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  1. A good success story Nige. I am having issues with a cloud magnet too. I bought an ES30mm a month ago and it has been cloudy ever since. The one night it was clear, I was under the weather (no pun intended) so someone up there hates me...
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    Hi Kapitein, welcome to the site. I am a newbie too and at 56, I wish I had started earlier. The sky is beautiful at night with the naked eye, but with the scope, it is like having a new set of eyes and a completely different landscape. I hope you are as awestruck as I am..
  3. I have used the skyguider a few times and can say it is a well built piece of equipment. I first used it with a visual polar alignment (just best guess with the eyes, not the polar scope) as I was still having difficulty with locating the South star. I took 5 x 5minute exposures with a 6d and Sigma 28mm lens. The photos were slightly over exposed, but there was little sign of star trails despite the lazy alignment. The guiding motor is very precise and quiet. The half speed option to take landscape pictures with no star trails is brilliant. The battery lasts well between charges and the buttons are easy to use too. I considered the handset, but for the price you pay, you do not get full functionality with it. I have since mounted the base on a 4x4 post in the back yard so I can just attach the guider without having to realign each time. As long as you keep the base covered, it stays clean and rust free. Bottom line, I am happy with my one and do not regret buying it. Now if I can find a way to hook it up to a PC.... This is the 1st pic I took with the 5min exposure, and I have a lot to learn, but this gives an idea of its tracking. This is very low quality copy, but it gives you the idea.
  4. Thanks all, your assistance and patience has been awesome. I underestimated how much was involved in collimation as I have been using a 10" sct.
  5. Hi Alacant. a very important omission sigh... it is the Orion xx14g. I should have started with that. The Star Test is shown below. The seeing is pretty poor tonight but this is what I managed. I do not see any other rings (posts mention several), but there is traces of the spider vanes if zoomed in. I also snapped a shot of the primary showing the black dot of the cap inside the donut, but i am not sure about the offset of the secondary mirror or if it is tilted properly. If zoomed in on the picture, you can see the fucuser tube off to the upper left slightly. Not sure if this means the secondary is still off so any suggestions on how I recentre the focuser (or if I even need to) would be appreciated.
  6. Thanks all for taking the time to respond. I am worried that the secondary mirror shows more of itself than other peoples photos do. Hopefully I am over reacting, but after spending $5k (NZ prices are wicked) I would like to get it right, or return it if it is not... The sky here is awesome during the summer. Of note, I did try the laser collimation and it said it was good.
  7. The picture is the same when the focuser is fully in or out I did the star check and got a perfect black circle dead centre of a grey circle, but never saw rings in it. I will try again and see if I can snap a photo.
  8. Hi all, I am new to collimating and have read a lot of conflicting posts, but I have given it a lot of tries. Can someone advise if there should be this much secondary mirror showing in the view please? The black pipe is the chimney reflecting in the primary. It has been a frustrating few days so any advice/comments on this picture would be greatly appreciated. Thanks George
  9. Hi all. I too would like to thank you for you explanation as I have just purchased the xx14g and the initial collimation was so frustrating, the dog was lying on the couch with his paws over his ears. I managed to align it pretty close (with grand daughters help), but still not really sure how I did it. I have ordered Bobs Knobs so will be using the bottle washer trick when I put them in, but does anyone know the correct dimmensions and thickness I should be making these washers for the 14g secondary mirror please?
  10. I guess the best option would be to buy the scope and use the X-Cels, but be prepared to spend more if need be. Not sure how I will hide that from the wife It does seem that different people have different experiences with similar eye pieces, and I guess to a degree, I like to get the best out of everything I buy. If I buy a program for my PC and it runs a bit slow, instead of throwing the program out, i upgrade the computer. Thanks for the advise, I have taken it onboard and either way, I will put up a review of the results once I get the telescope.
  11. Thank you both for responding. I am a bit nervous as the shop recommended Sky Wather ultra wide 80Degree eyepiece as $750 for a set of 3.
  12. Hi all. Has anyone tried using the X-Cel LX eps with the XX14g? I am thinking of getting the 14g, but with it being f4.6, I am concerned the LX's are not up to speed? I have 6 X-Cel LX eps for my 10-in SCT so dont really want to buy more if I can help it. They are the 1 1/4s not 2-in. Regards G
  13. I have a 10-in SCT, but are thinking of changing to a Dob as I feel they are better value and have better images. Also, if John has indicated it is a good choice, I would not hesitate myself, he knows his stuff.
  14. Hi all. I have just invested in the Skyguider Pro so being a complete newbie with it, I am happy to share experiences once I figure it out properly. I am putting on a Canon 6d and from what I have read (and that was a lot), the guider should perform well when balanced. Being Southern hemisphere, my biggest issue is sighting Sig Oct, but a piece of clear plastic with holes drilled in it to match the southern cross and a cross hair where Oct is should help. Is there a good resource to give exposure times and settings for this type of photography? There are a lot of photos with specs on them, but they were short stacked images taken without a guider. Any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated Regards George
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