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Everything posted by hadyn42

  1. Hello Terry Thank you for letting me know that you didn't need any spacers for your telescope. I plan to use my Canon 600D with the twin battery pack attached to my camera, so I was a bit worried about balance etc. Here is a part review from a chap regarding his WO ZS73, I just copied and pasted his remark below. plus I have seen a few other comments about that there is a need to use spacers etc. His is the chaps post - When using a dslr, no declination balance can be achieved, because de dovetail cannot move further back because of the focuslock screw (need a secondary dovetailbar or spacerblocks for the scoperings). I will be setting up my telescope indoors today with the flattener, and dslr and will give you a shout on how I get on. Thanks again for your comments! Kind regards, Hadyn - IOM
  2. Hello Guys I have just bought a WO ZS73 refractor and just asking what you guys use a a spacer etc to mount the telescope on top of the supplied Vixen plate to give it more height to enable to balance a DLSR when it is attached to the telescope? I have heard that when trying to get a good balance the telescope etc it will hit the focuser knob without the extra height? I used the spacers what was recommended to me, but it looks like an amateurish / heath robinson effort and looks very untidy to say the least. I will attach a picture to give you an example on what I mean. Please can someone give me an idea on what else I can use? Kind regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
  3. Hello Avocette Thank you very much indeed for the Youtube video link, very useful indeed! I watched the video a couple of times and as you mentioned there there is no missing washer. It looks as f if could be a poor grease problem or a bad construction issue. Will let you know when I get back my mount from FLO on how it works. As you can probably guess I got the AZEQ5 GT as its a much lighter mount to carry my SW 130PDS and SW ED80 telescopes on that using my HEQ5Pro mount, as I am at that certain age and would like to continue with the hobby. Best regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
  4. Hi Alex. Thank you for posting this. I hope you don't mind me asking you a question please? Not long ago I bought a new AZEQ5GT mount and I find when using the mount in AZ mode, I found that I can push the mount without any effort with one finger even after tightening up the clutch at various stages of tightness, did you find that happened to your mount at all please? I have sent aback my mount to the guys at FLO to have a look at it. I did think that there could be a large washer missing between clutch knob! I will try to attach a picture of my clutch knob in place, I have backed off the knob just for the photograph and put a red arrow pointing to where I think that a big washer should be? Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  5. Hello Guys Thank you all for your help and comments! Starwatcher2001: Its my next big project to work on, but I don;t think I will ask the guys on here any for help etc, ha, ha. Keep well and stay safe you guys! Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  6. Hi John. Thank you for coming back to me, with the link. The info I require is for a friend of mine who wants to use his birthday present he got from his wife ages ago for viewing the planets etc above us and also for wildlife viewing and of course he likes to see the animals etc the right way up, ha, ha. The telescope he has got is a Newtonian / Relector and its has a 6" aperture. Kind regards, Hadyn - IOM
  7. Hello Guys Can anyone please tell me is there such a thing as an "erecting eyepiece adapter" that can be used on a reflecting telescope to allow wildlife viewing etc please? Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  8. Hello Guys You can buy one of these: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dovetails-saddles-clamps/primaluce-lab-az-eq5-plus-puck-adapter-plate.html Also you can buy an ADM Dual saddle or a PrimuLeuce Dual saddle: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dovetails-saddles-clamps/primaluce-lab-plus-big-dovetail-clamp-for-vixen-losmandy.html#about_this_product Adm dual saddle: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-mount-accessories/adm-dual-saddle-upgrade-for-heq5-neq6-avx-zeq-ioptron.html Regards, Hadyn - IOM
  9. Very good sketch indeed Kerry. I agree with John regarding viewing the Comet through binoculars! Its a pity the weather forecast for viewing next week isn't looking too good for us islanders over here! Take care... Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  10. Hello Kerry. So glad you got to see the Comet and you didn't need scaffolding to view it! I headed out at 1,30am this morning to meet up with my friend Mark to view Neowise and I must say it was very clear and bright indeed. I took a couple of pictures on my old Canon 600D at around 2.40am before heading back home and the clouds were surrounding the Comet, but still naked eye visible. Take care, Best regards, Hadyn
  11. A very informative and interesting talk by Gary. Looking forward to it being posted up on Youtube so that I can start and stop the video on how to maybe image and process the Sun using my Lunt 50mm. Thank you to Gary, Daz and Grant for running the show.... Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  12. Hello Guys Just going to mention that was a notice on here a couple of days ago mentioning that there are a faulty batch of WO Flatteners out there. Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  13. Well done Kerry, he who dares wins! Take care, Best regards, Hadyn
  14. Very entertaining talk indeed, my wife and I watched it together and she was well chuffed at the presentation as well. Very good music and video too. Thanks to Pete and of course Daz and Grant for running the show! We have been to see the stage show of "War of the World" twice on the bigger island, fantastic music and great technology! Best regards, Christina and Hadyn - Isle of Man.
  15. Hi Philj When I hold the telescope vertical with focuser end towards the ground and give the scope a sharp shake up and down I can hear the clunking of glass. As I mentioned, I think I will wait until late evening and try when its much cooler outside, does that sound like a good idea please/ Kind regards, Hadyn - IOM
  16. Hello Guys Thank you all for your answers. I think I will leave it well alone guys for the moment and check it again under cooler conditions! Kind regards, Hadyn = IOM
  17. Hello Guys I hope all of you out there are keeping safe and well. Please can someone help if possible? Today I removed the standard focuser on my ED80 and before fitting the new one I thought I would just giving the telescope tube a bit of a wipe down to remove any dirt etc on the outside. When I was turning the telescope around on my worktop I noticed a small rattle coming from front end of the tube. Bearing in mind that there were no fittings attached to the scope at the time. I really do think that the lens/lenses were loose and it did sound like glass on glass etc. Can anyone tell me is there a away to tighten the lens / lenses and if so are there are any tools out there that I could use, also can you include a link to them and of course can this job be done without having to send my telescope away please? Kind regards, Hadyn - IOM
  18. Hello Kerry Sorry to hear you are having a problem with your mount. Lets hope you get it fixed soon. Just had a quick look around on some astro sites and found that there have been a few problems with Ioptron mounts and their GPS system. Here is a link you could check out: https://www.theskysearchers.com/viewtopic.php?t=6059 Take care and best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  19. Hello IB20 You will find the telerad is a great finder for your dob and whats more its good for star hopping! You may want to consider getting a 4" riser that fits onto your Telrad which does save you bending over even more to view your targets. Have fun and clear skies...... Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  20. Hello All and of course Derek. Christina will be giving Lesley a call tomorrow regarding GSP Autumn 2020., they seem to been in touch a fair bit via Facebook. Thanks for reminder in the Zoom thread thingy tonight Derek! Take care and stay well and safe and hope to see you all in the Autumn! Best regards, Christina and Hadyn - IOM
  21. Thank you Grant for the information. Very much looking forward to looking in tonight! I do hope that you are keeping well? Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  22. Great idea guys, thank you......Looking forward to looking in and learning etc. Best regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
  23. Hello John If the adaptor is still up for sale can I buy it please? I have a Lunt LS50tha, will it fit that please? Kind regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man PS I have to go out and get essential shopping just now and won't be home to reply to any PM that you may of sent me, should be back home at 8,30pm
  24. Hi Fraunhoffer. You could try using a good quality Velcro sticky tape, I use a 2" wide Velcro and 3" in length with the strips stuck on the three tripod legs and some on the hand controller. It makes easy access to the hand controller. Regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
  25. Hi James I think we did meet up. It will be great to see everyone again in October. Christina and Hadyn - IOM
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