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Tim last won the day on August 26 2018

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  1. Having the 10 Micron will be excellent for you and allow you to see much more, from the simple fact that you will know 100% that the target is in the eyepiece, allowing you plenty of time to relax and spend some time on each target, using averted vision, eyepiece tapping etc. Poor skies can be challenging, but the accuracy of the mount will save you from mucking about trying to determine what is what. Let yourself get completely dark adapted, turn off all lights, the brightness right down on your keypad, and get as comfortable as possible. Enjoy, it's a great scope, I have one that I sometimes use on my 10 Micron too in light polluted Coventyr skies
  2. Council planning departments are an absolute joke in Warwickshire and have demonstrated time and again that they pander to wealthy interests of massive developments and nitpick over minutiae with household projects. I take delight in thwarting them by using their own double standards against them. When they visited my home for a query about a structure, they noticed that I had erected an 8ft fence along one side of my garden. They said, "You are not supposed to do that, it is un-neighbourly!" My reply was a little sarcastic i'm afraid: "Is it? Oh. Well I erected it to stop the heroin addict boyfriend of my neighbour from trying to hit golf balls from their garden, across ours and another garden, into the nearby parking area for aeroplanes at Coventry airport. But I am being un-neighbourly!!" As for the poor guy in the OP, well he should have gone through planning I guess, but even if there wasn't bad feeling between the neighbours before, there will be now. So who wins?
  3. If you have had it over four years without complaint there is nothing they can do anyway
  4. To be honest that was one of the reasons I didn't get one until now, because I have the wood, the skills, and the tools to make my own, and always intended to at some point. Just never found the time
  5. Agree totally. Could really concentrate on the targets. I regularly observe with big dobs but have always either stood or used a step ladder, the seat is far more comfortable though.
  6. Hi @Grant, are there many pitches left available? Just had three weeks off work but might be able to sneak another couple of days under the radar
  7. Around ten years ago I spent some time solar observing with a friend using his solid oak observing seat that somebody had handmade. It was height adjustable, with an adjustable footrest, and made it very comfortable to sit and let the tracking mount follow the solar sphere as we observed it. However for the following few years the gear I took to star parties tended to be imaging based, so no need of a dedicated seat for observing. These days though I just pack my trusty 18" Dob, and at the recent Kelling Heath SP decided to cave in and get a Tracer 12V battery while they were on offer. Combined with the tracking platform that sits under the dob base the battery pack really completes my push-to setup nicely, but I do tend to find that slightly crouching or bending a bit is causing me more and more back pain lately, indeed I missed a whole clear night of observing during the main star party due to the pain. This in turn leads to sometimes cursory observing on my behalf, sometimes missing out on the finer points of a particular object. So when a second hand oak observing chair came up at the boot sale on Saturday morning at Kelling, I thought that the £80 asking price might be money well spent. The fact that I am a sucker for solid oak items bore almost no influence on the decision Well, I have to say, what a difference! Being able to sit comfortably and just observe, without having to crouch or bend or nudge the scope made a MASSIVE difference to my enjoyment of the sessions, and with a relaxed comfortable posture, I was able to spend much longer on individual targets, properly using averted vision for extended viewing, and also eyepiece tapping. It was very gratifying to slowly work my way through H beta, Oiii and UHC filters side by side, really getting to grips with the different views they present, which was especially enjoyable on the Rosette nebula, and M42. My wife even joined me at 2am one night and we stayed out until dawn, and even she commented that the time just flew by using the comfortable chair for observing. An additional highlight was the California nebula (NGC 1499), which through a 21mm Ethos with Lumicon H beta filter just seemed to go on and on, but without the support of the chair I would not have been able to observe the half of what I did of the nebula, it would have been too painful. Needless to say I am delighted with the purchase and look forward to the next trip out with it, which may hopefully be at SGL 2019 very soon, or at Kelling Heath again in November. (Pic taken with phone and a placed red light just to test the effect, I like to observe with absolute minimal light sources around! As it was, we had the whole of the bottom red field at Kelling to ourselves when everybody else left, and enjoyed a really dark situation)
  8. Hi Mick, I've just returned from Norfolk to Coventry after a three week break there. We go every year for darker skies than at home. Enjoy the forum
  9. Tim

    Ha FWHM

    Used properly a Bahtinov mask is pretty much foolproof, are you manually adjusting focus or automating it to get it slightly off?
  10. How exciting! And I am almost perfectly qualified for the part-time dispatch operative role in every respect except one, having no experience in making mistakes and so don't know how to admit to them
  11. This is a great news item
  12. Pixinsight, in my humble opinion, (and that of world class astrophotographers ) offers the most comprehensive set of tools for image control, and can probably be considered as professional software. It is constantly upgraded. I've never regretted paying for it, although it was a fair bit cheaper a few years ago. I also enjoy the super clean and easy to use Nebulosity for image capturing, a doddle to work even with only half an eye open at 4.30am
  13. LOL! How true in so many cases!
  14. Me too!! Are you at Kelling this year Carole? Be nice to catch up, I saw your camper last year I think but didnt see you
  15. Not sure if anyone has thrown this particular spanner in the works yet, but there are very few refractors that have such perfect colour correction that there is not a bit of star bloating from not quite precisely focused colours being captured during a Luminance sequence. Faster 'fracs are the worst offenders normally, and it isn't always a case of the more expensive, the better. Take Vixen's VSD100 as an example, Luminance subs through that lens were pretty much impossible to get tight focus on when I used one, and as was stated in the offical S@N review too.
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