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Best power pack for EQ6 mount please

Can any one please give me advice on which is the best power pack and leads to for the EQ6 mount, as, the one listed bt Rother Valley Optics is by definition due to being a trade name, a lot more money, so any alternatives that will be suitable and reliable overall please...........

Many grateful thanks and best regards to all.............Tom.......aka....McKinnell :) ...
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GOTO 10" Dobsonian Upgrade Kit for Skywatcher

Hi everyone,
I'm looking to upgrade my 'new" second hand 10 inch dobso with a goto system kind two axes but I cannot find anything online, any advise where to find something?
MANY thanks
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#497 Autostar firmware upgrade


I have an 8-inch LX90 from 2003 which has a #497 Autostar handbox (I can't see that it says #497 anywhere but assume that's what it is). There's a sticker on the back of the handbox which says 'VER:26Ec' and when you power-up the display reads '(c)02 Meade Autostar'.

It's now 2018, and I want to upgrade the Autostar firmware. Which is the best version to upgrade to (least buggy), and what is the ...
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12V hair dryer

I've not tried it out yet, but after a dew-laden evening curtailed our telescope observing on Friday evening, I've just bought a 12V 'travel' hair dryer from The Range - just £12.

From first impressions it's not going to be any use for its advertised purpose; but it can put out a low speed moderately warm flow of air, or a barely warm blast, which may prove effective.

I notice that the same dryer can ...
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Which is the better 10 inch reflector

Greeting to all,

After some many years out of Astronomy i have decided to come back to the fold as it were, with this in mined i have but one question on the two 10 inch Dobsonian reflectors i have to choose from and they are the Bresser, or, the SkyWatcher Skyline 250 PX.

Excepting the mounting of the tube to the main mount stand as it were, i see no great difference in either ...
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Travel scope: 70/500 vs 80/400 achromat? Travel scope: 70/500 vs 80/400 achromat?

I'm looking for a lightweight telescope under $300, capable of being transported in a backpack for hikes (along with its mount). For general purpose: I'll use it for both astronomy and terrestrial. I live in a white zone, so from home it'll be planets and the Moon, but from out of town I can hit some brighter DSOs too. I'd also like to take photos of birds and such, by attaching a DSLR. I realise ...
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6x30 or 9x50 finderscope for 90mm Mak?

I'm looking to buy a 90mm SW mak as a lightweight travel scope (goal is to be able to take it on hikes in just a backpack). It only comes with a stock red-dot finder, so I'll pick up a finderscope for it (an amici prism one). Question is: should I go for a 6x30 or a 9x50? I'm leaning towards the 9x50 one, but I'm worried that might be overkill for a scope of ...
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Windows 10 SGP and Atik camera problem


I have recently installed a Kodlix mini computer on top of my scope to reduce usb cable length and movement.
I have come across a problem with Windows 10 Pro which is pre-installed on the Kodlix and Main Sequence Pro/SGP and my Atik 414EX camera.

The camera doesn't always connect when I bring up SGP and connect the equipment in the sequence panel. The camera usb lead goes straight into a USB port, not ...
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New telescope advice please?

After much umming and ahhing I’ve finally decided to splash out on a telescope for my new hobby of stargazing.

I’m 6 feet 3 tall so id prefer to have a telescope that has its own large tripod. However a lot of reviews of reflector telescopes I’ve seen online advise against buying them if you want to avoid kneeling down on wet grass? Does this mean all scopes aren’t able to attach to tripods? ...
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Has Anyone Used An EOS 450D/550D/1200D Please?

Hi Guys, I need a Canon DSLR to try out Astro Photography. Since I need Live View to focus the stars, it needs to be at least an EOS 450D. But for double the money, the same dealer can also supply a 550D or 1200D.
But I do not know if the additional expenditure will significantly improve the images I can take or not.

The 450D has an LCD with only 0.23MP, The 1200D has ...
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