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Gib007

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  1. Interesting. I messaged @PaulABS a few days ago but he may have been busy at the time, I don't know. I've also e-mailed the webmaster e-mail address, which I guess is Paul as well.
  2. I've just realised that if I use my Gibraltar Internet connection, it won't work but if I switch to my 4G+ on my phone, which uses Vodafone Spain, it does. Is Gibraltar blocked?
  3. I seem to be getting a sign-in pop-up everytime I access the website, no matter which page I access. It's odd. I believe I remember my sign-in information but it won't work anyway. Is the website running anymore? Thank you.
  4. ITEM NOW SOLD My personal Takahashi FSQ-85ED telescope is for sale, with a FeatherTouch 3.0" Focuser (~37mm travel) fitted. It's packed in a Geoptik Carry Bag alongside the telescope's original focuser and a bunch of Takahashi adapters to mount many types of camera to it. I used to use the included Takahashi CA-35 adapter ring along with the included adapter to M42 to mount my CCD camera directly into the FeatherTouch focuser. You may also use M42 spacer rings if you need extra distance. The included FeatherTouch focuser is significantly more performant and stable than the focuser that originally comes with the telescope, hence the upgrade I made to it, having had a couple of issues with the original focuser. The telescope is ready to be mounted, with its original Takahashi tube holder and Losmandy dovetail bar. The telescope is in pristine condition except for a few scrapes on the outer side of the integrated dew shield, made by the motorised telescope cover metallic strap (the telescope has never been dropped or banged against anything). These scrapes are shown closely on the last photo attached below. The telescope has not been moved around much at all and has instead been placed in a remote observatory on a permanent pier in Spain for about two years straight. It is able to produce stunning astrophotographs of deep space. You may see some of my results here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/29259850311 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/30608284976 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/38372589885 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/35881314824 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/31737474061 The new price for this telescope with the included accessories is just over £3,900 at present. Thank you for looking. Any questions or offers are welcome.
  5. Hey! Don't worry, not the case - I'm only selling equipment and thinking about what other equipment to buy! Thank you for the comment though!
  6. THIS ITEM HAS NOW BEEN SOLD. This listing is for my personal narrowband filters (Kayron from Light Vortex Astronomy). They are the Astrodon Hydrogen-Alpha (HA), Oxygen-III (OIII) and Sulphur-II (SII) 3nm 1.25" narrowband set. These are considered the highest-end narrowband filters money can buy, able to produce images of exceptional quality and incredible sharpness, cutting through a vast amount of light pollution. The 3nm variants featured here are fantastic for pulling out fine nebulous structures clearly above background. For more information, please see Astrodon's website: https://astrodon.com/products/astrodon-narrowband-filters/ Please note that these three filters together currently retail at just over £1,710 from UK suppliers, €2,180 from European suppliers or $1,690 from US suppliers. Payment is preferred via bank transfer but PayPal is OK with an extra 2.9% to cover PayPal fees. I'll cover postage to you via tracked Courier. I welcome any questions you may have regarding this listing. Thank you for looking.
  7. THIS ITEM HAS NOW BEEN SOLD. This listing is for my personal LRGB filters (Kayron from Light Vortex Astronomy). They are the Astrodon E-Series Gen2 LRGB 1.25" set. These are considered the highest-end LRGB filters money can buy, able to produce exceptional quality, colour-balanced images when paired with a good monochrome camera. For more information, please see Astrodon's website: https://astrodon.com/products/astrodon-lrgb-gen2-e-series-tru-balance-filters/ Please note that this filter set currently retails at just over £560 from UK suppliers, €660 from European suppliers or $540 from US suppliers. Payment is preferred via bank transfer but PayPal is OK with an extra 2.9% to cover PayPal fees. I'll cover postage to you via tracked Courier. I welcome any questions you may have regarding this listing. Thank you for looking.
