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Found 115 results

  1. Last night I finally managed to get out and have a go at tracking for the first time with the SW SA. DEFINITELY need a ball head... Once I figured out that I should be leaving the latitude adjustment alone (yes I'm THAT much of a noob at tracking and polar alignment), about the only target in my FOV was M31, and even that was about to vanish behind a roof! But I did manage a few 30 second subs before it disappeared. Could've probably gotten longer exposures but the intervalometer wasn't setup and I was out of time. But I'm happy enough for a first time out. The attached is just the test image from last night. About half a dozen subs, Canon 550D, ISO 3200, F/4, cropped down from 55mm Oh, I did notice that whatever way up I put my PA scope, it was upside down...any ideas?
  2. Sunshine

    Best Grease for Gears?

    Hello everyone! i am wondering if it is time to grease the gears on my Vixen GP mount, i have never done this on any mount, upon dismantling the SM control i see it has some grease, not much at all. The grease is greenish in colour and very thick, more so than honey, if i were to regrease it do i need to remove the existing grease? and what type of grease would be best?
  3. Hi all just a quick if you had a choice of mounts would you go for the Skywatcher EQ5 or the Bresser messier EXOS 2/EQ5?. the Skywatcher is about £100 less.
  4. A bit ambivalent about this as scopes come and go and a scope may come in the future resulting in seller's remorse, but here we go! For sale is a Discmounts DM-4 as follows: DM-4 Head 4" Tilt-in Saddle-3 4" Dovetail Converter Universal Angled Handle (shortened a bit as it was too darned long!) 4K Encoder Kit 4" Tilt-in Saddle-3 GRAB & GO BAG FOR DM4 DM-4 8" Tripod Extension Priced new these are (prices shown on Discmounts website) $1,555 + $190 shipping and insurance cost (took this from the invoice that Charles sent me) = $1,745 At today's rate it is £1,245 + VAT (ours is 19% so I will use ours to show my actual cost, not yours which is 20%) £236 + Tariff code 90058000 on telescope accessories of 4.3% (not applied on shipping) £48 = £1,529 which was my cost and the cost you would suffer (well, just a bit more as your VAT is just a tad higher). I am willing to part with it for £1,050 and I will throw in a Nexus II so that you have use of the encoders (if you don't "know your way around" or you are in a light polluted environment) which costs $199 + shipping + above taxes or about £185. Price includes shipping with full insurance and tracking via EMS (takes about 4 working days to hit your local post office) and PayPal fees. I will only accept PayPal (best for the both of us). Dropbox link with some photos here: Dropbox Link I may be willing to sell the tripod if someone is interested. It is the Sirui 5214X and if you grab the package above, I will toss in the tripod at less than half the price of Amazon. Amazon charges £799, I'll sell for £350. Tripod not sold separately unless mount sells first and kindly note that the photos include other equipment which do not form part of this ad and are not for sale. Prices are not negotiable as they are already quite low and also because I know that I will live to regret it when I decide in the future that I want yet another scope for which the DM-4 would be perfect... Here's your chance to grab a premium mount that can lift (and has according to various photos you can find on the internet) up to a 5" refractor (I have seen photos of it with a AP 130 and I tested it with my FS-128 and I only had to be a bit careful changing eyepieces because of the scope's length!) at a competitive price. I have had this setup for a year but used it sparingly (a total of 5-7 times?) as two months after purchasing the mount and tripod, I purchased a FS-128 and a AYO DIGI II mount and well, I love the FS-128 Clear skies, Nicos
  5. For Sale: Vixen Advanced Polaris Altazimuth (APZ) Modular Mount condition: brand new in box (tried out once) price: 389€ + 15,99€ postage (EU-wide)
  6. marcus_z

    Wanted: Vixen SX2

    Wanted: Vixen SX2 - contact via PM please!
  7. Hi everyone! I need some advice , i just ordered a beautiful WO ZS 73 APO telescope with finder , i going to use it for visual observation only. What mount would be best for this telescope? Let me know!
  8. Mendrinos

    Mount encoder fix?

    My Orion Starseeker IV mount has recently started acting weirdly in that it will continue to spew even after the movement buttons have been released, this will then render all buttons on the handset useless as nothing will work until it is switched off and on again. I contacted Orion and they claimed it may be faulty optical encoders but they haven’t yet replied on how I can fix it and I don’t really want to pay too much to fix it. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could fix it myself?
  9. I see there is now a firmware upgrade allowing the az-gti to be used in eq mode . this is exciting for me as i have a staradventurer as well and could use the wedge from it with the az-gti to have a full goto eq mount has anyone done this yet?
  10. This was bought new back in 2014. It was used for a short time in our observatory before we decided to get a Mesu 200 in late 2015. Following that, it received little use – we would occasionally get it out for visual work. Further purchases have meant that the CGEM is now not being used at all, and it is time to shift it on. The CGEM is, in most respects, equivalent to an EQ6, although you should be aware that it cannot be used with EQMOD. It comes with the original tripod and a 17 lb counterweight (as shown in the photo). It comes with the 12V cigar plug power cable. • Payload Capacity: 40 lb (18.14 kg) – visual • Computer Hand Control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display • 40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects I kept the original foam for storing the mount, but the original box has gone. The total weight of the package is not far short of 80 lbs. I don’t know how much it would cost to ship (or quite how I would ship it), so I think collection would be required. I don’t mind driving a reasonable distance to deliver or exchange (maybe we could meet half way). Note that I am also separately selling a Sky Q Link which works with this mount and enables you to control it using an IOS or Android device. £580 The mount is also for sale on UK ABS
  11. bottletopburly

