Articles

Here are some articles that I have written covering some of the areas that I have tackled over the years, I hope that my experiences and lessons learnt will be of use and interest.

Build a roll-off roof observatory

I have completed building a roll-off roof observatory - this is a 70 page document with approximately 90 photographs giving a step by step build guide.

Roof demo video here

Make a Sky-Watcher EQ6 permanent pier mount How to make a mount for a Sky-Watcher EQ6 head on a permanent pier.
Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro Modifications Gear train clean up and Altitude mount modifications for a Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro mount

Polar Align Using the Drift Method

How to polar align your scope using the drift method

Ha Solar Photography Setup The setup and method I use for capturing Ha solar images with how to manufacturer an SLR adaptor for the PST solar scope.
White Light Solar Photography Setup The setup and method I use for capturing white light solar images.

LX200 Drives & Corrector Plate Clean

These photos and instructions show how to disassemble the LX200 RA and Dec drive housings and clean-up and re-grease the gears. It also shows how to clean the corrector plate.

WARNING: This will invalid your Meade Warrantee.

Meade ETX105 Dismantle

After my Meade ETX conked out on me I decided to dismantle it and see how it works. Here are the photos and DIY notes.

WARNING: This will invalid your Meade Warrantee.

Collimation of a SCT I take no credit for this explanation of how to collimate your SCT. I found this description by Steve Walters many years ago and it is the one I have used ever since.

PEC Train Your LX200

Although these note and photos are for a Meade LX200 some of the tips here can be used for PEC training on any scope.