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About beamer3.6m

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  1. I use my heq5 mount head in my imagine rig so I have the tripod section going spare. Can it be used with an az4 or will I need to mess about with it. I know the heq5 tripod has the little notch which the altitude adjusters push against... Does this stop an az4 being attached etc?
  2. I am in need of an EQ3 or EQ5 mount as I want to get a long refractor for visual only (Evostar 120 or Bresser 90L for example). I have the tripod from my HEQ5 which I do not use (mount is on a pier in obsy) so just the head maybe sufficient - albeit I am open to comment on that. I live just outside York if that makes any difference. Thank you
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  4. Yes they can. But its very very simple. You click the setting which is called something like 'mark this connection as metered'. If using a cable to connect to the internet the easiest way is to buy a USB dongle and connect through WiFi with it, as you can then mark the connection as metered. Basically the metered setting is there to stop huge downloads happening for people who pay per mb of data. Its not cheating and does not involve any major computing knowledge.
  5. Its a myth that windows 10 stops working. They cannot force you to take the updates. In windows 10 just mark you internet connection as metered )only works with WiFi) and they are not downloaded. Simple.
  6. Could you not use a normal mirror as I'm not sure what the telescope is doing?
  7. I think the astro programme you use is crucial. Stellarium is a hog on the PC I find. Try SkytechX and see if that improves things.
  8. I use a very old laptop for my imaging rig. I think the power needs to in the processing but for the capture most of the time the laptop is doing very little. I connect he mount, start BYEOS, and skytech x (which is a much less power intensive star chart software) and then plate solve. I don't start guiding until I have plate solved and that's it. I find the important thing was to have the guide camera in its own port and the imaging camera. All else (focuser, mount) runs through a hub. Hope that helps.
  9. Good result. They replaced the orange glow near me (2 lamps) with the led and I think things have improved. I'm in a village anyway so limited light pollution but the light is far less hazy and much easier to block out. Imagine that of you hold out one finger to cover the light (kinda like you can to cover the moon) then it will be gone as opposed to the orange ones which still gave a massive orange halo even if you held out your entire hand to cover it.
  10. I took no issue with the light keeping your son awake. This is indeed unreasonable. Also wanting the light shielded etc so you can enjoy your hobby is also reasonable. I queried why you thought it "surprising" that interfering with a very niche hobby which is undertaken by the minority is not considered a nuisance.
  11. I take it you wear X ray specs to look through the house ;)

  12. Why are you surprised at this. Despite what people on SGL think astronomy is not that important in the scheme of things to the majority of people. We enjoy it yes, its our hobby yes but its not important to the other 99% of the population (no doubt someone will quote the percentage of astronomers but I'm just making a point). I always find it interesting when those involved in a hobby (be it whatever) assume that others need to also take an interest. I have no interest in stamp collecting. If they stopped selling stamps I would not care but no doubt the stamp collecting community would be in uproar and surprised that I dont care (again no doubt someone will say everyday stamps are not collected etc buts its just an example).
  13. I'm about 12 miles from York and I can see the milkyway from my garden. I live in a small village though. I think the main issue for lp is either looking up through it (as in your in the city or town and directly affected by the lp) or towards it from out the town etc so you see the light dome. In essence get say 10 miles outside a city and look away from the city (have it to your back) and things will improve.
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