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Warped Drive

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  1. I don't know what the light or star you saw was, it could be any one of a hundred things but as to why you could only see it when you moved your head slightly in the bed is most likely, ( depending on which side you were lying ), due to the fact that the eye closest to the pillow, left or right could not actually see the object as the top of the roof on the house that it was above obscured it from that eye's vision and as you moved your head or eyes around you were finding the blind spot in the eye that could see it. I've had similar experiences with the LEDs on tele's and clocks in a bedroom.
  2. Yes, unfortunately the street lights on the Strand Road and the lamps on the promenade aren't very good for the viewing quality, but they are a very helpful and friendly bunch of guys and girls .
  3. Try this http://www.irishastrosoc.org/ they have out reaches on the Promenade beside Sandymount Martello Tower and over in Clontarf on the northside, just missed one on Fri 9th Dec but they will probably have another one in January also if you click on the Dublin Street Astronomers link they talk about having dark sites in the Wicklow mountains.
  4. I just had a quick check of all the laptop PSUs here in my office and they are all rated at 19v DC output. I am currently using the PSU off a Hard Disc Drive reader to power my Orion XT8g. It's rated at 12v DC output with a 2.5amp max draw. I measured it at 12.5v but that is acceptable and seems to work fine. I have seen similar ones on Amazon and Ebay for between €20 - €40
  5. After an eternity I managed to get a couple of nights observing in. I bought a Skywatcher UHC filter back in the Spring and have only gotten to use it a couple of times. It certainly made a huge difference, several objects I could not see before or were just very dim fuzzy patches came to life. Last night I was looking at M27 The Dumbbell and was amazed at how big and bright it was but it was very hard to tell if it was in focus or not, I kept having to slew to a bright-ish star near by to focus on that and then slew back again. M57 The Ring is not so bad as there are one or two small stars in the FOV to reference off. Is that what you would expect with a UCH filter. Even though I bought it as the Skywatcher brand it came in the same box and packaging as a cheap Moon / Sky glow filter I bought on ebay.
  6. Good to know, I might look into mount a red dot as well actually I am liking the look of the Rigel Quick Finder the way it's quite high above the OTA seems like it would be comfortable to use.
  7. Sorry if this has been covered before but does the length of time between aligning the first star and the second star of a "2 Star Alignment" affect the goto and tracking accuracy, its just thatsometimes I've been caught out by clouds and had to wait several minutes before I could do the second alignment or should I just start again which can be a bit of a pain if it is likely you will only have a short time to observe before the weather puts an end to it. I was also wondering if I should switch to a red dot or Telrad style finder to speed things up a bit. I find the 9 x 50 finder can be a bit awkward sometimes but it is probably more accurate for the alignment process.
  8. Nice! When I get a chance to have a go at it, I will probably stick with just a 1.25" rack and Pinion or Crayford if I can find one at the right price, had a quick look earlier when it was quite in the office and most of them seem to cost a lot more than the scope. I currently only have one 2" eyepiece that came with my XT8g. I have a full set of BSTs plus all my filters are 1.25" as well, so no real point in going the 2" rout
  9. Brilliant!!! I have wreaked my head thinking of ways to improve the focuser on this scope but they all involved modifying the existing one never occurred to me to bypass it altogether like you have. Have you considered some sort of clamping device for the tube end of your struts, may help improve rigidity. Did you have any problems realigning the secondary?
  10. Hi , I have an Orion XT8g which is the goto version and the 2 star alignment is a bit different than the Intelliscope but I have read the manual for it and it is very important that the scope base is dead level and the vertical stop is correctly adjusted for the system to have any accuracy. How is your knowledge of the night sky, can you identify two bright stars to use for alignment that are on the controllers list of alignment stars, if not then you will need to get a good star atlas or planisphere and start to familiarise yourself the constellations and the brighter stars in them. Also you can download Stellarium on your PC or Mac, it's free planetarium software that is very helpful to learn the night sky I am sure there are many on here who own Intelliscopes that can give you more detailed advice on setting it up. Don't give up!
