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  1. Harrison optics have them listed new for £135. Says stk due now (ish). Like the idea of a huge finder scope though.
  2. Apparently the unlock code works on 5 different things. Found one on eBay. I suspect there will be more coming up as people head out of lockdown. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264845687234
  3. Yeah watched I couple of videos which is what got me thinking. If you could align it properly there wouldn't be a need for the goto function and a huge saving to boot. I was looking at the 70 LT in particular as it appears that the plate solving bit is attached to the scope (not sure if that would make a differance) and it's the cheapest model.
  4. I've just been looking at goto skyliner 250px flex tube at almost a grand. Then I came across a celestron starsense explorer 70LT (£135 new) and wondered if I could somehow remove the clever phone part and attached it to a none goto 250 tube. Has anybody tried this? I've seen both secondhand and there's a fair saving over a new goto.
  5. Like it, much better than Mark one lung. Thanks
  6. I was looking a tycho last night and noticed a load of fluff or something in the FOV. On checking my eyepieces and diagonal there is loads of dust. I resisted the urge to give them a good blow and I decided attempting to get a shaving brush in wouldn't be a good plan. So my question is what are people using, there seems to be loads of brushes and potions on the market. I was considering getting a can of air but know these can leave residue. Does anyone have any recommendations.
  7. You could also consider adding a wedge to your setup. Zoom eyepieces could be something else to consider, I have just bought a Baader mk iv and really like it.
  8. The se's require power. They take batteries in the mount but reading reviews most people end up buying a power pack. Which are about another 60 quid or so and more stuff to lug about in the dark. I was recommend a 5 or 6 se by the local astronomy club. However if you can stretch your budget the evolution series of comes with it's own built in power pack and a sturdier mount. I found one in a sale and am very pleased with it so far. Just remember whatever you decided to do, make sure you've updated to the latest firmware.
  9. Bought a Evolution 6 a couple of months ago and was shocked at the cost of the Celestron carry case. Decided to look at hard luggage cases for photography and again ridiculous money. Eventually found a large toolbox made by Stanley at Screwfix, used the packing from original boxes the scope arrived in and it was about £40. Just wondering what solutions others have found. Also I seem to be adding eyepieces and filters to my collection, I'm not convinced my current solution of a lunch box is really up to the job.
  10. Without glasses, I actually find I don't need them through the telescope. Although the focus does need adjusting every time myself or the boy swap over. (Clearly, he isn't hard of seeing)
  11. Thank you taking the time to measure up, all very helpful stuff. Was out Saturday night and managed to drop my baader zoom, luckily just a bit of paint scratched off. Then skyportal went into meltdown and at one point actually put the scope upside down!! Anyway the zoom ep was good eye relief I found to be comfortable even on max zoom. But definitely think I need to upgrade my diagonal. Might just save for an extra month or so and go for a 2".
  12. Yep very helpful and you are right it does come loose especially after the kids hanging off it trying to spy on the hill walkers. Just had a quick look and id say ive got a couple of inches of clearance at the zenith, so maybe enough?
  13. thank you very helpful as always. It is a stock diagonal, I'm currently using an evolution 6. I have been looking at click lock diagonals, but not sure about 2" because of size and etc.
  14. Should I also be thinking about upgrading my star diagonal. Are there any decent ones for around £50-£100 or less would better.
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