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About FairviewSteve

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  1. Great image, one of my favorite things to observe, can't capture though with Dob mount. One day I'll get the EQ mount up and running!
  2. Thanks JohnD didn't think of that, I do run windows 7 via parallels, will have to see if it gets recognised as a device. Have to use USB though as have no serial port!
  3. Anyone know if these updates can be applied with a Mac? Or do I need to find someone friendly with a PC?
  4. This is great, I'm planning to have a garden pier/observatory at some point in the next 5...10...15 years. but doesn;t stop me thinking about it and planning the garden around it. Never realised just how much concrete would be required for the scope to sit on (and then I'd need the floor for the obs too). Great guide, would be good to see a picture of it all put together with the scope on top.
  5. How do you make a pier out of brake discs?
  6. I changed to knobs on my primary from the nylon nuts that were there originally (had to collimate with a spanner). Got the knobs off eBay, very cheap and fitted the M6 threads very well and make adjusting the mirror very quick and easy.
  7. I have the 8" f6 too and have been very happy with it, on dob at the moment but I also have EQ5 with GOTO to use at a later date. Had little to spend at the time so just have standard mirror coatings but still get amazingly sharp images. When these have worn some more (or when I can convince myself) I'll have them upgraded to hilux.
  8. What is it that is poor about the focuser? I want to upgrade mine and that's the most likely candidate.
  9. I don't have this problem, my wife supports my plans for obsy in garden, she actually thinks they look good, my problem is with the ££££
  10. Probably about 100 calories, 200 on a particularly cold night
  11. I too am interested in upgrading my focuser, I have an Orion Optics UK scope and would like to change from the pack and pinion as I am finding it very difficult to get to that sweet spot for focusing. I don;t want to spend too much, OO do offer a focus mount but their cost is about double what the skywatcher one above is. Are there any other suggestions for a mount?
  12. This is a very intereting thread, great tips on the build and gives me lots of ideas for my own future build (far future, need a kitched extension first). I plan to knock down and re-build the garage in the back garden to incorporate a tool shed and an observatory, just have to be careful of the planning permissions etc. I'm in two minds as to whether to have a propper dome or a roll off roof similar to what you have done in your garden. The dome has the cool wow factor but I guess the roll-off roof will be far cheaper!
  13. I have the EQ5 mount with my OO 200mm Tube on it, the tube looks huge against the mount but with the motors running it is rocksteady.
  14. I bought three M5 plastic knobs off eBay for only a couple of pounds. Coupled these with some nylon washers and I've it great primary mirror adjustment which can be done in moments, no spanner needed.
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