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Hello. I have been having a bit of a cull lately and have some really good gear for sale - it is just not being used.
I have for Sale:
(1) Sky Watcher 50mm finder scope and bracket (AS NEW). £30 + £5 P+P
(2) Celestron 8-24mm zoom eyepiece. Has thread for camera under rubber eyecup. (AS NEW). £40. + £5 P+P
(3) Omegon CC 154/1848 scope BOXED. Dovetail rail. Back-focus adapters. (COMPLETELY NEW). £310. Collection only due to weight from DE55 (respecting distancing of course).
Please see pictures and thank you for looking.
Mount: EQ6-R Pro, QHYCCD PoleMaster, software Couldmakers Indigo-server, skychart (on OS X). Applied procedure:
Leveled the tripod Polar aligned with PoleMaster, so I suppose I can assume that it's decently polar aligned Star alignment using skychart, direct connection to EQ6-R (no Synscan handcontroller, AstroRookie's hubris 😉 ) First star synced: Arcturus Second star synced: Dubhe Slew back to Arcturus: nicely centered Third star Vega, which was close to the zenith: completely off Slew back to Dubhe and Arcuturus, every thing still hunky dory Question: what can cause this "error"; is it because I took 2 stars west of the meridian? Is it better to take stars in "opposite positions" of the meridian?
Thanks for clarifying!
My Celestron 127eq telescope's RA setting circle isn't moving properly with the mount when I try and adjust my RA. It lags behind, seemingly sticking onto the bottom of my mount. What should I do to fix this and get my setting circle right?
Hi, I have been given (lucky me) astromaster 130 as it had no lenses, at the start of lockdown. I purchased the Celestron accessory kit 15mm and 9mm plus filters, also a cheap 25mm lens too.
all really good, I m ok with basic stars/planets and use of telescope.
main question, would be nice if I had more money but you have to make use of what you got.
would a Barlow 2 or 3x make these lenses any better magnification?
looking at Orion shorty?
the picture il try and post was holding a iPhone 8 really steady down the 15mm!!
going to attemp Saturn but even with the 9mm not sure il see the rings???
ps I know they are low in the sky and that will make to much noise to get a good view.
Since a couple of months I'm a EQ6-R Pro user. So far I've been using the synscan handcontroller to do the star alignment. I would like the use software like stellarium, kstars or cartes du ciel thru the direct connection with mount, so no longer using the synscan handcontroller. I've tried but when I search an object and make the software slew to it, it's way off. I'm quite confident with my polar alignment as I'm using the QHYCCD PolarScope (and furthermore I've read on this forum that polar alignment and star alignment are not the same).
Can somebody please explain how to do star alignment with software like stellarium, kstars or cartes du ciel - I suppose there's is some general procedure that applies to software like the three I mention?