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GraemeC

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  1. Movement in a short exposure image using a wide angle lens in unlikely to have anything to do with tracking. I'd suggest the mount or tripod or clamping was unstable. For example, the one and only time I used a ball socket clamp for a dslr seemed like a good idea until I realised the dslr was slowly drooping down. Now I use ring clamps so the camera body and the camera lens are supported independently. graeme
  2. Looks good! You might find a partial moon to be more interesting, with the increased contrast between craters and mountains. graeme
  3. I can recommend this mount, I've had mine since October last year and it's still a delight to use. Even better news just recently is that FLO are now stockists, which gives me much greater peace of mind. Graeme
  4. Well done FLO, I think you are taking on a very successful product range. I am very pleased with my CEM60EC. Graeme
  5. +1 for a red dot finder. I find them so easy to use, just a quick glimpse shows you exactly where the OTA is pointing. I don't need to have my eyes stuck on the end of the finder scope to align stars into the field of view. Graeme
  6. I pack a night box for all the accessories that you might need, and it keeps everything tidy for rapid loading and unloading. As well as your list, it includes spare batteries (the battery in the red dot finder is sure to run out just when I'm not prepared), dew heater strap, Velcro strips, camping hair dryer (just in case), spare USB cable, intervalometers and memory card.
  7. I remember being at Kielder Water for one of the dark sky camps.... some clouds came over later in the night and the only way to notice was that the stars were disappearing. otherwise, no discernable change.
  8. Good luck! How do you get on with the LVI2? I am about to resurrect mine from a long time sitting on a shelf....
  9. Well done, that's really tidy and you will enjoy and relax with your stargazing.
  10. Hi Paul, good luck with your rollers etc. Let us know how you get on! I liked these rollers as they are quite deep and therefore have good engagement with the rail. Graeme
  11. Sorry to confuse... the only insulated floor I have experience of is in the house, behind a big window. Its warmed a treat by the sun which I'm pleased about. As for the observatory.... I've just left that uninsulated. I'm not trying to keep a warm room section as I retreat to the house if / when I get too cold...
  12. I can recommend an insulated floor in the context of a kitchen extension... even at this time of year, a sunny day warms the room up! of course if I feel too warm there is always my Obs outside which is somewhat cooler.
  13. Progress outside. The play frame is about complete, grandchildren have already christened it although they didn't stay long outside in this weather (too cold). The running rail for the obs roof, the nearest one to the camera, is in two parts so there is easy access to the shed 2 door.
  14. Hi Paul, the rollers are these ones which I found online. I think they are freighted from China but everything arrived very promptly and on time. I searched for U groove rollers and got the following link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50mm-U-Groove-Track-Roller-Wheel-Caster-Rigid-Top-Plate-for-Machine-Tool/122580962035?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D8d34f57a7b3a4336b6ca8c0c912697b5%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D30%26sd%3D392131061140%26itm%3D122580962035&_trksid=p2385738.c100677.m4598 They took 1 - 2 weeks to arrive. I bought a couple separately to check the size, then went ahead and bought the rest. I have a total of 12, with 6 on each side. It probably doesn't need as many as that but there are 6 roof trusses and it seemed a simple solution to put one under each end of each truss. There shouldn't be any danger of sagging as everything is evenly supported. The pic shows one of the end rollers where I couldnt quite get directly under the truss, so I made up a wedge.
  15. The eq5 scale might not be very precise, it would depend on the tripod being level and the indication being accurate. The important thing is to find Polaris and then you're away!
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