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  1. I get stars that look like bad coma in my OAG
  2. The DSLR coolers mentioned are well worth using and fairly made as long as you can use a drill and soldering iron.
  3. never had this problem with mine which i have had since they first came out. One thing i have noticed though is that if you tighten the clutches too much on this mount it has a detrimental effect on the guiding so i tend to only tighten mine the minimum required to stop any slippage on the axis.
  4. Wow fabulous image you must be thrilled. Mike
  5. Worm gear bearings are SKF608 2RSH or you can use SKF 608 2Z which has metal dust covers, If you are in the UK you can order these from Simply Bearings. Simply Bearings Ltd Halton House Greenfold Way Leigh Greater Manchester WN7 3XJ 01942 269837
  6. Setting off in about an hour see you all about 2
  7. Be joining you guys on wednesday still no idea what kit I am bringing! Hope you get some clear skies and the wind drops.
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    Great image Nadine you cant improve unless you ask the questions. If they help you understand and improve they are fab questions! Ask me anything you need help with id be glad to help. Mike
  9. So that 22inch scope is really a giant pie canon.
  10. That indian meal looks like my breakfast lunch and tea while I am at galloway!
  11. Practice is for wimps! All you need is a good appetite and hollow legs and I have both!
  12. See you up there will prob bring a big dob this time as I have been offered the use of an 18" dobber. Its just too much hassle taking the imaging scope out of the obs and then setting it u p a gain a t home. Pie eating competition why didnt I know about this ill give you a run for your money! Image is the double quasar in Ursa Major two images of the same quasar aparently due to gravitational lensing, the light from one arrives 3 days before the other and the distance from us a very slight 8billion light years!
  13. Mike thanks for another unforgettable star party Damien and Steve thanks for your help to put my tent up complete with ultimate chair and 42000 guide line! Many thanks jo for the butter. I am looking forward to the next one already and will post pics when I get round to processing them. Mike
  14. Just in middle of removing scope from obs and making it all portable again. New portable power supply made and tested. Coming up on Wednesday really looking forward to seeing everyone and looking at loads of astro kit! Will anyone be available to help pitching my tent as dave who's sharing it can't come up until Thursday my only other option is to bring a small tent for the first night and put the big one up the next day. Mind you it will take ages to sort all the kit out so I will be really busy. Mike
  15. Looking forward to seeing you guys up there should arrive on the Wednesday until Sunday.
  16. Hi guys looking forward to seeing you all for the next star party, hopefully I"ll be bringing the big newt. Mike
  17. Thanks Mike for another very successful star party great to catch up with you all in person again! I Hope last night was phenomenal and the views through Damien's scope must have been amazing. Mike
  18. Another PIC from same night 5 hours with a UHcs filter M81 taken with 12" Newtonian and Atik314 L+ CCD.
  19. Hi guys hope the weather is being kind and maybe even some clear skies tonight! I will be setting off at about 9:30 tomorrow morning so should be with you for around 13:30 to 14:00. Looking forward to seeing you and some dare I say it clear skies. Due to a very sore back and housing it in an Observatory I am leaving my 12" newt at home and working with much smaller wide field eqt. See you all tomorrow Mike Here'san image an image of M97 taken about 2 weeks ago during the clear as always full moon. Taken in Ha OIII 3x10 min sub's in each filter.
  20. Brabbin and Rudd branches all over.
  21. Again due to cloud only 20mins Ha and only able to upload a screen shot. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
  22. Sadly only 20mins exposure due to cloud taken in Ha had to be a screenshot due to trouble uploading. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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