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Subject: make your tripod taller easily
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.184.34)
Date: 03/26/2002 06:04:35 pm PST
I,ve got the skywatcher 120 on a CG 4 mount and aluminum tripod. I'm 6'2" and needed to get longer legs under my scope. I bought 3 shovel handles( the straight handle kind) and shaved a flat spot on 2 sides of the upper end on all three. That end fits perfectly into the opening on the aluminum tripod. (The end of the handle for the shovel blade becomes the foot of the tripod leg.) I got 18 inche of "lift" and a solid tripod for about $30.00 and 30 minutes of my time.
Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.0.123
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.3.227)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.0.123) (Original Vote)
Date: 08/30/2002 05:26:22 pm PST
>About 3 weeks ago I receved my Astroview 120. The Difference between the Astroview and Skywatcher is that the Astroview now has a adjustable Lens cell. I will explain the pros and cons of it later on in the review. I guess i should say I live in Auburn Washington, A suburb of Seattle and have mag 2.5-3.0 skys on top of the hill where there are less street lights. At my House in the Valley Castor and Pollux are dim and Polaris requires averted vision. My poor Sky conditions is part of the reason im getting a Refractor. It is also important to note that Iam 13 and this is my second telescope and have had a Meade 4500 with a POOR mount. I have only gotten M42 and M31 with the 4500.
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Addition: August 30/31st (Not sure!) 2002.
With the Planets gone and Venus sinking I have really learned how to find some objects. I can now find M13, Which is grainy at 100x and with the New Epic ED-2 5mm the Edges are a little resolved. M27 shows its distintive Dumbell Shape, and at 100x the Ring is a Ring with the Middle occasionly during good seeing seemingly falling out. The Double Double in this Scope is Easily split, as Is Alberio. I found M8/20 once and It was Awesome. I went out to my first deep sky event in July. I had never seen the Milky Yay and was ancous to see other scopes And do some real Observing. Sadly on the Way up the Locks on RA/DC broke and I didnt see a thing through it. Orion swiftly sent me a whole new mount with no charge that works just grate! Zenith observing is ALOT more confirotable with a Right Angle Finder, also from Orion and good quality.
The Refractor puts up some surprising Deep Sky Looks and Is much more comfortable with a Right Angle Finder
Subject: New mount options available
Date: 12/04/2003 02:55:30 pm PST
I just bought mine with a heavy duty steel tripod and EQ5 mount. It's the "scope that could". Very happy with this scope.
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