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  1. I originally used some cheap multi purpose lithium grease (lying around from car tinkering days) on my AZ4 mount. It seemed to work fine but I then read some people going on about how you should use PTFE grease and ended up getting a tube of Super Lube (which took weeks to arrive because it was shipped from across the Atlantic....totally my fault for not reading the small print). Anyway, I found that the Super Lube was quite a bit smoother...however I also found that it was so "buttery smooth" that I needed to tighten everything up a bit more to stop altitude axis drooping (short tube refractor, so right balance is difficult as I can't move rings). This meant that I found there was a bit more stiction when the axis had been sitting for a few minutes. This resulted in me overshooting when trying to make small adjustments. Once things are moving, the Super Lube is definitely "smoother". However I think I might have personally preferred the multipurpose grease because I didn't need things as tight and so found that stiction was less on an issue when making minor adjustments. Just my opinion...
  2. Hi Natty, welcome to SGL. I've only been here for a small amount of time, but the people here are very friendly and very helpful. I hope you enjoy using your new telescope and this fantastic hobby :-)
  3. Just in case this helps anyone in the future. AZ3 alt nut size is - M12, 1.75mm pitch, Type T Replaced mine and it's made a big difference.
  4. I couldn't believe how easy it was when I did it. It went from "I'll just unscrew this grey disc and see what happens..." to a completely dismantled head in about 30 seconds. There really isn't much to the AZ4. I found a can of degreaser I had from car tinkering days in my tool shed so used a combination of that and a bucket of hot soapy (fairy liquid) water. The degreaser said it was safe for plastics...hopefully nothing will disintegrate over time!
  5. I still need to make the effort to take a trip out there one night. It's not too far from me (maybe about 20-30 minutes). I've been on google maps and seen that there is a car park next to the Fishery - do people just park up there and set their kit up?
  6. Hi Mitch, welcome to SGL. Hope you enjoy your time here and find it as useful as I have.
  7. I drilled holes in my little newt. I turned it upside down then drilled holes and made sure I'd cleaned all the swarf out before turning it back up (so that nothing was left to small down onto the primary. It only took a couple of minutes. I'd be a lot less brave if it was a sealed OTA (something like a frac or a mak)....or if it was an expensive scope.
  8. No problem at all, hopefully you'll find something that works for you. I think a long session helped me - it gave me the chance to try different things and compare what worked and what didn't. And it ended up being rather enjoyable. I think it'll take a while to perfect a technique and you might even come up with a few for viewing at different magnifications. At one point I was holding the diagonal as well....but like you say, that's probably a bad idea. That sounds like an awesome viewing site! There is a guy on here who views from castle ruins. I think both of there beat my mums back garden in terms of "atmosphere" Honestly the regreasing made a big difference for me. My mount was 2nd hand though so I've got no idea what a new one feels like. Give me a shout when you're wanting to do it and I'll create a post with pictures - it might help someone else in the future. All the best and good luck at your baseball site!
  9. Hi domstar, I managed to get a good wee 3 hour session last night with the AZ4. By the end of the session I was really starting to get to grips with it, thought I'd share some things I found... 1) I found that if I sat on a stool behind the mount, when I looked in the eyepiece the handle was almost touching the right side of my head (I was using a refractor). I was able to hold the handle and rest my hand on the side of my head. Doing this allowed me to move the scope with my whole upper body, which I found gave me really smooth control. This was fine up to about 150x (best at around 100x though). If you're using a newt, then this won't work, because you're not sitting next to handle. 2) I spent close to an hour watching Jupiter at around 200x (trying to pick out bands and see GRS). Found that the above method didn't work quite as well, there were a few times when I overshot. However, I found that if I tapped the handle gently a couple of times to adjust azimuth and then tapped it again to adjust altitude - I was able to get Jupiter in the corner of eyepiece and then watch it move across fov without touching anything. As it got close to the other side, I'd repeat my "tapping" routine until it was in the opposite corner. I don't know whether this is good or bad practice for using this mount, but it worked for me and I had a fantastic time last night. Love the freedom of the AZ4, and I'm confident that with a bit more practice viewing at 200x should become easier. Yes slow motion would have been easier, but I can't afford it just now and to be honest...I got a sense of achievement from working out how to track Jupiter at 200x. Hopefully you can try these methods and they might help you out. Cheers, Davy
  10. Hi, I'm not 100% sure it's the same...but sounds like a Celestron set that I got a while ago (think they're made by same people). I think I paid around £45-50 for it? They were alright to start with, I thought I quite liked the kellner and couldn't understand why people didn't like them...tonight I did a comparison between the 15mm kellner and a 2x barlow 25mm x-cel lx (equivalent to 12.5mm). I can now see why people suggest not getting kellner eyepieces. I found that stars were only pin sharp across maybe half the fov, after which they distorted pretty badly. The 6mm plossl seemed OK to me...but eye relief was really short and once I tried a 5mm x-cel....I've never touched the 6mm plossl. Moon filter still gets occasional use, but I don't really use the colour ones. Barlow was used until I got a Skywatcher one (which I think it slightly better than the celestron one I have...even though they look the same). From my experience, it was OK to get me started. But you be honest, I've not really touched them since buying better eyepieces. If you got it free though, then it'll be fine to get you started. I also found it quite fun comparing my new eyepieces to these ones....helps you pick out what's different about the more expensive ones. At the end of the'll still see stars with them Is it like this? Basically: would I pay for it again - NO. Do I think it's worth £50 - NO. Will it let you see things until you can afford to buy other things - YES. Hope this helps...sorry I've probably not directly answered your question.
  11. That's our year over Scott, pack your kit up you'll have to wait until next March
  12. Good to know! I tried to use Stellarium on my phone, it didn't show the GRS on that....but then it wouldn't if it's not visible just now! Guess I'll need to keep an eye on it, because I'd love to see it. And from the clarity of the bands in new scope, I reckon I can do it...on a good night, so maybe some time next year?! Because let's face good day of weather is all you really get in Scotland
  13. I tried to pick out the Leo triplet - but I could only just see 1 smudge. I think it was maybe M65...but could be wrong. Couldn't pick out anything else though. Don't know if I have enough aperture for galaxies.
  14. I guess I was just asking for too much in one night I love Jupiter though, so I'll happily revisit time and time again. One day I'll get him! I've decided to call it a night too. Would love to stay out longer, but I'm shattered and I'm becoming less and less accurate with tracking...just flying about all over the place. Plus it's all of a sudden got REALLY cold here and my muscles are tightening up. Warm cuppa and some SGL for me
  15. Hahaha, great minds!