    Eq6 power modification completed

    Took the bull by the horns and done the power modification on my Eq6 pro to connect via the 2pin connector , bit nerve racking haven’t really done much soldering before ,managed to do soldering without frying anything, used Blu-tac to isolate surrounding area so I didn’t solder anything I shouldn’t have , mount powered up checked slewing with handset , steady red light voltage reading 14v dropping to 13.9v slewing phew
  12. Hi, I was asked on a Swedish forum to put an "Astronomical Dictionary" on my homepage. I have made a test page in an easy form. Astronomical related words linked to wikipedia. It aims to the beginners in astronomy so it should not be too complicated words. http://astrofriend.eu/astronomy/astronomical-dictionary/astronomical-dictionary.html Let me know if it's useful and and I shall add more words. /Lars
  13. Well, I was finally able to put the newly repaired Sphinx through its paces over the weekend, Saturday night turned out a bit of a bust weather wise, however it gave me the advantage of already being set up for the following evening which was a completely different story. Sunday...? Transparency not all that great, (perhaps NELM variable 3 to 5) and with a half moon shining, not ideal conditions for deep sky observing, however was still able to bag a few old favourites, including M53, M13, M92 and M51, M81 & 82. Then spent the next two hours exploring some galaxies in Canes Venatici, Coma And Virgo. Managed to pick up M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy, NGC 4565 - The Needle Galaxy, M64 - The Blackeye Galaxy, M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy, NGC 4631 - The Whale Galaxy, NGC 4559, M84 and M86 from Markarians Chain, The Leo Triplet and M87 - Virgo A, plus a whole host of other NGCs. Not much in the way of detail, (mainly due to variable conditions), they pretty much all lived up to their names as ‘faint fuzzies’, but nonetheless a most rewarding couple of hours. The Sphinx performed spectacularly, with each goto resulting in the target well within the FOV. The most gratifying aspect of the evening was the integration of the Avalon X-Guider into the ensemble, getting the main scope and finder dialled in is just so much easier now. Also the laser pointer performed its function perfectly as well, that being to improve efficiency of initial star alignment. All in all a most enjoyable two hours or so of observing. Date: 2018 03 25 22:00 to 00:00 Wind: None NELM: Variable 3 to 5 Seeing: II Antoniadi Restrictions: 1/2 Moon to SW Scope: C8 EdgeHD with modified longer focal length due to 2” Crayford and Diagonal. Aperture: 200mm FL: Approx 3200mm FR: F16 Eyepiece: 22mm T4 Nagler: Mag: 3200/22 = 145 AFOV: 82 Deg TFOV: 34’ Exit Pupil: 22/16 = 1.3mm
  14. Duke2k

    Mirror mount

    I have a pair of 15x70 binoculars but due to neck problems I am struggling to use them even when tripod mounted. I am thinking of making a mirror mount but I don't know if they are any good? Can someone please advise me on which mirror I need, size and thickness, fixing method etc.? Do they suffer from dew problems in the UK and if so is there an effective way around this? If anyone could advise me on this it will be very much appreciated. Thanks
  15. Due to recent equipment upgrade, I am selling my Sky-Watcher AZ4 mount including stainless steel tripod. The item is used and has some scratches, but is fully functional. I'm looking for £80. Collection only from Cambridge, due to size and weight. Thanks for looking, Piero
  16. Hi, A polite appeal to the collective wisdom of SGL to get my HEQ5 mount back together again correctly... I was trying to install a counterweight extension bar to my HEQ5 mount (it doesn't fit, but that's another story) and once I'd unscrewed the bar from below this little piece shown in the photo below dropped out. Does anyone have any idea where it's supposed to go? Any info is very welcome before I throw the offending part away and pretend it never existed. Many thanks, Jason
  17. SiriusDoggy

