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  1. Hi And welcome to SGL 

    The starsense is a great bit of kit , allowing you to find your way in the night sky ... its new(ish ) tech and to be honest is a great start into astronomy 

    Nothing wrong with the Heritage Dob though ... the thing that puzzles me is the price difference between the two . If i am right ( seldom) then the 6" cass and the starsense mount combination runs to nearly £700 and the heritage is around £250 !! thats a monumental difference . In fact you could pick up the Heritage GTi for less than 400 pounds and then get a 3/8" steel tripod to mount it on for another £130 . You would have a fully computerised mount . 

    Just my thoughts . 



  2. Hi @Franklin,

    I was hoping that someone would enthuse about the 16" extension ...and you and John have done that , its a bit pricey ( what isn't ?) but as long as the stability and strength is there . I think for the very reason that , as the admittedly decent EQ5 tripod , can be used at its strongest with only minimal extension is of course a huge plus . The only worry i had was introducing another connection to the mount/tripod and the said connection being the weak link . Fortunately you have dispelled that . 

    Many thanks to all :) 

    Looks like more money will be spent lol  

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  3. Hi , 

    I used the SkyTee mount for the first time last night . 

    After lining up both of my scopes on the same target i had an admittedly short session of brilliant viewing , Using the 72ED essentially  as a finder and the 102 Starwave as my main viewing scope the whole thing worked flawlessly . 

    I had to have the tripod extended fully to use the long frac when viewing near the zenith . 

    So onto a question , I notice that Skywatcher offer a small but chunky extension tube which would give me the option of not extending the tripod fully . Is that the best option?

    Everything seemed very solid last night but of course if the extension is considered a useful upgrade i would prefer to use it . ( It is an expensive option though ) 

    So , what do you guys think of these extension tubes ... are they a good fit for the SkyTee ? Is it worth buying ? Do they still offer good stability ?




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  4. I feel your pain in searching for targets , but , look at it another way  ie as you have fairly dark skies , star hopping is a great way to learn the sky . And don't be put off when you cant find an object ... it WILL be there , and eventually you WILL find it and when you do you will be thrilled . With the winter constellations rising there are some fascinating things to see at this time of the year . A GOTO system might provoke envy but , having had GOTO systems i believe the thrill of finding a target without the use of a GOTo system is amazing . It took me ages to find one of the easier targets in the sky namely M13 . 

    As for the planets , i've still to view Neptune too, but its favourable this month so stick with it . 

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  5. OK , so you said you want to try astro photography ? And you want the set up to be portable ?

    Maybe you might consider the AZ-Gti mount . Sure it only has a maximum 5kg payload and you would only be able to use small scopes ie a 127 Mak or a short tube 4" FRAC  or a 130 Newt , but you could also use your dslr on the mount with a suitable bracket . Also , just to stop the purists ranting at me , you may wish to buy a wedge and update the firmware on the az-gti to put it into EQ mode . The AZ-GTi is a great mount and a lot of people have taken some great photos , using it as their tracking platform 

    I think you can buy it for aroung £ 450 including a 102 Mak . 

    Not a bad start and i would say a lot better than what you previously used . 

    Just my opinion of course , but , hey , thats why you asked :)


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  6. 49 minutes ago, Franklin said:

    No, you move the shaft you have and put it opposite the 72ED and use the weight you have there. That will keep the 72ED balanced in altitude and the combined weight of the 72ED and the weight will be enough to balance the big scope. It's only azimuth so you don't need an exact balance like you would with an EQ. How you have got it in the pic the 72ED is not balanced in altitude and could end in disaster.

    Doh ! That makes perfect sense , just put it down to first night nerves for me :)


  7. Altair Starwave 102 (f11) and a skywatcher 72ed

    I am really happy to have wide field and a planetary / luna scope . I was going to use the 72ed for photography but I am now going to stick with visual   :)(excuse the mess lol unboxing can be an untidy operation 😄 


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  8. 15 minutes ago, Carbon Brush said:

    Hi Stu. Lots of good advice & suggestions from all of us. Major brain overload. Here comes some more.😲

    Knowing how you like to try different scopes, and knowing your storage situation has influenced my two pennorth.

    You need choices. Don't buy to just fit the new scope. Keep payload in hand.
    Consider the tripod and mount as separate purchases.

    When buying a tripod go for the heaviest/strongest you can manage to handle. The wallet has a say as well!
    If you store it in the shed, there are no stairs to consider so weight is not an issue.
    Even a tripod from an EQ6 type mount is not that much bigger than a flimsy tripod.
    If you buy used with tarnished chrome, what does it matter? Provided the legs aren't wobbly and fixings aren't rusted, it is OK.
    This helps your wallet.

    A similar sizing comment goes for the mount. A used Skytee2 is a good choice at £200 downwards.
    Not as elegantly engineered as (for example) a Giro, but quite good enough.
    It will even let you fit two scopes!

    Don't worry about 3/8" to M10 adapters and whatever to fit an incompatible mount & tripod together.
    You can quickly make something temporary using a block of wood and a few screws/bolts.
    If you like the package, then you can spend on a ready made adapter.
    Or approach someone who has the metalworking tools if an off the peg adapter is not available.

    Something like the setup described above would let you (for example) hang your little Mak alongside the new frac.
    Or trial a new purchase against your long frac.

    Just don't get carried away like I have. The pics show a CG5 (Celestron like EQ5) sitting on top of the D6 (in the handset holder) for a size comparison.
    Yes they both look the same size on web pages😁
    However, the D6 load capacity lets you get carried away with scopes. 8" & 10" newts for a side by side comparison🤔


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    Brilliant post David. Thanks. I've bought a sturdy tripod so I'm getting there lol

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  9. Thank you all for the Input  guys I have decided to put on hold the purchase of the scope, which I am sorry to the seller on SGL , but you all raised some important points about the mount which made total sense. As someone who prefers smaller scopes, generally it was an ambitious plan by me. @badhexI am on a very similar path to you so I especially was interested to read that the ed80 was too heavy for your gti . 

    Thanks guys. 

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