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  1. Hi Geoff. I haven't done anything about fine tuning my focuser yet. I am still wondering about those Chinese helical types that you're using. Could you possibly send a photo of the one you have, it may be the answer I'm looking for on my 8" f5.9. Thanks Ray.
  2. hi Ian, Yeah I need to fix my signature. My scope is an Orion XT8. That is a photo from a previous star party. There are a couple of guys that work at the SALT South African Large Telescope https://www.salt.ac.za/ will probably be there tomorrow night, should be interesting. Whats worrying me a bit is I read some star party reports that say public viewers have difficulty with using dobs for the first time at these events. Thanks, Ray
  3. Hi all, I shall be joining a star party/outreach with these fine folk at Paarl about 50km from Cape Town tomorrow night. First time I will be taking my scope with, I hope I'm up to showing public the right things. I think I will target 47Tucanae its the most impressive object at the moment I think, but I'm sure I will be able to get advice from some very experienced people. Looking forward to an interesting night! Cheers, Ray.
  4. Hi, I have a single speed Crayford on an Orion XT8 f5.9 dob. Would a helical focuser work with this scope? And, would it make fine focusing easier? Any opinions or help appreciated. Ray.
  5. Welcome Wok, you are going to get a lot of enjoyment from that 8 inch scope, Have fun.
  6. strayring

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    Hi there from Cape Town, South Africa. Have been reading some great posts on this forum (and learning a lot) so I have decided to join and maybe learn even more. I caught the bug about 2 years age when I bought a 127mm Bird-Jones type reflector at an auction house, the views astounded me but I soon started hankering to upgrade. So I now have a Orion XT8 dob that I am loving. Can't get enough of the skies even with all light pollution in out suburb.
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