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I just bought a used 10" orion intelliscope. I put the scope on the dob mount and one mounting knob has a white Teflon washer to lock scope down but the other side has nothing on knob and the part (rod) that sticks through can move inside hole. Am I missing a part?Attached Thumbnails

Mounts Questions & Expirience / CGEM DX teardown help
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:14:59 PM »
I had an issue with RA, I adjusted the mesh gear a bunch, it worked a little better, Dec now sounds like it has rocks in it.
I have unscrewed a bunch of screws, but I can't get to the dec housing. I found lots of pictures and videos of the mount already taken apart, which is of little help.
Anyone sources I can use?

Beginners Forum / Edge HD 8 vs ED 102 Refractor - complicated situation
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:32:30 AM »
Ok so here's the thing where I need your help to conclude. I am pretty sure I will be more confused with the responses but then what are friends for

1. I have a new SE 8 (4 weeks old) and was planning to upgrade to Edge HD 8 (that is give back my new SE8 to the dealer and take Edge 8) so that I can do some AP as well. I was earlier thinking of hyperstar/mono ccd combination but have been seeing a lot of collimating issues and how cumbersome it is to do. So, I got discouraged with that option. The price was going more than 2K+ for just the hyperstar and CCD

2. Upgrade to Edge HD8 which will give me an Advance VX mount for $1999 (better scope + Avx mount as compared to SE8) . Buy a ED 102, Orion auto guider package, TV 0.8 focal reducer/flattener. I have a DSLR (Nikon) camera already. The total cost (without tax) came up to $1600. Use AVX mount for the refractor and do AP. The capacity of AVX is 30 lbs. The total wt including the autoguider is 13.5 lbs which looks like very a good setup.

3. Return the SE8. There is a restocking fee of 20% so I will lose around $200. Buy Advance VX mount for $800. But the refractor setup.

Since I need to buy the mount I was planning to upgrade to a better scope too, but I am not sure if I will ever use both like use Edge HD for visual and ED 102 for AP? This will help me if I should go for option 2 or 3.

Thanks in advance for all your help

Reflectors Telescopes Forum / xx14G vs Lightbridge 16"
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:50:31 AM »
I have an Orion xx14g, it's a good telescope but the base is a pain to deal with. Due to the motors and electronics I store all the base components in the house and it's always a chore moving them to and from the vehicle.

I'm thinking about possibly selling the xx14g and getting a Lightbridge 16, but I've never seen one in person. I have a large well built shed that I can back my vehicle up to, which would make loading and unloading easy. With no electronics I'd feel okay storing the base in the shed. The OTA would still be stored in the house.

How manageable is the base for the Lightbridge? Weight-wise it looks to be about half that of a fully assembled xx14g base. I'm thinking that the Lightbridge base might be easier to manage than than the just the xx14g's groundplate assembly, it's heavy and awkward to move around as you have to carry it by the edges.

Full disclosure, I also have an xx12i which is very easy to manage. The smart thing might be to just give up on a larger telescope and just stick with the 12".

My backyard is Bortle 5.5 and dark site is Bortle 4. Currently have an 8” f5 Newt and the difference visually is huge at the dark site... what size dob would I need to have comparable views in my backyard? Was hoping a 12” as that would still be “portable” but not sure how to normalize for aperture in different amounts of light pollution.



I Recently bought a new Losmandy G11 mount. I had been looking for some stainless steel counterweights but Robin Cassidy stopped selling them. Then I found a recent post about Stellar Masses stainless steel counterweights here on Cloudy Nights. So I looked at their website, but there was no Phone number and that made me suspicious. But it has a contact section and I sent him a message asking how long will it take for a Losmandy counterweight but I got no reply right away. So I Just ordered one. and a couple of days later he replied to my message only saying "As of now, about 3 weeks." So I ordered a second one. After about 4 or 5 weeks I nicely emailed him asking about my order. No reply. I have also sent several nice polite emails and messages through his contact form on his website. and now through his Cloudy Nights Vendors messages. It has been 7 weeks for the first one and 6 weeks for the second one ordered. I have not received any counterweights, I have not received any refunds(I don't want a refund though, I want my counterweights), There is no way to call him and he has not called me, And he has not replied to any of my emails. It has been over twice as long as he stated it would take and he wont even give me an explanation or even an excuse. Or even tell me that he's working on it and it will be coming soon, nothing.  I am rather poor and I save all my spare money just for telescoping stuff. I have paid out $329.90 to him for 2 counterweights shipped. That is a lot of money for me. I am very worried, I have never seen a business run like this in my life. Will I ever get my counterweights.

