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Everything posted by Fozzie

  1. I recently got the revelation twist lock.. great bit of kit..
  2. I'm sure I read somewhere that as brighter sky's means larger pupil then more light more detail.. too an extent though surly.. It was the impression the news piece gave me that our moon was some how providing illumination that I found poor.. Still though might set up and have a go once the kids are in bed..
  3. No joke, just read this in my local paper.. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/uranus-will-be-visible-in-yorkshire-s-sky-tonight-here-s-how-to-see-it-1-9416225/amp?__twitter_impression=true Now if I'm being thick please tell me, goodness knows the wife derives pleasures from telling me so you might as well, but how can our moon light up Uranus... bit lost with that one.
  4. Can he/has he update(d) all the drivers for the camera.. similar issue discussed here.. http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?p=1389236 I had similar issues USB 1 to USB 2 when I built a few PC's back in the day (read lots of years ago) from a collection of older work machines.. a proper Frankenstein job, but they were free and saw me through university.. wouldn't hurt to try.. Ta Fozzie
  5. @Newbs2215 bracket is in todays post so hopefully it will be with you by Wednesday.. Let us know how you get on with it.. Don't worry about the postage... just pay it forward if you get the opportunity. Ta Fozzie
  6. Because I know it's there.... waiting.... ready to be opened... That and I'm doing this stoptober thing... no alcohol now for 21 days... idle hands and all that..
  7. No problem.. something like this might work.. DM me your address and I'll post it out to you... you'll just need to fix it to the tripod leg. Ta Fozzie
  8. The mount repair might not be too bad.. you can use a few L section brackets from any DIY store.. pack of 10 for around £5ish.. You'll need to use a HSS drill bit and clamp to cut a larger hole in possibly.. but you should end up with something like this.. Do you still have the fixing for the spreader to the legs.. as in the through bolt? I'll have a look tonight when I get in.. I might have some of the little metal brackets left over you can have a couple if that's the case.. Ta Fozzie
  9. I'm hoping they'll be past the stage where the wrapping paper is more exciting...
  10. So i have this box in the loft, thats been up there for some time.. its a brown box, it contains clouds amoungst other things. The problem is, i've currently got the itch to open said box... so should I? Here's the two "problems" that have kept me at bay thus far.. Firstly, the contents of said box is for my kids, when they grow up, i've earmarked my 1st sons 10th christmas (other son will be 6 then) as time to give said box as a present, depending if he's interested enough. By then the box will be at least 13 years old, along with the contents and will never have seen the light of day, or night. It could quite possibly be a unique item, especialy in fully wrapped/never been out of packaging condition. The second preventing factor is i have a perfectly good one of these all ready, so i dont actually need to open the box, but the ITCH is getting me currently.. So the question is, save it as you intend, or get on and open it. little clue below..... if you know, you know..
  11. A few of us have, including myself, @Moonshane and @rikroe666, links below.. I think @philj is a font of knowledge here too... a few links below wood is good. Ta Fozzie
  12. I think the main advantages of wooden tripods over the stock steel tripods, such as the 1.75" EQ5 steel is the noticeably reduced dampening times, especially if your set up on concrete flags or a hard standing where even the slightest foot step can transmit vibrations to the EP. I'm not in a position fortunate enough to comment on the build quality, of berlebach tripods as I've only ever aspired to having one, however for a basic uni18, and spreader costing circa £390 new, it's not something, with a young family, I can justify.. Instead I built my own, with spreader for around the 3rd of the price, and the difference from my own to the steel tripods is remarkable, so I can only guess what it would be like from steel to a quality product from berlebach.. a lot to like I suggest. Ultimately I think wood looks better, handles better in cold than steel, has better vibration dampening, and with the range that berlebach offer, you can go for different finishes and more choice depending on your requirements. I do agree with the use of a spreader bar, especially on flags or concrete, as it makes any tripod more stable than just a chain, especially if those flags/concrete are a bit green and slippy during damp winter months. Although I know some have found them restrictive.. (I bought two second hand) I think a wooden tripod with a ed120 would be a cracking match up, with either an Alt/az or EQ mount atop. Ta Fozzie
  13. Your welcome... Sheet Music stand? Might not be as stable but smaller foot print...
  14. Have you considered a tilting design/art table.. would give you a stable platform to work from, places to clip books, paper, charts too.. even hang a red light from.. all on wheels so you could move around.. and when flat, a table to store astro goodies on when not I use.... https://m.costway.co.uk/tiltable-tabletop-drawing-table-craft-art-drafting-easel-folding-desk-w-stool.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw0oveBRAmEiwAzf6_rLtXTzsODzf_dttmKd--Z2yPPoA9lZ8aeTOvx5Zh_NCBDjrQOLd8vxoC6RQQAvD_BwE Like this... Ta Steve
  15. Mmmmmm thanks for the replies gents.. I might have to think of another route if I want go to.. The GP has been quite happy for many years tracking along without a care in the world, I feel I might be foolish to meddle with the motors for fear of it upsetting and stopping working.. Id rather leave it than swap it all out, as simple an action as that may be.. I had thought about astro EQ, but then I don't want the hassle of a laptop and further power supplies.. Best brush up on my star hopping then... Thanks again gents.. Ta Fozzie
  16. I guess i'm ultimately hoping not to have to swap out the motors.. kind of seems a bit unnecessarily unnecessary (if that make sense) as they work very well indeed.... Your right on the tip negative, i had fun trying to get a battery to work with the DD3.. had to get a special cable and then cross the polarity for it to work, which was fun..
  17. Afternoon all, I'm curious.. I have a very nice Vixen GP mount, with duel motors and a DD3 handset with ST4 port for auto guiding... Is there anyway (other handset etc.) I can turn this into some kind of go to mount? I'd considered a synscan handset, but I am fairly sure the MT1 motors have a different connector to the one on the sky watcher synscan handset unit.. All thoughts are welcome, Ta Fozzie
  18. Thanks Carole, I suppose that's why I'm asking because it's fair t and I've turned the saturation up.. it's a shame, we always seem to come to places like this when there's a full moon out to play, didn't even bring a scope with me.. Anyways here where I think is a distant touch of green.. nothing visually, with the moon up it was like twilight..
  19. Currently holidaying in North Norfolk near Cromer, taken a stroll down the promenade for a few night time shots.. I've up the saturation, as I thought I could detect a near hint of something.. but the big old moon is washing out everything, but bit makes for some nice illumination.. So what do you think Aurora or not? Ta Fozzie
  20. It's about my only belief when it comes to the subject..
  21. I'm heading there next week... moons a bit fuller than I'd like but the frac and the 70mm bins are coming along too.. thanks for wetting the appetite!
  22. You could get the 15mm and 12mm SLV and use a 2x telextender that would cover a range of 15mm, 12mm, 7.5mm and 6mm... Oh and if you add the 20mm and 25mm (with 2x telextender) then you would also have 25mm, 20mm, 15mm, 12.5mm, 12mm, 10mm, 7.5mm and a 6mm.. that's what happened to me you see.., and then I added the 9mm and the 5mm for laughs.. I believe this is quite a common affliction. That's because the green and black world spoils us something rotten.. (and you pay for it) in all honest I have 1 SLV that has a slight looseness to the twist up EP, the others are all fine.. Good luck with you r decision.. Ta Fozzie
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