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About Astronut1982

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  1. Hi James, Could you not transfer the funds online or via a phone app? I travelled from Scotland down to Birmingham with a friend to look at & probably buy an obsy. We travelled down, had an inspection to make sure we were happy & then he transferred the funds to the sellers acccount. The price was a four figure sum so relatively expensive so I'm assuming that this possible with most banks but I could be wrong. Jeff
  2. That's a cracking image Andy, looks really good. Jeff
  3. Thanks Huw, On the power connector, it says 300v & 15A. I'm a bit thick with this so could you please confirm that I need a 15A 12v cable? Jeff
  4. Hi, I recently bought one of these for my imaging kit:-https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003AVPUZG/ref=twister_B01DUJOZLC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 I want to use external power to run it but am unsure which cable I need but would like to power it via a 12v cigarette lighter socket if possible. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction so I get the correct power cable for it. Thanks in advance for any advice. Cheers, Jeff
  5. I'm not in the obsy tonight, for some reason I just didn't feel like it, I'm just sitting about trying new processing techniques & getting nowhere fast! Are you getting the Ha for this image or do you have a new target? Jeff
  6. That's a really nice image Graham. Jeff
  7. Did you do a histogram stretch on it as it will still be a linear image if not. Don't ask me to explain what a linear image is though as that's way above my pay grade at the moment! As I said, I'm no expert but I would highly recommend checking out the tutorials on harry's astroshed, they helped both myself & many many others to get a hang of PixInsight & I reckon you'll benefit from harry's advice as well. HTH, Jeff
  8. I prefer the first version, much more detail & much more contrast. I also like the white frame as well, it contrasts the image nicely. Jeff
  9. I fitted the Gunnar mod to my mount for this very reason, it makes polar alignment a breeze & gives you peace of mind at the same time. Jeff
  10. You need to be very careful with the upgraded bolts as they are much stronger than the metal the mount is made from. If you don't slacken one before tightening the other, they will wear through the mount & cause serious damage to the ALT adjuster. I would also recommend doing only small tweaks with a scope on for the same reason, any major adjustment should be done with your scope off the mount. The reason for the weak bolts is because the metal used to make the mount is soft, the bolts are designed to bend before the mount gets damaged. If they used a stronger metal for the mount, the cost would be significantly greater than what it is. I know this because it happened to me & Steve at FLO told me about this. This is also the reason that FLO have no intention of offering the bolts for sale. Jeff
  11. I've attached a pic of what I was advised to do & what I have. Make sure though, when you put the rebar in that you leave room for the pier top bolts & at the bottom to stop the bar from rusting quicker by touching moist soil underneath. As I said, my pier is absolutely rock solid & held my old 10" quattro on the NEQ6 with ease in fairly strong winds. Jeff
  12. Hi there, That's a great obsy you'll have once it's finished. I was looking through your thread for your build & spotted your drawing for the pier. I wanted to do the same when I built mine [ie. put the pipe all the way down & keep it separate] but I was told by several people on here [Can't find the thread to link to] who had already build piers that this was a bad idea & that the concrete should be all one block. The pipe should only come down to ground level & that you should put steel reinforced bar in through the pipe & almost all the way down through the concrete to strengthen it. If you do it that way, you won't have much problem with vibration. As an extreme test, I set up my scope & started guiding. Once this was running, I took a long run at it & kicked the pier with all I had & the mount barely moved, there was a little egg shape on the stars but nowhere near what you would expect. A metric ton of concrete was massive overkill for the mount & was probably unnecessary as I have now realised. I also put about 30mm of building expansion foam between the concrete & the ground for the slabbing to go on just to be extra certain of killing vibration. I'm not saying you shouldn't use a metric ton, only that you should realise that a metric ton is massive overkill so you won't need to worry very much about vibration & that having the pipe all the way down adds to vibration as because they are separate, there is room for movement. Cheers, Jeff
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