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    Hi Guys, I'm a newcomer to astronomy and slowly (very slowly) getting to know the names of some of the things I've been looking at. Like most of you I guess, I've been blown away by the size of everything up there.

    I live in Queensland on the Sunshine Coast (Glass House Mountains) and
    having both a 6 inch refractor and a 10 inch (collapsible) Skywatcher Dob, I think I prefer the Dob. It's easier for me to transport to and set up at good local viewing areas away from lights.
    So, the refractor's EQ5 mount and tripod remain outside on a viewing platform, covered with a weatherproof frame and the tube stays indoors until I want to use it.

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    Hey Stargazer49!

    Just said Hi to you over on another thread but its really good to learn more about you. Yep, we agree; space is BIG !

    You have some very nice scopes. You thinking about imaging, maybe video cam?

    Clear Skies!

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    Hey Bob, I'm not planning to do any imaging just yet. I need to get my Synscan GoTo upgrade for EQ5 working properly first.

    I've had all kinds of problems with it and still am. I've followed all of the instructions and the handset is working fine but the darned thing will not go to any of the stars I choose from the menu for the 3 star alignment.

    One of the problems that I (as a total newbie) couldn't work out, was that although I had the tripod perfectly South Polar aligned (with the North leg pointing South), altitude/latitude/date/time/timezone etc all spot on, the scope slewed OK but not to the right position. So, I tried it with the N leg pointing N. Still no good. I finally discovered that the "N" sticker had been put on the wrong leg. It could only happen to me!

    Having fixed that, I tried again. This time, the scope went fairly close to Rigel (my first choice) I tweaked it using the directional buttons and hit "Enter" Then selected Canopus. It then slewed about 120 degrees past Canopus (my second choice) and stopped pointing at the ground.

    I've received a lot of helpful suggestions from Iceinspace (an Australian/New Zealand site) but nothing has worked so far. I'm nearing the point where I may try persuading it to behave with a 4lb hammer..........

    Know any magicians??????

    Dave.

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    Hi stargazer, welcome to the forum. Wish I could help with your mount, but don't know a thing about that stuff. LOL, I have a lawn mower I fixed with a hammer, a big one.

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    Hi stargazer49 , Welcome aboard the forums . As far as the GOTO mount goes , i wish i could help you but i dont have any time with the synscan stuff ..I am a mostley meade guy and am just getting started with the celestron mounts . Just got my first CG5 GOTO ... Good luck with it ... I mave tuned things up with a 4lb. hammer and while it feels good at first try to hold off ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer49 View Post
    Know any magicians??????
    Darn, Dave, I'm stumped, too. I've kibbitzed with some of the fellows on IIS and there are some very savvy members. The mislabled leg is a classic, though. Whodda thunkit ?

    But, now that I think about it, I do know one magician. Try George Cushing at gcushing@nycap.rr.com. He's a great guy and does a lot of repair work on older gear. Hmmm, new gear, too.

    If that fails, try the master magician Dr. Clay Sherrod. You can get his addy from a Google search. If Doc don't know, ain't nobody know. I hold him in highest regard.

    That the OTA slewed to the ground gives me to wonder if the hemisphere setting is reversed, too. Setting is for the northern instead of southern, maybe?

    This may be one of those factory return situations. Have you been in touch with their customer service?

    I'm keeping good thoughts. Meantime, keep your perspective...

    Right, this too shall pass...
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    Thanks for the links...I'll lay off with the hammer for a while and see what happens. Meantime, I always have my trusty 10" Dob to play with. Got a good look at the Moon and Saturn (with 4 of its' Moons) last night. Looking forward to seeing Jupiter, Mars and Venus later in the year. They're only visible just before Dawn from here right now and I need my sleep...

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    Hey welcome to the wide space of astronomy
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