A Retrospective Review

Skywatcher Explorer 130P

Having recently decided to upgrade my Skywatcher EQ2 mount, I thought it was a good time to look back at the pros and cons along with my experience using the mount. Initial Impressions I remember thinking this looks sturdy being made of solid metal My initial impressions when I opened my scope were good, though never having owned my own scope and only having a brief go on a friend’s scope, I had little to compare it to. I remember thinking this looks sturdy being […]

New Mount Ordered

SkyWatcher AZ SyncScan GoTo

It has been a while since my last outing with my scope, this was due to poor weather, lack of time and the big problem my EQ2 not working correctly taking the fun out of it. One of the problems was that one of the leg clamps, being plastic cracked, meaning the tri-pod could no longer be used at its full extended height. This in itself was not a problem and was more than likely due to being over tightened, as not extending the tri-pod […]

It’s alive, it’s alive… well almost!


Surprisingly the weather changed last night so had the opportunity to take my scope out and give my new motor drive from First Light Optics a spin. Motor Setup Setting up the motor was easy, taking about 5 minutes, ¬†following the provided instruction. One thing worth considering is how to attached the battery pack and handset to your tripod, this will save you having to hold them throughout a gazing session. For my first session I just hung the battery pack over the Altitude clamp […]

My New Camera Mount


Well Christmas 2013 was a great one, way too much food and drink as always, though spent with very good company. I even got a camera mount for my scope so I can attach my trusty canon compact to the eyepiece.   I did give a quick go, when we had a short break from the wet and windy weather the UK has been having over the past few months. Although the focus was out a little, I did manage to get a quick snap […]

Over the Moon (Review: Part Three)


I finally got a chance to look at the moon through my scope for the first time last night, amazing! Having looked through binoculars before I really didn’t think I would see anything new, was I wrong. The detail through the scope with all the different combination of lens (25mm, 10mm, moon filter and 2x Barlow) was spectacular. With the 25mm eye piece, moon filter and 2x Barlow the whole moon could be seen in all its glory, the below photo was taken with my […]