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  1. This is my first attempt at flocking my ST 80. The material is very easy to cut and shape, the backing although very sticky is easy to peel back and re-apply, once set in place and left overnight it is difficult to remove. As you can see from the picture, its appears to be very good at absorbing light, the lower right hand side is still un-flocked(is that even a word?). I'm very pleased so far with results.
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  3. This was posted in another thread, I found it useful. Philips SPC900NC Webcam for Astrophotography
  4. Dropped in to Wilkinsons in Hemel and picked up 3 rolls. Planning on using it on my 150p.
  5. Ordered mine on the 9/11, emailed them twice now, still no reply and no webcam.
  6. Hi Peter Welcome to SGL, I'm no expert, but from what I understand the most important part of your setup if you want to try Astrophotography is the mount. I think you will find that it will also be the most expensive. A mount that seems to get recommended a lot for AP is the Skywatcher HEQ5. The standard HEQ5 comes in at about £500 and with goto that rises to £750. I use a Celestron CG5 and I am going to give AP a go with that, although I am planning to upgrade to an EQ6 when budget allows. From the reviews I have read the Skyliner 200p seems to be a very capable scope, but I have no idea if it can be used for AP. My celestron 90 SLT is great for planets but not so good for DSO's I use my 150p for that. Hope this has been of some help.
  7. I use The Weather Outlook a link I found in another post on here, as I find it shows a nice clear table of the next 7 or 14 day forecast.
  8. Not sure about the 250p flextube dobsonian, but i usually level my mount before using my scope, so I imagine the 250p flextube would have to be level before use.
  9. I have the explorer 150p on an EQ3 mount and after only 4 or 5 observing sessions decided the EQ3 was to wobbly for my liking so I got myself a CG5. I have never used a dob but I would think it would be more stable than the EQ3.
  10. Keep an eye out in the for sale section and UK Astro buy and Sell, I managed to pick up a BNIB set of celestron drives very cheaply. I hope to fit them to my CG5 when I have re-greased it.
  11. Hi I have the explorer 150p and have found it to be a very capable scope, I think the skyliner 150p is very similar but with a dobsonian mount. I have had my scope for a couple of months now and although I am very happy with it and have no immediate plans to change it, with hindsight, I would have got the 200p. Hope this helps and welcome to the SGL
  12. I have a Celestron 90 SLT and like you had no end of trouble using sky align. Then I read a post on here, which i can't find at the moment, which said not to use stars that are close together. I tried this and it works 2 out 3 times, but I have now switched to auto two star align as I find this works all of the time. The down side of auto two star align is you have to know the location of some stars as the handset asks you to point the scope to a particular star. Hope this helps.
  13. Hi Andy Just a quick word of warning about ordering from Morgan computers, it can take a while. See this thread - http://stargazerslounge.com/beginners-help-advice/163458-morgan-computers-philips-web-cam.html
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