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About kestrel1960

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  1. Really want one of these on a wooden tripod to finish my TAL collection [emoji3][emoji3][emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Well it's all done. You were right Astro_Baby the existing felt was as thin as paper & virtually fell off. Used some contact adhesive for the new layer of felt to metal. Then double-sided tape to add a second layer for good measure. As usual I overdid things. Loads of felt left (bought WAY too much) and the double-sided tape was as thick as the felt so effectively three layers applied. Yeah you guessed - the tube is very tight now. Too tight if I'm honest with no room to slacken off. But I'm hoping things will eventually compress a bit & thereby loosen up over time. Silly me.....
  3. Called at Hobbycraft Preston tonight & found the felt that Astro_Baby suggested. Only 50p per sheet so even better value than online. Went for the green colour for continuation of the original TAL theme :-) Got plenty of "no more nails". A thin application on the felt should do the trick (I hope). Weekend project now set up....
  4. Thanks again for the advice. Think I'll try fellow TAL user Astro_Baby's option here as there is a local Hobbycraft store nearby & at 79p a go it's a very cheap fix. I've got to admit whilst previously googling for anything TAL I found your website Astro_Baby & have been reading all your your handy stuff on it especially your reviews. That TAL 100RS of yours sounds like a very good piece of kit. Seems to have the same GEM as mine except for the wooden tripod (which I personally love by the way - wish mine had a wooden tripod too). I'm a relative newcomer so am struggling a bit with my set up & use of my kit to date but I'm sure perseverance with this TAL will be more than worth it. I've read that TAL owners rarely part with their equipment (& regret it if they do) !!! Will let you know how I get on. Might go for the blue felt :-)
  5. Now at least I have a few places to look for this material. Online searches were proving fruitless. Thanks to everyone for the advice. I only hope I can return the favours one day....
  6. Thanks Astrobaby. Can you remember where you got your felt from ?
  7. Thanks for all the advice. The self-adhesive flocking from Wilkinsons seems the best choice Gary so I'll have a search when I'm next there & let you know the score.
  8. Thanks for the advice phillc. Have no idea what you went through. Mine started when I visited the opticians after a few bad headaches & all hell broke loose. I thanked the optician for her quick actions because I was in hospital for laser surgery within 24 hrs (Friday 13th April 2012). It's been one operation after another ever since. Lasering. Gas. Then silicon oil in the eye to keep the retina flat & attached. It's still tearing away again hence the latest batch of laser surgery in an attempt to stop it detaching again. If it does go again its game over so the why I'm so down at the moment. Fingers crossed in the hope it'll stay there but even if it does the prospect of actually focussing on things is not great because the tear was so bad. Am glad I use me right eye in the main because the left is pretty much buggered. Slight possibility of some improvement in vision over time keeps me hoping, though. Your words have given me the lift I needed. Thanks.
  9. I know the OTA is meant to be loose enough to move around whilst viewing but mine is too loose. Even with the rings fully tightened the tube slides slowly down (onto the floor if it wasn't for the viewfinder acting as a stop!). I can see there in green felt (like the baize of a snooker table) lining the tubes & I believe this can be replaced. Has any on here done this & can advise the best place to get this felt (or a good alternative material? And the best way to go about it (eg glue over the existing felt or attempt to remove it first?). i don't want to end up damaging all the white paintwork after all... Thanks in advance.
  10. I wasn't expecting all this. I'm a new starter having only recently managed to get outside but suffered a bit of a setback. I just didn't want everyone to think I'd got bored & packed it in. Thanks for all the kind comments everyone. I'll be back.
  11. Just to let you all know I've not lost the astronomy bug just having a rough time at present. Another batch of laser eye treatment left me really ill recently with long periods of tiredness & constant nausea. Not nice at all. By the time I get home from work I just don't feel like lugging out the "equipment" but I'll persevere. I'm sure I'll be back on track soon. Clear skies to you all (as they say).
  12. Great to find someone with the same scope nicnac.
  13. Hey there i was thinking this TAL must be a decade old (after reading about the history of TAL & hitting various websites). But tonight I did something I should have done when I bought it - read the manual...doh. Guess what? Manufactured at NPZ Optics State Corp (Novosibirsk Instrument-making plant) March 2010 & according to the boxes despatched by OVL (Optical Vision Ltd) 8/3/2012. Nearly new!!! it even has a handwritten serial number signed off at the manufacturing plant - 0062 (could that be the 62nd TAL 150p made in 2010?). Now I'm certain I made the right choice at a decent price. Lots of smiles here ....
  14. Well finally a break in this horrendous weather & a chance to play out again. Actually got the polar alignment correct (I think) for the first time. Spent some time observing Jupiter again (which strangely did not appear as good or clear as my first session). Had real trouble making out any of the gas belts but following it using the slomo controls seemed a little easier this time. Then all of a sudden the clouds came over covering the whole sky so I gave in & packed everything away. i wish I hadn't because half an hour later the sky was totally clear again so I ended up bringing all the kit downstairs again !! This time a much easier target. The rising full moon - I spent a lot of time there - loads of amazing views. Actually found it was better viewing the edges where the fantastic craters stood out much better against the darkness. I discovered many things tonight:- I need to learn how to use the scope correctly. I knew from the outset the TAL mount was going to be a hard taskmaster & it is. Even after finding my target & setting up the tube seemed to move at the slightest touch & I'd have to start again. It wasn't moving within the rings but it was the mount itself (as if I'd not tightened something). I will read up some more on general telescope usage methinks. I need to prepare sooner - I rushed things a little after the excitement of FINALLY getting a clear sky. I need not "give in" so soon even if the cloud covers the whole sky (as it did tonight) because it can clear again just as quickly. I found out the hard way (having lugged the very heavy TAL up & downstairs twice in as many hours). I can honestly say this new pastime is good for fitness.!
  15. Which TAL do you have, skir? I thought you were joking about the colour of yours but I've just seen a military green TAL1 for sale on gumtree!!!!
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