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    r/c helicopter's. fishing, caravan breaks, beer and I enjoy sitting in the dark watching clouds!!!!!
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  1. tonylumley

    Who's out, how's the seeing?

    just a couple from tonight with my Nikon and 600mm sigma lens, before I got savaged by the biting insect brigade, can't believe I ran out of Jungle formula too!!
  2. tonylumley

    blown controller

    Now know what I have done. Plugged a lead from another unit into my goto. Seems it has blown the handset too, so , while on holiday visited FLO and bought a new box of EQ5 moters and bits. Was cheaper than buying individual items, and as a bonus, got to meet Martin,Lisa and another nice lady who all work there. Great to put names to faces and they are a great bunch. Just got to wait till holiday is over then get the toolbox out and replace every thing. Hope this solves it and also goung to tape new leads so I dont do it again!!!!!
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    blown controller

    Will do, not at home at moment so will have a go when back thanks
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    blown controller

    Yes strong electric burning smell on circuit board inside the contrimol box. So have ordered a new mitir cintrol box. Be interested to know if its repairable though .
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    blown controller

    Anyone had any problems with Sky-watcher EQ5 pro motor control box's, and can point me in the direction for repair/replacement, Mine quit on me Saturday night and to say I am cheesed off was an understatement, first clear night, new scope to try and no way of getting the thing to work, now waiting for FLO to open tomorrow so I can see if they have one and can help, Grumpy Lum,
  6. Ande. I'm with you here, just tried to collimate my new 200 pds, not sure if my interpretations of youtube are correct so may need to call on my telescope building nephew to show me the way(!) , now waiting for the dark to get here to see if I have got close,
  7. tonylumley

    New Star Gazer in Essex

    Mognet, thanks for the heads up on this evening, will try to visit , sorry to gatecrash your post Olisuds, another Essex boy!!! ,
  8. tonylumley

    35mm Nikon die-hard upgrading

    dont know if this will muddy the view, I bought the Nikon D7200 last year, and while I havent used it much for astro photography, the odd time I attempted it I haven't been disappointed, yes there are regular updates for Nikon camera's, however, in the last 15 months I have only updated mine once, and it was very easy,free download, plug in camera via supplied usb lead and it does it for you, Must say though, after 35 mm it was /is a huge learning curve, but so much cheaper and quicker than film. good luck, Lum, Also if you are happy with 2nd hand, have you looked at MPB.com, D5500 with shutter counts from 10157 @ £409, just a thought,
  9. tonylumley

    Just How Much Have YOU Spent?

    my biggest concern is that if i snuff it , the wife will probably give my cameras scope etc away cos she believes it was only a "few quid" lol
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    Waning Gibbous Moon 88% illumination

    yes, like this, gives me something to aspire to, similar lens, same camera. thanks bud, keep em coming, Lum
  11. Took some pictures with a new lens tonight, not too sure what I am doing yet, but at least they are whole, when I use my skywatcher 127 mac I can never get the whole moon in, managed it tonight, will try with a tripod next time, didn't realise just how weighty this lens was till I was outside with no tripod !! but seems the image stabilization works !
  12. I have the set up you are thinking of, and first, I found the mount was ok for visual,but there was a lot of wobble when trying to take even short exposures, so much that I upgraded to an "EQ5 goto," which is now looking to be uprated to the EQ6, wife and finances allowing, I also found that with the Skywatcher 127 mak I was struggling to get the whole moon in the frame, I use an Olympus dslr, and a Nikon D 7200 dslr, not too sure if its me or just not the correct set up, I would be inclined, if doing it all again, to wait til I can afford the higher level equipment and buy it once, hope this doesn't put you off, and hope you can save a few bob from my experiences, good luck, Lum
  13. just to throw a bit more confusion at you, I started with a "Skywatcher Skymax 127 synscan AZ goto. and have gone for a Skywatcher EQ5 pro go to as the first tripod suffered terrible shakes when trying to view any thing especially if it was windy. hope this helps you Lum Essex
  14. dont know if its good or bad, however I used a silicone grease, I use this at work for gas taps and it sems to work Ok, not sure who makes it but if you know a heating/gas engineer they usually have a tube lying around in their vans,
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    Rattle in my Mak 150

    could save an inquisitive from making the same mistake, thanks ,

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