Build your own solar system!

11 years 7 months ago #65641 by dave_lillis
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I didn't bother. the price would buy a GOTO upgrade for my mount.

I cant argue with that logic.
I'm still waiting for the delivery of my first one, it said it could be 21 days from the first payment so it might be a while yet.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 7 months ago #65718 by pj30something
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Still no sign of my magazine. Nearly 2 weeks now. I'm getting worried. My internet was down since i subscribed so i'm gonna email them later today.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 7 months ago #66062 by rsmith
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:D , hi all, I subscribed and so far am very happy with the product, Solid brass and it has a clear varnish to stop tarnishing. The books are filled with some great images with content to suit beginner to intermediate telling the story of the solar system how it was created and how it will eventualy expire.
:cry: :cry:
Bob

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11 years 7 months ago #66258 by dave_lillis
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Got mine today and I'm well impressed, the gears are solid brass and other areas are coated, looks great ! :)

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 7 months ago #66275 by Brian Richards
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Mine arrived yesterday, did anyone else get the toolkit as it wasn't in the one I got ?

Meade 10" LX200R
Meade ETX 125 PE

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11 years 7 months ago #66278 by Johnm
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the first 3 arrived yesterday .. from what I understand the toolkit comes with edition 4

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11 years 7 months ago #66344 by rsmith
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I'm waiting for the toolkit and folders, but had the tools required to put it together anyway :) . According to the website ( you have to register an account ) I will get my tool kit with issue 6.

During registration I was redirected to a web site "Data Base Factory", my browser allerted me that the site certificate was not for that site, and that I should not continue, I sent a message to Eaglemoss and they said they knew about it and they were in the process of getting it sorted out, just register. I registered and you can track the delivery of your issues etc. I like the product but I have to think they have some back office/support problems as the certifacte problem is still there and they are very slow to respond to questions.

Bob

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11 years 7 months ago #66365 by pj30something
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Still no sign of mine. Almost a month now. I will email them again tomorrow and if i dont get answers i am gonna cancel the credit card payment.

Shame really cuz i really did want this.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 7 months ago #66367 by rsmith
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Hi, email this guy, when I eventualy got a reply he said to contact him if I have any problems, stick with it I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Dan West [danw@dbfactory 'dot co 'dot' uk]

Bob

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11 years 7 months ago #66397 by pj30something
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Thanks for that email address Bob. I have emailed Dan and await his reply.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 7 months ago #66610 by pj30something
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Got a reply from Dan.

He assures me that the 1st five issues of the mag have be sent to their dispatch facility and should be with me very shortly. He said he was very sorry for the delay and can only put it down to shortage of stock due to high demand.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 7 months ago #66624 by Brian Richards
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My issues 4 & 5 arrived, no sign of any toolkit or folders.... :(

Meade 10" LX200R
Meade ETX 125 PE

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11 years 7 months ago #66646 by dave_lillis
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My 4 & 5 arrived last week, but no toolkit, not that I'm too bothered by that.
Hopefully the folders will come soon.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 7 months ago #66731 by pj30something
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I'd forgotten about the folders and tool kit offered online.

When i placed my subscription they said "if you confirm your order details within 10 working days you will also recieve the tool kit/folders and full colour prints of certain celestial objects".

At this stage i'll be happy just to get all the parts of the model solar system.

Is the magazine itself any good?

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 6 months ago #66946 by pj30something
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WOOHOO..............

I got issues 4&5 in the post yesterday. Now i'm just waiting on 1,2 and 3.

I like the quality of the brass parts. Nice and heavy and they fit very well together (the 2 parts i have tried (Mercury and its arm).

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 6 months ago #67155 by rsmith
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:) ,Got issues 6 and 7 yesterday and the toolkit and a set of spare screws. I've complained about the delay in getting the folders as I want to keep the issues in good condition. I think the quality is great and it looks the bussiness, I thought I had a dodgy set of gears as they were sticking at some points, but its just a little to much varnish and its sorted its self out with me whizzing the planets round.

Best to all, Bob.

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11 years 6 months ago #67218 by jmcc5
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I got issues 2, 3 & 4 today.

As for all those waiting for the Toolkit, this isn't delivered until the third delivery according to the advertising that comes with each issue (I am open to correction on this)

Eaglemoss also state to allow 28 days for delivery from the time payment is taken

Joanna
Cork Astronomy Club

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11 years 6 months ago #67221 by dave_lillis
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I think the quality is great and it looks the bussiness, I thought I had a dodgy set of gears as they were sticking at some points, but its just a little to much varnish and its sorted its self out with me whizzing the planets round..