Does anyone know anything about this guy, like his Phone number. Is he even in business anymore. I don't think this website is a scam, or at least I pray it's not. I'm sure plenty of people will say they got theirs in the past but has anyone else ordered any recently and did you get yours.


Beginners Forum / How do I get the stars to stay in the middle
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:19:39 AM »
How do I get the stars to stay in the middle of my screen without moving?

I have a Meade LX200 8" EMC (Classic), Giant Tripod and I am facing South. I cannot see North and the mount does not have a Wedge therefore I am using it in the Alt/Az mode. Revolution Imager as my eyepiece.
My location is Toronto, Ontario Canada 43.6532° N, 79.3832° W

But my Cell Phone Software state I am at 43 deg 45' 49"N 79 deg 29' 47"W

I would like to make a wedge but I am not sure what angle to make it. Could 43 deg be good enough or 43.6532 degrees? How the heck do I make it so accurate?

When using the Alt/Az mode I used a compass to get as close to North as possible since I cannot see North, South facing window. 7th floor up. I found the compass to move a lot in one direction or another when moving throughout the room so it's either to much magnetism in the room or compass sucks.

I got to the point where I found the stars moving upwards and slightly to the right on the monitor. The image is not flipped. What does that tell you if I am facing south east and the star is moving slightly to the right and UPWARDS? How to move the mount to prevent the upward motion of the star?

I did move the mount Northward slightly to the east hoping for an exact pointing to the North. Now the Stars move slightly downward but they stay on screen a lot longer. But still slightly moving downwards and still to the right. What to do to stop that motion? Almost there!!!!

I guess I will have to tweak the mount to make it follow that star. I am aware of the image shift if not using a Wedge but the mount should still be able to track that star without it moving off the screen. I have PEC and backlash and other options in the handset, but not sure how to use them in this situation.

Any good guide cameras I should be looking at? I us a Telrad. So I suspect that I need a guide scope type finder? I've looked at the Celestron NexGuide Autoguider which is standalone but it's CAD $332.75 ouch!

Eyepieces Questions & Recommendations / Recommend a 18mm eyepiece
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:00:19 PM »
I'm trying to purchase an 18mm eyepiece.  This is how I Intend to use it:

TEC 110FL refractor f/5.6 (616mm f.l.)
Solar viewing with Baader Herschel solar wedge
18mm will yield 34X
Only looking for an 18mm
Like I've never owned an 18mm, some hints will be appreciated

Eyepieces Questions & Recommendations / Inexpensive lens kit?
« on: December 24, 2017, 02:18:53 PM »
I'm Available for a moon filter and a Couple of lenses Also came across this kit for Approximately 50% off regular price right now:

Https:// lens cases

I'm wondering if anybody has any other recommendations or if this is a great pickup for a start enthusiast who has only 25mm and 10mm lenses.

Thank you beforehand.

Beginners Forum / Newbie. With a telescope. But need Guidance.
« on: December 24, 2017, 05:39:49 AM »
HI Everybody,

I had to combine this particular page, everyone appears to be so helpful and friendly!  Thank you beforehand.

I've had a Celestron 8se for about a year now, and my questions are probably redundant.

I live on a farm in Rural VA, quite dark skies.  80 acres of land to play.

I've noticed while viewing the Andromeda galaxy for the first time (which was amazing), that's looked like a "blob" of lighting.  Couldn't really make out a lot of detail, but I knew it had been there.  Question is, are there lenses that I can use to clean it up, or making my viewing more detailed?   Same goes for some nebulas that I have discovered. . .Slightly underwhelming?

I've a Barlow lens, and some T adapters for my DSLR, and I've had fun with that.  Not certain when and when not to use specific lenses and magnifications.  So, again, very new to this, however I've always had a telescope of some sort.

I've a good size funding, and is the Celestron a good buy?  Do people recommend something different to have a better perspective experience?

Give me everything you have people, I am a good listener!!

Thank you for the new friendship from all.

Beginners Forum / Woohoo, first light... and my first post!
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:22:19 AM »
So, about a year ago Amazon "accidentally" sent me a firstscope 76 (tabletop dob) instead of the plastic drybox I'd ordered.  I tried to send it back, however, it turned into a hassle and I got angry so that they told me to keep it.  I put it out in the tiki shed in my backyard(where it's right now) and sometimes looked at the moon with it.  Then I bought a pair of cheap plossl's for this and looked around for other stuff to look at... and the moon.  I understood that I'd missed being able to look up at the stars.

