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Moon Lander

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  1. Thanks MBJ. Unfortunately deneb is hidden by the house! The driveway would give me a better view, but that is not level!
  2. Thanks Capricorn. The mount is polar aligned. It is the synscan set up and it does give you a list of stars at each of the options. I tried to select the easiest, brightest stars for the alignment. Unfortunately, many of the stars on the list I had not heard of! Dubhe is the end star in the Plough, one of the two you follow to point at Polaris. Unfortunately it has been quite faint in the sky the last few nights. Also, the house actually restricts the view of the northern sky. Whilst we do have fairly dark skies so back garden viewing is good, the house is a bit of an obstacle. I'll check the -0 and see if that makes a difference. Thanks.
  3. Thanks. The scope is level. Your 5 questions have all been entered correctly. The alignment is taking around 45 minutes in total as we do not recognise the names of some of the stars that are listed so are finding them on a star chart first. Longitude is -2.94. I'm guessing it might be simply the time taken, but if so, how quickly do you have to complete?
  4. Maybe it is the time then. It always seems to take an age to find the second star as it is always out of the finderscope's view. I'll try to speed up next time its clear:)
  5. I have a Skywatcher Explorer 200 PDS on an HEQ5 Pro mount. For the first 18 months I have not used the GoTo as I wanted to try to find my way around the sky myself. I have now decided to put the GoTo to use to speed up the process and see more before I freeze and need to go back in again! Over the past week I have been trying to align it using the 3 Star alignment approach. I have found Polaris and entered my location, and I have then aligned it using Sirius, Dubhe and Betelgeuse. However, after entering the third star, I keep getting the alignment failed message. I initially assumed that I was somehow finding the wrong stars, but am confident from getting the same failure on every occasion that this is not the case. Does anyone have any thoughts about what I might be doing wrong? Thanks.
  6. In defence of the Tal, I am not criticising them in any way, shape or form. They certainly do what they are supposed to do, and do it very well. I have just not used any other barlows to know whether my viewing experience would be enhanced by using them with the premium EP's. Thanks.
  7. When we bought our scopes, we bought the relatively cheap Tal barlows. As we now have a couple of premium eyepieces, would you advise buying higher quality barlows so as not to diminish the effect of these eyepieces? Thanks for any advice.
  8. Just had my first viewing of Jupiter . Saw four of the moons tonight. What a beautiful sight. I didn't realise what a wide orbit some of the moons have. If only I didn't have to get up early tomorrow, I could have stayed out all night. Roll on the next clear night.
  9. Moon Lander


    Welcome to the forum Neil. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, you'll always find everyone willing to advise. Oh, and the clouds you have now are nothing compared to the ones that will appear when you get your scope
  10. Hi Shiplu. I wish I had the ability and patience to build my own scopes. You will have fun with your new scope. Do let us know when it arrives and what you view first through it.
  11. A warm welcome from Staffordshire to SGL Paul. Newgrange also fascinated me on the two occasions I have visited. How they did their calculations to build the way they did is completely beyond me. Enjoy your scope.
  12. Welcome to the forum from Staffordshire Buzz. My reaction when my scope arrived was very similar - it looked far bigger in real life than in the picture!
  13. Moon Lander

    Old newbie

    If only attachments could be made as quickly as you can read the instructions. I bet it's not quite as straighforward in reality. You have my instant admiration! Welcome to SGL Tom.
  14. Now I've finally managed to get my scope in focus with the provided 28mm EP, it looks like I need a further extension tube in order to get focus with my 13mm EP. Is there any real differences to extension tubes you can buy? Are there any I should look out for, or others I should avoid? I've noticed that they do different lengths (50mm and 80mm). Is one more useful than the other, or would I be better getting both so that I have all eventualities covered? Any advice would be appreciated (again). Thanks. David
  15. The moon came out again tonight (very briefly) so I tried the extension tube - it worked!!! The moon was beautifully focussed using the 28mm EP that came with the scope. I tried the 13mm Ethos as well, but the cloud cover came over before I had chance to try properly. However, it did look like I might need a further extension tube for this to focus. Thanks to all for the advice, and particularly Adam for the solution. David
  16. Welcome to SGL Iz. I hope you get many clear nights ahead. A good choice of scope.
  17. Welcome to SGL Ryan. I'm guessing light pollution is not too much of an issue for you - just the same cloud cover as the rest of us!
  18. Welcome to SGL Ian. I know from personal experience just how helpful everyone on here is. I look forward to seeing your first Jupiter pictures posted. Good luck.
  19. Hi Adam, Thanks, you may be a life-saver (ok, slight exaggeration!). I was about to post again as I tried focusing on the moon last night and failed again. I wondered what that tube in the box was for. Us newbies really need an idiots guide to putting everything together. Thank goodness for SGL When I get the next clear night I'll try this and let you now how I get on. Thanks again. David
  20. Welcome to SGL Jamie. I have no experience with Dobs so cannot comment on the quality, though plenty of other on the site do rave about them so I do not think you will go far wrong. One thing you do need to consider is whether you just want to view or whether you might want to start to image. If imaging is of interest, then I understand the Dob is not the most suitable type of scope for this. Enjoy whatever you do order.
  21. Welcome to the group P. Enjoy.
  22. Welcome to the group Ben. I'm sure it won't be long before you are tempted to start to price up some equipment
  23. Thanks for the advice so far. I will try the aerial focus again (at least the cloud shouldn't get in the way of that!). I do have the dual speed focuser and tried with both the coarse and the fine with no success with either. It would also be good to see the moon one night as that is a much bigger target to try to get it to work on. Shaunster, you may have a very valid point, but I would have expected the eyepiece they supply with the scope to work with it? Thanks again.
  24. I don't know the answer, but I had the same issue with my Powertank. I chose to charge it for the recommended time and it doesn't seem to have done it any harm. I think it's more important not to let the charge drain completely. Whether you can actually overcharge though I don't know.
  25. OK, here's time for my really dumb question. Last night was one of the first clear nights since I got my scope (200PDS). I had collimated it and then lined the finderscope up by looking at a house aerial in the distance. That was fine and I could see the aerial through the eyepiece when in the centre of the finderscope. It was a little blurred, but I assumed that was just because it was too close. When I came to look at the sky, the finderscope was full of stars, but I could not get anything to focus through the eyepiece. I tried the 28mm that came with the scope and the 13mm Ethos we have just bought. Everything worked fine through my wife's scope. Has anyone any bright ideas what I might be doing wrong? Is it just not collimated properly, or is there something obvious I am not doing (and yes, the lens caps etc were off!). Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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