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cabby

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  1. My parents are on the NW side of Mull, every time we come up to see them it's raining!! We've been there when it's coming down nearly horizontaly. Mind you last Oct we came up for a few days and one night it was totally clear, so scope in the car and drove up to the top of the hill road and what a sight, it takes your breath away. When it's clear it's the best sky I've ever seen.
  2. Scope cooled and ready to go, mount tracking the moon for some filming after dinner. %$£"!*& it where did all that damn cloud come from, went out the front and it's as far as the eye can see. I wouldn't mind but it's been clear all day long. Moon was looking really good tonight as well!
  3. Many years ago before the internet we have now and ebay, when things were for sale in specialist magazines. I used to buy and sell alot of vintage scooter spares. I always sent by recorded delivery and once it actually payed off. I sold a very rare petrol gauge, the buyer sent a cheque and I sent it recorded delivery. He eventually rang to say it never arrived, so I got the info from Royal Mail when it was delivered and a copy of the signature (which matched the cheque!!). I rang the buyer and gave him the facts and told him not to bother buying anymore from myself or others who sold the same
  4. Lovely and clear here in Essex, shame it's like Blackpool Illuminations at the moment! They turn them all off by 11 just as everything hides behind next doors tree's!! Looks like it could be a beer and Top Gear!
  5. I'm not familiar with your scope, but with my Celestron Goto mount I can use 1,2 or 3 star align. You don't need to find exact stars. I put in the date and time then I basically centre a bright star in the ep and then align, then do the same for the next 2. I use Polaris and then move east to the next brightest star and so on, the further apart the better. The software then works out where the mount is, very clever stuff!
  6. I saw it as well here in Essex, just the tail end before it vanished. I wasn't sure at the time as it was so quick, I was looking up debating whether to get the scope out!
  7. Hi Gina The servo I used was one I've had for at least 30yrs! It's an old Sanwa, but I'd of thought most servo's would do the job, they'll be slightly different inside though. You just have to be able to mount a thread into the main gear. I'm not sure what the speed output is for the controller but it can go very slow for pinpoint focusing and as fast as you would like, to fast really! It was just an easy option as it was ready to use straight from the box. Paul.
  8. A few people have asked me for details of the focuser I made for my Celestron Astromaster 130. All the details are on this site which I used to make it, so all the credit goes to the many people who worked it out before me. I thought it would be easier if I put all the details in one thread instead of lots of links. I've listed all the components I used and their part codes from Maplins. RN41 Panel Mounted Speed Regulator Module HF28 PP3 Type Battery Snap N70BQ ABS Enclosure (box) 112x62x27 FJ89 Phono Plug YW06G Phono Chassis Socket FH07H Miniture Toggle Switch On/Off/On non locking both ways
  9. Just looked on Ebay and there is loads of it, and from different people!! This one is back as well!! Star Gazing Astronomy Planetarium Night Sky Telescope Software Windows 7 Mac | eBay
  10. I've had them in my shed's and garage over the years and they have done alot of damage. I used to keep base mixes for C a r p bait and that is what attracted them. I don't keep any in there anymore and only get the odd visitor now and then. Here's a tip from a very funny Cornishman for a special mouse trap!!
  11. I made a focuser for mine and actually pinched a few bits of my son's Meccano to build it!!
  12. thanks for the comments everyone, looking good for tonight so I feel my first mosaic coming on!!
  13. Good luck with it. We've had the same scope since Oct and have had many fun nights with it. You'll get used to the cloud! we usually set the scope up and let it cool down just ready for the clouds to show up and ruin it all! Just use the time to read up on info and work out what you want to see the next time it's clear! If you pop into the kitchen during the evening always have a look outside because many times the clouds have gone!! I have been known to set up again at 11 o'clock much to the amazement of the wife who thinks I'm mad!! Have fun
  14. Awesome image, great job well done. Maybe one day I'll achieve something this good!
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