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  1. Nice work Steve. What kind of Altitude was Jove at at this early hour of the morning?
  2. Thanks all for your help. I think when I commence build next year (fingers crossed) when its drier weather I will go down the turnbuckle route.
  3. Thanks guys. Some good suggestions. Anyone else have any good suggestions?
  4. Hi All, Am looking for recommendations for latches/bolts for securing fold off roof of observatory when in it’s closed position. Would be interested to see pictures/links of what has worked well to others. TIA
  5. Fox and Vivian is silk there James in terms of roll off roof over the existing building I think it might make construction a little difficult but is certainly something I can ponder.
  6. Hi All, I’m thinking of converting my roll off shed design to a more permanent, yet still small obsy. Currently roll off shed as as below which is ok but would like to convert it to a small permanent shed with gold down walls and preferably a style of roof that is either fold down to the side or roll back garage door style but where the door, or roof goes down behind the back wall of the structure. I don’t have the space for a roll off roof behind the shed as I have an outbuilding directly behind which can be seen in the pictures. Any help on how to engineer such a roof would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance Felix
  7. Good amount of detail there Steve nice one
  8. Mick, it’s been a while since I’ve logged on. You’re work is absolutely stunning. Such awesome skill and craftsmanship. I bet that runs beautifully.
  9. That’s very nice Pete. Probably the best I’ve seen this season. I haven’t had a chance with any planets presently purely Cos of location of neighboring houses and their choice of massively tall conifers. I don’t hunk I’ll do get a decent chance of an image until 2022. I am enjoying visual on the smaller DSO’s on my new C9.25 though
  10. very good effort considering the low altitude and terrible seeing conditions we have been experiencing.
  11. Oh yeah, undoubtedly. My grab n go is alt/az and my other setup is permanently set up so polemaster is useful in that situation. Agree the RA addition if you’re out and about at dark sites is brilliant.
  12. I initially started out doing something very similar but in a much more crude way years ago by fitting a plumbing part called an end stop to a Nikon right angle finder and just push fitting it over the polar scope on my old NEQ6 - worked a treat. Now I use a QHY pole master camera. No more achy back or cold/wet knees
  13. A couple of years back I had the same idea and ended up building it all myself after sketching out some ideas. I am in no way a skilled carpenter but the project turned out ok and I learnt lots along the way. Havent looked back since. I now leave everything permanently mounted and also cover the OTA as well as an extra precaution and have a dehumidifier in situ within the roll off shed. I went for the option of placing the shed on brass wheels that are intended for electronic gates. Each wheel has a load carrying capacity of 500kg. I just flip the cut out in the floor and push the shed back and off I go. I stand in the shed controlling the scope via EQMod on the laptop.
  14. That’s the camera I have. Hopefully I will get a new OTA sorted for when Jupiter finally gets a decent altitude
  15. Thanks Michael. The C11 was on my mind already, it’s like you’re Psychic
  16. Hi All, So i have been doing astro for 6 years now and am mainly into planetary imaging but am partial to visual also. When I first started out I had a 200P mounted on an NEQ6 Pro. I used that in combination with various TV powermates to get some passable Jupiter results in with OSC cameras, mainly the ZWOP ASI120MC. I was fortunate enough some time ago now to upgrade my setup to A permanently housed (roll off shed) pneumatic pier mounted AZ-EQ6 Pro with an Altair Astro Planeta 250 Truss-Cassegrain OTA which has native FL of F18! Now as we are all aware the earth is not currently, and won't be for a while in the best position for those of us that like planetary imaging. I have found myself wanting to do more of what I used to do with the mounted 200P and that is more visual stuff. I used to remove all the imaging paraphernalia (Extender/powermate/flip-mirror/camera etc) and pop a TV ethos in the focuser and scan the night skies looking at open and globular clusters. The Planeta is certainly not the best scope to do this type of thing. So, what I am asking of you more experienced astro-people is if I am to sell the Planeta what OTA's should I consider that will tick the box of good for planetary imaging (+/- use of powermates/barlows/extenders etc) but also good for doing a bit of visual stuff as described above? The planeta is in good condition and I think I would easily get circa £2,000 for it so budget would probably be around that. Look forward to hearing suggestions. Thanks
  17. I echo all above comments Si-great level of detail and really sympathetic processing too. You've managed to squeeze the maximum out of the data available. Nice one
  18. Lovely images Neil. I've yet to get the scope and new ZWO ADV/224MC combo on anything this year due to work and having a young one now. Am hoping I'll get the chance soon.
  19. Regardless of the stretching effect after upload, these are all stunning images. So much work to put all these together. Really well done. Thanks for sharing these with us all. Gives such inspiration. Just need to wait a fair few years before the planets are in a better position for me personally in the U.K.
  20. Absolutely awesome detail! I feel so annoyed with myself for not getting the scope out now. Especially since I now have a 224MC and ZWO ADC that I need to take for a spin. Really nice work and beautiful processing. Great captures.
  21. Stunning detail. Well done indeed!
  22. Very nice indeed Steve. Lovely set.
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