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My Az GTi mount had been working well, apart from occasional Wi-Fi drop-outs, until yesterday, when the batteries ran low.
I'd left it running unattended for a while, and when I came back found it had stopped tracking and the red LED was continuously rapidly flashing. This isn't described in the users manual, but I presumed it was a low power indication.
I plugged in an external battery pack, that I know to be good as it has been used before and has 8 of the same batteries as the internal battery pack, but now when I switch it on the LED flashes a couple of times and then stays steady on. The manual says that this indicates that the internal Wi-Fi is off and, sure enough its SSID is now never broadcast. There is no explanation in the manual as to why the Wi-Fi should be off, nor how to switch it back on, which is a shame, as the mount is now effectively "bricked", as I don't have a Synscan handset or Wi-Fi dongle to try. I've put new batteries in the internal battery pack and tried that, but get the same result.
Has anyone else had this experience, or better, know of a solution? Is there a secret internal factory reset button that can be accessed by removing the cover? - or will I have to return it for repair? The Az Gti firmware is the latest Equatorial compatible version.
Hi,currently owned 70mm refractor, want to upgrade and many suggested me to get 6" dobsonian.
The only 6" dob i can find in my country is GSO 150mm/1200mm dob (https://www.opticaluniversescientificinstrument.com/products/gso-6-dobsonian-telescope), is this brand and specs ok?
My main targets is planet and moon, maybe some star, i wonder is it hard to imaging planets? ill be using ccd eyepiece connected to laptop.
I live in malaysia city area, very less likely i will bring the scope to darker area because its pretty far from my home,and the scope quite big, so its dobsonian suitable for minor light population?
I heard that that dobsonian can affected by weather and cooling the scope be a big issue?
hope expert can give some advice. thanks
Hi I have 6" Helios refractor which I very rarely use because it's too heavy and cumbersome. So I have decided that I want a scope and goto mount which would be a setup that I can put in my car when going on holiday, or possibly take on a plane. Perhaps taking a second small mount on a plane rather than a motorised one.
I have been looking at Takahashi because I don't want to buy another telescope after a few years, so it would be my once and for all scope.
At present I don't do astro photography, maybe in the future I might use a dlsr camera.
The reason for a goto mount is because I don't starhop and I would like to have the object tracked in the eyepice.
I have seen that a people are buying extra equipment to add to their Takahashi, I have one good eyepiece but what else would I need to buy?
I live in SE Kent so sometimes we get decent seeing, but like most of the UK we have light pollution and lots of clouds.
Does anyone have some advice or recommendations?
Very happy with it! Wish the sky were clear, but as we all know, when we buy astro equipment, it's cloudy! Argh!
The telescope was collected from David Lukehurst at noon and then we travelled back to Cambridge.
John Nichol primary mirror: 37mm thickness, Suprax. Hilux coated. Optics 1/8 PV wavefront 1/27 wave RMS. Strehl .95. Secondary mirror: 62mm MA.
Here a few photos:
Looking for a 12" DOB (or larger) which can be transported to Prestwick, Ayrshire. Any brand, as long as the telescope is optically sound and in good working order. I'm a reliable buyer who has bought and sold on this site before.