In order to use the LVI Autoguider I ordered recently, I needed to add a guide scope to my setup. When I ordered the EQ6 Pro I also bought an 80mm Skywatcher refractor. It's nothing special, having cost about GBP£100 and was bought exclusively to be used as a guide scope.

But there was the problem of how to fasten …

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A few nights ago saw 2nd light using the EQ6. For some reason , I couldn't get a 3-star alignment. The mount is permanently set up in the observatory and polar aligned, so a bad equipment set up isn't the problem.

I sufficed with a 2-star alignment. But this time I attached the Canon 350D dSLR directly to the Vixen …

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After months of inactivity, I finally got around to plugging the SynScan hand controller into the EQ6 and powering everything up. No bangs, flashes or fizzles with trails of wispy smoke! Everything worked.

I used to use a car battery to power my old Skysensor 2000/GP DX mount but I bought an Observatory Power Supply to use with the EQ6 …

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This striking image taken by NASA's Terra satellite on 7 January shows the UK deep in the clutches of the current cold snap. While the UK is completely white, Ireland, at least the half you can is still green. On the ground it's a different story. Dublin has been affected by the snow for the past couple of days. And …

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Having got a clear night where I was available, I decided to Polar Align the polar scope in the EQ6 mount. The instruction manual has a rigmarole to go through to ensure the reticle in the polar scope is correctly aligned (i.e. how its rotated in the scope). As it turns out, after reading the EQ6 forum, reticle alignment …

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Here's a quick pic of the EQ6 mounted on the pier in the observatory. I haven't had much time to do anything with the setup the last couple of weeks, but now that the nights are closing in, the impetus to get moving on the setup is back.

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I decided that drilling a 13+ mm hole through the 10mm thickness of the lower pier plate would be just too much work, so I took the over-long threaded bar I mentioned in my last post to the local hardware store to see if I could find the diameter and tap of the thread used on the bar. As I …

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I finally got some time to play with the EQ6 adapter and see if it fitted onto the pier out in the observatory. I'm happy to report that it was a perfect fit. That was a bit of a relief:

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The EQ6 Adapter I had Beacon Hill Telescopes make up for me has arrived. It comprises an adapter to take the EQ6 mount head and a plate to allow me to mate the adaptor to the permanent pier in my observatory. Here's a photo of the adapter:

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This year's Perseid meteor shower could be even better than usual. According to NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, a filament of comet dust has drifted across Earth's path and when Earth passes through it, sometime between 0800 and 0900 UT (1 - 2 am PDT) on August 12th, the Perseid meteor rate could surge to twice its normal value.

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