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  1. Hello Richard and welcome. I'm only in Nantwich so if you need a bit of a hand just let me know. I like a pint too Dave
  2. Likewise, and it is so irritating. However, the 12v hairdryer sorts it out Dave
  3. I couldn't find an off the shelf padded bag or case for my new C925 so I got in touch with Bags 2 Cover who had previously made some top quality pannier inner bags for my aluminium motorcycle panniers. Anyway they put up with me changing my mind about what I exactly wanted on more than one occasion and I finally opted for a double padded bag with handles and an end zip. I waited for a couple of weeks for it to be made and I can say it was well worth it, really nicely made with a quality feel. I had the bad made long enough for my star diagonal to be left attached which also leaves space for my Telred. With hindsight I'd have added a handle to the base to make it easier to hold the bag while sliding the scope out. Finally I have no affiliation with these guys but thought I'd share my find. Dave
  4. I have all three 26mm, 32mm & 38mm and they all offered great views in my 12" F5 dob (now sold), they were a little soft towards the edges but it didn't detract from my enjoyment. These must be the best value for money eyepieces you can buy. I now have a C9.25 at F10 which gives the ep's a much easier time and all three give clear views across the complete fov. Dave
  5. I bought an eyepiece from Algady, he's a really nice guy. The 8.8/82 I bought off him was like new and when I started to correspond with him over the e.p. I realised we'd met at The Peak Star Party and I'd already looked through the e.p. I was buying, small world. Dave
  6. Dellis

    SGL 8 - General Banter

    Got home this afternoon after just spending Saturday night there. The weather was a bit rum but it was nice to meet and chat with folks I saw last year and a few new ones too. Dave
  7. Dellis

    SGL 8 - General Banter

    Roo and I will be there tomorrow around midday we're also giving Tom aka Hypernova a lift. I was going to bring the society's solar scope along but looking at the weather forecast I don't think I'll bother However, I will be packing my scope and a pair of bins so here's hoping..... See you all tomorrow Dave
  8. I have n 11mm Nagler being delivered tomorrow, my first Dave
  9. Well I've given up waiting for a used Orion illuminated ep to turn up and just ordered a new one from Telescope House, shouldn't have sold the last one..... Dave
  10. Yes it does need both to achieve balance. Dave
  11. Well I made it back home with the scope in one piece (I have a padded case being made) and I took a couple of snaps, I forgot my camera so they're only iPhone jobs but you get the idea.... Mods so far are upgraded altitude bolts, Telrad, Astrozap dew shield, Revelation Astro 2" diagonal and I have an ADM Vixen saddle en route from the US.
  12. Ewan, I've had no clear skies since last weekend so I've not had a chance to use it again, it is fairly noisy when slewing at full speed but I can live with that. I'm going to my astro society this evening and I'll be showing off my new scope so I'll take a couple of pics and post them later tonight. Dave
  13. The upgrades have started... ADM saddle on order Dave
  14. Have a look here page two. I got the wheels from B&Q. Dave
  15. I owned one of the Orion 20 mm centering ep's which was great. I sold it when I went to a dob and as I'm now back on a goto am looking for another. Dave
  16. I am so glad I got one of these. I'm really very pleased with mine. Dave
  17. I like the look of the new mount and wonder how it will compare stability wise. Dave
  18. I had a C8 which I loved and then went to a C11 which to be frank was a disappointment since then I've has a 12" dob and a 4" refractor but I'd been hankering after another SCT and was going to go for a C8 but with the current C925 prices I just had to have one. Needless to say I've not been disappointed, far better than my C11 and better than my old C8 so I'm really very happy. Dave
  19. I've just bought a C925 / CG-5 GT and I was a bit nervous with regard to the capacity of the mount but the deal meant that if it wasn't upto the job I would still be in front once I sold it however it's fine and I really don't feel the need for anything heavier duty. It does wobble but only during focus and it damps very quickly which I'm happy with. Dave
  20. I went outside earlier and saw the clouds start to clear around Polaris and in the space of ten minutes the sky went from almost fully clouded over to perfectly clear, I could't believe my eyes... mount aligned, scope mounted and off we go.... to say I am very happy would be something of an understatement!!! I've spent the evening whizzing round the night sky with no plan and enjoying what's been put before me. I'm frozen but I'm happy. Dave
  21. Ewan - thanks, I'm really hankering the next clear evening, fingers crossed for monday... Dave
  22. One other point, I used the ES 8.8 in my f5 dob and it worked a treat, edge to edge pinpoint stars, very nice indeed. Dave
  23. I can vouch for the Panaviews I have all three a 26, 32 and 38 and have used the 32 in a C8 which was superb and all three in both a C11 and a C925 again the results are far above their price would suggest. I also have an Explore Scientific 82 deg 8.8mm which is fantastic, so good that I have ordered an 11, a 14 and an 18 from the US. Dave
  24. That's a corker especially with a single exposure Dave
  25. I'm really hankering after clear skies...... Dave
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