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#1 cameron12x

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 07:23 PM

Alas, I have lost or misplaced the extension for the Polar Scope Illuminator.  It is a terrible design for an otherwise good entry-level mount.

 

Is there a part number or any place to order a replacement?

 

Thanks in advance!



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Posted 13 April 2021 - 07:32 PM

You could try contacting Sky-Watcher directly to see if they’ll sell you one. I have heard they are pretty good about that sort of stuff.

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 07:41 PM

I don't even bother to use that thing. What I do instead is a bit awkward, but I use a red flashlight and while looking through the scope I shine the light towards the opening of the scope where you would put the illuminator but from off the side so it's not shining directly into the opening. This illuminates what I need to see while not blocking out my ability to see Polaris. Works for me and I don't need to mess with the illuminator or battery, and I always have a red flashlight with me anyway.

 

Perhaps that could work for you too and avoid tracking down another illuminator.


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#4 cameron12x

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 07:45 PM

I don't even bother to use that thing. What I do instead is a bit awkward, but I use a red flashlight and while looking through the scope I shine the light towards the opening of the scope where you would put the illuminator but from off the side so it's not shining directly into the opening. This illuminates what I need to see while not blocking out my ability to see Polaris. Works for me and I don't need to mess with the illuminator or battery, and I always have a red flashlight with me anyway.

 

Perhaps that could work for you too and avoid tracking down another illuminator.

I could see that working, but isn't it a bit awkward?



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Posted 13 April 2021 - 09:28 PM

It is, but it only for a few seconds then it's aligned and I move on. I also like to align it with the counterweight and mounting plate all attached. Sometimes even with my camera attached so it doesn't get bumped again after alignment. This mount is not very heavy and the tripod I have is a good one but also not heavy, not like a true astro mount for imaging. So, once alignment is done it's not hard to bump it a little bit attaching all the rest of the gear and knocking the alignment off and you can't get your fingers down in there through the mounting plate to place the illuminator if it needs adjusting. I don't know that the illuminator would fit if you left it attached and tried to put the mounting plate on afterwards so if it does get bumped you wouldn't be able to make any adjustments relying solely on the illuminator anyway. 

 

In my case I have a new mount on order and will only really use the Star Adventurer when on camping trips for camera only equipment when I can't haul my heavier/larger equipment. The limited use I will have with it and using a flashlight instead isn't too awkward or difficult for my needs.


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#6 cameron12x

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 09:45 PM

What red flashlight do you use?



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Posted 13 April 2021 - 09:56 PM

This is the one I bought.

 

https://www.amazon.c...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 10:00 PM

This is the one I bought.

 

https://www.amazon.c...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Funny, I just bought three of those last week! It's plenty bright with a single AA batt, and I love that it's single mode.


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#9 cameron12x

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 10:13 PM

Thanks for the help.  I will buy one of those red flashlights (I needed one anyway).

 

And I will also reach out to Sky-Watcher.



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Posted 15 April 2021 - 10:46 AM

I don't even bother to use that thing. What I do instead is a bit awkward, but I use a red flashlight and while looking through the scope I shine the light towards the opening of the scope where you would put the illuminator but from off the side so it's not shining directly into the opening. This illuminates what I need to see while not blocking out my ability to see Polaris. Works for me and I don't need to mess with the illuminator or battery, and I always have a red flashlight with me anyway.

 

Perhaps that could work for you too and avoid tracking down another illuminator.

+1...in fact i use such a small red led light i got for free...

 

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Edited by Traveler, 15 April 2021 - 10:49 AM.

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