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  1. I have what appears to be some dirt on the inside of my orion 80, is their a way to clean the inside of the lens? The outside is easy as one can easily apply the correct solution to it, but on the inside i don't know how to.
  2. I will use off axis over guide scope, as tink its easier. quicker setup etc. but will let you know how it goes. Any tips for how to setup during the day? for example if i focus the DSLR on an object far away and the QHy5 sees the same object that would be sufficient. UPDATED: Just saw the link above and that seems to answer my question above.
  3. I have both guidescope and off axis guide setup. And whilst i only spent a short while with off axis a few nights back i did actually get to see stars to track. However with a sepearte guide scope i could never get the thinbs in focus even after 1 1/2 hours using it. I heard that off axis was suppsoed to be harder, but i think it's easie rusing the orion off axis guider. the only issue i had was getting the camera into focus, but that was my first try and took minutes. Any techniques people use would be helpful.
  4. Forgot to mention would these saddle upgrades work on the CG5?
  5. Thanks Carlo i best holla at Steve LOL!
  6. Steve, wheer can i find one of these no marring vixen type saddles?
  7. This scope has been around for a while and has received very good reviews especially for it's cost. And that is why i purchased it as it has got good reviews. Some here is my review. The OTA sits on a CG5. BUILD Its looks a solid refractor with a very smooth Crayford focuser. VIEWING The views on this scope are nice and easy, as with refractors you just point and look no eyepiece on the side no strange angles, or views such as move scope to the left and the view goes to the left as well. A very natural way of viewing objects. The views were very clear, but as I used it mainly for astrophotography and hardly used any eyepieces to view any objects for any given time. I have taken images with a Astromaster 130, a Celestron 102 wide view achromat and found that the whilst the astromaster was CA free it was not as sharp as the celestron. But the celestron had serious CA. The Orion on the other hand was CA free and was very sharp so was the best of both my previous scopes even with the smaller aperture. I guess long exposure photography can make up for some aperture by allowing much more light into the same image over time. My main pictures I have taken have been on M42 and with the Orion 80 they have been some really nice pics and 30 second exposures. With 1 minute i get star trails so am awaiting my guiding equipment. Conclusion Of all my scopes i have this is my most versatile, and one of my favourites. It is very easy to use, gives decent magnifications but for imaging it excels.
  8. Prior to buying this OTA I did a lot of googling for reviews, but most included reviews of the mount. I am using this OTA on a CG5 mount. Once unpacked I found that the OTA comes with what looks like a reverse dovetailed bar. I have a 15cm mounting plate and a 10 & 21cm dovetail bar. All 3 have screw hold at different lengths and all 3 could not accommodate 2 screws. Therefore after about 30 minutes looking for a possible combination I gave up and used 1 screw to mount the 21cm dovetail. It seemed to hold securely. However my intended goal of mounting the OTA on top of my Orion 80ED was not successful. As it was a rare clear night i gave up and just mounted in on the mount directly. The OTA is a small in length but it weight is deceiving of it's size. It feels very weighty. Upon taking it outside into my heavily light polluted street. I wanted to do planetary imaging/viewing. My first issue was finding the moon, i use my mount for tacking and hardly set it up for proper goto. The moon was mostly full but getting used to a reflector orientation causes issues. It took me about 90 seconds trying to find a full bright moon with a 25mm eyepiece. On my orion OTA it would take seconds (granted the Orion has a much larger FOV). VIEWING Once I saw the moon it was very clear (No CA), and filled most of the entire FOV. I then swapped for a 10mm and the view was amazing. I have not tried anything like this on the orion as the focal length is off. With the Skymax a 10mm is 150x zoom whereas using the orion it would be 50x zoom. I then changed up and used my camera in prime focus and took some nice pics of the moon. However using the Astronomik EOS clip meant that it all came out to blue (adjustments in photoshop and lightroom gave them a more natural colouring). Once finished with the moon i went looking for Mars. OMG what a headache using the 90 degree diagonal was almost impossible because of the way the image gets flipped. In the end i had to use the eyepiece direct into the OTA to make it easier for me to find objects. I managed to find M42 i saw the Trapezium well, and smudge of the nebula. It was much brighter then appearing on the Orion. But i guess that was due to FOV. I did notice that as I moved the scope i could clearly see the effects of Light Pollution as i moved the scope towards the zenith, as the sky gets much darker. FOCUSING Now the focusing of this OTA seems to go on for ever, i think sometimes i am continuously rotating for about 30 seconds and still have someway to go. Conclusion This is a very nice scope for planetary/lunar imaging. Get very clear visual images and the cool down time didn't seem to long. I tried some images of Mars but was not too impressed, but I am guessing that is more my impatience. On a whole I will be using this scope a lot for objects I require high magnification, whilst the orion will be used for DSO imaging both will compliment each other well.
  9. Thanks guys this forum is a fountain of knowledge for the noob
  10. Help I have a Astromaster 130, Celestron 102 Wide View and an Orion 80ED. While i use the ED for imaging DSO I have found that when it comes to planetary imaging and viewing my focal length do not help, as all scopes are 650mm or less. Therefore what OTA should I get next that will be used for both visual and imagery for Solar System Objects. I have my eye on the skymax 127 or the 6"sct. Would love to get an 8" but with no dedicated observatory setup times and setdown times are about 20 minutes. which should i get next, I am open minded to OTA's! Finally my setup is nearly complete and now the days get longer DOH!
  11. My polarscope well never seems to get the star in focus, maybe it's too weak. I got my guide kit so will start autoguiding soon which should hopefully get me past the issues of star trails.
  12. I set my mount up with a fairly good polar alignment. however i notice that all my pics seem to always trail in dec axis, whilst RA tracks well. i will strat auto guiding soon but trailing with a 30 second sub seems strange
  13. So FLO have you got the Orion Off Axis guiders?
  14. Ok got 2 1/4 Whitworth screws, have 2 dovetail bars, and 2 rings. how does the whitworth screw into the rings? the screws have quite fat heads which mean they don't sit flush in the rings.
  15. can we have a pic.....i know Google is our friend but would be nice for a pic here as well
  16. Newtonian better for Astrophotgraphy as well???? So afr all i ahve read points to Refractors rule for photos'
  17. I kinda sped right through the show as i was running late, next time look to meet more people!
  18. From the small time i have been involved in the hobby i have found that if your imaging objects like the moon then the ED would definatley be prefarable, as achromats CA can really distort the color of the image with fringe. I have taken images using of orion and not sure if CA alos distorts the smoothness of stars.
  19. Thanks Stephen, will order a new dovetail and rings, and let you know how it goes.
  20. was there for about 15 mins hardly got to look around was in a rush, but managed to pick up my Astronomik CLS CCD and it is awesome!!!!
  21. How is the dovetail attached to the primary rings? are u using custom screws? or are they just the camera screw that comes with the rings?
  22. I have a 102mm rings and would like to mount another 102mm rings on top of this setup for my guide scope? what is the best way to do this? should i purchase another dovetail bar and rings?
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