  8. THIS ITEM HAS NOW BEEN SOLD. This listing is for my personal camera (Kayron from Light Vortex Astronomy). It is a QSI 660wsg-8 monochrome CCD camera with the onboard 8-position filter wheel and Off-Axis Guider (OAG). The camera has been extremely well kept and cared for. I am supplying them in the original QSI pelican case, alongside the power adapter (with EU and UK plugs), a new USB cable, the QSI Allen wrench set, the 2" adapter for the camera and the guiding cable. The camera's condition is as-new. The QSI 660wsg-8 requires a single USB connection to control both imaging and the filter wheel. It also cools to -45°C below ambient temperature. The CCD sensor is Sony's ICX694, which is extremely low noise requiring no darks whatsoever and having peak Quantum Efficiency of 77%. The readout noise is also extremely low at only 3.97e as per my own measurement. Its full well capacity is of 17,719e, also as per my own measurement. For more information, please see QSI's website: https://qsimaging.com/products/600-series/qsi-660/ Please note that this camera currently retails at just over £3,700 from UK suppliers, €4,400 from European suppliers or $4,200 from US suppliers. Payment is preferred via bank transfer but PayPal is OK with an extra 2.9% to cover PayPal fees. I'll cover postage to you via tracked Courier. I welcome any questions you may have regarding this listing. Thank you for looking.
  9. Haha, it's a pleasure! I myself find it useful. At one point TeamViewer just died and refused to reconnect. Their server seemed to be down and that was that. However, unfortunately my mount was tracking and my roof was open. In theory if I waited for 12:00 (midday) the next day, it would close the roof when my computer auto-reboots (as I set it up to do). However, I wasn't willing to let my mount track way beyond its physical limits (I should have enabled limits on EQMod to be fair!) and I didn't want to keep my roof open until midday. To save everything, I just tweeted TRC Park Mount and then TRC Close Roof and that was that. My equipment was safe! If I wanted to, I could then tweet TRC Restart to cause a reboot of my computer, and knowing that my mount was parked, there was no risk of EQMod losing the park position reference. Therefore starting up everything again (providing TeamViewer's server recovered), meant everything was still good to go.
  10. Read more and download: http://www.lightvortexastronomy.com/tweet-remote-control.html Tweet Remote Control is a Windows program written in Visual C# 2015, embedding the Tweetinvi and ASCOM references. It is meant to act as an inconspicuous safety backup, particularly useful to those with remote hosting for their astrophotography equipment. The original motivation behind Tweet Remote Control is for when you lose remote control of the remote computer. This can happen due to various reasons, including TeamViewer failing or their server encountering connectivity problems. It is sometimes necessary to restart the computer, or TeamViewer alone, for example, in order to recover remote control. When all else fails, parking your mount and closing your roof may become necessary measures to protect the equipment against possible collisions and from the elements. It is here that Tweet Remote Control can assist, provided the remote computer has an active Internet connection, of course. This stops you needing to have someone to immediately attend to the equipment physically. Put simply, Tweet Remote Control starts with Windows and runs in the background. It connects to a Twitter account of choice and therefore responds to specific commands, effectively sent by tweeting them via the connected Twitter account. The program monitors this connected Twitter account and reads new tweets made. If a tweet made matches a command written into the program, it deletes the tweet, executes the command received and tweets on your behalf (to update you on what is happening). Since all the program requires to function is a connection to a Twitter account, it need only be running on the remote computer with an active Internet connection - the rest is up to your tweet commands! Many features are supported, including control of ASCOM roofs, mounts and power relay switches (as well as Lunatico Astronomia's Seletek Dragonfly). Tweet Remote Control ensures it always starts automatically with Windows (once you connect a Twitter account, that is), and re-authenticates with Twitter automatically every two minutes. This ensures the program is always active with minimum delay, even if the remote computer's Internet connection drops for a period of time. When Tweet Remote Control starts, if it is connected to a Twitter account, it does so minimised to your Windows system tray as a small, black and white icon labelled TRC. Here, the program will remain with no user input required and with no pop-ups whatsoever. The key is being always-on and always-ready without user input and without hassling