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  1. It is very fiddly. Whenever I see anyone showing this mount off as a new acquisition, I always warn them not to go any distance with the dec controller to avoid this problem. Great starter mount for learning how the sky 'works' and not forking out too much cash before deciding whether it's for you, and then upgrade asap!!
  2. Thank you so much for getting back to me. I’ve not had the courage to get the pliers out on that knob yet, but if it’s worked out well for you, then I’ll have a slug of whisky and go for it!!!
  3. Hi Al-man, hope you're still about on here? I'm just about to go through this process. I've not found anywhere else on the web anyone discussing this exact problem for the 150PL. You're it! Did you successfully fit the auto focuser after getting the knob off? How did it work out? Thank you! Stu
  4. Jam1e1, I'm just off Jn 8 too - Reigate. Don't get the chance to get out much, but good to know there's folks local!
  5. Another holiday in Brittany would've been good, the skies were great when we camped there a couple of summers back! And thanks for the tip - I'll get the WD40 out! Thanks again!
  6. Yes, fixed it! Unscrewed as suggested, but realised I could probably have just jiggled the piston rod back through its hole. Not pictured, but the spring behind pic 1 looks pretty heavy duty! Essentially, it looks like if you wind the dec controller all the way in, the metal plate can push the piston rod all the way its hole and the flat part of its face gets caught the wrong side (pic 3)... Some pics to help explain... Thank you so much for your help Rich! I wouldn't have wanted to unscrew stuff without knowing it was going to be ok!!
  7. Thanks Peter - lesson learned! Just need to know if whatever it is I've broken in there can be fixed...
  8. Hi Julian, thank you - I don't think meshing is part of this mechanism. The dec controller seems to be a push rod. It's not easy to see in the pictures, but the mechanism is under the plate, which you can see changes position in the first and second picture according to the declination motion. In the third of the pics you can see inside to the pointy end of the rod. Hope this helps!
  9. PROBLEM FIXED I'm pretty sure I have, but don't know if it's terminal! I have the EQ2 supplied with my Skywatcher Explorer 130. The Dec control stopped working last night. It winds until it hits its hard stop at either end, but only moves the mount under control if the end of the rod internally pushes against a just visible metal plate. When the Dec control is 'unwound' this plate and the mount/scope moves freely on the Dec axis by maybe around 10 degrees. Wind it in and the Dec axis is solid, and only movable by unlocking the dec lock screw. From what I've understood from google, basical
  10. Fascinating discussion. As a newbie it's really made me think about why I'm interested in astronomy and the concerns I have for my future with it. Ever since a master at school took some of us boys out stargazing with his telescope back in the mid-80s I've always enjoyed looking up. That master even took us to a lecture by Patrick Moore and I felt really privileged to have met a hero. Fast forward 25 years and I'd done nothing about this hobby except look up occasionally and watch Brian Cox popular science documentaries. I found myself in Afghanistan under some awesome dark skies which made s
  11. Colour receptors - Rods at night, cones in daylight. Rods work best under red light conditions and are sensitive to bright lights and less effective under illumination of other colours. Not sure about green, but most night vision equipment gives green/black pictures and in my experience I found they harmed my own night vision. Hope this makes sense - the bright iPhone screen is hurting my eyes as I'm writing this in the dark! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. See my profile pic...! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hi Heimdall and welcome - I think I'm maybe a week or two ahead of you in this journey! I've got a 130 as well and I was quickly recommended on here to get a 6mm EP to add to the 10 and 25 that came with the scope (I found an affordable 6.3mm plossl). I've only been out a few times since I got the scope in April (because of the poor weather) and just stuck with the planets and moon so far, where those 3 EPs have been more than enough for really rewarding viewing, so I wouldn't blow the budget on buying a large collection of EPs early on, at least until you get a better feel for what you want t
  14. Blimey! This photography thing is getting more complex every time I look at it! Thanks for cluing me in! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Wow, how do you capture it when it moves across the sky pretty quickly, with a single exposure? Do you lead it then stop and ambush snap it?
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