (30 to 50 yards) to eliminate possible problems caused by atmospheric conditions? The eyepiece supplied with the scope is a stock Plossl rather than one from Vixen's NPL line so it is not the best of this type of eyepiece. However, it should be able to handle 80x mag no problem. The VMC110L can be collimated if there is an issue with focus of the scope at higher magnifications (see attachment) but generally they are pretty good out of the box from the factory. HTH Pete VMC95_VMC110L_Collimation_Guide.pdf
  13. AFAIK there is no solution for using the MT-1 motors with a 3rd party goto controller. The Vixen goto solutions used a variety of different motor types but none were MT-1. We point people to the EQ5 Synscan option since the iOptron GOTO Nova disappeared. HTH Pete
  14. Better start saving Steve ? https://global.vixen.co.jp/en/product/36941_6/
  15. Just a bit of background for you. We were invited to take part in a round up of binoculars for the IndyBest site by one of its freelance writers. The results are actually not too bad in that review although it was apparent that the author did actually get hold of most if not all the models on review and did also use them for the intended purpose. He asked us to submit "a suitable pair which our readers might be interested in". No other criteria such as price, type, magnification were specified so we took a punt on a £400 bino. It was up against all sorts from a £99 compact bino to a £1000+ Canon IS. Shortly after the review was published, the retailer that IndyBest chose to link to for our product started taking orders for the model we submitted. That retailer hadn't sold any of the model in question in the first year of its launch. The same author as did the binocular review, Aaron Roe, also did a pretty good review on IndyBest for messenger bags. So it's probably as much about the choice of freelancer as about the poor selection of products, given that it is more or less certain that the manufacturers/retailers chose what to submit. HTH Pete
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