I had the same issue, gears binding, I had to get out the file and take some of the metal away from the hole the gear shaft sits in, I'm slightly annoyed but at least now its ok.
The tool kit also arrived today, allen keys and screw drivers.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 6 months ago #67228 by Seanie_Morris
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I am starting to wonder why I didn't start up this series now. :(

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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11 years 6 months ago #67287 by jmcc5
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I'm just wondering did anyone have problems fitting the grub screw that that holds the Mercury arm in place??

I'm having trouble with this part. Any advice greatly welcome

Joanna
Cork Astronomy Club

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11 years 6 months ago #67305 by dave_lillis
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that one was ok in my set.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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11 years 6 months ago #67386 by pj30something
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Last week i got issues 4&5. This week (today) i got issues 6&7.

I'm still missing issues.............1,2&3 so i emailed Dan and enquired (i asked about the toolkit).

I'm wondering if there were any parts of the model OR instructions included in issues 1,2&3........................that i need to assemble the parts i have already?

T'is a lot of cash to pay for a subscription and if ONE issue doesnt make it to me.............the whole project is worthless.

I DO like the quality of the model pieces........................

I'm sure i will get all the parts.............but it doesnt hurt to keep the company informed of exactly what you have and have not recieved.

I am gonna wait til i have all issues of the mag, and all parts needed before i start to construct the model.

The quality of parts so far..................look like it is money well spent. ..........and the end result should be pretty awesome.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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11 years 6 months ago #67412 by Calibos
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.......and this is what its like ordering direct from the distributor. This is why hardly any newsagents sell these thing. We get it in the neck when issues don't show up. People take it out on us be saying screw this and diappearing off the face of the planet. We are left with non returnable partworks and out of pocket.

If you cancel the following week that someone doesn't collect the issue you get an earful when they arrive back from holiday or come back saying they forgot to collect the last weeks issue. An earful because it takes between 6-10 weeks to get the missed/back issue....(often leading ironically to ,"screw this, I'm missing an issue, I wont pick them up anymore or bother to tell the newsagent to cancel"

If you don't cancel because of the uncollected issue you more often than not find that they weren't on holidays, but just couldn't be arsed to tell you they wanted to cancel. Then you have 3 or 4 non returnable issues and are out of pocket.

The reason you see these things on the shelves at all still is that Easons(no EM Distribution/menzies) send out boxes of these new partworks unsolicited/ordered. The first 6 issues are Sale or Return unlike the rest of the series. It is such a hassle to return these to Easons and they debit your account straight away (for something you didn't even order or want) and don't credit your account for these for 1 or 2 months...well its easier to flog them on the shelf and get your money back that way even though you have no intention of stocking the rest of the series after issue Six. One does cancel this "'un-ordered new partworks' the minute they arrive, but in this computerised age, for some reason it still takes about 6 weeks for the cancel request to be applied to these partworks on your account.

ie, issue one arrrives. You get on the phone or website of easons and cancel. You'll still get issue 2,3,4,5 and 6 before it disappears off your standing order and like I said, better to put them on the shelf and get your money back now than let easons have your money free gratis in their bank account earning money for 2 months till they credit you.

There have been a few posts giving out about newsagents and these things . So don't take this out on the newsagents, its not us its them!! :D

Keith D.

16" Meade Lightbridge Truss Dobsonian with Servocat Tracking/GOTO
Ethos 3.7sx,6,8,10,13,17,21mm
Nagler 31mm

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11 years 6 months ago #67420 by rsmith
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I'm just wondering did anyone have problems fitting the grub screw that that holds the Mercury arm in place??

I'm having trouble with this part. Any advice greatly welcome


Is it that the scre wont start in the threads, or something else. My kit was fine, but the varnish they have used to make it tarnish proof may have got into the threads, also have a close look at the screw to make sure the theads are ok on that, try swapping the screw with one of the same size, you get spare screws at issue 6.

Bob

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11 years 6 months ago #67440 by jmcc5
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Is it that the scre wont start in the threads, or something else. My kit was fine, but the varnish they have used to make it tarnish proof may have got into the threads,


Its the screw that hold the Mercury planet arm in place. I managed to get the screw in about half way but not enough to hold the arm in place. Now I can't turn the screw either in or out - its just jammed

you get spare screws at issue 6


Are you SURE there are spare screws?? If you are then I'll try and get the screw out with a bit of brut force.

Joanna
Cork Astronomy Club

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