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  1. 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 :-)
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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?
  5. Hi Mitch, welcome to SGL. Hope you enjoy your time here and find it as useful as I have.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. That's our year over Scott, pack your kit up you'll have to wait until next March
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Hahaha, great minds!
  15. I've been out for the last 3 hours playing with my new birthday present: ST102 on AZ4 mount with revelation dielectric diagonal. The views I've had have been AMAZING! Probably the best session I've had, found so many new things (new to me at least). Jupiter peeked over neighbours roof around the back of 10. I had a wee look but could see some shimmering...presume this was a mixture of being low in the sky and quite close to roof. I was going to try and pick out GRS, but couldn't see bands too well (I'm not sure if GRS is visible just now and wasn't sure how to check). Anyway...just popped out again now that it's higher...all I can say is "OH MY GOD!" such a clear night and bands are so well defined. The detail is like nothing I've seen (in my whole 2 years of astronomy). Managed to push my wee ST102 up to 200x and I was happy with view - some CA but personally for a first view through short frac....I was very pleased. But sadly...doesn't look like GRS is facing me tonight, or at least I couldn't pick it out. Banding was so clear, I would think I'd be able to see if it was out.