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  1. Thanks for the detailed information vlaiv, I shall add a reducer to the list of things need. As soon as I am set up I will post results! Thanks again! Kind regards Mike
  2. I have always been fascinated by EEVA and am now in a position to have a go, to dip my toe in the waters to see if it is really for me. As a 'toe dipper' I am thinking of this camera Altair GPCAM3 385C USB3 Colour Guide Imaging EAA Camera I would be mounting it on my pier mounted 125mm Celestron Astrofi (using Starsense) SCT Any advice and user reports would really help me in making a camera choice. Thanks in advance Mike
  3. Thanks Tomatobro will go it a go. As usual read and re-read the manual a few times and found nothing. Thanks. Mike
  4. Hi, as mentioned before I have returned to astronomy after a long break. The problem I am having is that the speed of the text scrolling across the screen of my starsence paddle is to fast. Anybody know how to slow this down? Any advice welcome! Mike
  5. Hi, due to ill health I had to sell my large Meade. I am now back and had to choose a smaller lighter scope, so I went with a Celestron Astrofi 125 mm Schmidt-cass. While being attracted to the 'Wifi' idea I think that I will probably go over to a regular hand control. While an Nexstar+ hand control will do the job I really liked my Starsence controller and camera that I used to use with my big Meade. (LX90 10 inch on a Celestron CGEM) My question is has any of you used an Astrofi with starsence , or is it even compatable with this scope? kind regards Mike
  6. Hi, ill health led me to sell my equipment a few years ago. I am now able to return. I have been checking out the Meade LX90 8" trotting out at around £1740 and the celestron NexStar Evelution 8 HD with starsence at around £2445. I am not interested in company bashing, I genuinely would like your opinions on what I would be getting for the extra money with the Celestron. To be honest I can not see any real benefit but my knowlage is limited. Looking forward to your replies. Mike OUT OF STOCK
  7. I found that less than 5Mw was enough power for aligning but not enough for others to see what I was pointing at if they were standing next to me.
  8. That's interesting as my cable is only two rounds of a coil shape, left it connected for 15 mins yesterday as a test but not detect any heating! Thanks for the extra information!
  9. As a past 'laser aligner', as the title suggests it is only used to gain two or three star alignment. If more stars are needed then by the time two or three done the rest will be in the field of view so the laser is no longer needed. We just need people to remember to look, listen and then look and listen AGAIN to asertain that no aircraft are about then the laser'
  10. Colin2007, You are absolutely right!....I will now put into action your thoughts you mentioned in your post! Sometimes it is hard to see the wood from the trees!
  11. I've been having good results with my Coleman 'duel fuel' stove, I run it on normal unleaded petrol from the pump and I have had sterling service! I went this route because I often observe in the winter and find it is not affected by the cold.
  12. I was had a Coleman trailblazer 5 that's a 5 man tent which is good for solo camping, but with 'The Mrs' in tow who can not understand 'packing lite' we have now got a 10 man tent,much more space and goes up in less than 2 mins!
  13. That's a good idea! would love a full report with pictures when you get back!
  14. I am so worried about my laser that I remove the batteries and keep the laser in two pieces and each piece in a seperate location in different buildings. May sound a bit overboard but its safe!
  15. Heck! i've been doing the same thing! I will un-coil mine and cut to length!
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