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sirmetin

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  1. Any would be welcome.
  2. Hi all My sister is a science teacher and they are doing some lessons on the iss does anyone have any videos they would be happy to be shown at the school of the iss going overhead?
  3. I have an excellent Altair 115 but have found myself with some funds with which I am contemplating a change. I do not want to go much larger and do a mix of visual and imaging. I am wondering if the takahashi TSA120 would be a suitable upgrade. Mount is ioptron ieq45 any other suggestions welcome. The problem with choosing scopes is there is rarely a chance to find one to field test especially with refractors as they are nearly always embedded in imaging set ups.
  4. Hi folks going to miss this one as no holidays left till April one. Wishing dark skies and great seeing for you all will be back for 11 I hope.
  5. Booked Wed - Sun looking forward to seeing everyone again. Sorry to have missed CSP9.
  6. http://www.opticalguidancesystems.com/pre-owned.php Helps if I put the link in
  7. But only if you are a Banker or win the lottery this week - still we can all dream!!
  8. That's the answer - HUGE DEW HEATERS and we dry the sky!! I think 8.3 Billion watts should clear a cone from the site, we need to get in tough with the national grid as I suspect the site supply would need an upgrade.
  9. Hi All, Sorted now have the EHU as Lesley sent me a text earlier today, both myself and Joanne looking forward to being there. Stephen
  10. I would like the same pitch as last as 2012, will you send emails to the 2012 attendees when open ? we were on pitch 15 in the touring field. Thanks again to the team for all your hard work in organising this, especially as it seems to be getting bigger and therefore more work every year.
  11. I really do hope they catch these people, is the center secure again now? I live close and would be happy to come up and help with improving security, I may even have some bits that can help. I know this is "stable door after ....." and all but I would never have suspected anyone would do such a thing, it has to be someone with knowledge of the place as it is not somewhere for opertunist thefts.
  12. I would just like to add my support for the Admin team it is often a thankless task to run something like this where there is rarely praise and often complaints. I have an anecdote from work :- for 20 odd years we have had a tea/coffee club that provides unlimited tea and coffee to all members for £2/month. Each week there is a rota of members to get milk and the cost is also covered by the £2. One person runs the club and over the years there have been 5 people who have taken that role. They ensure that there is tea/coffee/decaff/sugar and in the summer soft drinks. In the early days when there was a surplus there also used to be biscuits. No one that has ever run the club has had anything but complaints, if ever the sugar runs out or worse the coffee - tea drinkers that don't take sugar are more tolerant :-). They get complaints every time they go to collect the subs " I am sure I paid", "didnt you collect this last week", " I am sure you are pocketing some of this", or the classic "I dont have any cash with me today" which typically lasts 6 weeks or more. It is a thankless task as so many nice things people do that seem to go unappreciated. So once again from me to the Admin team a BIG THANKS !! If it wasn't for this forum myself and my wife would not have a great new hobby. Stephen
  13. Have to say I was sorry so many missed the Sunday and Monday nights they were the best of the lot. It was like a ghost site with just a handfull enjoying the amazing views - next time book more time off. Also on the tent moves issue maybe we could arrange a tent move squad - teams that go round and move tents with people, even if overall it takes the same time moving each tent in a few minutes wouldnt seem so bad.
  14. I was about to use this when I remembered I had brought my vodaphone 3G - wifi pod with me which I used the sim that I used to have in a netbook with a newer contract. I would encourage as many as possible to bring their own links that way more bandwith on the open net is available for others. Vodaphone 3G was good on the site although I don't know about the other networks. I would still like to say thanks for going to the effort to provide this even if I didn't end up using it this time.
  15. There can be a lot of difference between individual mounts on mass produced units and there is often also a price vs quality issue within the reviews, same quality but higher price may result in lower score depending on reviewer. Just some things to think about.
  16. I had heard the celestron had better coatings namely the XLT ones although they are more expensive the contrast should be better if the coatings are as good as stated.
  17. I thought it probably had but couldn't see it and serach on epetition didn't find it. I think it needs 20000 to even be considered obviously needs noting in as many astronomy sites as possible. Maybe some of the retailers might put a link on their sites. Need to let people know as it is a good idea.
  18. I don't know if anyone has posted this but I came across the link from the psp site and I think it is something people should look at and consider signing. Stargazing - e-petitions
  19. Finally got my adaptor - first prime focus image on D90 and wifes VX10. Need to work on the focus but happy for a first go on Dobsonian mount.
  20. A can of air from a photographic shop can be useful for getting rid of some dust just don't drop it on the mirror - don't use a compressor for air though as they end up mixing a fine oil mist which I am betting will attack the mirror
  21. For the price of a CPC925 you could get a 16" Dob or a 14" motorised Dob. Seriously if I hadn't fallen out with Celestron over their outside the US pricing for the CPC925 edge ($700 difference over there + £2300 over here or more than twice the price) then I woulda had one for my wife's first scope. Great scope and with the focal reducer flatener and a wedge probably one of the most versatile.
  22. Recently purchased the masterplug camping reel - it only has two sockets but they are IP54 rated so great for outside the tent
  23. The only thing I would have loked to see is a continous corner window showing live feeds from telescopes either in UK if weather good enough or from abroad. a caption could then show the sky location and object
  24. Booked Thur to Mon x2 pitches as friend comming who got his first scope two days ago - all as a result of me getting him some Binos for Christmas. Our kit has expanded a lot since the PSP I hope it will all fit - if not it's off to buy a roof box. Looking forward to meeting more new people and hopefully some from psp
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