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  1. Looks like the one I saw on amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BM3QRUG/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_2?smid=A1L33HI8UP9H90&psc=1
  2. Thanks all. I will try to find an ED80 case. If no luck I'll keep looking for something. Cheers
  3. I have a SW Startravel 102 and am looking for a suitable hard travel case. It needs to be able to fit the OTA and prism only so about 60cm x 15cm internal. Does anyone have any recomendations for a budget aluminium style travel case. Cheers Richard
  4. Thanks for the video. Will take a look when I can and hopefully it will motivate me to get out a bit more in the summer/shorter nights Cheers
  5. AZ GTI arrived from FLO today and as such it is raining and windy......
  6. Thanks for the reply. Just trying to save a few quid by using what I already had . The AZ GTI arrives tomorrow so just looking at options etc
  7. Would I be able to use a standard high capacity USB output powerpack with this :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Converter-Qutaway-Voltage-Transformer-Booster-Black/dp/B071X6VYXR/ref=bmx_4/259-3143432-2226702?pd_rd_w=JrgRn&pf_rd_p=1f1bd692-4f3c-4538-a0f4-70004a3bfb6d&pf_rd_r=TP6684JX2152017B0R5G&pd_rd_r=e819f824-fdf5-46d4-ad36-9474a5c9aed0&pd_rd_wg=Cey14&pd_rd_i=B071X6VYXR&psc=1
  8. That is an amazing timelapse of M1- thanks
  9. You're welcome, glad I could recycle it
  10. I'm in a Bortle 4 apparently but struggle due to local light pollution (next doors flood light and street lighting. I have used an Android app (not sure if it is available for iphone/ipad) that I find quite useful for basic planning called Nightshift Richard
  11. Do you still need a planishere? I realised I had a second older one (2000 I think - not sure if they go out of date as such) - you are more than welcome to it to see how you get on with it before stumping up the money on a new one. It's not the larger 12" version but works ok. PM me you address if you want it and I'll send it down. Richard
  12. Managed to find out - they are M4 bolts so have ordered some 10mm countersunk allen bolts from ebay hoping that 10mm is long enough
  13. Do you happen to know the bolt size to attach a dovetail mounting plate? Can't seem to find reference to it anywhere.
  14. I did think the same to be honest. However I already have the 102T and quite like it. This hobby is a money pit after all :-)
  15. Hi all I am considering the following for my Startravel 102T as I am finding the original focuser very frustrating:- https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-focusers/dual-speed-2-crayford-focuser-for-sky-watcher-refractors.html I am trying to workout the weight increase when the original is removed. Approx weight of the Dual Speed Crayford is thought to be about 1.25kg. I am a bit concerned about adding too much weight to that end of the OTA as I already use slightly heavier eyepieces than the originals.and am adding a 90 degree 9x50 finderscope. Has anyone done this upgrade that would be able to either let me know what the new weight of OTA and focuser is or what the weight of the original focuser and might be once removed? One other question sorry - are there any other available options for the ST102T that might be lighter? I am aware there used to be an upgrade kit from Lacerta (https://www.astromanie.ch/en/systeme-de-mise-au-point/1229-systeme-de-demultiplication-110-messier-hexafoc-bresser.html) that just removes the spindle and a new mechanism is inserted, but it doesn't seem to be available in the UK (and may not actually be compatible with the ST102T). Are there any inline microfocusers available similar to this https://www.365astronomy.com/optical-accessories-1/focusers/365astronomy-1.25-rotating-helical-focuser-with-male-t-thread-connection that might work? Thanks Richard
  16. Wow, thanks both, all is not lost then just need so clear skies and time to play.
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