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  1. Universal mains transformer for any type of mount?
  2. You wont get a better offer than Skipper Billy above. But for future reference I've nearly always found what I wanted on this very popular astro website: http://www.astroboot.co.uk/AstroBoot/bolts-screws-and-knobs-for-telescopes.html Hth
  3. The NEQ6 would be ideal, but I think either an f-5 scope (doublet or triplet) or your f-6/f-7 apo's above, with a reducer. F-9's probably a bit too slow and will give more problems than you need even if it is a nice scope for observing. The more problems you can get rid of, the better, with astro imaging. If you can get a copy, a good read is Making Every Photon Count by Steve Richards: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html It's kinda the astro imager's Bible this side of the pond. Hth
  4. Eyepiece projection photography is always dodgy in my experience - especially with the supplied eyepieces that are usually budget eyepieces - not so good. Did you give any thought to perhaps trying prime focus imaging? I reckon you'd have a lot more success.
  5. Not saying I'm right - it's just a guess really - but that's what it looks like to me. You could try getting a bit more control on the focuser by wrapping a bunch of wide rubber bands around the focuser knob to enlarge the diameter a bit. The more the merrier. Or try the "Marmite Lid" mod - I'll try find a link to it for you. Here you go:
  6. That looks like the final stage of fine focus on stars in my binoculars. If I was guessing I'd say a dual speed focuser might help to achieve sharp stars - single speed ones are sometimes hard to "lock on" to pin sharp stars. Once the stars are sharp then you'll know you have the best possible focus on M31. I'm sure other folks will offer more ideas. Hth
  7. Mark where the tripod feet go on the ground so when you place them there next time they're close to the original set up position. Also use a black marker on the weights bar to indicate where the weights go - should balance up quicker next time. Hth
  8. Nice idea.
  9. I do the half hour drive to get to a dark site combined with sometimes using my back yard. I also do a star party or two each year. I have to admit I probably wouldn't do the drive to set up on my own - I go meet up with other local astro lads and lasses. So my point really is: going to a meet with other friends is always something to look forward to. Even if the stars aren't out you can catch up, ask questions, chat about gear and mods, and if lucky, do a bit of communal stargazing too. So maybe your local astro group dark site is the preferable way to keep the interest going.
  10. The scope primarily does the focusing and you change the magnification by changing different length eyepieces. You can however get zoom eyepieces that have a range of magnifications inbuilt. You just twist the barrel to zoom in and out. Hth
  11. You've been watching too many Clint Eastwood films Alan lol
  12. On http://www.astro-baby.com/ I get this: Error #1500 The page you requested is temporarily unavailable. Please try again. It's either down for maintenance or possibly they need to renew the license subscription - it's easy to overlook for many sites.
  13. Hi Chadnich - as PP says, it's hard to give an opinion on the size of an eyepiece alone. You choose the size to suit your scope and the magnification you require by dividing the eyepiece size into the focal length of your scope. However - if you were to ask opinions on the difference between say a Skywatcher 24mm and a Televue 24mm eyepiece, or the differences between a plossl and and erfle, I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions. Hth
  14. I have to admit the current format and content have turned me from an avid watcher into an "I'll maybe watch it if there's nothing else on" sort of viewer. And I'm just not fussed about recording it unless there's a specific item I want to catch. I have to agree it's lost a lot of amateur appeal from my perspective. It's a shame - but a good idea of yours to develop something more amateur appropriate. I don't think it's grumpy at all.
  15. Congrats Alan - have fun with your new toy!