  11. +1 For the BST's, I have just got the full set ( or will do as the 18mm seems to have gone astray in the post ) and they work really well in my Orion XT8g. I suppose, depending on what you want to observe the most, will dictate what the most useful focal lengths and AFOVs eyepieces to get. If you are into DSO's, nebulas especially I would highly recommend a UHC filter as a handy piece of kit, I just got a Skywatcher 1.25" one a couple of days ago and finally got to try it out last night, and I was amazed. I have been trying to view the Owl Nebula since I got my first real scope, a Heritage 130p last year with no joy and even the XT8g couldn't resolve it in my light polluted sky but on with the UHC filter and there it was. Needless to say there was much rejoicing and air punching.
  12. Tuesday night gone I had some great views of Jupiter through my Xt8g for the first time and I tried to photograph it with my phone through the eyepiece but the results were pretty dismal, just getting to see it on the screen was a nightmare, so I done a bit of googling and found this device, the Carson Hook Upz Universal optics adaptor and it is available on Amazon.co.uk for £35 ( €44 ) plus postage. There are a couple of demo vids from the manufacturer and one review by a guy who was using it on a spotting scope while he was rifle shooting. I was wonering if anyone here had any experience with one.
  13. Great idea, I just finished making a leveling base for my XT8G and considered putting castors on it but unfortunately there is an eight inch step down from my back door on to the patio where I set up so I'd end up lifting the scope out any way. Still would be very hand for moving it around inside the house, save the lower back and all.
  14. Right I downloaded the SynScan manual for version 3.36 and apparently Cone Error " CE" and Non Perpendicular Error "NPE " are really only relative to EQ mounts and have little or no effect on AZ mounts so if you go into "Set Up" "alignment" and scroll down to Cone error and set everything to zero and then into NPE and set that all to Zero that will stop the "Caution" notification coming up after "Alignment Successful "
  15. Ok, so it's nothing to worry about then. I only got the scope second hand about two weeks ago and updated the firmware to "3.36" as it was a fairly old version on it. I doesn't seem to effect the Goto accuracy which seems quite good considering the scope isn't always perfectly level ( need to build a leveling base for it ).
  16. Hi, after I do the 2 star alignment and get the " Alignment Successful " message, if I hit Enter one more time I get this warning message " CAUTION: Prev. NPE applied " What is this? Should I hit Escape after " Alignment successful " At first I thought it was was something to do with the PAE but I had cleared that. Its an Orion XT8g goto Dob Alt/Az. Is it relative for an EQ mount maybe?
  17. Sorry if I confused the issue, I was comparing the view of the Beehive through the 28mm 2" eyepiece with my new ( used ) XT8G to my original scope which is a Herritage 130p with it's 25mm MA.
  18. It's an Orion XT8G f6 (f5.9), so maybe a 32 -38mm would be better?
  19. Well I finally got to see some stars last night with the new scope I ended up using the 28mm 2" Deepview that came with the scope practically the whole session which lasted about a hour and a half before the optics frosted over. I am really liking this 2" eyepiece, after I had done the 2 star alignment, to test it, I tried the tour option, first up was the Beehive and wow so many stars, it took about 30 seconds to actually pick out the main stars that make up the beehive shape which are the only ones I can see in the H130p, absolutely stunning. As I expected about 80% of the objects in the tour are hidden behind houses, buildings and trees or are beyond what my level of light pollution will allow. If the weather allows, tonight I will try and pick some targets that are in my FOV. Anyway back to the question, I've been looking at the GSO 2" 42mm Superview as a partner for the 28mm. It seems to get good reviews and is supposed to be best bang for your buck in that price range. Does anybody here have any thoughts on that choice or know of something better in that price range.
