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  2. Ha, you'll now have university fees to contend with. i didn’t get beyond a cheap alt-az until our youngest was finished her Masters 4 yrs ago. am man, did my expenditure on Astro kit rise then
  3. Try a factory reset. This should clear all user entered data.
  4. But the expense! The dewshield seems reasonable in price but do you need the dew controller in order to power up the shield? they are not cheap!
  5. I found it needed about half an inch round the edge of my 8ft square scope room.
  6. I'd like the Sii filter please. will PM you. Carole
  7. At least give the chap a chance he last visited friday night ,
  8. Happy birthday! By the way, I have a "hundred Euro rule": purchases over that limit need very careful consideration!
  9. Hi Alan, The OO is around 14kg, plus the camera assembly, so possibly another kg or two... It seems to work OK, but the FL is only 1200mm. When I first got the NEQ6, it held a 10" Meade and also did OK with 2 counterweights. I have seen pictures on SGL of another member REALLY loading the NEQ6 but had it balanced well. I don't think the payload is the issue more the FL and balance. The AZ EQ6 is belt driven, I don't know how much better than my NEQ6 it would be (also belt driven now...) De-mounting the 12" is not that difficult, so it would be a relatively simple trial, apart from the need to purchase a Losmandy rail to suit... Thanks for the interest in the build, planning my dream observatory was about the only thing that kept me sane during my last few years of paid work and it just gathered momentum until I carried it through... If I stepped back now, I don't think I would have started it, the costs are higher than anticipated and the spare cash to pay for it less than planned due to extra UK tax and NI on foreign income... (Don't ask!!!) And the bricks were ideal, I didn't want concrete as they hold more heat and at 50cm by 30cm by 20cm, it does not take so many of these to build the base. HTH and thanks again for the interest. Gordon.
  10. Thanks All in the Head and Henry. Carole
  11. can I buy the 60mm Guidescope with mounting brackets and helical focusers. please PM sent
  12. Agreed. When it comes to stargazing, my eyes need the very best help that I can afford!! Maybe one of those NV monoculars? Wouldn’t they work well in binoviewers? And, I did promise myself a set of Ethos at some stage...... However, I have found that after a couple of years, I hit a cruising altitude re overall value of kit. If I want to buy something, I sell something to finance the new addition. Equilibrium maintained. So provided I stay away from extreme thoughts (see above), yes, it does end! Paul
  13. Hello and welcome to SGL. Yes SkyPortal can automatically align your Celestron mount if it has StarSense and a SkyPortal wifi module
  14. Your very good work does not go unnoticed,,,,, Henry b.
  15. Cool, great to see that you have found a solution. I suspect what this is doing is reducing the dynamic range (so most of the walking noise is one/two levels and then the offset is slightly clipping this out leaving just the small remaining edges of the walking noise. It may be worth playing with the parameters slightly starting from this point to see if you can change the gain / offset to see if there are any further improvements (for example to remove the remaining trace of the noise.
  16. 8"Edge HD fitted with Moonlite CHL 2.5" dual speed crayford focuser Astrozap Aluminium dew shield Astrozap Aluminium cap . Celestron 0.7 reducer Celestron M48T adapter All near perfect condition and working order used approx 3 times .. with original boxes .. Mount , Guide scope and Cameras not included RRP £2260 Looking at £1650
  17. So you started this thread, and also sent me (and maybe other users as well) a PM, asking for help. And you immediately recieved a few suggestions. Did you read it ? Did/will you try it ? No idea. So demotivating for people trying to help. Ragnar
  18. Hi again, went and had a look and pending some money changing hands it's a done deal.. OH dear god what have I done? The primary reflector is actually 4.6m (not 4.8 as advertised), although I'm not complaining. The depth is 0.85m giving a focal point at 155cm where we find a concave (hence my thought it was a gregorian) secondary reflector, f/D=0.34. So at the target frequency of 1420MHz it's 20 wave lengths wide. Then if we take a punt on efficiency at 70% (although I have no idea) the overall gain would be about 35dB and that would be most welcome. The secondary itself is 550mm wide and 220mm deep and has been designed specifically for this dish so I'm assuming it's perfect. I realize this has gone terribly off topic.
  19. I have amended the sky background a bit more, but don;t want to lose the background nebulosity.
  20. I have the following items up for sale. 2 x ZWO 5 Positioin Electronic Filter Wheels. Both in perfect working order. New USB cable supplied £100 each which includes delivery 60mm Guidescope with mounting brackets and helical focusers. Very little use as i switched to OAG £70 inc delivery QHYCCD - Miniguidescope. This is the earliar version and much more substantial that the newer one on offer. Very sturdy and great results. Bought for a project that i never completed.. so pretty much as new! £65 in delivery Baader SII 8nm 1.25mm Filter £63 inc delivery Baader OIII 8.5nm 1.25mm Filter £63 inc delivery Baader UV/IR LUM Filter £27 inc delivery
  21. Bear in mind you already have the most precious optical devices you could ever hope for, your own eyes. You can drink in the splendour of the universe just by using them. Might not curb your desire to spend on more Astro Gems, but just being aware that there is nothing you can buy that can ever compete with what you already have may temper your spending a bit . Ron
  22. i cant take all the credit for this spot, a good friend of mine who's local pointed me to it. theres a few spots around the lake for some other things i want to try later in the year.
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