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SpookyKatt

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  1. Thanks David, yeah I have to say they are really nicely made dewshields, never thought I would say that about a dewshield hehe. Kathleen
  2. I have for sale a mint aluminum dew shield for I think an Intes Micro Alter scope, probably a M715. This is a really nice dew shield and as you can see from the pictures is interally baffled and has plastic thumb screws to attach to the scope. Would like £70 for this dewshield but this is no flimsy plastic dewshield for your planet killing scope and I can assure you its in mint condition as it was never used by me. More pictures of what looks like the same dewshield in this sgl intes micro appreciation thread :
  3. I could sell you an old Tall 100R with tripod if you want , just about to dig it out to put on sale. Comes in its giant coffin box although its only 1.25 focuser. Kathleen
  4. Good news, here's hoping he can resolve the issue.
  5. Perhaps the retaining ring on the front of the cell would provide enough pressure to keep the lens in place. Personally as frustrating as it is I'm not sure its a good idea to remove the grub screws, I think you should send an email to APM and ask their advice.
  6. Sorry Adam maybe I judged the pictures wrongly, for the last pictures attached to the original post I thought 1 & 3 looked like what I would expect but I'll bow to your knowledge. Things certainly don't quite look correct.
  7. Ok thanks for that, hmm well your artifical star images don't look right and I can see an issue in the images but I am confused why the star images look fine if its always the same setup. I must admit when I looked at it I wondered it if was a tilt issue as well but I see Adam's comment implies the distorion remains fixed and doesn't rotate if the camera is rotated, could there be anything loose or offset alignment wise with the focuser ?
  8. Hi PadrePeace, There's alot more well informed people than me on the forum but can I just ask re the last 4 images was there any difference in the equipment being used between shooting the star and shooting the artifical star ? Kathleen
  9. Sorry to hear about this but maybe for the best given the conditions. Kathleen
  10. Great build John, really pleased that it all came together for you. Looking forward to seeing some great pictures now ! Kathleen
  11. So sorry to hear of his passing, I always enjoyed reading his posts as they were always so knowledgable and interesting. All my condolances to his family at this sad time.
  12. Hehe of course you can use my clear sky allocation Mike, I don't want it expiring without use. Yeah hopefully I will make the Spring event instead. Kathleen
  13. Hi Jim, Well I was booked but have had to pull out due to work commitments I'm afraid, I'm sure though that means this years will be the best ever with clear skies everynight. Kathleen
  14. None of them look stronger than my pliers but the bend ends might help?Personally I don't think you'll gain alot from them as the end's won't be long enough toreach down to the nut so again they will be sitting at an angle which is also true of the pliers yourcurrently using.
  15. Hehe probably to stop people taking them apart in the first place. Well I only mentioned the lens spanner on the off chance you might have had one to see if a better grip in the nut with some applied force would have been enough to help make that initial movement. If I had any business over in glasgow I would look at the nut for you if you wanted Thalestris but can't see me being over in glasgow in awhile. Can I ask are you changing the bearings or something with the mount hence why your stripping it ? I'm just wondering really.
  16. Well if you want to use the penetrating oil option then just get a wd40 spray and pad round the nut with a spare piece of cloth so to reduce where it goes, you can target areas quite well with the little straw that comes with the average tin of wd40. You can get it at halfords if your close to one. Are you a member of any astro groups in glasgow that you could maybe get some help if your really stuck ? There are plenty of astro folk around the central belt and glasgow. Kathleen
  17. Hmmm well you could try the wd40 as its worth a try, hopefully they haven't used threadlock on it or something like that. I would try two nails of the right size and a piece of wood or two allen keys crossed over as it will be easier to apply an even force than using a screwdriver into one of the holes as, as you have said, the nut will probably be soft and will be damaged. Is it a new HEQ5, I can't see them having changed the design. I'm a abit hesitant to mention it but to be honest if it was my mount and I had a soft hammer like a rubber hammer I'd hit it a few taps to see if you can break the seal like that, but I wouldn't use anything other than a soft hammer. Edit : sorry forgot to answer your question, yeah it is a standalone nut. If you had something like a lens spanner that might be worth trying. Kathleen
  18. Hmmm nuts like that can be hard to shift with pliers, apply plenty of lateral force (into the mount) as you turn the pliers would be my initial advice or make a tool using two nails and a piece of wood to make it easier. It will probably turn ok but it just needs to get over that initial movement, I did mine using two allen keys to allow me to get the initial force. Kathleen
  19. Nice opportunity for someone, I'd be tempted to apply but I'm at the opposite end of the country. Kathleen
  20. great image's mike and a great reminder of Kielder, think in the last image thats my setup at the bottom hehe. kathleen
  21. Superb image Dave, all those clear night certainly paid off. Kathleen
  22. Lovely scope, congrats. I look forward to reading how it performs. kathleen
  23. Nice report James, I've had a helios and now have a skywatcher variant of the same scope and must confess they are a great scope to use. They really do give some superb views, I generally use it as my planetary scope. I look forward to reading how you think it performs against Jupiter. Kathleen
  24. Glad you enjoyed your first starcamp Davie, the skies at Galloway really are superb when it clears and sadly Saturday night was a bit of a tease as just when most of us had gotten ready to align etc the clouds arrived. At least Matthew got some views in with his dob but for the rest of us it was pretty annoying hehe. Yeah it really is a super campsite and lesley is very attentive and helpful. It was good to see everyone and meet a few new faces and despite the terrible weather on Saturday night it was a good weekend. Kathleen
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