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  1. This EQ-5 is described as the 'old' version. Is it very different from the current one, if at all? I'd like to add motors, probably Nema 14 or 17, and am unsure if it is possible to do so on this version. Any advice please?
  2. Check the connection tab inside the socket. If that flexes and the live tab touches the shell it may reboot the computer by instantaneously shorting and cutting power. happened to me once on a very old laptop with a broken tab.
  3. It remains to be seen how much of what she says will be intelligent information and how much will be condescending twaddle that the producer/director/scriptwriter instruct her to say? If it’s just reading an autocue, Joe Grundy from the Archers would be as good. If she’s allowed to discuss and explain things from her own point of view and using her intelligence and experience that would be great. I have no idea who she is or what her style is, but anyone with a physics degree and a masters should be able to deliver a good story, even if they aren’t initially a TV personality in the Blue Peter style. But please, no more Brian Cox, Dara O’Brien “we’re-lads-because-we-drink-on-TV-to-show-we’re-cool-and-we-giggle-a-lot” TV. I, for one, am fed up all with these docu-dramas where the only way the BBC think they can explain a point is to get some actors in period dress to ‘relive’ the historical event. Did anyone see the could-have-been-excellent Pompeii programme that was ruined by this over-dramatisisation? Please, BBC, stop appealing to the masses, give me interesting, informative TV that teaches me something, without wasting time. I, for one welcome her and hope she will help do that. Time will tell.
  4. Try paisleyfreight.com. I have used them several times, seem fine.
  5. It always strikes me as a little sad when scientists try to act 'cool' in order not to come across as geeks. Dara tries to make a joke on every sentence he says and Brian appears over-excited. And why do they have to drink on the second part - beer from bottles, not really PC but again 'we're cool'. Wonder what the excuse will be tonight. Why is there a need to bring on so many celebrity-stars, again who try to be cool rather than geeky. As with the "I memorised all the periodic table but now I can't remember any of them." As a result this is yet another programme that enters the realm of 'tabloid TV'. Brian's 'this is so simple I can explain it with archaic chalk and blackboard' fell short. I don't think the world at large can deal with the oscillating nature of light. The Beeb has a massive graphics department they use to create adverts, why not use that to produce animated some simple explanations - for example showing the effect of the colour of light related to frequency. For me the best presenter is Liz in the US. Calm, clear and informative without being excitable or cool. She should take over the whole thing. Why so many presenters? I imagine it's a big turn off for most people. I wonder what the BBC market research shows - if they still do it after all the cuts.
  6. And no Jonafon Woss as yet, or has someone else already tempted fate?
  7. How long to have the 250 rule waived?
  8. It's called 'dumbing down' . Speciality of the Beeb.
  9. I have some friends visiting from America who have offered to bring a couple of eyepieces over. Any bargains to be had? I have a Skywatcher 200 and need to get a new set for DSO use.
  10. If your'e that bothered about it, don't buy any. It's not tax, you don't have to pay.
  11. I have bought graphics videos from this company before and received it in good time, so have no reason to doubt their authenticity. Today we are giving away a powerful new archive of footage and photos from the NASA library, featuring everything from explosive shuttle launches to views from outer space: http://news.footagefirm.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=x8pb0h,10adi,a25,5g3n,cgwg,lpfo,ams1 We are giving away 10 collections containing over 150 footage clips and 500 photos. Shots include historical as well as modern day material.
  12. If you look back through the feedback list, Skipton-Trader, sold a scope in March 2010. MEADE EXT-90EC TELESCOPE WITH TRIPOD FAULTY (#260562647378) for £225. He sells regularly, and might normally be expected to want to maximise his revenue. But may be sentimental about his brother's scope, so not interested in this case - that's why he doesn't want to sell as split items.
  13. Clouding over here after a totally clear day, and as an 'astrologer', I predict my immediate future is clearly gonna be dark and cloudy.
  14. I hope you have more luck than me. I have attended several talks at my closest club as a paying guest £2 per session. All interesting and high quality but never had a conversation with anyone else there, apart from one lady. I am surely recognised but 'not one of them' so to be ignored. A few times I have even sat at the back, or very close to committee members. I recognise them, so surely they recognise me as someone who is keen enough to go to talks but hasn't actually joined. The presenter at one meeting had powerpoint slides, I sent emails to 3 committee members asking for a copy and didn't even receive a reply, let alone a copy of the sides. So I resent the email with a read receipt: it was read but ignored for a second time. Membership is not cheap as the society has a large observatory but I am put off by the joining fee - almost as much again, making first year membership around £60. And that is the period when you have most doubt so need encouragement. What is the joining fee for? To put off the riff-raff? The membership is old (and I'm not young), they are on average quite a lot older than me, I am sure it must be declining through natural causes so I would have thought new members would be welcomed --- not the case. In contrast I went to an open evening at another club. Very welcoming, keen to have new members and not stuck up their own backsides. Quite keen to help beginners and stimulate interest in astronomy. Quite frankly, astronomy at our level is a hobby. Nobody, or only very few people are in positions to look down on anyone else within it as they themselves know relatively b$""4er all (unless Brian Cox is an expert make-up artist) - quite clearly from some of the basic questions that are asked at the end of talks. This isn't my only interest, I do other things and belong to other clubs and have always tried to be friendly to new people at those. It is a shame that this club don't seem to want to let new people into their charmed circle. I doubt that I will be joining, but hey, they don't really want me to. I don't care how shy somebody is, there is no excuse for established members of any club not to be friendly and welcoming to someone new with a common interest. It's not difficult to strike up a conversation about something you like if you are the host on home ground. Harder if you are the visitor. And for committee members to do this says a lot about the club itself.
  15. Went to Iceland to see them a couple of years ago. Fantastic, although only green at the time, not the colours in these photos.
  16. There's a link to the original article: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bPJhecRPc9M/T18UQmAC5uI/AAAAAAAAATY/kWKIplYtfag/s1600/astrologists.jpg
  17. Should have hacked Patrick Moore's phone for the story, wouldn't have made the mistake then. NCorp wouldn't have.
  18. MontyUK


    Can't see any clouds - just horizon-to-horizon whiteness.
  19. "Funnier than Lenny Henry" is damning with faint praise.
  20. I have had a Dob 8" for a year and not collimated it yet, partly because star tests show that is appears to be aligned. Does a star test reveal all?
  21. I am looking for a new eyepiece for a Skywatcher 200p as well. The Hyperion 8mm at £92 seems a good choice. But is it much better than say a BST at £41, Celeston X-Cel 9mm at £69? Do people upgrade from he BST to Hyperion? Or is that not really worth the bother?
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