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    Default Improve Stability



    Very happy with my Xmas kit.
    Just one issue- the telescope gets the "shakes" when focussing at anything over x80.
    I have an AZ Synscan mount (pretty light weight) and was wondering whether I could increase its stability by putting a 5 kg (11lb) weight on the accessories tray (which I dont use).


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    Hi Don,

    Yup that's one of the old tricks to help the problem.

    You can also go though and make sure all of the attachment bolts are nice and snug.
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    Has your telescope come to equilibrium with the outdoor temperature before you start looking? My 8" Dob will shake and look unfocused until the telescope has settled at the cold outdoor temp, having been brought from indoors. It seems to take about 45 minutes to adjust from 70 degrees F to 0 to -15 F.

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    Thanks for this

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    That's good advice above.when I didn't knew I had same prob.now It's second nature to me always to leave the telescope.I done a test once and was amazed by the results.the whole view was much clearer then if I would start the sesion straight away.plus it gives you time to prepare your list of objects for the night.
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    My kid is into weight lifting and I sometimes "borrow" some of his weights to add a bit of stability to my Omni 120, especially if the night is windy. It works!

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    Don,

    There are several things you can do to reduce the vibration caused by your tripod that cost no money and will not void your warranty. The easiest is simply tighten all the screws, nuts, and bolts on the tripod. Then there are other things to reduce the torsional vibration caused by the very stupid way the tripod legs are attached to the tripod. Here is a link to a thread that discusses these fixes in detail. The thread starts a little slow but then gets into the meat of things. If you do the things mentioned in the thread, you will not need to use a weight to stablize the tripod. Skywatcher Explorer 130P SynScan Goto alighnment.
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