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  1. One thousand today . Thanks

    Congrats TB
  2. Yes the 130p is a great choice for starter imaging - look through the photo sections of the forum and you'll see some great pictures achieved with this little scope. The "P" stands for a parabolic mirror (better focusing than concave), and the "ds" is for a dual speed focuser - very useful and popular in imaging applications - but also useful for observing too cos you can achieve a finer level of focus much easier than a single speed.
  3. This scope/mount combination might form the basis for the kind of beginners AP setup you'd be looking for: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-130p-ds-eq3-pro-goto.html It's about £160 more than your budget if you buy brand new - however you could get similar on the second hand market for around £400 depending on age and condition and negotiating skills. Something under 2yrs old and in full working order with only "cosmetic" and "normal use" markings is certainly achievable. Of course I'm assuming you already have a camera and it doesn't include guiding. I'd recommend a good read of "Making Every Photon Count" by Steve Richards - at only £20'ish it's a great read and will tell you all you need to know about AP including equipment required and imaging techniques. Hth (Keep an eye on the classifieds here on SGL and also UK Astro Buy Sell website - both popular astro sales websites)
  4. Query about Skytee 2

    Ahhh that's good to see - I didn't know they do that now. Here's a thread with John's mods pictured:
  5. Query about Skytee 2

    The main thing to get right is lining up the new holes with those on the other end. If you can crack that then both scopes should line up nicely.
  6. Query about Skytee 2

    In the standard retail configuration the second scope sits on a top bracket. However there have been some very effective mods done to place it on the other end - as well as a third scope on top. Query johninderby and skytee and you should find some pics of the fabulous mods he did with his mount.
  7. Have a look at some of the main stars in the plough (Uma) - some of those are doubles and are easily split with binoculars.
  8. Once bitten twice shy

    On a side note - this problem is one of the reasons a lot of folks sold their NEQ6's and got the newer AZEQ6-GT which has the much more substantial mechanism for set up and polar alignment. It's stronger and can be adjusted under load. If you get no joy from the return and you have the top up money required - maybe they would do an exchange for you - just an idea.
  9. Once bitten twice shy

    The issue with Skywatcher providing hardened steel bolts is that the mount is made of a softer steel, and with heavy use, the internal soft steel threads would eventually strip and that would create a bigger problem for them. So they provide bolts that match the mount and leave it to the consumer to decide the best "personal" way forward. My advice is get the harder bolts (especially if you live North of Birmingham) and don't over load the mount when doing adjustments. Well worth it cos the mount is a cracker when it's set up right.
  10. Once bitten twice shy

    The EQ6 bolts anomaly has been a topic of discussion for at least the ten years I've been doing astronomy. The problem is they actually are perfectly adequate when used as per manufacturers advice. The advice is to use them to set up the mount before loading the scope and other equipment on. Any further adjustment after loading is usually only tiny tweaks to perfect PA. The problem of bent bolts and stripped mount threads only occurs with overuse (frequent large adjustments) when heavily laden, and particularly at higher latitudes of 52 degrees and over (literally at the extreme end of the bolt threads). It's a common solution to re-lug the mount and use harder steel bolts - but even then the mount threads are "more likely" to be stripped e.g. if using a heavy dual imaging rig. When I had my NEQ6 Pro I used it on the move a lot - so I was always resetting it. It came with the hardened steel bolts but I still only did minimal adjustments when loaded. Most of the mount setup and PA was done unloaded. Of course if your scope is in a permanent setup e.g. in an observatory - the process is only ever done once so the chances of a problem are vastly reduced. Hth
  11. Close Charl - I just looked it up and it was commissioned by Russian Prince Grigory Potempkin - after whom the battleship was named, and favourite consort of Catherine the Great. It was a gift for her eldest daughter Katerina with whom he was also reputed to have had an amorous relationship.
  12. Hmmph... just read the rest of the thread and extremechaos beat me to it lol. I was all excited too hahaha!
  13. Ahhhh.... track down the swan - that's quite a famous automaton and I believe there was only one ever made. That may lead you to the house with the scope. Here you go - give Bowes Museum a call and see if they can offer the history of where it's been:
  14. Stellar Asterisms (Chance or not?)

    I guess it all depends if the big bang happened out in the open, or next to a corner wall lol.
  15. A cheap alternative might be some of those Bressers 10x50's that Aldi or Liddl have on offer from time to time. I got a pair for £15 a few years ago and they still work absolutely fine. They'd be a bargain if they were now another tenner.
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