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Noreik

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  1. Thanks for advice. Now have dew shield ordered. What would people advise to get rid of existing dew? Bringing scope indoors or just blowing a hairdryer down the tube?
  2. Hello all, I'm very happy with my 10" dob but I have noticed that when looking at Jupiter there is the kind of blooming of the light that you get when looking at headlights through a rainy windscreen and I wondered if it was dew on some part of the telescope and if it is, how I get rid of it. I keep the telescope fully set up on its mount in my garage with an old settee throw over the top of it - might that be causing the issue if that's what it is? Thanks for any advice, Noreik
  3. Thanks for all the advice. I don't have a bad back (yet!) and would be storing the telescope in a cool location most of the time, which should minimise the cooldown time needed, so I'm going for the 10" Skyliner via FLO. Fingers crossed it's here for Friday's (seemingly) clear skies! Thanks again all.
  4. Hello all, I'm trying to decide between an 8" and 10" Dobsonian, for most DSO but also occasional planets. Not worried about astrophotography for the time being and would not be worried about this scope being able to produce pictures of any quality. I was thinking either: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-200p-dobsonian.html or http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-250px-dobsonian.html But if people have recommendations of others, e.g. : http://www.telescopehouse.com/revelation-10-f-5-m-crf-premium-dobsonian-white.html I'm open to suggest
  5. Just been for my nightly exercise in futility...2nd star was in the right section of sky (i.e. I could see what it was trying to do) but still needed significant adjustment as was outside the FOV of the lens, completely defeating the object of the GOTO aspect! After starting again for the 5th time this evening and aligning using 2 star, with the second star being Dubhe and the first being Sirius, I then asked to see Dubhe...the star that I'd just told the mount it was pointing at...and it slewed anti-clockwise about 10 degrees and down about 2! Surely that can't be me being thick?! Anyway, I'
  6. Update - checked the voltage for the mount, which says 11.4V - is this sufficient? Also, after aligning the handset says something about 'caution previous NP or NL values applied' - does anyone know what this might refer to as it had FLO stumped?!
  7. Hi Popeye, Once it slews round to second star, it is always off - usually azimuth rather than altitude - so after changing the rate of slew up to about 8, I centre to finderscope first, then to 25mm eyepiece and then to 10mm eyepiece and then I press enter. Alignment successful is displayed, followed by something about previous NP values being applied or something similar - I have no idea what this is - and then I test it by pointing at another star and it's miles off, again, usually azimuth rather than altitude. Then I post another message on the forums! Mikea - I think I remember checking
  8. Thanks for the feedback. I'm struggling to get my current scope aligned correctly using the GOTO system as it claims to be aligned and then when I test it to look at another star it doesn't point anywhere near where it should - but my woes are in another thread! I think maybe changing to a Dobsonian might be the best advice because it seems like I wouldn't get a huge amount of change out of £800 with a 130PDS, motor driven mount, CCD and laptop, which is a bit much seeing as I didn't have a telescope at all until 3 weeks ago. The Dobsonian would then let me just enjoy finding my way around ra
  9. Tried again tonight with alkaline batteries (I don't want to pay out for a battery pack if I can't get this working) and tried both methods of aligning but without success. The two-star alignment method was about 45 degrees further east than it should have been when I asked it to slew to Alderbaran to check the alignment, so I don't think the red dot could have caused that. I've double-checked I've got the names of the stars correct on Stellarium before and after going out too. Can anyone suggest anything else? I feel thoroughly disheartened as I can't even align a GOTO scope correctly so a
  10. Hello all, I wondered if I could have a little ramble and more experienced stargazers who may have asked themselves the same question when starting out may be able to offer some sage advice! I received a Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ for Christmas, but there was a problem with one of the slow motion controls so it had to go back. It was an unexpected present, but one that really excited me as I have always been interested in astronomy. I found the EQ mount complicated and I was unsure if I had set it up correctly, but have since found numerous youtube clips that would probably help. However,
  11. Hello all and thanks for the kind words. Out again tonight to try using the correct date and straight away I was encouraged to see names of stars come up that I could actually see and were not below or on the horizon. Brightest star again did not seem to work, so I tried 2 star alignment with Betelgeuse and Alioth (as I read somewhere to try and select stars greater than 60 degrees apart for greater accuracy). The scope slewed round to Alioth on the edge of the 25mm lens so made some quick adjustments and thought I was sorted. Asked the scope to view Saiph to check the alignment (I also fig
  12. Hello all and thanks for the kind words. Out again tonight to try using the correct date and straight away I was encouraged to see names of stars come up that I could actually see and were not below or on the horizon. Brightest star again did not seem to work, so I tried 2 star alignment with Betelgeuse and Alioth (as I read somewhere to try and select stars greater than 60 degrees apart for greater accuracy). The scope slewed round to Alioth on the edge of the 25mm lens so made some quick adjustments and thought I was sorted. Asked the scope to view Saiph to check the alignment (I also fig
  13. Chris - you may have solved it! I'm pretty sure I put in dd/mm/yyyy. In fact, I've just looked at Stellarium for the date I was inadvertently entering and it makes perfect sense for the mount to be telling me to focus on the stars it did. Will try it again the next gap in the clouds and will use the slew keys. Does it matter where the scope starts from? I.e. do I need to point it north and at 0 degrees altitude? Thanks, Noreik
  14. Chris - you may have solved it! I'm pretty sure I put in dd/mm/yyyy. Will try it again the next gap in the clouds and will use the slew keys. Does it matter where the scope starts from? I.e. do I need to point it north and at 0 degrees altitude? Thanks, Noreik
  15. Hello all, I have recently got one of the above telescopes for Christmas and I'm really excited about finally having a proper telescope BUT the Synscan does not seem to be working correctly. If I can just list below the steps I have used: 1. Set up the tripod, using a spirit level to ensure it is level.2. Attach the OTA.3. Turn on system and enter the relevant information - Long first, around 0 degrees West and the Lat, around 52 degrees North; time and date; +0 for time zone and no to daylight saving4. Choose alignment method - at this point, Skyscan usually suggests Altair, Vega or Deneb f
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