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  1. Hi All, I currently have a Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT which I really like. It’s a great mount and mine tracks beautifully well, however I find the weight is excessive. So I’m looking at lighter and more portable, but equally capable alternatives. This has led me to consider the iOptron CEM40. It looks like it fits my requirements perfectly. The only thing that concerns me is that the tripod/mount setup and then adjustment during polar alignment looks to involve an Allen key and small bolts and washers to lock things down. This sounds like a recipe for disaster in the dark. Before I make a decision on whether or not to pull the trigger on the CEM40, I was wondering if anyone with experience of setting up this mount finds it to be an issue? Does using an Allen key to tighten down the adjustment screws affect the polar alignment? Or do the benefits of the mount out-way the disadvantages? Thanks in advance.
  2. Yeah, good call. I guess that's about right. It seems a bit of an odd way of representing it though. My AZ-EQ6 shows around 52 degrees, which you just dial straight in. Although I've only just noticed the scale markings on that count the opposite way round, so I think you're right. I wonder why William Optics have done it like this. In any case it makes no practical difference, it's a wonderfully engineered wedge
  3. I've been using a waterproof kettlebell barbecue cover from Amazon. £13. It seems to do the job so far. In fact I can see one almost identical in the background of the photo above.
  4. Hi All, Not that it matters in anything other than a cosmetic sense, but has anyone else with a William Optics Wedge noticed that the latitude scale might not represent actual latitude in degrees? I'm at 53 degrees North and the scale reads 36 when I'm polar aligned. Or am I missing something obvious? Cheers
  5. Agreed, the light pollution is a real issue. I’m in a 7, but fortunately only a stones throw from the countryside, which really helps. It’s actually one of the reasons my C925 has remained largely unused, as I found that a small refractor is much easier to transport to darker skies.
  6. Great tip, thanks Mark. Tbh I hadn’t noticed those until you mentioned it. I’ll get the gorilla glue out later So much has changed in Astronomy since I last dipped my toes in. I’m really enjoying it again thanks to all the gadgets that help make observing and image capture a pleasure. Though I have to say they bring their own challenges. The biggest disappointment for me is that I hadn’t really noticed how rare clear skies are in the UK until I sat there with my shiny new gear waiting for a clear night. On average it seems to be around once a month that I can actually get out. I’m consoling myself with the thought that the anticipation is half the fun
  7. Hi All, I've recently got back into Astro after a 20 year absence and have thrown myself into it in every way. Very much enjoying all the new toys. My first real purchase of new kit was a Celestron NexStar Evolution 925 which I've had for a few months now but never really used, as I quickly got caught up in astrophotography with smaller refractors. However on it's first light recently I'm pretty sure I could see that it needs collimating. The instruction manual tells me how to collimate it. But there is no reference on how to get to the collimation screws, which on my model seem to be hidden under a plastic cover. I'm pretty concerned about tinkering without knowing how I'm supposed to remove the cover to access the screws. Could anybody please? Here's what I'm seeing when I look at the front. Many thanks
  8. Hi All. This is my first post on the forums, and what better place to start. After nearly a 20 year absence from practical Astronomy I thought I'd dip my toe back in to see what's changed. So in early December I purchased a Celestron Nextstar Evolution 9.25. As luck would have it it's been pretty cloudy on every occasion I've had the opportunity to get out, so I've only used it once. That got me thinking about my first and only other scope, which I bought in 1992 and I seem to recall having to wait 6 weeks for clear skies before I could use that for the first time. I remember having great fun with it all those years ago. Anyway after some rummaging through cupboards and under beds I finally tracked down all the parts; a Vixen FL102S on a Super Polaris mount. On reassembling it I was quite surprised that it seems to be in very good condition. However compared to modern telescopes with Go To capabilities, the motor drives on the SP mount are very antiquated and slow. Although they do seem to be working. That said, I decided that whilst I wait for clear skies I'd rejuvenate the old girl with a new mount and focuser. The new mount is Skywatcher AZ-EQ6. I've also fitted a Moonlite focuser to replace the original, which seemed to wobble and grind slightly when moving. The Baadar Sky Surfer V RDF is a new addition to replace the original 6x30 finder, which I never liked. The additional white tube rings serve dual purpose; the rear one now provides a carry handle and the front one is covering up a few small marks on the OTA. The final accessory is a 2 inch diagonal. The wooden box in the picture background is a wonderful storage box for the OTA that my Dad made for me as a birthday present when I first got the scope. All-in-all I'm quite excited at the prospect of trying the old Vixen alongside the new Celestron. All I need now is clear skies :-).
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