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markastro

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  1. Thanks Tony, I appreciate the feedback. I think the dovetail is a weak design generally speaking but it works ok most of the time with smaller scopes. The aluminium AZ4 tripod looks and feels very strong but I guess the steel is going to be ultra wind resistant etc. It's always the weight against performance issue for all astronomical instruments! Clear skies mate, Mark
  2. A generic box and a LOT of bubble wrap and insured postage and I'd be interested. I'd make you an offer depending on the condition of the scope. Regards, Mark
  3. Thanks Tony, I currently use it with the 127 MAK and the lack of the 2nd security holding screw doesn't matter as the scope is only 3.5 kg. Do you think the 180 might slip a bit without the 2nd screw? I'd also like to mention that it's the aluminium AZ4 I have and not steel. Cheers, Mark
  4. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I wonder if it would hold well on an AZ4. It's a really nice strong tripod but I only have the central (main) holding screw for the Vixen plate because the threads for the security screw are worn. Appreciate it, Mark
  5. Can I please ask how essential a motor focus is on a telescope like this? Thanks (if you can spare the time), Mark
  6. I realise this is likely to sell quickly but can I please ask about its optical performance? I have only ever used relatively cheap telescopes and wonder about the jump up in quality/price. Thanks (if you can spare the time), Mark
  7. Thanks Brian, I don't think my current tripod could take the weight but looks nice. Good luck with the sale! Regards, Mark
  8. Hi Brian, Nice scope...how much does it weigh approximately please and how do the images compare with MAKs or high end scopes in your opinion? Thanks, Mark
  9. Hey, I'm too far to consider collecting but how easy is it to move around the garden and set up please? I'm unsure if I should stick with a 12". (If you can spare the time to answer) Kind regards, Mark
  10. Out of curiosity, what sort of tripod/legs would be suitable for this mount please?
  11. Hi, I'm interested if in good condition. Will this fit onto any standard telescope tripod base? Regards, Mark
  12. Hi, Can anyone help to point me in the right direction on how to go about setting up a 12V battery for use with the Synscan? I was thinking on using a 12V sealed lead battery and would also like a separate mains power lead with a plug. Any other "simple" suggestions are welcome, as long as they are safe, reliable (tried and tested with the Synscan) and effective to use with the Synscan. An explanation and/or photographs would be very helpful. Regards and thanks, Mark
  13. Hi, If anyone has a spare compatible mains power lead for the Synscan GOTO and is able to post it, please get in touch. I mainly use Paypal. Thanks and regards, Mark
  14. Hi, If anyone is able to post a dew shield for a Skywatcher 127 MAK please let me know. Cheers, Mark
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