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Pitbull

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About Pitbull

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    kirk_stringer@hotmail.com
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    http://www.kstringer.co.uk

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Football, Motorbikes, Music
  • Location
    Dawley, Telford Shropshire
  1. Pitbull

    I'm back

    It has been some time but I used to frequent these forums a lot but for various reasons, have not been around for 3 or 4 years Decided its time to brush off the dust and get the kit out again, seems such a waste to have it all sat gathering dust. Considering the kit has lived in a shed for all this time, I was pleasantly surprised when it all powered up and worked again So I will be catching up and progress since my last venture, updating my Syn-Scan handsets and considering the purchase of the WIFI adaptor, not sure whether the GPS adopter is worth investing in. Need to get my head around it all again so expect some questions in the newbie section Hello again to all and clear skies
  2. Pitbull

    Yet another power tank

    Good luck and give me a shout if you need any help
  3. Pitbull

    Yet another power tank

    So on to the power tank, after reinforcing the floor of the box with some ply, It made for a nice snug fit for the 75 Ah leisure bttery I had purchased (a 100 Ah battery was too tall) Adding the divider gives somewhere to fix the fuse box to and a compartment for the wiring to sit. I drilled the side and mounted the sockkets, switches (red neon to prevent losing night vision) and a meter to monitor the battery content. A few screws and some wiring and crimping and we have the power to the fuse box and Negative returns. Put it all together and we have our finished product. The cables need to be tidied up a bit, I left them fairly long so that the divider can be slid out to change any fuses without having to disconnect it all. The beast all together And a nice healthy output. Tested on the mount and all works fine, now to give it some use tonight
  4. Pitbull

    Yet another power tank

    well folks, after losing a night because I hadn't charged my batteries and reading all the other build projects on here I thought it was time to give it a go myself. I had an old tool box in the shed sat idle and measured it up and yes it would hold a 12 V leisure battery and so the project was born The toolbox cleaned and ready. I decided to put my accessories in the compartments so I have all my kit in one place Bottom section tray Top box and tray. The beuty with this box is that ther top box is strong to allow you to stand on it during DIY so it will double as a stool. Next installment will be the power tank.
  5. thanks guys, the last 2 did bring a smile to my face I must admit.
  6. Not yet Carole although I may look into it. I was hoping to start an Obsy build this year and that will include mains power. Until then my power tank build will have to do. My current power tank is a small car starter unit, I just neglected to charge it after the last session.
  7. Yes folks, I was thinking ahead today, set up the mount this afternoon, got everything ready to polar align tonight when it gets dark. OTA ready to go on, rings and dovetail mounted, checked the polar scope is good. Get out there tonight and what happens? you guessed it, the power tank is empty!!! Doh! all that prep let down by one little oversight! The irony is I am building a powertank using a 75 Ah Leisure Battery, all done today except the cabling! Oh well Bino's and camera tonight now. Laters all
  8. Hmmm just come across this thread, I have neglected the star gazing lately as I have had a bit of a rough time health wise but back on track now. If you are still accepting members to your group, I would be interested in joining you all and learning. I am a relative newcommer and still have loads to learn so the chance to meet some friendly old sages would be most welcome.
  9. Pitbull

    Chris's Obsy build

    What a great thread, Just spent the afternoon reading it all much to SWMBO disgust but it is prompting me to think about my own project this spring/summer. Already secured a 3m length of 300mm Gas Main for my pier (thanks Gaz) time to start drawing out and costing. Will start my own progress thread when I make a start, waiting for the snow to go and I will post some pics of the site.
  10. Pitbull

    Yet another pier build....

    Thanks for responding Ludd PM sent Gaz.
  11. Pitbull

    Yet another pier build....

    Great give me a shout if it is, I work in West Brom so can call through and collect.
  12. Pitbull

    Yet another pier build....

    Great job, is that spare piece of pipe still available?
  13. Pitbull

    It's arrived

    Thanks all, be next week now before I get out with it as tonight is out and I work away from home in the week so here's hoping for some clear skies next weekend. Off to collect a modded Canon 450D this week too. Been messing this afternoon with software to control the mount, got it working with Stelarium today, Cartes du Ciel and PHD tomorrow and I am all set
  14. Pitbull

    It's arrived

    Well, after much soul searching and reading and asking on forums I have finally gone and done it! My shiny new Sky-Watcher 250 PDS and NEQ6 mount arrived Friday and I have spent the morning putting it together Now all I need is some clear skies to get out there and start with the imaging
  15. Pitbull

    NEQ6 which one?

    some good p[points and advice folks, many thanks. will be ordering the mount this week hopefully beat the stargazing live rush
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