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    Indeed it was. A quick realignment of the RDF and all good again. That being said I'd love to not have to do the "nudge" and would like a tracking setup.
  2. So as per the title it's a hello again! Apologies I've been gone a while (2yrs) due to work commitments and moving home. After visits to the Kennedy Space Centre this summer and having just returned from the National Space Centre in Leicester (kids sleepover party), I dusted off my trusty little Dob and managed to get some fantastic views of Saturn for the family and even watched the ISS go by. Astro fun reinvigorated, clear skies fellow loungers.
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    SGL 10 Chatter :)

    Was due to be up tonight but due to medical reasons I'll only be able to do tomorrow night So excited to be going to my first starparty still though....
  4. Cadburys Twirl tea straw is a secret guily pleasure of mine. Apologies for mentioning tea in an otherwise coffee related thread!
  5. Great review and very informative, pretty sure ill press the go button on this soon.
  6. I look forward to hearing back from you JG777 with an update if that's ok. I really am very keen on this setup.
  7. Cheers for the quick review Nicos, I'm thinking it's the right setup for me but I must admit these skewing problems I'm reading about are a little worrying. I'm upgrading from my 150 Dob, I love the views but am starting to not like the constant "nudges" required with a Dob. The portability of this setup is very attractive and the addition of wifi is a real pro for me. I wonder if these skewing issues are few and far between or commonplace as there's been no mention of them on here? Would I still need another power source to run a dew heater?
  8. I'm thinking the whole built in battery thing may not be as good as I think. Pretty sure I can't power a dew heater with it.
  9. Anyone got any experience with the Celestron NexStar Evolution 8? There doesn't seem to be much in the way of owner reviews out there and I can't figure out why.
  10. I'm a sucker for merino thermals and ski boot inner soles, never failed over years of outdoor work. I'd only use the metallic type ski boot inner soles if you're not active though as they tend to make your feet v.warm if you're busy.
  11. Signed up and week 1 completed, still need to take my photos though so that'll be tonight whilst I'm working night shift Feels good to get back into "learning" again.
  12. I've got a skywatcher 150 Dob and I've used the hyperion zoom 3 pretty much since day 1. It's amazing as I'm not much of a EP changer, although I will be looking at a more wider field EP soon (if my wish for a 9" celestron evolution cones true). Fingers crossed you don't get the free clouds in the box.
  13. Was just talking about it with my 7yr old, they're studying electricity at school at the moment so it'll be fantastic for her (and me).
  14. I've had no dramas with my skysurfer V as yet and after a quick look at the adjustment can't see any way of reducing the friction either. I'd imagine that there is a spring washer behind the incremental scale providing the loading but that'd be just a guess. I'm sure FLO will be able to help you out, fingers crossed my finder stays ok.
  15. Well there's another thing added to the packing list....Jaffa Cakes.
  16. I've taken the plunge! Booked 2 nights, I've never been to a starparty before and don't really know what to expect but I'm sure it'll be fun. Now then where's my thermals and bivvi.......
  17. I use my iphone with a hyperion zoom for social media snaps, it's a bit cheesy but I love being able to share what I see through the EP with friends. Observing is a somewhat solitary past time and occasionally it's nice to share.
  18. Saw this on the side of the helicopter used to recover the Apollo space modules whilst I was on the USS Midway recently. Just wanted to share it as I found it amazing to think of such a piece of space history.
  19. My postman is ace, a nice friendly bloke who always tries to get mail delivered and apologises every time he wakes me up by knocking on the door when I'm sleeping off night shifts.
  20. Only used a red dot finder (sky surfer v), it's very intuitive and I've had no dramas with it at all. It works so much better for me than a normal finderscope, I'd recommend it to everyone with a Dob. I use it on a skyliner 150 Dob with a zoom EP so the only slight niggle is the combined weight, although I offset this with my own counter weight.
  21. Adhesive backed aluminium tape stuck to the underside of a pair of inner soles. So warm the trouble is you can't walk very far in them, great for standing around for hours in though!
  22. If you don't fancy messy oil on your Dob then why not remove the OTA from the mount and carry out a precise "scribble" with a pencil on all the non friction mating faces. This should ease things along enough yet at the same time not mess up the essential friction and best of all it's totally reversible with a rubber!
  23. I really like being able to share something I see through the eyepiece with others, but I really doubt I'd have the patience to get into astro photography lol. Keep up the Digiscoping.
  24. The other raised part on the telescope blanking cap is usually for putting the smaller cap on so you don't lose it. Handy huh.
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