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Unfortunately for me, my son shares my passion for cycling, so to raise funds for bikes a major clear out is in order:
Berlebach UNI 28 wooden tripod - £230.00. It was bought from Germany and is in superb condition. Sold
SkyTee-2 mount with extended controls as well as all original knobs - £130.00. Also in superb condition.
Due to the size and weight of these items, cash on collection preferred.
After collecting my new Celestron Nexstar 6/8SE Goto mount off Parallaxerr last Tuesday, I got a brief chance tonight earlier on to give it a brief first light. So, here is a brief summary of how things went. The scope I used on the mount was my Celestron 4SE Maksutov;
Setting up. Compared to my other Goto mount (Skywatcher Stardiscover AZ Goto mount), getting the mount levelled and set up was much easier. Trying to do this with the other Goto mount can take some time, especially when trying to fit the top Goto part to the mount itself in the dark, which requires a torch and some patience to get the securing screws located correctly. On the Celestron mount you can do this very easily, with notches in the top of the mount to allow easy alignment with the securing screws.
Alignment. As there were quite a few clouds in the sky, I went for the quickest alignment that the Celestron mount offers; one star alignment. Not expecting much after the initial alignment on Sirius, I was pleasantly surprised. After taking the tour option to look at some double stars, planetary nebula etc, all objects appeared in my 20mm EP fov. I then used the Constellation tour, and looked at objects in Auriga. M36, 37 & 38 fell nicely in the fov also.
Looking forward to doing a three star alignment as soon as weather permits, so I will do a more detailed report when possible. From just a brief hour session using just one star alignment if this mount can get most things in view doing just that then it should perform even better when a three star alignment is performed.
Does anyone know if I'd be able to reuse the equatorial mount from the 114eq-d with a different OTA? I have the Polaris lying around since I have a better telescope but I'm looking to upgrade and not buying a new mount could shave off $100-$200. From my understanding it's only a matter of how much weight the mount can hold but I can't find that information anywhere. If anyone knows that'd be great. Thanks in advance.
Looking to sell my Skywatcher AZ4 Alt-AZ mount with steel tripod. I bought this off Nightfisher in early January this year, but have since also now acquired a Porta mount, so the AZ4 is now looking for a new home. Very little use off me on the mount. Looking for £100 but via collection only as I don't have a box for it, although I am willing to meet up within a reasonable distance from Hull, or am also quite frequently down in the Romford area for work, so could meet up when traveling down off either the A1 or M1 route.
The altitude motion has been regreased with new grease by Jules, so it is nice and smooth too.
Picture below shows my ST120 refractor on the mount for illustration purposes only.
Hi there, have recently acquired an Alt-Az mount:
and am contemplating attaching an inclinometer as a means of getting in the ball-park of an object in terms of Altitude. Most decent inclinometers on the market use a magnet for attachment, unfortunately there is a distinct lack of ferrous metal in my kit, the only element apart from screws with magnetic capability is the Vixen counter-weight. Interested to find out how other people might have tackled this situation. Encoders and DSCs not an option at this moment in time, although will look to go down this route sometime in the future however at this point would probably look to swap out the Sabre for something like an AYO Digi II.