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  1. It is not a problem. Of course you can make your own. Same is true of many telescope accessories (i.e. dew-shields from camping mats) and there are a lot of members here at SGL who enjoy DIY. But that isn’t what this thread is about. It is about ready-to-go options for those who are ‘not’ into DIY. It isn’t about rocks either... Steve
  2. The photo at the bottom of the page you linked to should tell you what you need to know but if you find you have the wrong set we’ll happily send you the correct one with a SAE. We have only just added Bob’s Knobs to stock so are currently relying on their text but as we learn more we will update our product descriptions and relate screw-sets to specific telescopes to make it easier to find what you need. HTH, Steve
  3. We don’t stock Orion Optics scopes so are not familiar with their specifications but if you email us details with a photo of your existing collimation screws, we’ll inquire for you 🙂
  4. Yes, but collimation -> screws -> rocks ..... Oh, never mind 🙂
  5. Here in the UK we are aware of the Pet Rock craze but collimation -> screws -> rocks Is it another of your “My gran’s frying pan is a meteorite” type posts? Steve
  6. “There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience” French Proverb
  7. We have a delivery of Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi Wi-Fi Alt-Azimuth Mounts arriving tomorrow or Monday We will have enough to fulfil all existing backorders, with a handful remaining... If you want an AZ GTi mount for Christmas we recommend you place your order now
  8. Unfortunately the 80, 100 and 150 Sky-Watcher Esprit telescopes have sold out, the next delivery is scheduled for mid-end January We do however have a limited quantity of Sky-Watcher Esprit-120 telescopes available. This situation affects all retailers but some competitor's websites are still claiming the 80, 100 and 150 models are in stock. That is highly unlikely.
  9. Currently, the Skywatcher Heritage-130p Flextube is our bestselling model We are not surprised! It features the same 5" parabolic mirror-set as Skywatcher's Explorer 130p and is fitted to a simple but effective Dobsonian mount that is collapsible for easy storage.
  10. With Christmas in mind people are looking for the best starter telescope so we have updated our Beginner Telescopes Guide. All telescopes in the guide have enough resolution and light gathering ability to view details on the lunar surface, the rings of Saturn and cloud belts on Jupiter. A number of deep-sky targets can also be observed including the famous globular cluster in Hercules (M13) and the Great Nebula in Orion (M42). HTH
  11. You can now buy Bob's Knobs at FLO The BEST option for tool-free collimation.
  12. This post from our blog might help, it was written back in 2011 but remains true today: Affordable Triplet Refractors
  13. We can arrange that if requested but I think it would be an unnecessary expense because Skywatcher's doublet cells are practically bomb-proof. Consider, when did you last hear of an Evostar 80ED, 100ED or 120ED with faulty optics? HTH, Steve
  14. The 150/1200 ED doublet refractor is real, so too is the 72 ED doublet and 50 ED Guidescope I think your summary is spot-on. I don't know why the US distributor is sounding cautious because all three are well past the development and testing stage. They are ready for release. It is likely they will arrive here in the UK before Spring. HTH, Steve
  15. The ED element is only part of the story, the matching Crown element is equally as important and manufacturing quality is, arguably, most important. There are doublets that out-perform triplets, and triplets with FPL51 that out-perform similar models using FPL53. Buying a refractor that boasts a particular ED element, that doesn't mean you are out of the woods. Steve