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namloc

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  1. Hi guys, I am in the early stages of planning a permanent mounting for the scope. The pier will be of the "concrete filled PVC pipe" variety. I just have a concern over the pipe. What are the chances of the PVC pipe splitting or cracking from the contraction/expansion of the concrete inside it over time?
  2. namloc

    Hello

    Mainly visual up to now with an old pair of binos and a cheap scope from Aldi. But I am now in the market for a new setup and have posted in the equipment section for some advise and my big aim for 2011 is to get imaging the moon and planets. I'm not really into DSO as I am big into planetary/lunar astronomy. Also into planetary science and exploration.
  3. Hi there, New to SGL but been lurking for a while and into astronomy for over 20 years since I was a boy. Anyway, I have previously had a pair of binos which I had for years and also bought a cheap scope in Aldi a few years ago but these have really taken me as far as they can at this stage and I am ready to move on to something bigger and better so I'm looking for a bit of a steer in the right direction!! I live in the south of Ireland and have only okay-ish skies from my house, but I am about 10-15 mins drive from a good coastal location which offer dark unobstructed views of the sky to the south over the Atlantic. My primary interest is in lunar and planetary observation and imaging and I want a setup able to produce pretty decent lunar/planetary images. I wouldn't rule out DSO stuff but it really is a secondary consideration. So basically I am looking for recommendations from the good folks here at SGL for a good planetary scope (visual and imaging) and mount that is reasonably portable (I'm not afraid of having to spend some time setting up etc.). I have a few €€€€ coming my way soon so my budget for the scope and mount would be in the £1000-£1200 region or maybe a bit more depending on the setup. I have a seperate budget for accessories etc. Thanks in advance, namloc
  4. namloc

    Hello

    Hi, Well, I've been into astronomy since I was a boy. My main interest is planetary and lunar. I've been lurking around here on and off but seeing as how it's the New Year it's about time I joined . Anyway just wanted to say hello and clear skies! namloc
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