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Allan the plumber

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About Allan the plumber

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  1. Objective Cleaning issues

    Sorry Olly think I’ve not explained. I realise what your saying about Newts and the secondary. when I attempted to clean the lens cell I’ve managed to smear something all over the lens and all the breathing on and using the lint free cloth I can’t get the smears off. It must effect the image as light will be scattered and will mess with the focus
  2. Objective Cleaning issues

    Not too sure on that Olly I think I smeered the optics in my attempt to clean them looks worse than when I started 😵
  3. Objective Cleaning issues

    Thanks Mike
  4. Objective Cleaning issues

    Thanks Jon I really hope its grease! Can I ask where you got your IPA from make etc ( tried and tested) would like to use the same Thanks for putting mind at rest really thought I'd damaged the optics
  5. Hi can anyone help "PLEASE" I recently found my lens cell on my GT81 was dirty and having Badder wonder fluid and the correct clothes, I attempted a clean on both sides of the cell. Doing everything correctly I find now I have an oily smear on the inside lens. Panicking I spoke to SC Telescopes who advised I hadn't damaged the coatings and that using the soft disposable J cloth type and breathing on the lens I should be able to remove the smears. I have tried this and it isn't working. I would like to get it properly assess and professionally cleaned as I've cocked it up and want the job done correct ( and hopefully I haven't damaged the objectives) Can anyone recommend a company that offer the service. If local to the midlands I can drop the lens cell over and collect, failing that all I'd need to do is send the cell by recorded delivery and well wrapped and insulated against travel damage. Thanks Allan
  6. Kelling Heath April 2017

    Hi I'm a regular Autumn star party person Blue field, will be takening possession of a nice new motorhome next month. So no more tents ! With this in mind looking to do more Star parties and was wondering how hard it would be to get a pitch for next years Kelling Spring star party guess I need to be booking now!
  7. QHY PoleMaster

    Thanks Jeff I've gone back to my original way on the left
  8. QHY PoleMaster

    Quick question if i compare what was in Jeffs video and the QHY website if im facing the mount with the weights point to my feet which way is the usb plug in meant to be As i face the mount my left or right have been doing the last few nights on my left is this right
  9. QHY PoleMaster

    Like the video thanks for posting think I've been fitting my camera the opposite side to you will see if make a difference!! hope the yard has dried out now 😀
  10. QHY PoleMaster

    Sorry to ask has anyone had problems with the drivers I cant get both laptops to find equipments drivers and yes I have download them is there any fix I can add to my drivers to see the camera Don't know how turned off firewall and it worked turning back oin now
  11. QHY PoleMaster

    Thanks Steve, Stuart and Peter. Think the only problem I'm going to have is running two laptops. I did think about this as I'll have to go back to main laptop ( set up in summerhouse) to move mount with ascom and use polemaster on small net book ive got Will give it a go and again thanks for the assistance, if you here a scream Steve ( as you're in Nottingham) it'll be me lol
  12. QHY PoleMaster

    Okay without jinxing tonight, I'm going to attempt to use my Polemaster tonight. As Doug's and Jeff's second part QHYCCD tutorial isn't due out to next week does anyone have a definitive set up for a first use set up and subsequence polar aligning work through I've read both the QHY website (forum etc) as well as Ross' guide but I'm getting a little confused ( not too hard for me) plus the wording and bad translation on the QHY download isn't helping. Can anyone help with a step by step guide Thanks Allan
  13. QHY PoleMaster

    Have mine now just need a clear night to get head round software have tried to get the guy on YouTube to realise the tutorial sooner
  14. The sky at night

    They said after the Christmas special that sky at night would be taking a break for a month as Stargazing live was on
  15. Welcome to the new SGL!

    Like the new look also gave me an excuse to update my profile etc looks great