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BrianT
 


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Got an old Meade ETX 90 that I haven't used for a while, took it to Aviemore this year but never got it out of the box.

Will def need to get back into it.

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Well it turned up yesterday, just as the cloud rolled in for the next 10 days Big Cry

This batch is shipping with USB rather than RS232 for the update interface, plus you get a license for Starry Night so you can link your laptop to the scope and merrily plan your evening's viewing. When there's something to view of course.

Best clear skies in months, ended just as the scope arrives.

Still, gives me time to sort out a power bank for it. Not sure whether to get a 10000mAh LiPo car bump starter or just get a lead acid one. Both much cheaper options than a branded powertank, and the LiPo would be significantly lighter.

I'm going to stick with 25mm and 15mm lenses to start with, get used to how it handles and what it delivers before I start looking at sub 10mm lenses. And yes, a USB CCD is on the list for later in the year for image gathering.
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BrianT
 


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Typical,
But as you say, gives you time to get used to it, don't know about yours but I used to align my spotter during the day so didn't have to faf around at night.

A good lunar filter and a flask are very handy, a lot of people I know say the moon is boring but I used to spend hours looking at it.

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Oh and photos man, we need photos, I would say stand next to it for scale but that wouldn't really work Whistle

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Whistle Rolling with laughter
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NoDo$h wrote:



Whistle Rolling with laughter


I know you're only normal sized, but I didn't realise you were that small Shocked Wink
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A follow-up to this as I know a few on here have got telescopes. I didn't want to keep the scope in it's original box as it's way to ugly/large/unwieldy, which in turn would mean it never got used. On the flip side, leaving it on the tripod in my office meant dust, dog hair, and dismantling it every time I wanted to move it outside.

After a bit of research (and after fainting at the price of the official cases) I came across this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01LLH...&psc=1

Absolutely spot on! Re-used the original packing foam with a couple of minor tweaks to let me leave the sighting scope in-situ. The case holds the scope, mount, a hard case full of eyepieces and the wifi module I added, plus the powertank and various lead. There's room in the top of the case for the dew hood with a rolled up down jacket, hat and gloves inside for the cold nights.

The tripod needs to be carried externally, but that's an easy task, sitting between the carry handles

If you're wondering about how best to store your scope, this may be the answer




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James W
 


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I too couldn't bring myself to buy the official case for the price of it -especially when it's not even a hard case.

My solution is nowhere as nice as yours but suited to my need to simply stack it in the cupboard in the study and also to keep it safe when transporting in the caravan.

Using the shipping polystyrene is definitely a good idea. I just shaped mine to fit into a Really Useful box of the correct size and also cut out some other slots for lens cases, power cable pouch, etc. I also store the tripod separately as a previous crate purchase that also handled the tripod made it too big to get into the caravan.

I did add a couple of nice orange stickers I got off eBay too Thumbs Up



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To resurrect an old post, I have just bought a Celestron Starsense Explorer telescope https://www.celestron.com/products/starsen...ifications

It has a very good app for locating stars and planets. Also bought an 8-24mm zoom eyepiece, moon filter and phone holder to take some photos.

Weather has only been good enough for a couple of hour of playtime but managed to get this (taken on an iPhone 12)




Looking forward to some clear nights so I can play some more
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James W
 


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Nice thread resurrection Thumbs Up

What phone holder do you have? I keep meaning to buy one
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James

I have this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0188KP6T8/ref...ljaz10cnVl

Works well with the iPhone 12 pro max which is quite a big phone, I use the apple watch to control the phone to take a picture with a 3-second timer as the telescope shakes a bit. I looked at the Celestron version but it was nearly £50 which seemed way too expensive.
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James W
 


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Excellent! Have just bought one Bow down
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Sold my Meade LX200 14" two years ago when I moved to Europe, and have missed it ever since... only issue I have is that they are not the most portable things in the world so I'll have to leave buying something else until I settle in one place Crying or Very sad

That said I have seen a very nice LX200 16" for sale Whistle
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James W
 


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James W wrote:
Excellent! Have just bought one Bow down


Works a treat, nice gadget Thumbs Up



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