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  1. Gabby76

    Hi from Dorset

    Hello and welcome to the forums :)
  2. Better to clean fungus sooner than later, you can also blacken those screw tips while you have it open :)
  3. A 35mm film canister with holes in it filled with desiccant will fit in a 1.25" adapter or a tea ball filled with desiccant for a 2" and larger focuser will help take care of humidity inside the tube while in storage.
  4. It may work as long as you can attach it to the tube firmly. (Sorry for the late reply, out of town on business)
  5. They might, though I cannot say 100% as I have never viewed from skies with that much light pollution! I applaud your perseverance though! Have you tried contacting these people to see if there is anyone else viewing in your area or better locations to view from? https://www.skyandtelescope.com/clubs-organizations/clubs/bangladesh-astronomical-association/ They may be able to give you some tips on gear that works in your location as well.
  6. The Telrad and Rigel give you target circles which makes star hopping easier so quite useful. If it was me, I would remove the existing red dot and drill the holes for a vixen style finder shoe on the piece the existing one sits on. (attached image) You could attach a finder shoe to the top of one of your rings and place the finder there but looking at the images on the Celestron site, that would put the finder behind you which would only be awkward to use.
  7. Is the existing finder shoe built into the front ring of the telescope? Hard to tell from Celestron images. There may be a screw hole that you can utilize from the existing finder or you may have to drill a hole. There is also the option of a Telrad or Rigel finder that can be held in place by double sided tape. You will have to search around o see if anyone on ebay or amazon sells them. https://www.highpointscientific.com/telrad-finder-with-base-telrad https://www.highpointscientific.com/rigel-systems-quick-finder-1x-finder-r-crs
  8. Switching to a optical finder may be helpful but with a newtonian on a EQ mount you may find a right angle or right angle correct image finder (RACI) more useful as you can turn the eyepiece towards the focuser for easier viewing. https://www.ebay.com/itm/6x30mm-Crosshair-Erect-Image-Right-Angle-Telescope-Finderscope-Bracket-BLUE/233201573397?hash=item364be59e15:g:i10AAOSwIztct8gM Though the Meade finder you linked to is fairly light I would not expect it to stay on the tube very long if only held with double sided tape.
  9. I have two 2" Feathertouch and neither one has accommodation for attaching a finder to the focuser body.
  10. If you do not mind buying used: https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=149922 I use Manfrotto and Cullman tripod/ pan heads but I just do visual. :)
  11. The EQ-3/2 is essentially a EQ-4 and is a good mount depending on the size of tube you are putting on it. I do not think it would do well with anything larger than a 150mm newtonian or 150mm f/5 refractor. I know a couple of people that have a 200mm SCT on the AZ5 and they like them.
  12. Not everyone wants/ needs a GPS on their goto mount. Just personal preference and I for one am glad that there is still options available that do not require it. Even though I have goto mounts my favorite is still a older CG-5 with a single tracking motor and occasionally I may even plug the Argo Navis in. I seem to be in a growing minority though as I do not take electronics (phone/ tablet/ laptop) anywhere near my telescopes when viewing.
  13. The Stellarvue Access line are imported but must meet SV QC spec and then they go through the telescope from focuser to lens cell to bring it to their standard. All I have talked to have found them to be excellent telescopes. The X series of refractors are made in house with a guaranteed Strehl ratio of 98-99, a friend just received his SVX 102mm which is at 99.6!
  14. The telescope seems to be slightly cheaper if purchased from TS: https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p10133_TS-Optics-PhotoLine-125mm-f-7-8-FPL53-Lanthanum-Apo---2-5--Focuser.html They most likely are made by the same manufacturer, the Photoline series are normally good telescopes. Manufacturers will build and re-badge telescopes for many different retailers, the difference comes down to what level of QC the customer has paid for/ maintained. I tend to go with the retailer with the better reputation for high QC for purchases like this.
  15. Though I am using refractors I prefer the Feathertouch over the Moonlite though the Moonlite is a very good focuser. I have a multi decades long issue of "steering" my refractors by the diagonal which puts a lot of stress on the drawtube. The Moonlites I will have to adjust at least once a year due to slippage but the Feathertouch focusers have never had to be adjusted at all and my oldest FT is 13 years old now.
  16. Another good zoom is the Antares Speers-Waler 5-8mm though getting harder to find on the used market. My top 5 favorites in no order: 1. Baader Mk IV 8-24mm 2. Vixen LV 8-24mm 3. TeleVue 3-6mm 4. TeleVue 2-4mm 5. Speers-Waler 5-8mm
  17. The filter also works well for lunar observing.
  18. I tend to use the continuum filter over the eyepiece occasionally to pull out some extra detail. As good a filter as it is I prefer the “white” view.
  19. Gabby76


    Hello and welcome to the forums
  20. Hello and welcome :)
  21. Hello, the mount will have 2 separate knobs/ bolts that it uses for clutches on this mount. When they are tightened (not overly tight) you can use the slo motion controls. They are not slip clutches though, if you tighten them and then force the mount by hand you will scratch the holding surface. Get the telescope pointed towards Polaris and you should be able to track fairly well, it just takes some practice If you have not done so, read the Astro- baby guide to collimation a very good write up. Remember to remove the corrector lens from the focuser before collimating this telescope, replace it when done. (pay attention to which direction it goes in!) The Meade 15mm is a good choice with this telescope as the included eyepieces and barlow are quite poor quality. I would actually suggest replacing them with a 9 or 10mm and 25mm GSO or Revelation Plossl, good quality for the price. The 3x barlow is more power than the telescope is capable of so set it aside.
  22. Hello Chaza, do your binoculars have threads for filters? A O-III, H beta and UHC would be good for nebula viewing. The Baader Neodymium is a bit of a “jack of all trades” filter when starting out.
  23. Hello Kronos, this is a bit late as a reply for your trip. Use a rocket bulb blower to get the dust off of the mirror, the only time you definitely need to look at cleaning is if something organic like tree sap, bugs and such are on it. The old adage for cleaning mirrors is if you are unsure if it needs cleaning is to wait a year, then decide A very soft camel hair brush (woman’s makeup brush) can also be used to get rid of some dust on the mirror or along the edge of eyepiece lenses. (Gently of course) When not in use keep caps in place, shower caps work well on newts to keep dust and insects out of the tube.
  24. I use the aluminium/ pluck foam for most accessories and eyepieces as well as a few HPRC cases for more expensive eyepieces. This is my HPRC2700 travel case, it holds the SV80mm refractor, BV/ OCAs, various eyepieces and filters as well as my Herschel wedge, Zeiss/ Baader prism and mirror diagonal. Under the blue foam section are 3-2" eyepieces.
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