I'm getting acquainted with the 120 Esprit this week and have a few questions for owners of the scope more experienced with it than I. Here we go:
1) Does the included Field Flattener have any FL reduction properties (if so what?) or is it simply just a flattener?
2) What is the bolt size/thread data for the the tube ring's pre-drilled holes? I want to form a metal strap handle to help lift/hold the scope when mounting it to the tripod and would use a couple of the holes on the top of the rings to affix it to. They look like M6 Allen Head?
3) What is the bolt size/thread data for the two empty threaded holes either side of the center hole/line at each end of the anodized green mounting plate (4 holes total)? I want to add some 'anti-launch' blocks to both underside ends of the plate so the tube can't slide off the EQ6-R Pro it's on and would use these 4 holes to do so.
4) The nylon-tipped counterweight screws seem to allow for easy movement of the counterweights (especially in rotation) even when they seem super tight on the counterweight rod. What is up with that?
5) As I saw on several videos before buying the scope (and read about in a few older posts here on CN) my Esprit has a 'wonky' dew shield. It's stable when fully retracted but wonky in any other position. I would only be interested in the fully extended position anyway. It doesn't seem to droop enough to cause seeing problems but I have 'calibrated eyeballs' and am a Professional Picture Straightener. I cant believe Sky-Watcher didn't get this right. Has anyone come up with an easy/brilliant fix that doesn't include ignoring it or the use of duct tape? The two (just two?) nylon-tipped set screws it uses seem to contribute here as well.
Everything else I'm seeing looks absolutely fantastic (no first light yet though), especially with the EQ6-R mount. Very happy so far!
Thanks for any input anyone can provide!