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Everything posted by angusb1

  1. Cheers Alan, I think it might work out well to use the Skywatcher pillar extension on my Vixen pillar for my longer refractors and maybe one of my Vixen tripods with the extension on for my Mak/newt. Some measuring needs to be done.
  2. Thanks @pete_gamby , that looks like it should do the job. I've also been looking at the Orion Optics Pedestal Top to accept EQ5 mount (PADT2) which might work but I'm waiting to hear how wide it is and how low down the 3 threaded holes are. @spaceboy That is a really good idea. I don't know why I didn't think of that myself.
  3. I just bought a Tele-Optic Giro Ercole mount and I would like to fit it to my Vixen P110 GP Pillar but as you can see from this photo the pillar top has a North alignment peg so the Ercole won't go on it as it has no space for the peg to fit into. Does anyone know of a replacement for the pillar top or maybe of some kind of adaptor I could buy off the shelf? I understand I could probably get something turned up on a lathe but I'd rather just buy something off the shelf if I can. Thanks folks.
  4. It's basically a Vixen R200SS on a Super Polaris. I have one myself which is probably a bit newer. Very good telescope for DSO astrophotography as it is fast at f4 but that also makes it difficult to collimate due to the small sweet spot so from my own experience not ideal as a first telescope for astrophotography. You would be better to get an ed80 if that is what you want to do as you will get good results much more easily. If you want to use it for astrophotography you ought to get a bigger mount, an HEQ5 or Vixen GP-DX would be big enough and would fit on the pillar. The skysensor 3 is old
  5. I use a pair of AE binoviewers which are chinese made and almost identical to the TS ones. The thing to make sure of is that you get a set with the self centering diopters as these make it much easier to keep the EPs centred in the binoviewer. Also worth considering is the length of the light path in the binoviewer and the clear aperture in it. I got a Siebert MultiMag OCA 1b from here http://www.siebertoptics.com/SiebertOptics-OCA.html#Ad 1b which allows me to reach focus in all of my scopes with a 1.25x magnification. I use either Vixen SLV EPs or BST Explorers and the views on planetary
  6. I'd agree with this. With a 30mm Explore Scientific 82° I can get most of the Pleiades in the field of view through my 1600mm focal length dob, but it is a much nicer view through a scope at 1200mm focal length with the same eyepiece so I can see it all with some empty space round it. That said, even a 2" eyepiece takes up less storage room than another scope
  7. For some places that might do carbon fibre there are links in here http://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=109488
  8. Vixen R200SS 8" F4 Astrograph with Vixen coma corrector. Superb optics. Barely used in excellent condition with original accessories, tube rings, and dovetail. It has Bob's knobs fitted and comes with original collimation screws as well.Collection only from Bristol or I could meet you within a few miles of M4 J20 / M5 J15. I will not send this by courier/post. £550. Payment by PayPal or cash on collection please.
  9. Thanks John. It will be kept in a place which is cooler than indoors and I'm hoping the rear fan will help with cooldown as well. Tony who sold it to me said that collimation of the secondary was tricky as the secondary tends to rotate as you adjust it but that it holds collimation well, and he has collimated it for me so hopefully it won't need doing too soon. I'm really looking forward to trying it on the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. :-)
  10. @Stu I'm hoping it will be great on the nights when the seeing isn't good enough to get the best from a larger scope.
  11. Cheers, I've never looked through one so I'm hoping for a clear night soon. It will go on my GPDX and maybe my Atlux when I get the pier sorted or a tripod for it. It will probably be the cause of some new eyepiece purchases too, most likely a 5mm BST and 6mm SLV. Yes, I think Intes just make optics for space now, they don't sell to consumers.
  12. I just picked up this Intes MN71 MakNewt and thought you all might like to see a few photos as there aren't that many of them about. It's got some nice baffling, Orion Optics HiLux coatings, rotating rings, and a fan behind the primary which was an optional extra. It's a 7" F6 Maksutov-Newtonian. Apologies for the weeks of cloud we will probably get now.
  13. I have had 2 GPs, the original ones and I don't think you can use them as alt/az but I also have an old Super Polaris which can definitely be used as an alt/az. Capacity is about 7kg I think from memory. I'll check a GP tonight to see if it will go to alt/az if you want.
  14. Thanks Dave. I have a graduated scale on a scope I bought a few weeks ago but I haven't used the scale yet as I usually just have a widefield eyepiece in it on the few occasions I've used it so far. It would definitely be a nice thing to have.
  15. Cheers Shane, now you've told me this I'm going to have a look at my Moonlite and see if it has developed these tracks.
  16. I just bought an Istar 150mm F12 lens and cell and will be building the telescope to hold it. The guy I bought it from has generously given me some excellent advice, so I know where I will get the aluminium tube and how I will cut it, how I will plan the light path and baffles, and how I will flock it internally. He also suggested a couple of focusers that he has used and likes. I think I will probably go for a Moonlite focuser as I have one on a newtonian and I really like the smoothness and precision of it, but I am also considering a couple of others. Do any of you have either the TS Monor
  17. I bought the Siebert OCA last year to make my AstroEngineering binoviewer reach focus with my Orion Optics VX10L. I got the one advertised as Ad #1b 1.25x Multi Magnification corrector for Baader, Burgess, WO, Stellarvue, Celestron, Orion, Moonfish, BC&F, Binomate and the like It works really well and I can reach focus with it set up for 1.25 x magnification. He's a really nice guy and easy to deal with. I spoke to him on the phone and he gave me some good advice before I bought it.
  18. Looking for a pair of 5 inch internal diameter tube mounting rings to mount a 4.5" f14 ota to a dovetail. I'm not looking for the rings with the adjustable screws in to mount a guide scope. If they come with a vixen or losmandy dovetail even better. Cheers and Merry Christmas!
  19. I bought this just before Christmas as a present to myself :-) and it arrived on Wednesday so I got to try it out for the first time last night in my 10 Orion Optics dob. It works a treat, and I can now get my Astro Engineering Binoviewers to focus in the dob. There is a slight amount of colour fringing on the Moon but I get this with my BST eyepieces anyway and it seems no worse with the OCA. I think that it does magnify only by 1.25x as he advertises and for me this is great as I can get the whole moon into view with the binoviewers whereas all the others I have looked at were much higher
  20. Thanks Mike. I will have a good read up about it. I like the idea of having parts that are easy to find.
  21. Got a response from Vixen Japan a couple of days ago. They have no information about this original version of the Atlux.
  22. Interesting stuff, thank you very much Waldemar for all this info. It's good to see how you went about it. With such an old hand controller it gets more likely as time goes by that it will need to be replaced. I had a look for what info I could find about the FS2 controller but sadly Michael Koch is no longer making them. I am going to check with AWR to see if they can provide an aftermarket hand controller and motors.
  23. Thanks for these, I have emailed Vixen in Japan to see if they can help me with the original manual for the mount, and I have put a folder on my Google Drive with any useful PDFs I find in it that people can view here https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B58-RGQv5piYa1lRY1FiQURrSDg&usp=sharing - There is a manual for the "NEW Atlux" and for the SkySensor 3D. From what I have been able to find out the payload is going to be similar to the NEW Atlux as it has the same size shafts and number of teeth on the gear wheels. The main difference is that the older mount has SkySensor 3S or 3D and
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