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Posts posted by cowasaki

  1. I can't help you directly but if you have bought a USB serial adapter then you DO have a serial port because that is what they do, add a serial port. What OS are you using? Windows>>>> Does it appear in the device manager? MacOS>>>>> Does it appear in About this Mac/More info/System report?

    If the serial port appears on your computer then does the software to update the firmware ask for the serial port name? If so has it selected the right port?

  2. I think it has a lot to do with size too. Most larger boxes seem to get stopped. There is a personal limit under which you don't pay duty but you have to bring it in yourself for that so it's not going to help. It's a roulette job with stuff from the US and Europe. To make things worse if there is a duty charge then Parcel force (as with most other companies) add on a handling fee so that you end up getting a double whammy!! I had an £18 fee on something from the US about 18 months ago.

  3. I'm led to believe that the magnetic field never reduces in intensity when it goes through a reversal, but it does go mish-mash around the planet before it settles on it's new position.

    If Earth had ever lost it's magnetic field in the past for that length of time then I doubt very much their would be any life forms much bigger than a microbe alive today, the radiation that would reach the earth would be too harm full to life.

    Though looking at this simulation their are gaps in the field as it progresses ..

    Scary stuff ! :Envy:

  4. Try sticking the foam in the freezer first :)

    With photography I've been cutting foam out for years, usually just using a new snap off blade knife. Never heard of the freezer trick before! What difference does it make?

  5. Darren, piggy back is easier to balance, but you tend to need new counter weight as the centre of mass is further out on the axis. I use side by side, once the balancing routine is sorted out, swapping things around is easier, and one of my scopes doesn't allow for piggy back

    I need to check for how to get email responses to thread! I missed this.

    I have extra weights with the mount so that should do it when I get to that point!

    I sort of went over the top getting the ST80, brackets and guide scope before even making proper use of the main scope. I swapped some camera equipment for the main scope and having read up on here and elsewhere it seemed like the way to go but I am trying to run before I can crawl with this kit. I've actually had most enjoyment just using the ST80 on a tripod and finding the target manually. I still haven't got to grips with all the messing around calibrating where it is pointing and stuff :D

  6. An interesting looking mod. Looking forward to seeing some results. Strange that the sensor should fail, is there any visible damage? could it have been a bad connection and when you plugged the other in it worked? Not sure about the 1100D but the connection from the main board to the sensor, is it a ribbon? If so have you tried swapping that over to check if it is just the cable?

  7. I think most traffic lights should be switched off between midnight and 6am too. Just change it so that the amber light flashes dimly or amber and red on dimly. I drive a lot during the night too and being constantly stopped by traffic lights at junctions where there are no vehicles coming the other way is a pain.

  8. Hi

    I use gold plated phono plugs and sockets for my power connections - it's easy to make a distribution board from. small project box and 6 panel mounted phono sockets (if you have a soldering iron!). Replace the plugs on your leads with phono plugs - these are less likely to come loose and make for a much more compact cable assembly.

    Hope this helps


    As an electronic engineer I would say that you should be careful using phono plugs for power. They are not designed for it, they are designed for audio or video. If one gets dropped then the inner and outer can easily short on things. Better would be a plug and socket designed for outdoor use and with a screw shoulder or other like these:




    These were just two random ones I got off ebay simply to show what I'm talking about.

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