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  1. Hi all,a quick update I've now installed a "pan and tilt" head and it works a treat,had first light the other night and the moon was too good to miss. Amazing views mount steady had to wait a second or two for any vibration to die down,found the crater "Copernicus" and at even 20x I was able to make out the central mountain mass very pleased. Clear skies all. Ash.
  2. Hi Michael nicely done great mount. Thanks for taking the time to reply. Clear skies. Ash.
  3. Hi Steve, I found this on fleabay new for £10 and free p+p should do the job,didn't want anything too heavy might upset the balance. Ash.
  4. Hi all and thanks for all your help here,I have a ball and socket head but I've have ordered a pan and tilt head so what I'll probably do is fix the handle assembly and use the pan and tilt head to achive the required motion . I was using this diagram I found online as regards to the postion of the binoculars to achive correct balance. Kind regards and clear skies! Ash.
  5. Hi all,I've built a parallelogram mount for my celestron badged Vixen 20x80's which I must say are an excellent binocular! the problem I'm having is with the axis where the binocular pivots up and down. I've used a 6mm bolt with large metal washers inbetween both pieces of oak to secure it to the bars with a spring washer and self locking nut. I tighten it up so that the weight of the binoculars do not make it slip when tilting the handle assembly but when you move it up and down a few times it becomes loose,what do others use to combat this problem? Do you have to leave the whole handle assembly to be able to move freely and then balance the binocular using the built in bar to address this problem? any help and advive would be greatly appreciated! please see attached photographs. Clear skies. Ash.
  6. Hi all I'm thinking of buying this mount known as Kenko NES(Sold in UK as Orion Gazer gem1 mount complete with the hand controller to focus on astrophotography with upto 450mm focal length prime lens. Has anyone used this mount and can tell me how accurate it will be in tracking,I'll be selling my Tasco 16T dob mounted scope on that well known auction site as I want to concentrate on astrophotography as my time is limited and photography has been a passion of mine for decades. I'll have my 20x80's and 7x50's for when I just want to lie back and scan the milky way etc any help and advice regarding the capabilities of this set up would be appreciated. Clear skies all. Ash.
  7. Hi all,well I've tried to collimate the scope and still can't get it right,it needs someone who knows what their doing and that's not me!...........so I've now put it up for sale on fleabay so someone else can own one of these rare scopes. It was difficult to put a price on it as they do not come up for sale but I'm open to sensible offers! Clear skies all. Happy New Year Ash.
  8. Hi all I really need your help to collimate my Tasco 16T,it's of the "bird jones" design Ithought I had acheived collimation last night but when I star tested it the stars had tails! Can anyone please describe in detail what I should do and what it should look like in the eyepiece etc I've got a collimation cap and a cheshire tool with an adapter so I can use it on this scope. I have read that it's required to take out the corrector that's infront of the flat is this correct. I've looked online for help but I'm confused as to what I'm looking at etc plus the flat to my mind cannot be adjusted for tilt as it only has a single screw in the middle of the flat holder and a tiny grub screw above it. I know that the 3 screws on the mirror cell are to adjust the postion with the longer screws are for locking down the adjustment screws. Can anyone describe in detailed steps as to what I should do. Many thanks Ash.
  9. Hi all Well I've made the dob mount it's taken a while due to work hours etc,not had a chance to take it out as the weather isn't good at the moment...lots of cloud! I've made the mount quite tall to save my back it's heavy,has locking wheels and it rotates on teflon and a vinyl 12" album glued to the rocker base and it rotates very smoothly. I'm thinking of making another mount either another dob made from a heavier plywood or something like a "horseshoe mount" your thoughts please! Just the OTA now weighs 28lb alone with the added box and bearings! I've got to collimate it but have never tried this I do have a Cheshire collimating eyepiece to hand. I've also got an adapter so I can use my 1.25" eyepieces. Can anyone give me any help and advice on collimation please! All the best and clear skies! Ash.
  10. Hi all. I'm well into the new build for a "Dob" mount for this 16T,the mount is big and stands approx 34" high then when the tube box and scope are installed should have a comfortable viewing height,beacon hill telescopes are making me the side bearings 6 1/4"x 1 1/2" out of plastic drain pipe with milled wooden inserts,something I can't make as I do not have a router and hate using a jig saw cutter!. Still away to go filling,primer then the top coat and last of all handles and feet. Will be using an old LP and teflon should be quite a smooth motion. Ash.
  11. Hi not as feet but as bearings instead of the second base board with formica and telfon pads, or using an old 12" LP on the rocker base and teflon pads on the ground base. Ash.
  12. Hi all I'm making a dobsonian base for my Tasco 16T, long story got it free as the equatorial head was missing after I had already paid for it off Ebay. Now here's my question instead of making two bases so you can rotate the scope on to the desired object,has anyone used heavy duty rubber swivel castor wheels with breaks on either 2 or 4. Do you think that these would work or do you think that they would move too easily,bearing in mind the mount will weigh approx 30-35lb then add the weight of the scope which is 19lbs add the tube box and side bearings to that figure say 55lbs all up. What are your thoughts please fellow sky watchers. Clear skies. Ash.
  13. Hi Philip, Well I'm off to buy some timber gonna make another dob mount like my other but a little more refined as the first one for my celestron 130 didn't take that long to make,this one I'll take more time over! Atleast I'll be able to use the scope while a GEM/EQ3-2 or better comes my way!. Has anyone had success with using an old LP album instead of formica for the base,I've have read online it works very well! Regards Ash.
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