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Everything posted by Ambermile

  1. What, like a soldier wears you mean? Or a currant? Arthur
  2. No problem Arthur PS - is it me? I can never look at a light bulb like that without thinking of the fat lady pulling her knickers up...
  3. I believe it's a VW hub you need Ebay... 220055331434 Arthur
  4. Well, I thought of a cigar lighter socket actually... since I'm one of those dirty stop-outs that still insist on smoking. Might save my night vision! Trouble is, the CD player would slow down when I use the lighter... Arthur
  5. The short adapter does not have a shoulder and so allows the webcam to go further into the focuser. If you want to get the reducer you will need to get more than a hammer to the focuser though to use it... Arthur
  6. Dead sexy beasts Steve, here's another pic for your collection Arthur
  7. Thanks CC - I thought I was going to have to cut n paste for a while there Arthur PS - not to mention the fact that by putting a *reducer* in the way you are going to make your problem even worse!
  8. No - the second one down. See? The SHORT WEBCAM ADAPTER I was talking about... Arthur
  9. Sadly your scope only has a 1.25" focuser - this means your only option (other than sliding the primary up the tube a bit or moving the focuser/secondary down) is to get a low profile webcam adapter. I believe Bern at Modern Astronomy is your man for one of these. http://www.modernastronomy.com/toucampro.html - second one down if you click on the accessories tab. Arthur
  10. ... maybe. I've yet to have the main mirror dew up on me but the secondary has, hairdryer sorted that OK. I think direct on optical surfaces is a nono but don't ditch them just for that. you can always heat up your tube from the side and get the same effect. Might take a couple of minutes longer but it *will* get rid of the dew. Anyone that even *considers* directly blowing hot air onto cold optical surfaces should go back to their physics classes! (Or go an watch the tailend of Terminator III ) Arthur
  11. I think it's the other way around - imaging in colour (planets) will always require an IR block as the ccd is too sensitive at this wavelength and your colours will be all over the place as the software tries to make sense of the bayer matrix that's been messed up by the IR hitting the chip. Arthur
  12. It's odd that the IR pass is becoming more used when you consider that they mess up ccd images a bit but if you stop to think about it you will see why... IR is away at the end of the visible spectrum and up there seeing effects have less effect on images. If you could image *just* in IR you would increase your numer of good imaging nights quite significantly. Might get some odd piccies though Arthur
  13. Oh boy am I going to be in trouble next time the beast goes out to play... It happened like this: I had two 5" fans under the mirror and just a couple of wires poking out that I twist on to a battery to cool the mirror. Last night I decided to bite the bullet and install a 12v socket on the side of the box ( drill that paint job!) While I was in there doing this I thought it might be an idea to have an LED as wel to let me know the fans were on as they are pretty much silent running. Then I thought that maybe having a light on the side would not be a good idea as I was using a 12v LED. So, obviously, stick one *under* the mirror box! Brilliant! Then, I thought that maybe if I was the other side I'd not see it. So, stick one at each corner, under the box so I can see it from wherever I am... Nice idea so I got on with it. Finally get around to a test and all looks OK but then I turned the workshop lights out... Looks like the shuttle getting ready to ignite! Never realised just how bright those 5mm 12v LEDs were... Arthur
  14. ... an easy mistake to make if you are used to Meade also, Enter's on the other side which means you then hit ESC instead Arthur
  15. Looks suspiciously like the focuser is out there Caz, do you have a laser and if so, can you make sure the laser fires in the exact centre of the secondary? Arthur
  16. I should also point out that the Steve referred to is Steve Chambers, not any other Steve at all. Oh no. Arthur
  17. I have to agree CC - maybe even more arthur PS - the mount checked out with a dead MB, had to rebuild *four* burnt tracks. Seems OK now though
  18. It simply means you should only use the clutches/knobs/drives to move the mount rather than the adjusters you use to polar align. Arthur
  19. Hi all Tried out the AR6 tonight as the Cheshire arrived this afternoon and I collimated quick 'n' dirty in the workshop during a cup of tea. Dropped the S1 Pro in all by itself. This as it came out of the camera bar cropping a little but seems to a rather nice scope... well worth the price I reckon... Arthur
  20. Consider yourself told off Caz... the point really was the actual size of the image as it comes out of the camera - that's 11 Megapixels Arthur
  21. OK - SC just released this, the first proper pic from the new ART11002 using the VC200 and 0.8 focal reducer... 15 x 1 min images for each of red green and blue. I post a link because it doesn't compress well. http://www.pmdo.com/del/dc2.jpg I should point out the Steve's post-processing skills are... well, they aren't Arthur
  22. On the temp thing, the new (V3.n) handsets have an issue when they get cold apparently. The LCD screen is a tad (!) sluggish Arthur
  23. I paid that for my NS8GPS !! Excellent price and with the Hyperstar too it's even better... Arthur
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