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  1. Trikes....love them. We have Redmount rollers. 10 years on they still put a smile on our faces. Around 20,000 miles and still as good as new. But then you need camping equipment etc etc. No such thing as a cheap hobby. www.redmountduo.co.uk
  2. I did this on the old blue one. It was very stiff at first. Once off I thought the thread was quite rough so lightly oiled it. Went back on a lot easier. Best regards John
  3. TH have them in stock now, dealing with back orders first.
  4. Started myself last week, took me 2 hours to pluck up the courage and look through the eyepiece As you say it opens up a whole new facet to the hobby.....must lock the wallet away in a safe!
  5. LX800 is equatorial, LX 600 is the new fork mounts superceeding the LX200
  6. Total cloud cover in Hucknall
  7. As the one who posted the video i have no issue with it being removed. I had second thoughts after posting as this is a family forum and i had put it up hastily. (Hence the edit about language) I agree with the sentiment about Brian that he does bring in new blood to the hobby. It is the production staff at fault i would imagine.
  8. There is some, but it can be lessened with careful adjustment of the worm gear.
  9. They are small allen screws
  10. Hi John They are still a little stiff but very good when loaded. The saddles are rubbish and most owners upgrade to ADM ones...they ought be included. I am very impressed with mine and it is great with a Bresser 152 and Intes 715. Best regards John
  11. By the way it in the box there was only the mount, the two dovetail saddles and the counterweight rod, but no printed manual or any tools (I only ordered the head). Is anything missing and can I find a manual online (I searched without luck). Non that i know of. The mount is simple to use and will not take you long to master.
  12. Sounds normal. They are stiff when unloaded. Keep it and enjoy
  13. I do not have experience of the CG5 i am afraid. I have heard that they are quite good but all comments usually point in the direction of the HEQ5.
  14. Ah i see. The HEQ5 is a great mount and will serve you well. I assume that you are talking about the newer white versions. These have much better motors than the older black versions. Best regards John
  15. The super polaris should cover you well for the requirements mentioned...If you do change then go for the HEQ5.
  16. OK, if the altitude altitude knob is locked, turning the altitude slow motion control rotates both mounts (top and side).Yes If the altitude knob is not locked and the two lock screws for the top mount are also not locked turning the slow motion control rotates only the top mount. Cannot understand how this is possible. The worm acts on the end mount not the top mount. Ie If the altitude knob is not locked and the two lock screws for the top mount are locked turning the slow motion control rotates both mounts. Is this how it should be? Yes But why does the slow motion control for the altitude axis still operates when the knob is not locked? This sounds like the Knob (Clutch) is not releasing fully. Or could be drag if no ota's are on the mount when doing this. The mount appears quite stiff when not loaded, but is a joy to use when scopes are in place.
  17. Back to my original question. If the altitude altitude knob is locked, turning the altitude slow motion control rotates both dovetails (top and side). If the altitude knob is not locked, turning the slow motion control rotates only the top dovetail saddle. Is this normal? No? Not if the two lock screws for the top mounting are not locked. The two mounts should both move together at all times. Hope that makes sense. The same does not apply for the azimuth knob which only operates in the locking position for both dovetails.
  18. Do you mean that each of the two dovetail saddles can be moved in altitude individually by using the slow motion controls? No they will move together Meaning that if the altitude knob is locked both dovetail saddles move in altitude together and if it is unlocked only the vertical (top) dovetail saddle moves? Does this mean that when the altitude knob is not locked, the altitude axis gears are still engaged and wouldn't this cause damage when moving the axis manually? With the locks off you can move the mount freely, this will not damage anything. I assume that your answer does not apply for the azimuth axis as by leaving the azimuth knob unlocked it does not allow to use the slow motion control to move only the vertical (top) dovetail saddle..The locks engage the worm gears and so you then use the slow motion controls. What is the purpose of the two locking screws on the vertical (top) dovetail (one on its azimuth and one on its altitude axis)? These are released to allow the top saddle to be lined up with the main scope mount. It enables the user to point both scopes at the same point in the sky. There are four holes that can be used to screw each of the two dovetail saddles on the vertical (top) and horizontal (side) bases on the mount. On the dovetail saddles there are only two holes and this allows different mounting positions. Usually use holes that place the dovetail in a central position. For an optical tube around 5-6kg mounted horizontally would a counterweight be nessesary? Not if placed on the main end saddle, if placed on the top saddle i would use a counter weight.
  19. I have a few more questions (and probably some others later): No problem fire away. What is the purpose of the two locking screws on the vertical axis? Not sure which you are refering to? What is the three empty screw holes around the horizontal axis next to where the counterweight rod is installed? These are locking screws for the end flange. When removed they allow the endflange to be unscrewed from the mount. Is there a correct position that dovetails should be installed (there are four holes on each base that allow the dovetail to be installed on multible angles)? Not quite sure what you mean here, pic enclosed of my mount for reference. The mount seems very solid, is a counterweight nessesary with every optical tube or only heavy ones? Normally for heavy ota's only. Must be used when mounting a scope on the top mounting.
  20. Yes perfectly normal. Each axis is moved individually. You will love the mount they are very good indeed.
  21. Autostar can be controlled from laptop easily
  22. How are you finding the LX80? Worried about the bad press it received and interested in the views of someone who actually has one. Many thanks John
  23. I normally use jpegs....remember to click the "Atach to post" button Nice shot by the way. John
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