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  1. It arrives on Tuesday. Guess I’ll be working from home that day!
  2. Yes, I sent the money over today and I should have it in a few days. Looking forward to this one very much. Will let you know my first impressions as soon as I get it.
  3. Nexus DSC First Light

    Thanks, It really is grab and go. The Gitzo tripod, though expensive, weighs nothing and can hold an elephant. i can move it all around with one hand. Clem
  4. Nexus DSC First Light

    Thanks Stu. Clem
  5. Just posted a mini review of the kit John. https://stargazerslounge.com/forum/125-discussions-mounts/?do=add
  6. Hi all, if you have been following my thread below you will know I have been eagerly looking forward to testing the NEXUS DSC from AstroDevices.com. The kit arrived last week and I installed it in my Stellarvur M2 mount immediately. Quite straight forward installation as it turned out, encoders tucked away inside and out of sight. The tray too was a 20 second job to attach and I was set. Weather was and is rubbish so I had time to read the manual and play with the device. It is a very comprehensive bit of kit yet simple to set up and use. My intention was to use it as a stand alone device or with Sky Safari running on my iPhone or both as it turned out. Also I intend to switch it between my M2 mount holding my StellarVue SV70T and my 20" goto dob. This report is on the M2 only. The sky would not clear and the Moon was full and I was fed up. I just wanted two stars up there to do a quick alignment that's all, think I was asking to win the lottery or something! Then the other night it happened. I noticed a gap in the clouds so I grabbed the scope which is always set up and went outside. No finder was attached! I knew by the time I got the red dot set up the stars would be gone so I stuck the Ethos 13mm in and now I had a three degree field of view finder! I pointed at Polaris which was now briefly visible and placed near the centre and pressed OK. Then swung around to Altair and did the same and presto it beeped "Align Successful! In a mad hurry I selected the Messier catalogue and hit 3 then 1 and up popped the arrows instantly, off I went to M31 and when I looked in the eyepiece it was as close to centre as my initial alignment star was. I hit 13 and off I went to M13, Bang on! Considering the light pollution is so bad here now I could barley make out the keystone so no chance of star-hopping to M13. I did a few more then the stars vanished. I was delighted and had complete confidence that when I selected an object and couldn't see it it was because it was too faint. Second Night Few clouds around and Moon just rising. My intention was to use my Baader Hyperion Zoom MK IV and 2.5 barlow. I was going to test for pointing accuracy and also use SkySafari on my iPhone. I carefully aligned on the same two stars making sure I zoomed in and off I went. This time I went through about 25 objects one after the other and every one was right in the centre of my field of view, fantastic. I paired the WiFi to the iPhone and hit connect (after I set SkySafari up for the Nexus). After a few moments it connected. The beauty of using it this was is because I cannot remember the M number or NGC number of everything so just looking at my iPhone and touching a target is great. I touched M57 the ring nebulae and on the Nexus the arrows pointed the way. It didn't display the name M57, just pointed. Couldn't see it in the eyepiece but I knew it was in the centre so I slowly zoomed and it popped out bigger and bigger! I love this device! You can use the Nexus keypad or iPhone to locate something seamlessly. Please download and read the manual to learn more about the device as I have only touched the surface here. It just works, perfectly. By the way, after I took the attached picture last night I forgot to turn it off. About 11:00 this morning I noticed the display was still on! Battery level was about 8%. Its rechargable BTW. Thanks for reading Clem
  7. Observing, South Downs hints

    Great Stu! Love to join you and Jamie. PM me the site when you get a chance, I will try to suss it out on my way to/from Portsmouth. Parents live in Wokingham? Small world. Many thanks
  8. Observing, South Downs hints

    I'll be on my own so it would be great to have an exact spot till I get to know the place Peter. Clem
  9. Observing, South Downs hints

    Many thanks Peter. Is that near the Roman Villa? Clem
  10. Hi all, looking for a good dark, darkish, site to take my Dob to in the South Downs National Park. Travelling from Wokingham. All suggestions welcome. Clem
  11. As you probably live near me your'e welcome to pop over to Wokingham for a butchers at the kit. I should have it set up in one or two weeks. Clem
  12. Some more pics of the mounting plate sent to me by Serge as well some of a slightly revised encoder kit. Clem
  13. Got mine in the USA on holiday last September. Clem
  14. Hi all, for those that are interested, Serge from AstroDevices.com has sent me some pics of the encoders he has just finished working on for the Stellarvue M2 mount. Looks like a very professional job to me and I am looking forward to installing them ASAP. I intend using them with the NEXUX DSC from Astro Devices but you could use the NEXUS II as well. I anticipate the encoders will cost around £290 ish here in the UK after taxes etc. Astrograph.net is the UK distrubuter. The last image is of my own M2 opened up. Installation should take 15mins I am assured. Clem
  15. Baader/Zeiss I think. I once owned a 110 Tec oil spaced triplet (non Flourite) and the contrast was awsome. This sounds better, I hope.