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9 years 10 months ago #100955 by dave_lillis
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Well given that the problem is too much play in the mount, it sounds like an easy fix tbh

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9 years 10 months ago - 9 years 10 months ago #100959 by carlobeirnes
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olympusstar wrote: Hi Carl ,
Thanks I really appreciate that. Would you mind if I dropped in on Friday morning and would you mind if I stayed and watch so I would know how to do it myself next time ?
Thanks so much,
Gary


Hi Gary,

It's no problem at all.

Dave are you messing regarding having to send the scopes back to Mexico. Could you imagine the shipping cost :-)).

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9 years 10 months ago #100960 by carlobeirnes
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olympusstar wrote: Hi Carl ,
Thanks I really appreciate that. Would you mind if I dropped in on Friday morning and would you mind if I stayed and watch so I would know how to do it myself next time ?
Thanks so much,
Gary


Hi Gary,

It's no problem at all.

Dave are you messing regarding having to send the scopes back to Mexico. Could you imagine the shipping cost :-)).

Carl O’Beirnes,
Scopes and Space Ltd,
Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Centre,
Swords, Co Dublin,
Ireland.
www.scopesandspace.ie/
www.facebook.com/scopesandspace
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8 years 3 months ago #105299 by bilboo969
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Hi Lads,

Happy New Year to every one! Lots of luck, all the best and lots great sightings and meteor showers and stuff for 2016!! :-)

Am new to the whole Astronomy so please be very patience with me but thought I clink myself into this old post here as I have a similar issue with mine!

Got a Bresser Skylux EL 70/700 (lidl) Telescope from my kids for Christmas and am really enjoying it so far - had a few very good looks at the moon to start me off!

I know it is also not the most expensive / good one but read lots of comment, that it is a good one to start off with!

My problem is with DEC axis mount fixation - hope using the right terms here! When trying to fine adjust or if you touch to hard with your face onto the eye piece, the telescope keeps on moving / not staying fixed on the spot.

Does not matter how tight I make it, it very easily moves up and down and of course - you know what they say: after very tight comes very loose - I managed to damaged the thread of the DEC fixation screw last night :( .

Any worth into looking to get it fixed or better contact support & hope for an exchange fro the same or should i may even consider trying to get slightly better model/version?

Your help and reconsiderations would be much appreciated!
Thanks am ill in advance
Best regards
Andre

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8 years 3 months ago #105322 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi Andre,

I had an earlier edition - by about 10 years - of the Skylux, and it also had a slight problem on the EQ2 mount whereby one of the axes had a little bit of play, even with the fixing screw fastened securely. Over time, I decided to disassemble it myself and clean it, finding out that I had to re-adjust something in the housing for the fixing screw to grab properly. That then kept the mount in a solid, locked position.

I still have the mount today and use it from time to time (I even added and EQ2 declination motor to it for tracking), but I can't remember the exact component I 'fixed'. If I am remembering it correctly, there's a chunky plastic collar inside the housing that just needs to have the orientation turned a little before putting the pieces back together.

I know there were a few other visitors to this site over the years that had similar problems on certain years the Skylux was available.

Leaving the mount problem aside, the Skylux is a great little scope, a fantastic entry level refractor with quite an easy-to-use equatorial mount. On a really clear night (and depending on how close Earth is to the planet in question) you should see 2 cloud belts on Jupiter, the phases of Venus, the Rings of Saturn as a single band around the disk, and excellent views of the Moon. The only sound piece of advice I can give is ditch the poor quality eyepieces that came with it, and pick up 2 Celestron Plossl eyepieces (which you'll get very cheaply, get a 26mm and 12mm) that will serve you just fine.

Clear Skies!

Seanie.

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8 years 3 months ago #105324 by bilboo969
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Hi Seanie,

thanks so much for your reply / and tips. Once I get the broken thread fixation screw fixed - contacted Lidl customer servcies already and hope it wont be taking too long!! :) - I will check that out! But unfortunately it is not the thread of the screw - which would be easily replaced - that broke!!

I was actuality looking at getting one additional Celestron eye piece already I had seen been recommended somewhere, where I also read that the 4 mm one included is no good! Think the 20mm one seems to be ok but that might be just my novice option :) .

A Celestron 1.25" 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece!? Do you know them / do you or anyone else have any experience with them?

Clear Skies!
Andre

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