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  1. Two things. Make sure the bolts you use have the correct thread by gently screwing them in by hand first. It would be easy to strip the aluminium threads in the scope with a steel bolt with the wrong thread. Make sure the bolts aren't long enough to foul your primary mirror. Keep checking as you screw them in by looking through the corrector. You should see the bolts if they start poking through the inside of the casing.
  2. Hi cityblue99 It should be a lot easier to find objects in your 20mm eyepiece because it gives you a lower magnification (45x) than your 9mm eyepiece (100x) so you can see a lot more sky through it.. I'm wondering why it won't come to focus though. You could take the whole set up to the local telescope dealer and try the scope with a new 20mm ep to see if that's the problem. Your username indicates you might just live in a city. It's a lot harder to spot objects like the Orion Nebula and Andromeda with vast amounts of light pollution. Keep trying though. I'd start with the Orion Nebula. It's easier to find than Andromeda, especially at this time of year. It will look like a puff of light surrounding a few stars. Not like the photos! Still really impressive though. You might just see Jupiter's cloud belts and Saturn's rings with your scope but a larger scope will show these better. I have a 60mm finder scope and don't see this stuff through it. Good Luck.
  3. chard

    hi from MT

    Welcome Ally
  4. My Manfrotto tripod Is only tall enough for viewing up to about 45 degrees. For the zenith, I've taken to lying down with a pillow under my head and hand holding the 15x70. This has been surprisingly steady. Much better than hand held when standing for me. And it's easier on the neck.
  5. Someone else on this forum had their 12 inch new stored upright in the downstairs loo. It looked just like a massive hot water tank. Hopefully it won't get damp.
  6. Hi starman If all else fails you could loosen the finder's mounting and stick a bit of card or something under the front of the mounting where it meets the scope, re-tightening the bolts. This would raise the altitude enough to come within your range of adjustment, hopefully.
  7. Welcome Pete. That's a very nice image.
  8. Sometimes I prefer the view on a barlowed ep the the equivalent focal length ep without the barlow. Not sure why. They're useful little beasties though. They can double as an extension tube and are helpful if you intend to get into planetary imaging. I don't notice much light loss or loss of contrast with mine.
  9. That's a nice shot. Mine always come our bright orange due to the light pollution.
  10. I'm watching this thread with interest. Just about to do something similar with my Vixen GP mount.
  11. I'm wondering when the filth on the corrector outweighs the risk of a scratch from cleaning. My corrector is covered in dirt and dew spots. No brave enough to touch it though.
  12. It should be ok for webcam. You might find you run into difficulties if you try long exposures though.
  13. chard


    How about "sidereal" Is it pronounced side-real or side-ear-ee-al? I've been not saying this for years now.
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