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About tonylumley

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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. Sky-Watcher Skymax 127 OTA look at firstlightoptics and see sky-watcher skymax 127 ota under telescopes-skywatcher, this was my first scope on an eq5 pro goto, still use it regularly and not going to bust the budget, howver its possibly not everyones first choice, good luck
  2. If I am correct the square black plastic box with the lead attached looks like a GPS unit. Looks like the one on my Skywatcher "goto" mount. If this is retail about £ 99.
  3. had some best views when away in caravan in Dartmoor, best is no or very little light pollution, just a long way from Essex !,
  4. When away from home I use a 110 amp leisure battery purchased from a local caravan shop. Made up a lead with crocodile clips and a cigarette socket from Halfords. Just be sure to get the positive\ negative connections correct and possibly a small trolley to carry everything. Good luck and clear skies mate.
  5. Have been using the Met office app on my phone and found it pretty accurate for home. Even predicted rain at 6 pm and it did !!! Not unusual that it rained too
  6. I would be mighty proud of that too !! al-alami,
  7. I would ring First light optics, always found Martin there to be most helpful.
  8. 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!!
  9. 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!!!!!
  10. Will do, not at home at moment so will have a go when back thanks
  11. 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 .
  12. 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,
  13. 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,
  14. Mognet, thanks for the heads up on this evening, will try to visit , sorry to gatecrash your post Olisuds, another Essex boy!!! ,
  15. 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,
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