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What's the best single upgrade you've ever made to a setup?

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I think my best upgrade is the Rigel Quikfinder, to put beside my finder scope.

 

But close runners up are the Maxvision 24mm 68 degrees eyepiece and the IDSA.

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There are lots of little things that can and do make life one heck of a lot easier - telrad, dew shield, Orion waistcase accessory holder (look it up), as well as some you can do yourself - adding valve caps to collimation screws. I made this messy little device that you stick on your Cheshire collimator, put your phone in with the camera on and a mirror shows you the view when you're fiddling with the primary.

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My ACME personal Cloud Evaporator, utterly brilliant bit of kit. Don't why you all don't have one:happy7:

Jim

 

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I have a few...

On my 16inch dob I have a secondary heater behind the mirror which keeps things clear all night. I also have a diy push to with dual encoders which means I can really hunt for very faint dso targets when star hopping has proved difficult.                       The other big upgrade was to decide to get a dedicated travel scope for weekends away , and a skywatcher 127 mak goto with some old celestron plossls have revolutionised things for me with regard to this .... I never thought a step down in aperture would open up more of the sky but a 127 under a dark sky is quite impressive (until the 16inch crashes the party of course !)      Cheers

 

 

 

 

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Steve beat me to it, but moving to a dark site. In 'kit versus site,' site wins every time, and by a country mile.

Olly

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Taking the objective cap off when doing comet photography!  

On a serious note motor focusing has helped my planetary observations enormously.   

 

 

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A Rigel Quikfinder, is my best or is it the EQ5 motors, both are invaluable and make observing a real pleasure. :icon_biggrin:

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11 hours ago, Joe12345 said:

There are lots of little things that can and do make life one heck of a lot easier <snip>.

Indeed. Picking out just one improvement is very limiting. It's the combination of things that makes live easier.

Better question to ask is: which of your scope upgrades do benefit most from?

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Another + for putting an observatory over the telescope, fitting "Hargreaves struts" to long focus telescopes, "Bobs knobs".  :icon_biggrin:

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For my 250px:

1. Telrad

2. 13mm Nagler T6

3. Lacerta 10:1 upgrade for Skywatcher focusser

:)

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Rowan's belt mode for my HEQ5 (less noise and reduced tracking errors)

For 1/10th the price of the mount it improved my guiding and tracking significantly not to mention the noise factor when slewing.

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Nothing to do with the telescope itself, but for me: a second-hand thermal boiler-suit (as used by people who work in frozen food plants) - keeps me warm as toast and encourages me to spend more time outside!

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So far Telrad. Telrad is also my most painful Upgrade. Knock my forehead into it every session

(unintentionally, not a ceremonial thing)

 

Rune

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12 hours ago, ollypenrice said:

Steve beat me to it, but moving to a dark site. In 'kit versus site,' site wins every time, and by a country mile.

Olly

My scope's size already allows me to take it to a dark site, but you are right. My little C8 from a dark site beats our university's 16" RC from the city on deep sky targets.

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48 minutes ago, dweller25 said:

Binoviewers :headbang:

Totally agree - binoveiwers are another great buy! Apparently don't work for everyone, but I took a punt and found them great for planets/moon/solar.

If I was to expand my list, an O-III filter, Baader solar film and binoveiwers really expanded the capability of my 250px ;)

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