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BeerMe

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Wixey gauge
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:52:22 PM »
Anyone ever used one of these before?  It's going to be included with this scope I'm buying, and looks a pretty useful little bit of kit.


I'm guessing though that, to use it for astro, you would need to point the scope at something you know to be on the Celestial equator i.e 0 degrees alt, then zero the gauge?


Edit:  Got the answer  :)
« Last Edit: April 13, 2017, 04:56:27 PM by BeerMe »
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Re: Wixey gauge
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 10:30:14 PM »
I think Gary on the forum used a wixey gauge when he had a dob.


Has the new Dob got a telrad ?  Most of the 'dobbers' on here swear
by them.


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Re: Wixey gauge
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 01:32:06 AM »
Yeah, as Kathleen says there were a couple of Wixey gauges on the 10" dob Gary sold onto me a while back. I tried using them at first but they were awkward to use and not very practical for locating DSO's from star charts (difficult to read mainly). The introduction of the telrad made all the difference, either using it with star charts or just on it's own with a bit of general knowledge, a very practical and easy to use finder.
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Re: Wixey gauge
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 07:33:30 PM »
It only has a Rigel finder, as well as the stock 9x50.  I've heard the Rigel is pretty useful, though maybe not so much as the Telrad?


I'm gonna make an azimuth degree circle that I'll be able to stick to the bottom of the baseboard with magnets, just to see if between that and the Wixey I can get some form of PushTo going with it.  If it doesn't work, the most it'll cost will be 15 so it's worth a try, but I've read blogs from people that have used it to great success so I'm encouraged to give it a go. 


If it helps me find one or two faint fuzzies that I'd have otherwise missed,  it'll be worth it  ;)
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Re: Wixey gauge
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 08:01:33 PM »
think its much the same as a telrad.
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