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Showing content with the highest reputation on 29/11/13 in Posts

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    You would need to find something VERY precious indeed to make mining it from the Moon economic. The figures don't add up at the moment. The motives must be as a technology demonstration and for the PR value.
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    I would just leave it be, my workshop was over size 25' by 16' with a apex roof about 12' at the pich, but figured it can not be viewed by any other propertys so i knocked down the old garage and built my workshop on the same spot, in the process of building i needed a hand to move a large hired cement mixer wonders of down the close and there's a guy 4 doors away in his garden, said hello ect, can you give me a hand, yes he says and off we go, he inquires what i'm building ect, turns out he is the parish planning office, to quote " your new building looks smaller than the old one, any problems refer them to me" a narrow escape i must say....
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    I think I would agree - don't stir it.
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    I tried the pair in some 100mm bins and they were fine. My eyes are 72-73 mm apart, so I am very tolerant.
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    After quite a bit of reading about the types and quality and IPD of binoculars etc and after a bit of worrying I decided to just take the plunge and get the Apollo 15x70's and I have to say, very awesome! They have certainly impressed friends and family even from a light polluted back garden but took them out to a dark site last night (albeit the moon was sometimes popping out from behind clouds) but incredible just how much extra detail you can see with them. The moon craters look especially impressive against the dark side of the moon Not sure I can hold them up for a long time though, heavier than I thought they would be so getting a Manfrotto 628b monopod will grip ball head on it. Play with this a while I think and then look for an astrophotography setup.
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    Hi I recently built a very similar box to the one you are intending to build. I used a similar battery and Stanley tool chest (they was on offer in B&Q) I insulated the bottom with HD polystyrene, and used MDF to fashion a base. My wiring from the battery goes to a n isolator from there through a 30Amp fuse to a distribution box, from there to a 6 way fuse holder and from there to the outlets. Also all 12V plugs for all equipment is also fuse, belt and braces I know, but you can never be to careful. I also included as part of the build a 12V battery conditioner, keeps battery topped up at all times. at this end of the box I fitted a 12V fan and vent just in case any battery fumes would build up. I am currently working on a 4 way dew controller which which will be fitter above the outlets. I have attached some pictures, I hope this may be of some use to you. Outlet side of box, 5 x 12V outlets individually fuse, and a Volt Meter plus main on off switch Rear of box showing fan outlet plus on/off switch for fan Inside top of box, battery conditioner plus storage for laptop and bits and pieces
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    If you don't have Stellerium download it and then choose a area of sky that you have good view of, set the filters in Stellarium to show Messier objects and work your way through them the South is the better FOV as ever thing you can see will over the following year pass through this area. There are free Telrad map to download these show the Messier objects and while a Telrad would be good they work just as well with out and can be aligned to the Telrad circles in Stellarium for star hopping..
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    Correct! Since there's been some discussion about it, here is how it fits: It's just some baader solar film made into a disc which in turn is attatched to a cardboard tube which I measured to fit into the scopes cover hole thing. It's not the nicest to look at but it does the job. Or it used to anyway. I just want everyone to remember to never ever point there scope at the sun without a cover on. Otherwise your eyepiece will turn into a photon powered incinerator.
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    Agreed and it's a possibility but the conical nature of the device led me to challenge that assumption. Not that it really matters. I'm just pleased that Azure wasn't hurt. I was rather hoping we could possibly include it in a safe solar observing sticky.
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