I have a Celestron 130 SLT reflector. I am having some issues with it and I hoped you all could help me. I'm looking for some low tech and inexpensive solutions.
My telescope shakes like crazy. I understand this is probably the cheap aluminum mount. As much as I would love to buy a wooden mount, they are out of my price range right now. Is there a low tech solution for this problem? Would a heavy pendulum hung from the center solve this problem to some extent like it does for swaying buildings? Would it put to much unnecessary strain on the mount?
The focuser knob on my eyepiece seem to tight. Any time I try to focus the eyepiece it torques the telescope out of position leaving me with nothing to focus on. Once I let go of the knob I have to wait for like 10 seconds before the telescope stops shaking enough that I can check the focus again. I was thinking of some WD40 to loosen it up, but then I thought it might get on the optics. Is there a better solution? Can I loosen the focuser knob up a bit? Can I use graphite on it?
I received a digital camera mount for my telescope this Christmas. When I set my camera on a 10 second delay (to wait for the shaking to calm down) it takes pretty good pictures. I've been using a high speed night mode on my camera and that seems to do pretty well for the moon, but when I take pics of Jupiter and Saturn they seem over exposed and out of focus. Does anyone have any tips on setting I might try on the camera that might yield better pictures?