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    Hi all,

    Atm my PST is on a Fed Ex van making it's way back to the online dealer I bought it from ...............I know I've not had it that long but I'm missing it already!

    The other day, I noticed that there was quite a bit of movement in the tuning ring. It wasn't like that when I got it but it's there now. Don't know why It's been handled very carefully, only by me and hasn't been dropped or knocked. It's kept in the PST hard case, so I'm puzzled as to what happened? It turns ok left/right but it moves front to back, probably 1/4", like a screw has come loose so it's slack. Taking no chances, I e-mailed the dealer for advice and was asked to send it back so they could look at it. Pick up was arranged this morning.... Thankfully I bought from a reputable company so I'm not out of pocket for shipping it back to them and I know it'll get sorted, either repaired or replaced.... I don't know if I want a new one though, the optics on my PST are great......I'd much prefer to have my own scope back...... maybe that's just me?

    Anyway I was wondering if anyone else with a PST had a similar problem?

    So is anyone using their PST today? I notice from Space Weather there are so many sunspots on the Earth side of the Sun it looks like it's got the measels! .....and even if i did have my PST I wouldn't see anything today as it's so cloudy.

    So if you've got any photos of today's sun, please post 'em as I'd love to see something solar to get me again!

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    Carol , real sorry to hear about the PST. You are doing the right thing, better safe than sorry. Hopefully they can sort out the loose screw and return the original to you. Clouds are here as well, sigh. Need a night or two to sort out the gear before Galloway.

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    Hi Carol, sorry to hear about your PST. Mine always had a little play on the tuning ring, but I have also heard one or two other people say the same thing about theirs aswell. If the dealer you brought told you to return it, then you did the right thing.

    I did have a look at the sun today and the sun is very active, sadly no photo's.

    Hope you get your PST soonest.
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    Sorry to hear this Carol,
    we hope you get your PST soon - I live my solar viewing/imaging life through all you here as I am not so lucky to have one!

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    Thanks Pete,Darren & Gus,

    It's just one of these things, I'll be much happier once it has been checked over by the dealer..... Interesting that you have some play in your PST tuning ring too Darren. Mine had quite alot, it just didn't seem right. It's still under warranty so they may decide just to send it back to Coronado and give me a new one. If that's the case I may have to wait a wee bit as I know from their website that they are out of stock atm...... time and again astronomy teaches patience eh? Will let you know how it goes.

    Glad to hear you managed some solar astronomy today Darren, it did seem from Spaceweather that it would be worth watching how those sunspots develop.

    Are you off to Galloway next week Pete? That has come round quickly. Hope you have a great time. Will catch up with your news on Sunday

    Gus, I know the feeling! It was all the solar astronomy chat and photos on the forum that put the PST to the top of my astro purchase list..... I do hope you get your own solar scope too one day

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    m there's nothing wrong with it - the prism inside moves on a track and that looseness is just the spring tension that holds the screw in contact with the prism
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    Sorry to hear that, Carol.....That sux

    I've never had an issue with mine...Although, I suppose I just jinxed myself!
    But, I have to admit, the tuning ring on mine is very firm! Even after 6yrs of abuse. So far, I've never experienced any play, or excess movement in the optical tube, OR the tuning ring.

    Sadly, I couldn't use mine today, as I had to work all day. And even if I did, the clouds started rolling in around lunch time...And has been cloudy ever since!

    Yesterday (Wed), however, I did manage to get quite a few decent shots of a very large prominence...(with 2 very small Sunspots)...So, I'll post some of those shots tomorrow evening after I get home. Had a long night of guitar students tonight after I got home from work, had no time to post any of the photos, and I'm pretty beat right now....Time for sleep!
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    hi carol

    am sorry to hear the bad news, but am sure you will get it back, i rmember when my canon broke and it was shiped to toronto for like a week, i missed it too, youll get yours back soon, on a good note i just pick up my c9.25 tonight wow,, very happy.. can t wait to take it out,,
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    Hi Carol, I too feel bad about your PST. Maybe Jennifer's right, and it really isn't a problem. She's very knowledgeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenniferchristine View Post
    m there's nothing wrong with it - the prism inside moves on a track and that looseness is just the spring tension that holds the screw in contact with the prism
    Hi Jen,

    I do hope you're right... but it is better to be safe than sorry!
    I've got into the habit of checking my PST before each observing session. If there is anything at all that doesn't look or feel right I won't use it and contact the dealer/manufacturer for advice.
    In this case the dealer asked to see the scope, which is reassuring and good practice on their part.... no one can make any promises about a scope they haven't seen! ... ...if you're right and it's ok I should get it back quite quickly! In time for my holiday

    Have to go back to work now..... thanks for your comments.

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