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SnakeyJ last won the day on December 1 2015

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About SnakeyJ

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  1. Hi James - It worked on my screen, not the best photograph - I had copied and pasted from Google images, but lets try and upload properly.... How's that?
  2. HI Mark, thank you for sending some over so quickly. I've had a bit of a busy weekend so have only just started the job, facing and turning the 17/4 ss billets. Really nice material to work with and decent surface finish without resorting to suds. I'll polish the whole thing up once I have bored them out, then machine the inserts from the acetal and drill and tap for the locking screws.
  3. Warning.... Or, in this case a lot of bubble wrap! And inside the bubble wrap, 1 large Astrozap Dew Shield, Baader Diamon Steeltrack and Steeldrive. It'll take a few days to sort this little lot out and no doubt the clouds will set in for several months once everything is ready to test! Thanks to FLO for excellent service and bomb proof packaging
  4. Thanks Mark, OD would need to be 36mm+ and around 70mm long would do both weights - happy to make a donation + pp if you find anything suitable.
  5. Thanks Mark, that sounds sensible - I did look at alcatel, but it looks expensive in tube form especially if I cant find a suitably sized off cut. Nylon sounds good - I wasn't so sure about aluminium and stainless due to galvanic corrosion.
  6. I need to knock up some stainless steel counterweights for CGE, having found a couple of reasonably priced 7" 304 grade billet ends. Nothing too smart, but should be able to get a decent finish and polish them up. Given that the shaft diameter on the CGE is 32mm, I'd like to find flanged bushes to open up a little wider and will probably drill and tap the weights to accept an M6 nylong tipped bolt to lock off. Commercially they seem to use a hard plastic material, but I was considering olite bronze or similar - any suggestions, or should I simply bore out and chamfer and save the pennies and fuss?
  7. All the way from Sweden and deposited on my door step by the courier three days earlier than expected - As it was palleted and weighed almost 70kg, it was left out in the rain until I got home from work! The box was a little soggy, but it was well packed and wrapped in polythene, so no problems (other than a long explanation to my wife) - Fair to say it is a bit of a beast and I shall look forward to hoovering up some stray photons once I can get it mounted and balanced in my obs.
  8. Are you throwing in that big TEC guidescope
  9. It's taken over a week and cost 170 euro to send from Sweden in a pallet. But, if it arrives bent or broken, I'll come and get yours!
  10. Darn it! I just brought one last week after a long wait and hunt. Still waiting for it to arrive. Otherwise I would have snapped this up!
  11. Just looking around and the light curve from https://www.aavso.org/vsots_alphaori and there seems to be quite regular dips down to around 1.5 and a more exception dip to almost 2 in 1948 ish.
  12. Very unlikely, but It would be quite special to see such a close SN in our lifetime - it would also be sad to loose an old friend of some 50+ years in my case. Quite a good article at Sky and Telescope from new years eve, but the light curve they plot for the last 50 years. If we're fitting 1.66 now it is hitting an exceptional low.
  13. HI Paul, Many thanks for finding and posting this - wonderful to see the original specification and pricing. Over £ 4,000 pounds in today's money...
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