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  1. Hi Rob, I have the same scope and really like it. It is the long dovetail that came as standard with mine. I’m not sure where the shorter white plate that you have came from. Others might know more. If it’s not tapered in the same way as the dovetail bar then I’d not use it in the manner shown in your picture. It will not be held in the saddle securely enough and the OTA might fall out. That’ll cause a lot of damage. The rear of the mirror being exposed is normal and most reflectors are like this. You’d really have to be very brutal with it before you could harm it. Its th
  2. To be honest I find if you want perfect, and I mean perfect, right on the nose collimation (which isn’t absolutely necessary) then I find no matter how hard screws are tightened or otherwise, even with a solid tube it’s easier to just tweak or check the collimation each session. Takes less than a minute. It’s part of the reflector/dob experience. So many aspects affect it, temperature, vibration, repeatability of the collimation tool being used, etc, that I find it easier to accept a quick collimation is just part of the set up procedure. And that’s only if it bothers me or the view is no
  3. Second what Mamm7215 says, mines a solid tube OO UK and although it holds collimation well it does need a minor tweak most outings if bumped a little. The 200p on the other hand only needs you to look at it and the collimation can be way off. Takes a few seconds to collimate both. I use a 1.25” Hotech laser collimator which itself is easy to calibrate if needed. I think they are one of the few laser collimators that allow easy access to the setting screws.
  4. Hi, I also have a 200p on an EQ5 and have been really pleased with it. The first upgrade I made to the mount was fitting the RA motor drive and did so just to make visual use more comfortable. The flexible cable slow motion controls are worthwhile as well. Visually I find the mount and OTA to be a very useable combination and struggle to understand some of the negative comments Newtonian reflectors on EQ mounts attract. Bang for buck they’re pretty good. However it is not so good on windy nights, the OTA being relatively large the view through the eyepiece wobbles a bit. This al
  5. Belay all the above, I’ve just realised you’ve already got essentially the same, the DX being the older version, it’s late, it’s Saturday night and with cloudy skies the wine and beer has been flowing a little to much
  6. Hi, I have the VX12L 1/6 and am really impressed with it. As far as the scope goes, I’m sure you’ll not be disappointed. However I’d not consider it very portable. It’s the same length OTA as the VX14 at approx 1.5m. The altitude bearing wheels can make for good carry ‘handles’ when needed but you’ll need a vehicle with a long, well padded, soft and very accessible cargo space or you’ll end up with one very dented OTA. The tube is made from rolled aluminium which although light is relatively soft. I have an L200 pickup with a role out bed which many people consider to be a
  7. Hi, Had a very similar experience, borrowed scopes at college, got hooked, purchased 4” reflector on an eq on leaving and used that for the last 3 ½ decades. Kids left, house/wallet allowed so treated myself, started with a 200p on eq5 a few years back and fitted it with an RA motor drive. Wanted more so last year started looking at the same scopes as you. Particularly the 14” and 16” Skywatcher dobs with goto. I was nervous about dobs. I love and understand eq mounts. Not being able to source new I ended up buying a second hand VX12L dob from another member on this f
  8. Hi, I have the 200p on an eq5 with just the ra motor drive. Works well for visual but I think it’s right on the limit. AP is just about possible but only in the most limited manner and on the calmest of nights. I think the mount will struggle with a 250p, might just work for visual but the slightest breeze will make it unstable and a very frustrating experience. Until the recent price increases I was looking to upgrade to an EQ6 size mount to try the VX12L on but primarily for the 200p and hopefully for another scope more suited to dabble in AP. I love an EQ mount and the EQ5 is
  9. Very questionable and frankly it’s not promoted brand loyalty in me. I was dead set on getting a new AZ-EQ6 GT Pro as soon as they became available again but I am not prepared to accept that level of increase. I don’t think as a product it’s worth £1750.00 so I’m now looking at competitors/alternatives. In my day one of the rules of sales was not to give loyal customers a reason to look at your competitors. It becomes the thin end of a very damaging wedge.
  10. Again, instinctively the maths are not adding up. China production has all but recovered if not now in a growth state. Their domestic consumer demand is also down. In my industry (automation and control) production in Germany barely missed a beat over the last year and is at pre COVID levels with no increase in price 2020/21. After a life time in engineering and working with imports from China and Germany all I’m sensing is a dominant brand taking advantage of a huge increase in demand and current circumstances. Fair play, it’s business and given the opportunity maybe we’d
  11. No reflection on FLO or any other retailer who’s prices/increases are very similar. This comment is aimed at the importers. I'm instinctively not getting the maths and I’ll admit the below might be a very crude and simplistic evaluation but: If shipping costs have gone up by £8k for a 40ft container and it has a capacity of 2376cuft. The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6 GT Pro GEQ & Alt-Az Astronomy Mount I’ve had my eye on has increased about £340.00. Rough guess is the mount comes in packaging approximating 10cuft. Then Approx 230 mounts will fit in one container. Increas
  12. Not a lot of help finding Polaris for the first time, there’s heaps of good advice above, but a great help for each time thereafter: If you have to pack away each time, always set the tripod back up in precisely the same position and identify that position by permanent markers in the ground corresponding to the location of each tripod leg foot. Speeds up levelling and alignment no end and for visual you’d barely need to check. This was one of the first tips given by my college lecturer back in the 80’s.
  13. One other thing to make up whilst your at the dew strips is a hand warmer or two. A god send the last few nights.
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