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  1. Anyone know where I can get an adaptor that fits the illuminator to the slot in the dovetail, I'm sure I saw someone 3d printed them or supplied them ! Thanks David
  2. Looks like the rev 80mm then - oh sorry 3 1/2" rev adapter. Or would a 2" diagonal be better, mainly gonna be used with dslr although I have an Opticstar coolair 75 colour I'd like to experiment with, what do you think folks ???
  3. Hi Folks, just bought this scope from a retailer https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/skywatcher-evostar-72ed-ds-pro-f58-doublet-apo-refractor-ota-case.html I can't get focus on a camera or eyepiece without a long extension. Is this normal out the box? Do you normally need a long 50-80mm extension to make these focus. Might sound a daft question, but I was dismayed - need to order an extension now. David
  4. A wee ditty I just threw together to mourn the sale of my Dobsonian Ode to Big John I saw some epic sights with you Vega shone like crystal blue Jupiter’s belts were an awesome sight The Great Double Cluster set the eyepiece alight Orion nebula just can’t be beat And Saturn the best astronomy treat I’ll miss you Big John and the stuff you did track But I’m getting old and so is my back.
  5. Glad you enjoyed it Tony. And yes, the skies were stunning. My cloud and rain dance worked It's always nice to pass on little tips that help fellow astronomers, when they benefit, we all do, from someone else posting lovely images. I'm sure your bed will be well inflated next year from past experience hehehehe. Anyhoo always good to introduce someone to the Star Camp fraternity, we are a friendly bunch.
  6. Tony has said he'd be back. I had a hot bath when I got in and am currently watching TV with a nice 12yo. It's blowing a hooly in Perthshire and I noticed a BIG aurora alert. Clouded out here so I'll be having a quiet night in, all by myself watching TV then a comfy soft warm bed - See yoo all soon David
  7. Arrived Thursday, Martyn Tony and myself. Pete couldn't manage as he'd put his back out. It was blustery and wet, but we got set up, fed, and headed for the whisky tasting station. There were many malts to try and share. We met some old friends and some new friends. That's what I love about The Drumroamin Star Camp (maybe it should be re-named). The friendship and helpfullness of everyone is an inspiration. Friday wasn't great, so another warm room meeting, exchanging stories and tips for experienced stargazers and the newcomers. Saturday saw Tom and young Calum arrive. Calum has only just got into astronomy. We assisted him at an earlier star party and his enthusiasm is so exciting, as are his astrophotography results. His imaging from a fairly basic setup are astonishing. He will surely blow us all away as his pockets empty from the next purchases he has already showed an interest in. Saturday was looking good with a stiff breeze slowly easing, a fleeting rain shower around 5pm saw us all running for scope coats. We weren't put off, the skies cleared and DID THEY. Come darkness, there was a feverish expectation, everyone rushing around doing final preparartions for the night ahead. I was suffering from a knackered back and was limited to what I could do, but Martyn kindly loaned me his skywatcher wifi dongle and I played with it for the 1st time. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the measure of it. Basically, it does away with the handset and you do everything from your phone (make sure phone is well charged) I then use Sky Safari Plus to control my scope go-to's . (I have a 12" goto dob called BIg John) I saw Saturn, Mars, Andromeda, The Double Cluster which I never tire of looking at and many others. Tony was at his 1st Galloway Camp and we offered to assist him with his scope, camera and viewing through other scopes. He was stunned with a horizon to horizon Milky Way, he saw Saturn, Mars, Double Cluster. We showed him Mirror Lockup on his camera, a small but useful tip when doing astrophotography. We also showed him how to change his screen colour on his camera, again a useful tip. These are things we all take for granted. But someone has to show you these things. The skies at Drumroamin never fail to impress weather permitting. My back problems saw me retire early regretfully, I was gutted but health issues saw me in bed around midnight. Adrian called by in the morning and kindly offered me some cream to rub on my sore bits. Thanks Adrian. I think this has to be one of the best skies I have seen at Drumroamin, I'm just peeved my back gave out and I never saw more. Heyho bring on the cream Adrian. See you all soon at The UK's friendliest Star Camp David
  8. I have a bottle of this, should I or shouldn't I ????? https://www.oldandrarewhisky.co.uk/products/springbank-9-year-old-fresh-rum?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=34757331781&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0dHdBRDEARIsAHjZYYA_nE_dxphOFulMKKZLBpOA4mVetJTprEUDwKloSvZh030apJyfNEMaAnsmEALw_wcB
  9. Car is packed, not easy with a bad back but I got there. Just need to squeeze Pete's stuff in oh I still have my clothes to go in
  10. Stay safe folks, we will bring the good weather. See you Thursday David
  11. Sorry Tony - just in awe of your trek to Abernethy 2 years ago. That was true dedication :)
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