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Rick Spencer

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    Focuser issue

    Apart from the addition of the Skywatcher Auto Focuser, the focuser itself is as stock, it has not been modified or shortened in any way. I have not even tried it with anything in the focuser yet, this happens without any eye pieces, cameras or anything else inserted into the tube.
  2. I have a SW Explorer 200pds with the dual speed focuser. I have just added a SW auto focuser and I noticed that it slows down and sometimes stops, possibly around the same point in the focuser travel (?). With a little nudge, the auto focuser will continue. Is this an issue with the auto focuser or a slight "tight spot" in the drawtube? How can I remedy this, without destroying anything? I have noticed that the tube has two parallel wear lines on the outside edges of the flat area.
  3. Thank you, everybody. I have ordered a Waterproof Heavy Duty BBQ cover that will fit, and will first use a towel over the mount to keep the damp off.
  4. Thank you for all the replies. I was worried about the possibility of condensation building up inside a cover. Is this not an issue? I suppose an option would also be to first cover the mount with a towel, and then the tarp/BBQ cover etc?
  5. I'm in the process of building a pier for my HEQ5 Pro. Once it's aligned properly, is it acceptable to leave it on the pier permanently? And what solutions do you use to keep the weather off it? I can't afford a dome. I'm not worried about theft, as I am not overlooked (apart from my immediately neighbours either side), and there is no access externally to the back.

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