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Skipper Billy

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About Skipper Billy

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  • Birthday 08/04/59

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  • Interests
    Astronomy
    Radio Control aircraft and helicopters
    Classic Cars
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  • Location
    Western Scottish Highlands
  1. 2 x Cetek MXS5.0 Smart Battery charger/conditioners Cetek make some of the very best battery chargers - can be left permanently hooked up to keep batteries in good shape. £45 each or both for £85 inc UK postage. More details on my website - https://sites.google.com/view/astro-imaging/items-for-sale
  2. Williams Optics 2" Dielectric diagonal.

    SOLD - to Jabeoo1 pending payment.
  3. Anker® USB 3.0 9-Port Hub + 5V 2.1A Smart Charging Port Easily add 9 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports to your PC and enjoy data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps for faster sync times with this quality powered USB hub. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charging-Adapter-VL812-B2-Chipset-Firmware/dp/B005NGQWL2/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_23_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=X1SM78WR9XCYVEEZ8WAM £25 posted within UK.
  4. Williams Optics 2" Dielectric diagonal. Quality engineering. Supplied complete with inch and a quarter adapter and in original box. Optically perfect - one or two very small marks where the clamp screws hold it in place - unavoidable really! £75 inc UK postage.
  5. ADM side by side Vixen type mounting system For easy and flex free mounting of two scopes this system takes some beating. Beautifully engineered and manufactured. Cost new £172 plus P&P. Selling for £120 posted within UK. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adm-vixen-type-v-series/adm-v-series-side-by-side-mounting-system.html
  6. Startech 7 port powered USB3 hub

    SOLD to Pan Euro.
  7. Startech USB - CAT5/6 converter

    It works superbly but one of the joys for me was the stillness, the dark and the quiet of the night sky. It is very comfortable sitting in the lounge with a wee dram keeping an eye on the laptop but just seems wrong with the TV on and people blethering away. So I have put the pc in the obsy and I spend time out there with it - so no need for a link into the house. I am not out all the time - if its all working well I might pop inside to get warm etc but I do enjoy being out at night. I have even bought a wee dob for a bit of observing which I have never done before ! I also still have the network cable still in place so I can hook up my laptop to monitor the outdoors PC if I want to but that doesn't require the extender.
  8. I am reluctantly selling my trusty Skywatcher ED80. It was my first imaging scope and most of the images on my Deep Space Images page of my website were taken with it. It has been significantly upgraded from the stock scope. The edges of the lenses have been blackened and it is fitted with a beautiful Moonlite focuser and Moonlite hi-res stepper motor for remote electronic focusing with incredible precision (far better than the human eye can detect). The focuser has the ability to be collimated and is absolutely spot on - checked by Howie Glatter laser. To use the Moonlite stepper motor you will need a suitable controller - it is not included in the sale. Also included in the sale are the 'above and below' Vixen type dovetails. The bottom one is for attaching the scope to the mount and the top one adds stiffness to the OTA and also provides a handy mounting place for a guide scope, DSLR for dual imaging and a handle to carry it to avoid dropping it ! Homemade dew shield included. The Skywatcher dedicated 0.85 reducer flattener works superbly. With this in place the scope is approx. 510mm FL and f6.3 which gives a worthwhile increase in field of view and speed. As an 'easy to get results from' scope for astro imaging the ED80 takes some beating. New prices - Skywatcher ED80 £469 Skywatcher Reducer £169 Moonlite focuser £359 Moonlite stepper motor £185 (can be removed if not required) Extra dovetail £18 New total £1200 Everything is in excellent condition and I will probably regret selling it. The whole outfit is yours for £750. I would much prefer cash on collection from Oban, Scotland but I am happy to travel some distance to meet and would consider posting it at extra cost. Please note - I will not split the items up with the exception of the Moonlite Hi-Res stepper motor which I will sell on its own if the purchaser of the scope doesn't want it. Full details and photos are here - https://sites.google.com/view/astro-imaging/items-for-sale
  9. Startech 7 port powered USB3 hub

    Oooopps - price corrected - sell for £30 posted.
  10. Startech USB - CAT5/6 converter

    Ooohh - I wish I had bought it from there !!!! I paid over £200 fro it !!! Will sell for £90 posted in UK
  11. Startech 7 port powered USB3 hub

    Add 7 powered USB ports with this top quality hub. All 7 ports are USB 3 but all are backward compatible with USB2 and USB1. Works superbly with the USB/Cat5/6 extender above. 5Gbps transfer speed. Excellent condition and full working order. Full details here - https://sites.google.com/view/astro-imaging/items-for-sale £30 inc UK postage
  12. Startech USB - CAT5/6 converter

    Get around the issue of long USB leads that don't work reliably much over 5 metres with this device. A 4 port USB hub that converts to CAT6 network then back to USB again at the other end. I have used this in my observatory to remotely control the imaging rig from 50 metres away in the nice warm house with zero issues. In excellent condition and full working order. Full details are here. https://sites.google.com/view/astro-imaging/items-for-sale Sell for £90 inc UK postage
  13. Elephants Trunk Nebula in Narrowband

    Aye - my blood still runs cold when I hear the words R*tch*y Chr*t**n !!! See - I can't even bring myself to type it!! ;-)
  14. Elephants Trunk Nebula in Narrowband

    Thanks folks - here is the same data but reprocessed in HOO pallet. (first effort was in SHO (Hubble) Not sure which I line best !
  15. Imaged the Elephants Trunk Nebula last night - 3 hours Ha, 2 hours Sii and 2 hours Oiii -all in 300 second subs. ES 208mm f3.9 astrograph, Atik 460 EX mono camera, Baader narrowband filters in Atik EFW2, guided with ST80 and Lodestar using PHD2 mounted on a SW AZ-EQ6-GT. Fully calibrated with Darks, Flats and Bias and processed in Pixinsight. https://www.flickr.com/photos/113316085@N05/38390677691/in/album-72157675109735132/
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