I live in the red zone, 3mi from downtown Seattle.  Many nights looking up at the sky delivers yellow clouds, at times the moon or a small number of stars.  The "Milky Way" doesn't operate this way and it's very easy to overlook how amazing the view could be from down.

After a while I decided I wanted a better extent.  Maybe something which could also be used for terrestrial viewing in addition to being better for the nighttime sky compared to the cheap little cardboard tiki scope.  I settled on a C90.  I mounted it on a mvh500ah video headset on a Slik pro700dx tripod( that I already had), created an adapter to match it with a red dot sight for a rifle( that I already had and did not use anymore) and picked up a Meade 8-24mm zoom EP.  With this, and the provided 32mm Plossl, I set off to discover the secrets of the universe... and examine the moon.

At this point my non-lunar seeing consisted of moving through all of the stars I could see with my eyes and looking at them through my scope.  This task could be performed in about 15min if it were not for some of those stars being located in enormous fields of other stars that can't be seen with the naked eye(from my back yard) and my own trends towards being very curious and easily entertained.  Clear skies are pretty rare this season and many of them that begin with me setting my scope out to cool ending with me coming an hour later to complete cloud cover, but on a few of the nights which stayed clear I saw the thing that changed everything.

After hopping around a bit, I landed a darker star which was oddly hard to focus on with the eye and, when I got the scope on it wasn't a star at all.  It was a tight little ring of 4 sharp small stars with 3 more glowing stars leading down to the east below and the distance between them was clearly luminous. .  Well, not clearly, but when I did not seem right at it or moved the extent a bit there was a beautiful blue blur surrounding the 4 miniature stars and pouring down over another three.  I was entranced, elated, I felt as a 10yr old which had only found the secrets of the universe and I had a larger extent.  (it had been Orion, I found the brightest and easiest to see nebula in the sky)

I have done a lot of reading and digging throughout the interwebsince then.  I found this place, it has wealth of understanding, and eventually my new scope.

I settled on a c6 mounted to some GSO Skyview "Deluxe", a Telrad and also an Astrozap dew shield(I have one for your own c90 too).

As an aside, I feel compelled to point out that you people have an extremely distorted view of scale when compared with the GP.  This thing is huge!  This makes the c90 look like a pocket flashlight.

Here's the "First Light" part:
It only took 8 days, after obtaining my new extent, before I arrived home last night to clearing skies.  I nearly sprinted into the house when I got home to bring my prepared and waiting glistening new telescope outside to cool.  I came out an hour later to the clearest skies I have seen in months.  Armed with my 25 & 32mm Plossls, Meade zoom and Skysafari red screened and packed with the Telrad overlay I put off to... watch a short list of specific objects.

The only good View I have from my yard( from street/porch lights) covers approximately 90* from E to S x 15* to zenith, so not bad, but limiting.  Luckily I already knew this, therefore everything I wanted to see is in that part of the sky over the upcoming few hours.

After aligning my socket, checking collimation(perfect circles) and figuring out that I couldn't focus on anything at less than about 16mm, I put the zoom off and began with The Pleiades.  They were crisp, bright and easily focused... and likely better viewed with a broader field.  I moved on to the Crab Nebula, which I found, but couldn't see and spent another hour and a half finding and not finding things until Taurus had moved into the apple tree and Orion had taken it's place.

I had been patient.  I'd waited until it had been good and full of the sky before I went to M42 and I wasn't disappointed.  The wings of the nebula were much brighter and more evident(than at the c90) and stuffed the FOV of their 25mm.  I spent half of the next 2 hours going back for another look.  As Orion followed Taurus into the apple tree and I had been looking at a christmas tree I knew it was time to wrap this up.  This was 11:30 and I'd spent the last 4hrs crumpled up on a stool with a blanket wrapped around me staring into an ice cold aluminum tube.

I couldn't be happier with this setup.  Everything worked well and it all worked well together.  The scope itself is brilliant.  The Telrad(when a small dew likely) was a joy to use, especially along with Skysafari.  The GSO bracket got pretty stiff with suspended grease, is sensitive to balance and needed some modification for working just right, but once dialed in it had been rock stable and easy to use.

The sole disappointment I have from my first light with the new extent is that the 25mm X-Cel LX I purchased did not come until now.  If a person might say that I'm chuffed, whatever that means.

Except for your own wall of text.


TL;DR obtained a new scope and it's rad!

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