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About Jforson

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  1. Still using the setup, the Ed-80 not so much (needs a new focuser). Due to the long focal length an extension tube was required, raises the sabre circa 15-16”. With the extension the mount and scope combo is really nice. Love the 102 f11 for the moon, planets and doubles. Nudging at high mag is not that bad, but I tend to use wider angled eyepieces. I do not consider it a portable setup though. This is important to me because although I live in a national park, I have three street lights within 30m of my back garden. Therefore I am limited to brighter solar system targets from the garden. Thus the 102 f11 really only gets used in the garden. But I can have access to multiple bortle 2-3 skies observing sites within a short drive <5km. So, my tv-76 and tv-60 with lighter weight mounts get used about 80% of the time.
  2. If I did not live in Scotland I would have jumped at this. good luck with the sale!
  3. I have the 102 f11 AA scope (non Ed) in red. Lovely view at the eyepiece and good fun to use. I primarily use for lunar and planets. However, as you will no doubt be aware it is a long scope and therefore needs a decent mount. I use the AA sabre mount with the following extension: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-mount-accessories/skywatcher-eq5heq5-extension-tube.html Funnily I am actually thinking of adding a 6” SCT to the collection later this year. good luck with the choice.
  4. That looks really good and actually very compact considering you are carrying the tent, sleeping bag + food and water. Living in a national park I often do something similar but with a smaller scope (tv-60) and mount. Easier to carry but probably not as useful on the aperture front. I have had great fun with it though and although I have larger refractors there is just something that I love about my portable setup whilst wild camping.
  5. Setup grab n go in the garden for a quick look at the moon. Within minutes I was attacked by the biting midges. A quick retreat was required. The joys of living in Scotland!
  6. Will look into it thanks
  7. Cheers for both links. It would appear that the option put forward would be useful when used in the garden. TBH most of my observation takes place in the garden but I would also been keen on any recommendations for a re-chargeable option for use at a dark site?
  8. Just wondering what options people have considered and ultimately chosen? I am looking to purchase a power supply for this mount and would welcome some feedback.
  9. Setup on the moon. Clear skies this evening and the moon is taking magnification well. It is a pity I Do not have any eyepieces below 4mm.
  10. That is brilliant. Thanks for noting this, exactly what I am after!
  11. I am planning to update my grab and go options and I am after some thoughts / feedback on tripods that people are using with the skywatcher AZ GTi WiFi. I intend to use it with a tv-60 and tv-76, both with 1.25” eyepieces. I have a 2” stainless steel tripod for my heavier sabre mount and I am looking for something lighter. I have previously used a Manfrotto 190x (not fully extended) tripod with a Altair Astro mini az mount that worked well. Has anyone used a similar tripod with the GTi WiFi? What sort of mounts are people using? Budget for a mount would be approx £200. Or is the standard Sky-Watcher tripod suitable?
  12. A wee bump. I am still looking for a 4mm SLV or a TV-Delite.
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