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Everything posted by johninderby

  1. The TS zoom is usually the first eyepiece I use then switch to a regular eyepiece. Surprisigly good for the money. Some spotting scope zooms work well but others are horrible for night time observing. The Pentax XF zoom is one of the finest solar Ha eyepieces I’ve ever used but rubbish for regular observing.
  2. Proably the Leica Vario zoom as it should be at the price. ££££££ https://www.apm-telescopes.de/en/eyepieces/eyepieces-spotting-scopes/leica-zoom-eyepiece-vario-25x-50x-asph. I fpund the TS and Hyperflex zooms (same eyepiece) nearly as good as the Baader. Not a lot in it really.
  3. Good grief. Some local idiot is letting off fireworks.
  4. DPD usualy delivers between 12:41pm and 1:41 around here.
  5. Good luck with the sale and yes it is a bit difficult to sneak a 12” dob into the house without anyone noticing.
  6. I had the 4mm and 5mm Supermonos. While they were indeed great optically they proved to be unusable due to the virtually zero eye relief. Just so uncomfortable to use I sold them on after a couple of months.
  7. As the counterweight shaft assembly now has two part numbers instead of just one I’m assuming that when the website database was updated that’s where the error crept in. FLO will have to update the website to include both part numbers so the correct price is shown.
  8. May be a mistake when they updated the page as just checked my invoice and I have been charged the original £65.00 price? There are two part numbers for the counterweight shaft. One for the shaft itself and one for the shaft mounting plate so guessing the price shown is just for the shaft.
  9. Well with the much anticipated Rowan AZ100 mounts now being shipped and will be arriving this Friday so thpught it would be a good idea to start a thread where all the new owners can share their experiences. Will post pics on Friday of mine which I will be using with just one scope at a time.
  10. Will I ever want to do more SMD than this practice kit? We’ll see. Have dug out the fine tip iron which looks small enough.
  11. SMD practice kit and a PCB holder. Now to give soldering suface mount components a go. At least with the microscope and monitor I’ll be able to see what I’m doing.
  12. Yes it needs little wheels. Here’s a pillar I used to have. OTA is a 150PL with OO 1/10th PV mirror.
  13. Cloudy again, what a suprise. Just waiting on an Amazon delivery.
  14. Glad I could help. Pity Amazon messed you about with the first one but at least they have a easy no quibble return and replacement process.
  15. I used an Altair Starwave Mini Clamp which has a couple of photo threaded holes so you can centre the clamp on the tripod plate. As my scope has a long dovetail this lets me move the scope for better balance. I did have to trim a bit of the rubber on top of the QR plate to allow the clamp to tighten properly. https://www.altairastro.com/starwave-mini-vixen-format-clamp-to-fit-camera-tripod.html
  16. Why does this remind me of that old argument about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. But seriously it is interesting to read what fast and slow means to different people and makes you think about what it really means. Reductio ad absurdum (aut non)
  17. Took the moon pic above this morning after coming home from doing the shopping.
  18. Lots of threads already on this subject. https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/132599-fast-telescope-slow-telescope/ https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/157758-slow-scope-fast-scopewhat-does-it-all-mean/ https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/76973-telescope-speed/
  19. Nice and clear about 7:30 this morning.
  20. Or maybe this? https://www.stlfinder.com/model/scuba-mask-3d-model-YsBDLe5a/8293274/
  21. I find a 10” dob is just the right size. Big enough for great views but small enough to move around easily. I fitted dual wheel castors to mine to make it easy to roll around.
  22. Have an 8mm projector in the loft. Need to transfer a load of old family movies onto DVD someday.
  23. Had the original Steeltrack on my OO UK 14” dob. Very, very nice focuser.
  24. Many would be surprised to learn that the Betamax broadcast recording camera system Betacam was in production until 2018 and is still used by some smaller broadcasters.
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