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  1. Hello, I have recently bought a 76AZ and seen some incredible sites of the Moon, Venus was good to observe too (all through the 20mm) However Mars was a disappointment probably due to its size; and when I attach the Barlow Lense the zoom is there but the quality is definitely compromised. (Also find trouble with focusing as it shakes finding it hard to find the 'sweet spot') I am asking for some advice on how to 'tune up' or get the best out of my 76AZ, and for any advice on what optics/eyepieces to buy as I have read that the standard ones are not the best of quality. The finder scope is also terrible and will probably resort to fitting an Air Rifle scope in its place! Although guess work with two people works reasonably well! I would love gain any valuable Pointers & Tips anyone may have on how to use this telescope to its maximum performance or what things I can do to improve the quality etc. you can also be honest and say I need to just upgrade ha ha Thanks a lot in advance! ?
  2. New Celestron 8SE owner and not impressed. Alignment is a bitch. I finally "succeeded" with the three-star align and then the scope would only take me sort of close to where I wanted to go. Had to adjust manually. How spot on is alignment supposed to be? Tracking? I can't tell from the inadequate instruction manual how to engage tracking once I'm on an object. The whole exercise was supposed to allow me to do some astrophotography with my Canon 5D and related camera-to-scope attachments. Finally, I was surprised to learn (I think) that one needs to go through the alignment process for each session. The "computer" apparently doesn't hold the alignment. That right? Again, I can't find any reference in the instruction manual! If this is the case, it's certainly inconvenient. Any help or advice will be appreciated.
  3. Hi, I have always had an interest in astronomy/stargazing. Looking up into a clear night sky wondering what it would be like to be out there is always a summers night pass time favorite of mine. Although, having a high interest in this area as a child I became otherwise engaged in other activities like playing console games, and then more recently raising my own young children. However, my interest in astronomy and stargazing has since returned and I have recently wanted to begin looking into the night sky with a telescope. I am a complete novice when it comes to this and just wondered what would be a good beginners scope. I have recently been interested in buying the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ. I have read numerous reviews about this scope and everyone says that its really good scope for beginners. I have looked at images that people have taken through this scope using additional filters and lenses and I am more than impressed with what can be achieved. I am completely new to telescopes and wouldn't really know where to start. I had a low-grade telescope as a child, branded National Geographic which was great for looking at the moon with, it came with 2 lenses. I still have it but would prefer a 'more advanced', 'more profesional' scope. Any help/tips would be great. I have a maximum budget for this of £250GBP but could stretch to £300GBP Thanks all.
  4. Hi everyone, I looking to get my husband his first telescope. I am currently undecided between the Skywatcher Explorer 130P (EQ-2) and the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ3. I believe the Celestron has a better tripod and the Skywatcher has a better mirror but otherwise they are very much the same, is that correct? In your opinion which would be the better telescope to get for a beginner but with room to still grow into it? Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!
  5. Picked up my new addition to my expanding family of 'fracs on Monday, but only got a chance for a very brief test out last night at a hazy moon. The Celstron Omni XLT 120mm f8.3 is in very nice condition (thanks Allan! ), which just needed the optics cleaning with a wee clean with some Baader cleaning fluid and cloth. The results which can be seen in the pics below came out extremely well. A brief glimpse of the moon gave a very pleasing image through the EP. Didn't a get chance to view anything else except one or two bright stars as the seeing was so poor, with haze and mist around, but hoping for a better night soon to have a crack at some double stars, DSO's and planets of course. Only issue I had was with the focuser which slipped quite easily with my 2" diagonal in and Morpheus 14mm EP. A quick strip down of the mechanism soon sorted that issue out relatively easily. Going to compare this mainly with my ST120 f5 'frac mainly and see which give the best results. I'll post results up as and when I get the chance. PS. Oh, and Allan very generously gave me another 'frac for free too, so when I get round to checking that one out I'll let you know too. Cheers Allan!
