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Everything posted by HollyHound

  1. Just arrived from fellow SGL member (thanks @Dantooine ) and excellent as always A Nagler 22mm T4, which should be a good fit for the FC100, in place of the Panoptic 24mm
  2. I’ve had one of these for a year now and it’s never let me down with alignment... just make sure it’s as level as you can get it and align to one object, then you’re pretty much good to go. As you observe you can keep updating the alignment using each new object (align to object), but even with just the initial (single) object align it is eerily accurate It is quite heavy (lighter than the AZ100 though), but it’s got good stability and if you make sure the clutch is nice and tight, keep a counterweight on the other side, it will be effortless to use. You can also change eyepieces e
  3. Well this is the “daytime” budget, so doesn’t count
  4. Another arrival today, thanks @FLO... a Lunt 1.25” Herschel Solar Wedge... thought it’s about time I tried some solar viewing
  5. Arrived yesterday and in perfect condition, from a fellow SGL member (thank you @Size9Hex)... an ES 6.7mm 82 This will sit alongside the ES 4.7, in my grab and go set
  6. This is a bargain, if it didn’t already have an FC76DCU, I’d be all over this... these are fantastic scopes
  7. The only metric I use for my three Taks now is... they’re lightweight, easy to use and stuff looks good through them
  8. I’ve had the AZ Mount Pro for almost a year, it’s a superb goto Alt Az mount. Very easy to align (it has built in GPS and compass), good payload capacity and dual scope capability. Having a built in rechargeable battery means there is no cable to tangle in use. The ScopeTech is still my favourite for grab and go though, and I could see this goto motor kit being useful, but it’s rather an expensive upgrade and might add significant weight too
  9. It’s good logic... admittedly the Morpheus 14 did show quite a lot of field curvature in my StellaMira 80 f/10, about the same as the XW 14, whereas the Delos 14 shows none. Now the Morpheus 17.5 is superb, really lightweight and is excellent in all my scopes, particularly my Mak. You really can’t go wrong with Morpheus
  10. I had exactly this issue (read the post directly above yours) and solved it by keeping that silver ring attached and laying it on a table and just gripping both parts and giving it a really solid twist. I think the parts might be stuck due to the black paint they use inside the tube, rather than glue
  11. Lovely eyepiece you have there, the Delos range are probably the best balance between quality, field of view and weight, in the TeleVue stable
  12. I’m happy to report that I (finally) managed to unscrew that blue extension... just had to settle it carefully on a large towel, grip the whole tube and silver end ring in one hand and the extension in the other and give it some welly Does make the OTA much more flexible now Thanks for the advice, it gave me the confidence to keep persevering
  13. I would love to list everything but it would take most an evening to work it all out
  14. I know that you’ve been not only exceptionally busy, but doing the most awe inspiring work in the most trying of situations... so I’m very glad to hear that you’ve managed to have something to take you away from that and provide some measure of enjoyable down time Most of my extra time has come from no longer having to commute and spend weeks away from home on long projects, but actual work time is busy than ever now
  15. Nice find Getting an adjustable observing chair transformed my sessions, whether sitting at the dob or using the refractors
  16. No matter how much force I use, even (carefully) tried a pipe wrench, I can’t remove that blue extension... so unfortunately (for now) it will have to stay Fortunately, my binoviewer comes easily to focus with the Hyperion 2.2x Barlow (albeit giving x5) and I’ve just received a WO 2x binoviewer Barlow nosepiece. This should be enough for my needs, as I didn’t plan on binoviewing anything other than the moon or planets. Strange though that mine seems to be so tight, almost like it’s had glue or paint applied in the screw threads
  17. Prior to lockdown, I was working away from home a lot, so had a pair of Nikon 8x56 binoculars which I used when away and before I really got back into astronomy. I couldn’t even begin to list what has been purchased since lockdown. Just before lockdown I had an ST80, ST120, Mak102 on a Skywatcher Avant mount and Hyperion Zoom eyepiece. The Mak and mount were given to a friend and the ST120 was sold, so everything else in my signature (plus countless finders, adaptors, widgets, books and accessories) has been purchased since lockdown began I haven’t added it all up, and some it
  18. This just arrived for either the FC-100 or FS-60CB A Takahashi MEF-3 Fine Focuser
  19. Thanks. It is indeed. I easily unscrewed the focuser itself from that extension tube and the extension tube plus silver ring from the OTA, but when I tried unscrewing the extension tube from that ring, it just wouldn’t budge. I’ll try again tomorrow, didn’t want to force it before checking that I wasn’t missing something (e.g. it’s glued or there’s a locking screw etc), so good to know it’s just really tight As it happens, I was able to test some eyepieces last night on the moon and also able to use my binoviewers anyway, using the Hyperion Zoom Barlow (2.25), which came into focus
  20. The adapter has arrived from @FLOand fits perfectly to both ScopeTech Zero (as expected) and the Report tripod. It came with two M8 bolts and these make a super solid connection to the base of the mount, and the M10 bolt of the tripod is screwed solidly into it This should be really secure now and as a bonus, the adapter is significantly smaller and lighter too
  21. After a recent thread highlighting the (potential) weakness of the 3/8th connection into the ScopeTech Zero, I ordered this from @FLO... ScopeTech Mount Adapter. This connects with two supplied M8 bolts and then the M10 bolt from the tripod connects securely to that
  22. I’m attempting to do the same thing, as I’d like to use extensions, camera rotator and T2 adaptor to allow me to use mine for binoviewing. However, the blue extension ahead of the focuser seems remarkably right and no amount of turning can separate it from that silver ring that attaches it to the main OTA. I can remove the focuser easily enough, but not that bit Do I just need to be more forceful, or are these glued in anyway... I guess not, as yours came off and it looks like it’s just screwed in, but maybe it is just really tight
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