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  1. I had a similar sensation and also wondered if an increase in floaters in one eye. Optician refered for a OCT scan which revealed I had what's called a macular hole in one eye. It's an age-related permanent tear in the retina, thankfully static and does NOT lead to full deterioration like macular degeneration. Luckily for me its in my weak eye. It's worth looking at an amsler grid to see if you can detect any distortion (for me very slight) - this could mean one of several defects some of which are serious. https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/amsler-grid.htm Better looked at on paper than on screen I think. any doubts ask an optician about a scan, get a referal or you can pay yourself to get one at a well known high street optician chain. Hopefully you'll have none of these but highly recommend a check.
  2. Blimey I wanna see the scope their keeping in that big shed (top right). Does the roof roll off?
  3. Lovely. I know the area well, it's a great place. (Have yet to finalise family holiday dates before I know if I can come). Joe
  4. I'd be interested, as long as it doesn't clash with having to go to London for a week sometime around then. Joe
  5. 70% orange sky at the moment, very misty
  6. Yes. Back in the 80's I helped a friend make a 3M one (it did get the neighbours twitching the curtains as we started assembling it in the garden). Another friend knew someone who had made a 10M one but he lived on a farm so space wasn't an issue. Chicken wire and aluminium sections - the main issue is getting the geometry accurate enough for whichever wavelength you're intered in. Joe
  7. Hi John , welcome to the group. It does take a bit of practice and fiddling to get the hang of alignment etc. Don't rush and enjoy the learning process..I have a Nexstar 6SE and found this article very useful when I started: http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/385903-accuracy-of-nexstar/#entry4939483 See the post from "Tel" about 6 posts down. Enjoy your new hobby! Joe
  8. Joe_L

    Hello from Leeds

    Hi and welcome to the group from another (armchair-) caver Joe
  9. Drat! That means the fuzzy ball stars I see are just terrible seeing and not anything I can cure with my equipment.....Do you think attaching dessicant to a helium balloon will help?
  10. That's an interesting suggestion, I'll give it a try. My home-made dew strap is a couple of strings of resistors in a wide flat tube of heatshrink which I haven't shrunk yet. At the moment its snugly fitted just inside the top rin above the corrector plate (you can just see this in the photo) . There's enough play in it to change the length so it should be easy to move it lower down. I'll try and let the inner space air a bit as well. Thanks, Joe
  11. The other night my corrector plate on my Nexstar 6SE looked a bit dewy. Very hard to see and only observable at certain angles but I'm convinced this was on the INSIDE. I have a small homemade dew strap (approx 3W) and a foam dew tube but it was quite a cool damp night. In daylight the inside of the corrector plate looks slightly mottled and smeary, a bit like drying marks. Is this from internal condensation then drying again? Would it be an idea to try drying the inside air with a small tube with some silca gel? Would this benefit from dismantling and cleaning? (Ducks below parapet after opening another cleaning thread! Sorry!) Joe
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    I agree Steve, that's defo the best plan. Actually when I packed up and had one last glance around I saw a fantastic meteor almost a fireball going horizontally across the south.
  13. Joe_L


    How about buy 4 scopes and point them at eachquadrant then somethings bound to be clear.
  14. Joe_L


    SO what's the best tactic? Point at your intended target and wait for the clear patch to reach it (strange, the clouds keep moving but the clear patch never arrives), or keep darting about to the clear patches and by the time you've located the target the patch has shifted? Joe
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