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S.A.M

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About S.A.M

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  • Birthday 30/10/58

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  • Interests
    Astronomy, Bridge, Eclipse Chasing, Golf, Gardening, Vegetable growing and DIY.
  • Location
    Swindon
  1. Wiltshire AS speaker for April will be Dr Chris North (been on 'The Sky at Night' programme) talking about 'Telescopes thru the Ages'. The meeting will take place at the Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend nr Melksham SN12 6NS with a start time of 20:00 on the 4th of April, all welcome. For more details please visit www.wasnet.co.uk Clear skies. Peter
  2. I am going to St Louis and going south on the day it is about 2 seconds short of the maximum time of 2:40 but as said before hand any where on the track should be good, subject to weather of course! This eclipse is the follow up to the one in Cornwall back in 1999, part of the same Saros and my first eclipsed viewed from the cloudy skies of Torbay. Happy viewing. Peter
  3. Wiltshire AS speaker for March will be Steve Tonkins talking about 'And Yet it Moves!'. The meeting will take place at the Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend nr Melksham SN12 6NS with a start time of 20:00 on the 7th of March, all welcome. For more details please visit www.wasnet.co.uk Clear skies. Peter
  4. Wiltshire AS speaker for February will be Prof David Southwood talking about '10 Years of Space Science at the European Space Agency'. The meeting will take place at the Pavilion, Rusty lane, Seend nr Melksham SN12 6NS with a start time of 20:00 on the 7th of February, all welcome. For more details please visit www.wasnet.co.uk Clear skies. Peter
  5. Wiltshire AS speaker for December will be Andrew Lound giving a presentation about 'Saturn - Lord of the Rings'. The meeting will take place at the Pavilion, Rusty lane, Seend nr Melksham SN12 6NS with a start time of 20:00 on the 6th of December, all welcome. For more details please visit www.wasnet.co.uk Clear skies. Peter
  6. Wiltshire AS speaker for November will be Philip Perkins talking about 'Imaging the Cosmos'. The meeting will be on 1st of November with a start time of 20:00 at Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend nr Melksham SN12 6NS, all welcome. For more details please visit our website at www.wasnet.co.uk Peter Chappell
  7. Wiltshire AS speaker for October will be Paul Money talking about 'Images of the Universe'. The meeting will be on 4th of October with a start time of 20:00 at Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend nr Melksham SN12 6NS, all welcome. For more details please visit our website at www.wasnet.co.uk Peter Chappell
  8. For the new season our first speaker at Wiltshire AS will be Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe talking about 'Effects of Space Microbes on Earthly Life'. The meeting will be on 6th of September with a start time of 20:00 at Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend nr Melksham SN12 6NS, all welcome. For more details please visit our website at www.wasnet.co.uk Clear skies to all for the new viewing season. Peter Chappell
  9. Thank you all for the replies, I have cleaned all the old grease out and then air blasted the housing to remove any white spirit left? Applied new grease and it works better than it did, not up the smooth standard but much better than the rough handling I had before. I suspect the bearing have had a knock as for one turn I could feel the roughness three times, ie the three bearings inside the housing. Peter
  10. Hi Dave, I could be interested in one, been a few years since I went to one. Peter
  11. Probably do not need the SS part, think the problem is to do with the (brass?) spindle part as when I turn it it still feels rough.
  12. Hello SGL people, Hopefully somebody will be able to point me in the right direction in getting a replacement component for my William Optics DDG Focuser? Recently my 80 mm WO Zenithstar II ED Doublet fell off a table, (oops I hear) and I have done some damage to the focusing mechanics, as when I turn the focusing knobs in or out it feels rough in operation? I did ask a question about getting a diagram of the focusing mechanism earlier in SGL and was successful, hence I have been able to break the focusing mechanism into component parts and after going over the kit and found the roughness to come from the bearing housing (pictures attached). Without buying a complete new DDG focuser, does anybody know where I could get a new or good working bearing housing from please? Thank you for looking. Peter
  13. Wiltshire AS speaker for June will be Martin Griffiths talking about 'The Current State of SETI' followed by AGM. The meeting will be on the 6th with a start time of 8:00 pm at the Pavilion , Rusty lane, Seend nr Meklsham. SN12 6NS. More details at www.wasnet.co.uk Peter