    CGX Noise

    Can someone please take a look at this video and tell me what they think.I've got a horrible noise coming from the Dec motor only in one direction.https://youtu.be/4E-oRAANk_QThanks!
  18. Hi, I’m looking for some help in deciding on a new portable premium mount for Astrophotography. Currently I have a modified DSLR in use (also have a Starlight CCD boxed up waiting to come out to play soon). I’m no stranger to premium mounts having owned an AP1200 in the past. I’m looking for something that can handle a small refractor and APM 152 f/8 Refractor (yes I like refractors) - one at a time, so probably looking at around 15kg payload with cameras etc. Extra spare capacity is welcome for possible future use. Prime use will be imaging and I want something that won’t take much more than 30-40mins to set-up and get running with tracking capable of say 10mins unguided (I may look to do guiding at a later date perhaps with an OAG or ONAG (just to eliminate flexure as much as possible). I want the mount to be reliable in operation and set-up in order to maximise the few opportunities I have to get to good skies. On that subject I am based in the Midlands of the UK, so skies locally are not the best, I can get to better skies in 30mins or good to very good in 90mins or so. Also I’ve never been a big fan of taking a laptop into the field, but if I’m to get using my SXV CCD Camera again I will need to, so it’s not the end of the world if I need to do that (just need to figure out how to power it - any suggestions). Also it may be that I can’t get the best from the mounts without a laptop (MacBook - can run a Windows VM in Parallels) or tablet (iPad). So my short(ish) list has ended up as follows: Paramount MyT - lower than 10Micron on capacity and MUST have a laptop/tablet connected to work (see above), well established company and great software suite which supports Mac (not sure the SXV-H9 works with the camera addon though). Plus it’s a lovely red colour… lol. 10Micron GM1000 HPS and GM2000 HPS UP - (do I really need Absolute Encoders and to spend the extra cash, will I really benefit). Supposedly great unguided capabilites due to it’s modelling abilities. AP 900 - while probably on the edge of portability, these seem difficult to get second hand in the UK. AP Mach1 - very tempting now, considering the 30kg capacity. I have also looked at the ASA DDM85 (too expensive), the Mesu 200 (doesn’t look very portable). I have read and researched for months on this topic, so I have seen good and bad reports for just about all mounts, but I need a balanced opinion (if possible) to help me make my final decision and place an order. Right now it’s really between the MyT and 10Micron, but not sure if I can justify the extra for 10Micron considering how many clear nights I get and how many I can get out on. I am aware I may need to make some sacrifices to get what is suitable to me. Any comments would be greatly appreciated, especially if you have first hand experience with these mounts. Thanks everyone, Mark (desperate to get a new shiny mount).
  19. Hi, I have Bresser EXOS II EQ5 mount with dual motor drive. Want to upgrade to GOTO + guiding support. Read many negative reviews about GOTO Upgrade kit given by Bresser. So wanted to know are there really such issues like incorrect GOTO, loud noise while slewing etc. If yes, then as an alternative can we use Sky-watcher Synscan GOTO upgrade kit with Bresser EXOS II EQ5 mount? Will it work? Thanks! - Abhijit Juvekar
  20. Sunshine

    CGE Pre mount

    Is it possible to put an EQ6 for example or other equatorial mounts on a CGE Pro tripod?
  21. SiriusDoggy

    CGX Menu Tree

    Hey guys, I'm not sure if anyone is interested in this but I'm always forgetting where certain features are in the hand controller so I created this menu tree for the CGX with the current firmware. Man, what a pain it was. I didn't realize how deep the structure was until I started handwriting it out. And then I find out the manual for the CGX-L has the menu tree in it! Why didn't they include it in the manual for the CGX? They are pretty much identical though I went into a little more detail in mine. CGX Menu Tree I can send it to anyone that wants it as a PDF if you send me a private message with your email address.
  22. Hi guys This topic was opened to see if anyone can help me determine which operating system is compatible with the telescope control. I have a Skywatcher 130/650 I can not control my GoTo telescope and windows 7 but I can not see the planetarium program.
  23. I found an Exos 2 Goto mount for decent price, i hear this essentially was the LXD75, anyone out there have any experience with this mount? i am fairly well versed on Celestron, skywatcher and Meade mounts having had them, but i know nothing about this exes 2, i would use it for visual mainly and solar AP tracking.
  24. Greetings, Im new to the realms of astronomy and have just acquired my first telescope; an Orion Skyscanner 100m reflector. I've taken it out a few times using a childrens Ikea table as a mount and attempted some afocal photography using my Canon EOS 100D DSLR camera (without a great deal of success as can be expected!). Though I have a keen interest in astrophotgraphy, Im settling for simply viewing at this stage, with a view to purchasing a good mount in the future perhaps. Currently, I could benefit from a mount that is going to offer me some reasonable stability over a flimsy table that isnt going to cost the earth. Would an inexpensive EQ (such as the Orion EQ-1) be suitable or should I perhaps consider a simple camera tripod or Altazimuth? Any suggestions here would be welcome. And if anyone has suggestions on achieving some basic astrophotgraphy with my prospective equipment in mind, Id like to hear from them. Or if its best avoided entirely (which I highly expect) then Id also like to know. Thanks! Nathan
  25. I'm looking for a mounting bracket similar to the one that comes with the 8SE for the supplied basic red dot finder, it is to go on a tube ring which already has five screw holes in it along a flat section (presumably for guide scopes etc). The holes seem to have odd spacing, from centre to centre they are 11mm, 19mm, 19mm, 11mm, and between holes it is 5mm, 12mm, 12mm, 5mm, according to my approximate measurements. I just want to be able to fit my existing red dot finder to this scope as well as my 8SE, but for the life of me I don't seem to be able to buy that little mount that comes with the 8SE, curved base or not (I need a flat base or one that can fit either style). Thank you in advance!
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