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Hello to everyone.


Just started with a real telescope (10" SW Flex Dob growing list of bits) last one was more like  Long John Silver's which I used for Fishing and locating lost Birds of Prey 45 yrs ago!. Astro is much like night fishing - cold, mostly wet, catch/see nothing but quiet and you see a lot of wild life.


Anyway Hello and sorry in advance for asking dumb questions but I have learn't if you dont ask you never learn and I hate reading books for too long.  :)


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HI Andy & Kim,


 


Sorry I was looking out the backroom window to see if the clouds had gone yet (as forecast  :D ) - looks promising here in Cranwell. 


 


Thanks for the warm welcome from sunny iIkeston (know it pretty well - Nephew was a fireman there and lived at West Halam!) and Leicester.


 


 


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Hi Clive, it's a small world! I'm in RAF Cranwell and also have a 10" SW Flexi Dob (+MN190 & meg72!) also a member of ELAC the 'local' branch os EMS!  :)


 


Cheers


Ron


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Hi Clive, it's a small world! I'm in RAF Cranwell and also have a 10" SW Flexi Dob (+MN190 & meg72!) also a member of ELAC the 'local' branch os EMS!  :)

 

Cheers

Ron

Hi Ron,

Ah yes seen your posts

How long have you had your SW 250 and how do your find the quality of the fixtures and fittings - I find the engineering a bit wayward but I guess its the old "pays your money etc ".  Collimation I find difficult especially using a laser - I have been following Dion at Astroshed who seems to have a lot of common sense on the subject as I no nothing.  Have to learn to walk before you can run I guess  :(

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Hi Clive, SW250 is OK, mine was a auto goto model but I have removed the gears, added a setting circle and use a 'Wixey' for Alt adjustment. Sort out my target on Stellarium (free program!) then use setting circle and Wixey and go straight to the target!! Collimation, umm! I canged the focuser on the scope and have only just got it colimated correctly!! I use a Hotech laser collimater which is self centreing.


You will have to call in  some time for a collimation/astro chat!!


 


Cheers


Ron


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HI Clive, a warm welcome to EMS.


 


Looks like you have an astro buddy on your doorstep, a top chap as well is Ron.


 


If you have any questions just ask, someone will be along to help out, even if you think it's a daft question, I have asked loads of them.


 


Look forward to meeting you sometime.


 


Enjoy the forum. :)


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Sorry if I am a bit slow to answer I hate Social Media (not the people just the s/w ) and IT - That's a bit mad because I have spent the last 40 odd years making a leaving from IT  :facepalm2: So I am not being rude just getting my head around another bit of forum software


 


So again appologies


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Hi Clive, SW250 is OK, mine was a auto goto model but I have removed the gears, added a setting circle and use a 'Wixey' for Alt adjustment. Sort out my target on Stellarium (free program!) then use setting circle and Wixey and go straight to the target!! Collimation, umm! I canged the focuser on the scope and have only just got it colimated correctly!! I use a Hotech laser collimater which is self centreing.

You will have to call in  some time for a collimation/astro chat!!

 

Cheers

Ron

Interesting you got rid of the GoTo bit but there again there is something great about old school and doing it yourself - Is the Wixey a stand alone device or one of the USB connected ones - I presume its magnetic and sticks to you OTA. I have used an Android App which emulates a Wixey but found it to inaccurate. I use a combo of PC Stellarium,Android Google Star Map and lots of luck. The laser I bought (a cheapo) looks like its not accurate (Not done a V test) as I use Altair self centering adapter. 

I think my worst problem is deciding if I am a Astrophotographer (I am not a photograhper even ) as I love the pics you all get or just a generally Sky Scanner

Still as you say we will have to meet up - May come along to Badger's to have a look see - if that's OK

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I took my gears out of my 300P auto dob as well and done a similar thing to Ron. The reason is that the auto dobs have so much backlash in the go-to drive system that it's not very accurate. With the gears removed you have no backlash and with a manual setting circle and a wixey you can find anything dead quick. Only drawback is it does not track but for me thats not a problem.


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I am a fiddler (not the Music version) so I have been looking into using engineering rotary tables and a lazy Susie and building my own set up just to see if I can. As Mick says , reading lots of stuff and trying some "By hand" tracking is the bit that's not part of a Dob. But I love the article on the "Hiss" drive I found .


 


Anyway logging off to get my dinner as "her indoors" has just called me - speak to you all soon - tight lines oops I mean Clear Skies :P


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I actually followed Mick's (Doc) advice and glad I did! The Wixey is a stand alone magnetic one, it's the setting circle fixed to the bottom base that's the clever bit! As you say, call in sometime and I'll explain and show you. I use my MN190 on an HEQ5 pier mounted in a 'roll 'off' obsy for astrophotography, just getting into now! 4th Feb next Badger farm meet (although they are there tonight as well!) you'd be welcome to a lift!


 


Cheers


Ron


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Hi Clive, SW250 is OK, mine was a auto goto model but I have removed the gears, added a setting circle and use a 'Wixey' for Alt adjustment. Sort out my target on Stellarium (free program!) then use setting circle and Wixey and go straight to the target!! Collimation, umm! I canged the focuser on the scope and have only just got it colimated correctly!! I use a Hotech laser collimater which is self centreing.

You will have to call in  some time for a collimation/astro chat!!

 

Cheers

Ron

Hi Ron,

 

Can I ask, why did you remove the auto goto in favour of more traditional techniques?

 

I just fancied one of those, but I'm newish to this game.

 

Cheers,

 

Ade 

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