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  1. Hi all I first came on here when I bought my first telescope, a Meade LT6 ACF in 2014. Everything was great and then we moved and despite taking care with my precious LT6, I could not align the scope and it was left to one side. I have since sold it and sort of regretting it as I sold it for much, much less than I bought it for. Ah well, can’t do anything about it now. so getting to the point, I’m on the lookout for another telescope and one that won’t get left in the corner. It would need to be easy to move about and set up. I took some great photos of the moon with my LT6 and my iPhone and would want to do the same again with other planets. I’m not sure that the 200p skywatcher dob would be easy for me to move around as it is huge, although I think this would be the one I should get (when they are back in stock!). I know I haven’t got the patience or the time for what I would call proper AP. Or should I look at something different? I could stretch to £1000. I’m not right techy and I think that’s why I couldn’t figure out how to solve my go to problems on the LT6 and led to it becoming something to look at rather than look through and it has put me off goto’s. which makes me think that eq’s might be out of my ability range. please can you give me some advice?
  2. Long storey short : the OTA slips dramtecly when vewing an object to 0 altitude. Details: So I bought the Skywatcher GoTo flextube 10 inch a year ago. It was nothing but great, until yesterday when I was just starting the session to level up the scope on the mount for alignment. I Went to get some equipment and when back noticed the scope has declined to a minus reading on the altitude! With no attachments on the OTA. I re-leveled it to the horizon and it held itself, put on the nothing but stock attachments as usual. Switched on the GoTo and started aligning, when alignment is successful, I chose an object and notice the object is far off. I check the battery voltage and it's 12.5 volts, which indicates it's not a battery issue. I turn it off to re-align again, this time when I press the up arrow to align to an object I notice the GoTo gears struggle to move the OTA upwards, but eventually the speed increase to normal and manage to points upwards to the object. I pick a second object which happens to be near the zenith and the GoTo goes out of control straight to zenith and carrying on above 90+ degrees on the altitude bearing. I try to stop the scope with the handset before the base of telescope hits the wood in the base, only to notice the handset is not showing light or responding. I turn the GoTo off. Start to align for the third time, this time aligns but still off target. I ignore and start viewing Jupiter which happens to be 40+ in altitude , after few minutes of viewing, the scope drops slowly to zero altitude with no hand or handset movement! Handset is still showing that the viewed object is still Jupiter! Note: I did notice weird sounds of the gears when trying to increase altitude. Not the common sound. Has anyone faced this issue and fixed it, should I return under guarantee? Is this a gear slippage? Or clutches not engaged? Your help will be much appreciated!
  3. I am considering a new elastic light shroud for my 12" f6 dobson. Apart from the obvious ones sold by Teeters and Astrosystems, are there options here in the UK or in the EU? Where did you get yours? Cheers, Piero
  4. I am thinking on astrophotography with a reinforced/DIY upgraded 16" travel Dob, 3-5minutes subs. Seen that the Tom O' dual axis platform does exactly that but got two problems with that: #1, price: costs more than a GEM capable to carry a 16" Newtonian (CEM60). I know there are stronger, more expensive mounts out there - anyway, 2000$+ is beyond my budget. #2, fixed latitude. The scope is a travel Dob which I intend to fly e.g. to Namibia - unfortunately I don't live South enough to be on its Northerly counterpart. Neither I want to pay TWICE the $2k+ price tag. #3, polar alignment: no polar finder, better PoleMaster no deal. In 2020 the maximum time I want to waste with PA is 5 minutes. I have two trackers meant to be used with small telepoto/standard lemses: both came with polar finders. Any recommendations? I am also open for DIY, however need a decent low-latitude design first.
  5. Hello! This is my first post in a year since my initial post after joining this community. I look forward to posting and contributing more, as well as getting to know some other astronomy enthusiasts! A little bit of background: I got into astronomy during December of 2012. Today, I am the owner of a pair of Celestron 15x70 binos, as well as an Orion xt8i Dobsonian. I own multiple eyepieces, including an 8-24mm zoom eyepiece, and a variety of filters, including a 13% transmission moon filter, an ultra block narrowband filter, and a set of color filters. The only major thing I consider to still be missing from my 'arsenal' is a way of taking astrophotographs, which leads me to the purpose of today's post. I have been looking into astrophotography for some time now, and as I have a Dobsonian, the only practical type of astrophotography I can engage in (from my understanding) is Solar System Imaging. I am looking at different Solar System imagers which come with software allowing me to stack multiple frames. I emphasize that I do not have a tracking mount, or the budget/supplies to build one. I have been particularly looking at the Orion StarShoot Camera 4, the Orion StarShoot 5 MP Camera, and the Orion StarShoot USB Camera. I am wondering why the prices are so drastically different, seeing as they all appear to perform similar tasks. I'd love if someone could give me a rundown of the pros/cons of each of these cameras, or any other useful information regarding them. In addition, if there are any similar cameras that you have had a good experience with from other companies , I'd love to check them out as well! Lastly, I'd like to know if there are any other methods with which I can take astrophotos. Keep in mind that they must be applicable to an instrument without tracking capabilities. Thank you guys for all the help! I hope to get more into the community over the next couple of months! Clear Skies- Rohun
  6. Looking to upgrade from my current 4.5" EQ reflector to an 8" Dob. Not particularly concerned with brand and don't mind used condition provided all is in good working order. Bundled accessories are a bonus (EPs and filters especially) though not a must. Based in North Wiltshire and happy to drive to collect within reasonable distance (<1hr30).
  7. Having some trouble focusing my Dobsonian. I’m seeing objects but there very blurry, I’ve collimated my telescope already, adjusted the focusing knobs (made sure the screw was loose to be able to adjust), have tired with both 25mm and 10mm 1.25 eyepieces during the day and pointing at bright objects that are far way. I’m not sure if it’s just beginners struggle and eventually I’ll get shard images, but any tips would help! Thank you.
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