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About janesdsg

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  1. Courtesy of the lockdown, I'm dipping my toe in the AP pond and have got myself a Star Adventurer (thanks Stu1smartcookie) and Canon EOS 80D body (fleabay). I'm hoping to use a couple of pentax-k prime lenses with the Canon (adapters in the post), and am buying a W&W Astro dew heater strap to use with these. Also on the "to buy" list is a dummy battery and dc coupler so that I won't be relying on the camera's battery: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Q51DZPZ/ref=gno_cart_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2W9IV2WHKJZJ I'd like to power this lot with something like one of the anker power packs that get a frequent mention on SGL but despite many hours reading on here, picking up lots of useful info along the way, I'm no nearer deciding which power pack will do the job. It looks like I will need four USB outputs (one each for the Star Adventurer and dew heater strap, and two for the dummy battery and dc coupler in the Amazon link as this has two USB plugs). Is it better to use two power packs with one solely for the camera, or look for a power pack that has four USB outputs? Something else I'm unsure of is how I go about not exceeding 8.4V or risk damaging the camera. This probably sounds really stupid but if the power pack is 5v, would using two USBs slots double that to 10v. (That last sentence will give you a good idea of my lack of knowledge and why I'm confused about this .) I'd be very grateful if someone could point me in the right direction. Jane
  2. resent it ... I was asking about the star adventurer. tks jane
  3. All that kit for $30 ... bins, tripod, weights, deckchair ... amazing!
  4. Bought for my partner to encourage him to share my passion for astronomy, but I failed miserably. Apart from the trigger-grip ball-head that I bought secondhand, everything else was bought new and has had hardly any use so is in great condition. SOLD: Pentax 10x50 PCF WPII waterproof binoculars with focus lock, including lens caps, carry strap, original case and owner's manual. Excellent optics. See Steve Tonkin's review at http://binocularsky.com/reviews/Pentax_SP_10x50.pdf) Giotto Professional Aluminum Monopod MML 3270B. Manfrotto #222 trigger-grip ball-head. Roof prism tripod adapter. Maximum extension is 79.5"/202cm (from base of monopod to top of roof prism tripod adapter). Price: £120 Price for monopod, trigger-grip ball-head and tripod adapter: £35 Collection preferred if possible but I will post if necessary (let me know where you are and I'll check the price).
  5. Thanks, both. That's what I was trying to say. The photo is definitely much clearer than my words.
  6. My focuser has two screws so I should centre the gold HGP screw opposite the small gap between the focuser's screws?
  7. Maybe a malt whisky might help me understand the instruction ?
  8. I've got one of these to use with my SW200p but I can't understand the instruction that came with it: Apply 2" clamp on side opposite 1.25" clamp screw Please could someone help me out - my lack of understanding is making me feel particularly dense ? Many thanks Jane
  9. Thanks, Luke. It's looking like I have a firm sale with Ade ... just waiting on funds to be transferred. ATB Jane
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