  20. Ok I've just finished this and it works, it's still a bit stiffer than I'd like but a million times better than it was. I'll see how I get on when the weather allows. The motors also sound less strained. I done exactly as "Squeaky" did it for the Azimuth except after finger tightening collar nut that exerts the pressure on the spring cup washers, I just gave it a quarter turn of the spanner. I think there is a bit of a design flaw with the way the OTA mounts to the base in that if you are slewing manually ( pushing ) to the right its fine but when you slew ( pull ) to the left you pull the passive trunnion up out of the two rubberised roller bearings and twist the the panel that the Alt motor is fitted to , ( not good ) I think that might even be a problem unless it was buttery smooth. Now that I think of it do the standard XT8s not have spring tensioners pulling the trunnions down into those bearings?
  21. I an a bit concerned about how stiff the manual alt az movement is, on my goto dob base, especially the azimuth. I was on the Orion site and got chatting to one of their techs who just said all their goto dobs are stiff, but in their own promo video for the XTG range the guy is pushing the 10" one around like a normal dob with one hand, I take it that his definition and my definition of stiff are a bit different. Seeing as the weather won't let me use it I've been trawling the net for answers. I came across a couple of threads on Cloudy Nights about guys having the same problem and one of them posted this link to a thread on here about fixing the problem. Is this what I should do, all I want is to make it move more freely as the main reason I decided to buy this scope (apart from the price) was to use it as a push to with the auto tracking. The full goto will only come into it's own when I get it to a dark site without the viewing limitations I have at home. It seems to work fine under motor control but I am afraid it may strain the motors,
  22. Ok finally got to play with it yesterday as I had to go away with work on Friday and Saturday. First thing I decided was to up date the handset firmware, but as I had no PC Link cable and didn't want to wait for a week to get one from ebay or the like, I made one. I went home plugged it into th PC, luckily it has a motherboard with a RS232 serial socket on it, so no USB to serial adaptor needed. I plugged the RJ12 into the handset,held the "0 & 8" buttons and powered it up into update mode, I had already downloaded the updater app and the update file and low and behold it worked. I then pushed my luck a bit further and tried connecting it to Stellarium and that worked too, well after I selected the right profile for it, I tried the Skywatcher Synscan AZ one first which it did not like at all, so I went back ito configure and tried Skywatcher Synscan V3 and it worked a treat. I looked out the window " are those stars I see in the sky" woo whoo!! grabbed the scope out on to the patio, spent a minute or two trying to level it as best I could, powered up just about to to align the first star when over the roofs of the houses near by they came, yes the dreaded clouds. So after a tirade of astronomical oaths I decided to at least get a glimpse of the moon so I manually slewed to it and that's when I really noticed that something might be wrong, it is incredibly stiff to move in both alt and azimuth planes and for a scope that is advertised as been able to used in manual mode with auto tracking I thought that can't be right. I checked the manual and there is no mention of any way of controlling the tension on the movement also in the promo video for the xtg range on You Tube the guy is pushing the 10" version around with one hand with ease. Does anyone know if this is right or is there something I should be doing to make it move more freely, I am afraid I may damage it. |It seems to move alright under motor drive though.
  23. Well finally pulled the trigger and went for it, really nice guy, he delivered to my house and even built it for me and demo'ed how to use the goto function. I am really pleased with it and yes now I realise what they mean when they say that you have to see a scope in person to see how big they can be, make the Heritage 130p look like a toy. It was even packed in the original boxes with all the bit in their ziplok bags. All I need is some batteries for the finder scope reticule and a PC link cable which he said never came with it, sound like a case of the dealer opening the box and taking out some of the goodies to resell later. Now what's the betting that it stays cloudy for a month, aaaghh!!!!
  24. Try Thomann , www.thomann.com. and enter "Keyboard Bags" in the search box. They have their own brand which are called Keyboard Bag 1 to 6 in order of size. Keyboard Bag 5 is 1250mm x 510mm x170mm. They are made from padded nylon with accessory pockets and that one is €33.00 about £28.00 plus shipping.
  25. Well at least that's one plus. I see it also has a two speed Crayford style focuser, that sounds like luxury compared to the focuser on my Heritage 130p. It doesn't appear to be going anywhere in a hurry, last offer was nearly two weeks ago so I think I still have a bit of time to struggle with the 8" vs 10" dilemma.
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