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  1. Just sold a VMC 110l at the weekend, great scope, easy to use. I have used it on a manfrotto 55b photo tripod, either with a ball head or the geared head I have. Also have the Vixen Porta mount II, which is a great mount that I currently use with a Mak127 and surprisingly handles a TAL 100RS (with a bit of vibration). Great Scope the 110l, only sold it as I had more than I can use. regards David
  2. I have got it to work now. Had to screw it in and about a few times to get the thread to bed in. Regards David
  3. Mine arrived yesterday and I have just set it up and had a good look at the goldfinches feeding at the other end of the garden. All in all a very nice scope, looks and feels a lot more than it cost. Does anyone know what the screw in reticle is for that comes with the scope. I tried fitting it to the EPS the scope came with, but in all cases the reticule was out of focus, I could not move into into the ep far enough for focuse. regards David
  4. Just done this myself after a trip to Wilkinsons in Kingston. Stripped the 200p down to the tube, measured two strips to do the tube length ways using only two sheets and using plenty of soapy water eased the first sheet in place, spent a few minutes smoothing bubbles out, then added the second sheet with a 5mm overlap to the first sheet and it is now drying overnight for reassembley tomorrow. So far looks good and the Wilkinson flocking had no issues with the amount of water I used, small amound of flocking flecks on my hand as I smoothed and pushed out bubbles, but no major issues. regards D
  5. another one ordered It is a Christmas present to myself after reading AstroBaby's review it was too tempting and it certainly beats the warm socks I am likely to get at Christmas. David
  6. The Baader zoom is great. I also have baader EP's from 2.5mm to 24mm for the Skywatcher 200 Newt, but I love the zoom on the mak 127 great EP and versitile. regards David
  7. Matt requested some photos, so here they are My apologies for the clutter, I need to sort the garage out again. The slow mo controls are plastic rods, which I keep meaning to replace, proberbly the weakest part of the porta mount package. The good thing is the controls can fit either side of the control shaft, so they can point away or towards you. I find the mount with the Mak 127 quick and easy to use. regards David
  8. I bought my mak127 as an OTA. The finder on mine is in the 7'oclock position when mounted and looking at the back of the scope. To be honest it is not in an ideal position, but does not bother me that much. I use the finder (RDF) to get a rough location then using the baader zoom (works well on this scope), I start off at the lowest power center in the EP and zoom in if needed. I use an RDF which is quite compact, if I used a finderscope on the tall bracket that I have seen in some photos, it would be a problem. regards David
  9. I use a Mak127 on a porta II with no issues (for me anyway). I do use a red dot finder and use the setup as a grab and go between clouds. david
  10. Thaks, I have just run some 300, 600 and 900 seconds in the garage and cannot locate the column problem. All frames from last night had it, and it is only the red channel, I will just keep an eye on it and see what happens. The QHY8 is second hand, but other than this oddity appears to be perfect. regards David
  11. Not sure it is a streak, it is on all frames and appears to about a pixel wide. Looks worse in the stacked image because there are now three streaks where I adjusted the RGB channels. I have just set the camera up in the garage to run some test to see what happens. I also spent some time cleaning the sensor, filters and scope before I used it. All cleaning was done using visible dust sensor cleaning fluids and swabs, same stuff I use on my dslrs. Regards David
  12. Last night was a battle with the moon and it was also the first time I tried using a QHY8 I picked up recently. I choose IC1396 and using nebulosity2 took 53 x 300sec images at a gain of 1 and offset of 130. When I stack the images in DSS and then process in Pixinsight, there is a vertical line on the right hand side, now that I have taken a closer look at most of the light frames I can see the line present in each of them. Can you advise what it is and what I can do to fix it, I am starting to think it is from the camera, but not sure why? regards David
  13. Wow, thank you everyone, I will take a good look and work out what I need. David
  14. I use all of the above on Win7 64bit with no issues and I have the QHY5v regards David
  15. That is just what I need. I discovered in my box of goodies a T2 to M48 adapter, but alas not a M48 to T2. Thank you Martin.
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