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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!
Morning! I've just taken delivery of a Sky-Watcher StarQuest 102 MC. It's all set up BUT apparently I need to polar align it to be able to see anything? Please don't eye-roll me but I'm a total beginner and my usual go-to for instructions is videos but there don't seem to be many on the StarQuest series. Do I have this right; the tripod needs to point north. Then put my latitude adjustment knob to my own latitude which is 51. Should that be all I need to do? Thank you so much in advance for any help or tips!
I am putting this in Astro Lounge as opposed to DIY Observatories because, well, I probably won't be doing it (all) myself....... I stuck my neck out at my societies AGM and raised the prospect of having our own observatory. Arguments against were expense, lots of folk have their own dome, location and security. Arguments for included outreach, lots of folk want but can't have their own observatory, skills progression. I was tasked with a feasabilty/ cost study before we decide whether to approach organisations for either funding assistance or permission to site an obsy on their ground. To kick start the costing side of the study, I need to asses what is required (outside of a plot of land for the obsy). My first thoughts are:- Shell. I am thinking sustainable so a substantial wooden structure including a dome and warm room. 'Flatpack' with DIY assembly would reduce financial impact. Perhaps increase the warm room size into something large enough to become our meeting hall? Power. Mains would be best but, would a solar panel/ battery combo suffice? Pier. This would be one of the DIY part of the project and I am thinking a reinforced concrete pier with mount fixings to suit the desired mount though a steel pier is a possibility. Water/ Drainage. As a society obsy, with outreach use a goal, somewhere to produce refreshing beverages (and to download the later result) may be desired. Mains and sewer or mains water and septic tank? What have I missed? Thanks Matt
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.
When it comes to computers I know enough to to sort most basic things but I'm stuck on this one. I have downloaded the zip fill and extracted the files, I then click on run program then it displays this message, This application requiresthe Microsoft.NET Framework 4.0 (FULL) to be instgalled in order to run. Please install .NET Framework and then run this installer again. I have no idea what this mean, could someone please shed a bit of light onto what I need to do please? Many thanks in advance.