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  1. "I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God only knows what on this side" RIP Michael Collins.
  2. Plus one for the WO one Vlaiv suggested. I also have it. Top notch.
  3. I would say yes. You need everything to be as rigid as possible. And the Vixen rails wobble - badly. I stuck a Losmandy saddle on my old CG-5 mount and was churning out 30 minute subs quite happily. Though that was using a 3nm Ha filter - which is a bit forgiving. Cheers. Ian
  4. Guilty as charged. At Olly's place I took one look up at the dark sky (my first look after Monique's sumptuous meal) and basically panicked. I don't think I have ever seen so many stars! "Olly!" I hollered. "Help!!!". Fortunately Olly is a jolly nice chap and is more than happy to help neophytes find their feet. And Polaris. As I recall - we held a laser pointer against the mount rail* - and Olly Eyeballed it. Given that we ended up with an incredible Andromeda Galaxy for our efforts (OK - Olly's efforts) - I would call that a win. * not recommended in the UK or anywhere there might be low flying aircraft.
  5. I remember us sitting down and planning that 2 panel mosaic in your cave! We hung the mosaic off of the blue star at the top. You wanted M31 to be horizontal. I wanted a slight slope. Luckily - I won! (In my opinion!) Happy days! Best Regards Ian
  6. Try this... http://www.grinderphoto.se/images/m-31-2x2-mosaic.html From the talented Jonas! Cheers Ian
  7. Hopefully it's just a link/glich issue. But remember - the cloud just means "someone else's computers". Using the cloud as your prime backup is just "asking for it". Hopefully in this case you didn't just "get it". Fingers crossed. NB - IT Professional working on Databases for large Multi-National Companies - so I know a little bit about what I am talking about.
  8. The Canon 10x42 L Image Stabilized Binoculars are a) extremely expensive, and b) utterly stunning. When you turn the IS on - it's like you just clamped the bins to a tripod! They get ten times more use than my old (non IS) Nikons ever did. Just because of the IS. I would really recommend finding a dealer near you that sells them - and going there and giving them a try. When you do - you will understand why there are a number of Astronomers with one kidney and a pair of Canon 10x42 L Image Stabilized Binoculars! They really are that good.
  9. You had a good point. A very good point. I appreciated you drawing it to my attention. Cheers. Ian
  10. James Good point. I have redacted my post. Thank you. Regards Ian
  11. There is a lot easier way to do all of this. It has worked for me for the past 15 years.
  12. Hi Still available here: https://github.com/fermigas/ltvt/wiki/LTVT Download#FullDownload Cheers. Ian
  13. Does jumping out of aircraft count? You do get to fly about a bit at the end. Hopefully. Cheers. Ian
  14. Nice Olly. Very, very nice. As always. And with the image capture details missing from your Farcebook post. Thanks. Ian
  15. I run two lengths of this (cut to size) from my shed to the mount, and run cables inside: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008L1AO2Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 One for Power, the other for USB. So I can keep the mount cabled up, and provide power for the heated puppy pads. Cheers. Ian
  16. Hi I use a Heavy Duty Tarpaulin from B&Q. It's Blue on one side and silver on the other side. So I have it silver side out. A liberal application of Gorilla Tape (great stuff!) to turn it into a vaguely tube like shape. A decent mount cover underneath, heated puppy pads under that and you are good to go. Mine's been out there for 10 years. Mount head, OTAs, Cameras, Filterwheels, electronics (in a waterproof box) - the whole lot. Whip the covers off and I'm up and running. Cheers. Ian
  17. Hi Olly Two questions regarding Ralf Ottow and his binosaur. 1) How does he get enough backfocus to bring the light beams from two C11s together into your eyes? Does he re-shape the secondary? Or re-shape your head? 2) This is most important. Do you have his telephone number? Cheers. Ian PS - Give my love to Monique. I still make the salad she taught me how to make. I had one last night in fact.
  18. Ah. My mistake. I should have known better. 'binosaur'. Now there's a name and a half! Two C11s were a Test! Blimey. So the full sized binosauras was two 40cm OTAs? Surely a man of such talent could come up with a waist holster for them. And probably the bionic arms you would need to hand hold them. Although thinking about it, possibly outside of his field of expertise. Glad to hear that the French at least know it's "a trouser". But, as you say, a bit unsporting of them on the payment terms. Have they no sense of history? 30 days payment terms*? A mere piffle. 30 years sounds about right to me. I'm sure my son will not object to settling up my tailor's bill as part of his duties as my executor. People these days! It's all "Now, now, now". Cheers. Ian * One rather suspects that Decathlon's payment terms are measured in seconds, not days.
  19. Hi Olly Was it Ralf Ottow who made a pair of binoculars* out of two spare 6" SCTs? And the same guy who collimated a scope based on the sunlight between two tree trunks on the far side of the valley? I'm guessing it probably is. I mean - how many optical geniuses do you know? Cheers. Ian * Why do we say a "pair of binoculars"? Or a "pair of trousers" come to that. Although I think the latter comes from the fact that you used to get one jacket and two trousers from one's tailor in the olden days. In return you had to ignore the tailor's bill long enough for his** grandson*** to collect. ** Very few female tailors in the olden days. *** It took a lot longer than two generations to change that.
  20. +1 for Puppy Pads. I have three, plus a thermostatic controller. I have had my Mount, OTAs and Cameras out there for 10 plus years. Works a treat. Set up time? 5 minutes tops. Cheers Ian
  21. I have the Canon 10 x 42 L Image Stabilising Binoculars. Whilst they are phenomenally expensive - they are also phenomenally good. Try a pair. When you hit the Image Stabilisation button - you will understand. Almost everyone who has tried my pair says the same two words when they hit the IS button. The first word starts with F, the second word starts with H. Either word would breach the Code of Conduct. So I won't repeat them. These binoculars really are utterly amazing. It's a shame they are so expensive. I feel very privileged to have been able to afford a pair. Cheers. Ian PS - Why do we say "A pair of binoculars"?
  22. Mine's been outside, mount, OTA, camera, electronics and all for 8 years now. As Olly said - the trick is the heated puppy pads. Mine are on a thermostatic controller. And because I'm a geek - it's a thermostatic controller with built in GSM - so it can send me a text message if it loses power. And I can text it to see what the temperature is under the covers. But that's probably overkill. As long as your security is OK - it's a good solution. Cheers. Ian
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