  6. Hi I decided to get my telescope out again. And I was looking to buy either a ZWO ASI120MC or ZWO ASI120MC - S or Celestron Neximage 5 or Celestron Burst, all depending on price and condition etc to try and get some pictures of the planets. Regards Keith
  7. Hello All, I recently upgraded from a department store 50mm refractor and got the Celestron Powerseeker 127Eq, but after researching a bit more, I have found out that there are problems in the design of this reflector (Barlow lens built-in). I am currently comparing the Meade Polaris 130EQ, Celestron Astromaster 130EQ and Meade Polaris 127EQ. I just need to know any important details about all 3 of them and know which is the best choice (mount, its setting circles, optics, EPs, etc). I want to know if there are any design problems that come with it (like the C P 127EQ). I would be also be glad to know about how well these telescopes can track celestial objects and if their setting circles are accurate. I know these are a wholesome amount of question, but this will be my first "real" telescope and I hope on using it for the next couple of years, Thanks a lot!!
  8. I have for sale 2 Celestron X-Cel LX eyepieces. Perfect upgrade from stock eyepieces. Focal lengths 12mm and 18mm. These were bought brand new in February this year so are in excellent condition and have all caps and boxes included. I also have the Iphone 5/5s phone adapter that attaches your iphone to the X-Cel eyepieces. I've included a couple of photos that I took using this adapter to show how good it is. This adapter is hard to get hold of now and believe it or not cost me £50!!
  9. Just a quick comment on the service I've received from Steve Collingwood at SCTelescopes. I had a 14" Meade LX200 which had developed a very serious intermittent fault with its electronics. By arrangement, I took the scope to Steve today for him to look at as he is a trained Meade service engineer with many years experience behind him. He offered to work on the scope while I waited since I had a 260 mile round trip and it would potentially save me a second journey to collect the scope. In addition I would provide a second pair of hands as the 14" is a good weight to manhandle. That suited me fine so work began. The electronic faults were investigated and fixed. The scope was then thoroughly cleaned and serviced to a good standard. Normally Steve would accurately collimate the scope before it left the workshop but, as it was going to be bounced around in the back of a car for several hours, we agreed it probably wasn't worth as it would be better done once remounted in the dome. Even so, Steve had a quick check for any obvious misalignment before letting the unit leave. Steve was a very pleasant and knowledgeable chap with a good, traditional approach to and appreciation of quality engineering. The final price was reasonable, the work quality good and, most importantly, the tea was nice! All-in-all a good experience. AndyG
  10. I have a Celestron CPC 9.25 and a knocking sound began to come from the declination drive while tracking. The noise stops when slewing the drive in any speed but returns when tracking. The noise was intermittent and sometimes quite loud and so I looked online to see if this is a common problem and to find a cure. Several people reported the same fault but I couldn't find any information or images of the inner workings or how to fix it. I carried out the following three weeks ago and the knocking noise has stopped since then. To do this you will require the following items. 1 set of metric allen (hex) keys, 2 small O rings (see image) Small phillips screwdriver Lithium grease (optional) Begin by locating the hex screw on the declination clutch knob (see image) Undo this screw and turn the knob anticlockwise until it comes off the spindle. Locate the six hex bolts on the inside of the fork arm and remove them. The bottom and middle screws are the same but the top pair are longer but both different lengths. You may have to move the ota to access these. Locate the two lower hex bolts inside the bottom hand recess and loosen them but don't remove. The outer plastic cover should now come off revealing the motor assembly (see image). Look for the two small black phillips screws that secure the gearbox to a shiny silver pressed steel bracket (see image). Note that there is a gap between the bracket and gearbox and this is where the O rings will be placed. Remove one screw and slide an O ring in place, replace the screw and tighten slightly to put pressure on the O ring but not to significantly distort it. Repeat with the next screw. While the side plate is off, now would be a good time to replace the grease on the main brass worm and large cog with something suitable like lithium grease. That's it! Simply replace the cover and clutch knob and things should be quieter.
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