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Newbs2215

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  1. Hi All, I am relatively new to astronomy and have been trying to observe for the last 6 months. I own a Nextsar 4SE, which I find easy to use. However, I have inherited an old Helios 200mm reflector on a very old EQ mount and tripod. Guess what, I have no idea how to use the EQ mount at all and am looking to get advice. The picture below, shows the mount off the tripod. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Newbs2215

    Tripod and Mount

    Hi David, The mount and tripod now feels solid (after the repair), but I am still trying to fathom how to use it properly. Still trying to work out how to use the EQ mount correctly, as I have never used one before. Hopefully I can suss it out sooner then later. Many thanks for the post. Graham
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    Tripod and Mount

    Hi All, I am looking for a second hand tripod and mount. I already have an old Helios (old Skywatcher) mount and a tripod. I have just repaired the tripod, but have been advised that the tripod is not suitable for the 200mm Newtonian reflector tube , that it came with. It is quite heavy and about 20years old, I think. (please see attached Pics) I had hoped to get away with just a newish tripod, but the mount is custom fitted for the tripod, hence looking for a newish EQ Mount and Tripod. Please PM me, if you have anything to offer. Graham
  4. Newbs2215

    Unknown Tripod needs repairs

    Hi Fozzie, Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. Just fitted the bracket and it works a treat. Thank you very much
  5. Newbs2215

    Unknown Tripod needs repairs

    Many thanks Fozzie.
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    Unknown Tripod needs repairs

    Thanks John, None of the equipment has any markings on them, but for nothing, I cannot complain. I think I will probably have to buy a new tripod though. However, finances are tight at the moment, which is why I was going down the repair route. If all else fails, I will just stick to using my Nexstar4SE, until I can afford something better. Graham
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    Unknown Tripod needs repairs

    Hi, Just looked at the link and that appears to be exactly what I have been given. Cost £0.00. I just need to repair the mount and then collimate the scope and then I will be good to go. Thinking about it, I will probably just buy a new Tripod (a bit lazy really). Many thanks Graham
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    Help needed ZWO 120MC-S & Nexstar 4SE

    Hi All, Thanks for the replies. Been away from astronomy for nearly six months, due to new job. Update on the above issue. Managed to find a good system to allow use of the ZWO. It came with the t-adaptor and I purchased the adaptor for the rear of the 4SE. This is what we then did. Ran the scope via mains power and connected via long USB to Stellarium in my living room. Then used the Rear aperture on the 4SE to mount the ZWO. Then ran this back to the computer using another long USB to the house and redirected the images to the 55inch TV in the room. Thus enabling my housebound wife the ability to control the scope from the living room and view on the big telly. All I had to do then was perform the 3 star alignment outside using the side aperture on the 4SE and finderscope. Then once all done it was all over to "her indoors". This also meant that apart from the first 10 minutes of the set-up. I was able to observe and stay warm as well, Bonus. We also had to use ASICAP, for the video feed. VAA Astronomy on a budget. No long exposures yet. Going to buy a decent EQ mount and ED80 for that. Graham
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    Nexstar 4se

    HI, Had my 4SE for about a year now. took a while to get used to the alignment process, but once done this has provided me with hours of entertainment. You won't pull in as much light as your dob, but you wont be disappointed. Great little grab and go scope. Graham
  10. Hi All, I have just acquired a very old tripod in need of some repairs. I have searched the internet to try to identify the tripod, but to no avail. One of the securing brackets for the spreader is broken. Looking for advice on how best to repair or bu.y the required parts The tripod also came with a EQ mount, which I cannot also identify and a 200mm Reflector Scope (looks just like a Skywatcher 200P). Please take a look at the photos I have attached and if you can help please let me know. Graham
  11. Hi, I have inherited a ZWO ASI 120MC-S and wish to use it with my Nextstar 4SE to take short planatery/moon exposures. However it seems that i need a nose piece of some sort fro it to fit to the rear photo adaptor of the 4SE. As i want to visually acquire the target, before taking the photo. Can anyone please advise on the adaptor i would need to purchase.
  12. Hi All, We are going to be setting up for VAA over the next couple of months. However, as we are at the limited to our backyard due to spouses mobility issues, we have come across a problem. We were going to purchase a HEQ5 Mount, to go with a Startravel 150 OTA and full guidescope system, as well as an atik infinity camera. My idea was to control the mount from the living room, via Stellarium and then push the video feed to a separate computer with a second Monitor. This would enable me to " mess with the feed", but still allow the wife to control the scope. I think this is a decent set up, but at no point in the night or early evening can we actually see or track Polaris. I am aware that we need to accurately Polar align the scope to get good tracking for VAA, but not being able to polar align correctly leaves us with a problem. I was wondering if there is any hardware changes we could make or is there a way of polar aligning without being able to see Polaris. We have only owned Alt/Az mounts before. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Newbs2215 This Post was originally posted in the VAA forum, but due to no replies, I though I would copy it to the imaging section.
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    New Set up for VAA

    Hi All, We are going to be setting up for VAA over the next couple of months. However, as we are at the limited to our backyard due to spouses mobility issues, we have come across a problem. We were going to purchase a HEQ5 Mount, to go with a Startravel 150 OTA and full guidescope system, as well as an atik infinity camera. This is a decent set up, but at no point in the night or early evening can we actually see or track Polaris. I am aware that we need to accurately Polar align the scope to get good tracking for VAA, but not being able to polar align correctly leaves us with a problem. I was wondering if there is any hardware changes we could make or is there a way of polar aligning with access to seeing Polaris. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Newbs2215
  14. Hi, I We (wife and I) have recently started our journey in Astronomy and currently own a Celestron Nextstar 4se. Although it is ok for seeing the planets and some of the more brighter DSO's, we are looking to compliment this scope with another that will mainly be used for visual observation of DSO's and at a later sate, we would like to use it as the base for a foray into Astrophotography. We have a budget of about £1300 to purchase the scope/ tripod /mount etc. We have looked at most of the UK's Astronomical retailers, but we cannot yet make an informed decision. Any advice would be more than helpful. Newbs
  15. Newbs2215

    WHAT EYEPIECES

    Sub Dwarf & Ronin, Many thanks for the advice. Very new to this. Was just looking at BST Starguider's.
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