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  1. If you need any more pictures of the "internals" just say and will post. Also, mine has 2 fuzes too, : 240v 2A as indicated in other posts and smaller than normal household fuzes. They seem to be similar in size to another fuze that I have seen in a valve guitar amp that I have. If any problems getting a replacement fuze you could try a music shop.
  2. The transformer in mine is a Farnell one, should be able to get one in this country I would imagine. I have attached an image to help. [ATTACH]transformer[/ATTACH]
  3. How about a 12v/240v inverter. I have a jump starter for the car and that has a power inverter built in. You could then run the laptop off the 240v output
  4. I have this old document regarding image stacking in Photoshop, may be of some help. [ATTACH]Image stacking[/ATTACH] I use Gimp too with Linux (Mint Debian), and have a number of tutorials, will try and upload them to SGL if they are not too large. I think this is the link that should enable you to find them http://www.tuxradar.com/gimp Image Stacking in Adobe Photoshop.pdf
  5. Came across this website that enables location and magnetic declination to be found, thought could be useful http://magnetic-declination.com/?go=%3A%3ASEARCH+MAP%3A%3A
  6. I have a 4" Tal 100 RSM (with 2" focuser+ Vega drive corrector) and I think it is a great telescope, minimal false colour. These days I have only seen it available as just the optical tube assembly, or on a manual Tal mount, any motorised ones are on a non-Tal mount. Personally, I would not get it on the manual Tal mount, but would thoroughly recommend the telescope itself.
  7. Hi- just returning to some star gazing myself after a longish absence so thought I would pass on my thoughts as to what to buy. First I would not buy anything (yet). Join a local astro club/society and get to actually see the type of telescopes you are considering in action. I am sure members will have something similar you could get a look through. You may be disappointed with the views or pleasantly surprised. A dob is certainly a light bucket (never used one myself) but would certainly be larger than a Mak (convenience). I think it all comes down to what you will use the most. I have a 4" r
  8. rokkerz

    Tal mount modifications

    As part of my servicing of my Tal 100RSM, I decided that I had to do something about the 3 nuts that hold the mount in the cup on the tripod. Tightening and loosening the nuts is not that convenient and also damages the mount where it sits in the cup. In their place I found an old drill handle, the long threaded bolt that was part of the handle, a couple of washers and a few nuts. I had to cut off the top of the bolt as it was in the way of the declination adjuster. Later I will make it more permanent, but for the present it works perfectly well and allows me to rapidly attach the mount to the
  9. Here is another old document I found that may be useful regarding servicing a Tal mount, lots of images. TALmount document modifications.pdf
  10. I came across this file that I had saved from ages ago regarding collimating that I thought may be worth posting. Originally from Talscopes but no longer around unfortunately I believe. collimating telescope.pdf
  11. Hi, I have recently joined SGL after deciding to get my Tal out of storage from the garage and back in working order again. Before I could do so it needed a good service. After finding Asto_Baby's Tal 1 Restoration/ Strip Down and Rebuild guide (http://www.astro-baby.com/TAL%20Telescope%20Rebuild/TAL%20EQ%20Mount%20Strip%20Down%20Guide.htm) along with some old documents I had saved, and help from her and AndyH, I am pleased to say it is now back working again. To help anyone else who may be be thinking of doing the same thing I thought I would post some infomation. The Tal My Tal 100 RSM:
  12. Joined just yesterday after a long gap not doing any observing. Owner of a Tal-100 RSM refractor and Vega controller that has spent too much time stored away in the garage. So now being overhauled, cleaned up etc and soon be ready for use again. Also, thanks to AndyH and Astro_Baby for their help in response to my questions.
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