the user with pop-ups or messages. Finally, Tweet Remote Control is 100% free. Please feel free to contact me for bug reports or to request new features be added! Current list of capabilities in version 1.4: 1. Restart your computer 2. Shut down your computer 3. Restart TeamViewer on your computer 4. Close an ASCOM roof 5. Open an ASCOM roof 6. Check the current status on an ASCOM roof 7. Park an ASCOM mount 8. Check the current status on an ASCOM mount 9. Open power relays (turn off) on a Dragonfly 10. Close power relays (turn on) on a Dragonfly 11. Check power relays on a Dragonfly 12. Open power relays (turn off) on an ASCOM power relay switch 13. Close power relays (turn on) on an ASCOM power relay switch 14. Check power relays on an ASCOM power relay switch
  11. Hi Bill, Sorry the telescope has already been sold! Thanks for your interest though. Best Regards, Kayron
  12. ***SOLD*** You are looking at a listing for a Borg 77EDII apochromatic refracting telescope, used for widefield deep space astrophotography. The relatively small aperture of 77mm and short focal length of 368mm (therefore working at f/4.78) makes this telescope ideal for an ultra-light setup. This is suitable for anyone travelling for astrophotography, or simply for someone wanting to image a massive area of night sky. Borg refractors are well known, high-quality refractors made with Japanese Ohara ED glass elements on the objective lens. These telescopes are paired with a Borg focal reducer for astrophotography purposes and this is supplied with the telescope as well. Specifically, the focal reducer is the Borg #7870. The Borg #7870 focal reducer has a 2" filter thread on the inner section, allowing the placement of a light pollution suppression filter at the front of the optical train. The focal reducer is also high-quality triple element. To the M57 camera side, one can attach adapters to suit their camera, such as the Borg #7522 ring for providing an M42 T-Thread connection to a CCD camera. Two of these rings are provided (one as a spare) so if you are connecting a CCD camera with an M42 T-Thread connection, you can do so immediately with no further purchases. Many other camera adapters are available from here: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/borg-camera-adapters.html The listed Borg 77EDII telescope is around two years old, recently used to capture a stunning six-segment Hydrogen-Alpha mosaic image of Cygnus (see attached photos, or for higher quality: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/27475184241). It is now unused due to having a permanent setup at a remote hosting observatory, with a different telescope being used. This telescope is in excellent condition, optically and mechanically as-new, and comes fully fitted with a Starlight Instruments FeatherTouch focuser, integrated dew shield and a pair of Borg tube bands to attach it to any dovetail bar of your choice. Included along with the telescope itself is the Borg #7870 focal reducer (already configured for this telescope and a backfocus of 55mm - can be adjusted if needed!) and a pair of Borg #7522 adapter rings to connect an M42 T-Thread CCD camera directly to the focal reducer. FeatherTouch focusers are world-renowned for being some of the very best focusers, sustaining 8 to 10 pounds of weight with incredible stability and focusing precision with its dual-speed 10:1 focus knobs and focus lock brake. The new price of this particular Borg 77EDII (bought precisely as listed here) was $2,108, which is about £1,591 at current exchange rates. Given the condition of this telescope, this is a bargain and in the price, I include fast and secure DHL courier shipping.
  13. Hi Steve, The problem is that if I wanted to return the telescope, I would have to drive 3.5 hours to the observatory, take it off my mount, drive back home 3.5 hours and then ship it via a Courier like DHL. The shipping alone would cost £100 or so for the size and weight of the telescope. That's 7 hours driving and £100 spent. Not to mention that I'm paying rent at an observatory whether or not I have equipment set up in it, so I'd be wasting imaging time and paying for it as well. The turnaround time could easily be two weeks, so about £125 of rental fees. If indeed the adjustments I have to make are as simple as dropping acetone on some screws and tightening them further, I'm more than happy to tinker with it myself to avoid all the problems of returning the telescope. If of course after all tightening it's still not good, then I'm not sure - I'd really have to think about how to proceed. Of course, if I lived in the UK and had the telescope with me, I wouldn't hesitate to post it back as it's quick and cheap.
  14. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. May he RIP. I have not had the pleasure of meeting him but I have spoken to him a few times on SGL and he was always a true gentleman!
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