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About andyboy1970

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  1. I have used a friends Televue 31mm Nagler, top notch eyepiece but a bit expensive for me so I bought an Explore scientific 30mm 82 degree eyepiece and have found little difference between them. Explore Scientific 82 degree eyepieces = near Televue performance at budget prices.
  2. Nice capture Pete. I'm looking for a new scope for Planetary imaging and keep coming back to the C9.25, the other scopes are generally 12 inch newts.
  3. They were a company based in Wales if memory serves me and they used David Hinds mirrors. Have seen a few of their 16 inch dobs about.
  4. Yep, that was the site, it downloaded this time but very slowly. Thanks, will try it with my next batch of AVI's.
  5. Can't get AS3 to download past 3Mb, it just times out.
  6. I Tried that Pete, AS2 stacked 25, 50, 80 & 70%. The 70% was the best of the bunch.
  7. My Explore Scientific line up & a Televue powermate.....
  8. When I had a 4 inch frac I found the views almost identical to the 8 inch Newt visually anyway. Light pollution aside Planetary viewing improves loads with aperture gain.
  9. Thanks guys.
  10. If my images inspire then i'm very happy Thanks. I used my HEQ5 last night, it was a bit breezy at times. Motor focus via PC and EQMOD make it a hands off operation.
  11. The 2 best AVI's from AS2, conditions went downhill fast. SW200p, 2.5x powermate & ASI120mc Each stack was 3150 frames (70%) from 4500 captured.
  12. An Observatory in the garden usually has viewing restrictions but if you use an EQ mount it saves a lot of time and frustration. My HEQ5 & scope etc. takes about 40 minutes to set up and be ready to observe and have been frustrated many times getting all set up and finding the clouds rolling in, now with my Obsy I am up and running in about 5 - 10 minutes and shut up in about 5 minutes so it maximises viewing/imaging time. My Obsy isn't up and running yet (Re-build/upgrade in progress) and I often think "Can't be bothered cause the clouds will roll in". I have a mount in the Obsy and my HEQ5 for trips to a darksite.
  13. Great idea, would be good for starparties.
  14. I was the same, didn't want permanent runners so I have one detachable and the other is permanent but it's next to the fence anyway so didn't matter. Pictures during construction.
  15. I picked up three 1Kg dumbell weights (Just ) at Tesco, they needed a little packing around the counterweight bar and a hose clamp to secure. I've used my HEQ5 with just my Canon DSLR on it.