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  1. Hi All, just a couple of quick questions which I hope someone can answer for me 1. Does anyone know what kind of electrical hook ups they have? I have one of these for when I go camping in France, will it work here? 2. Is there any phone / 3G reception at the site? I am not someone who sits on the phone / internet all day, but I would like to be contactable by the family in an emergency. NB. I am on the giffgaff (O2) network. NB. Sure I will have other questions before next Wednesday Cheers, DDS
  2. Have you told your future wife about this
  3. Here is a copy of a post from Facebook: - We have had a message regarding a burglary at the Sussex Astronomy Centre in Worthing sometime during the night of February 5th or early hours of the 6th. The following items have been stolen. 2x Celestron NexStar Evolution 8” Telescope. One with the Lens cap missing 1x Celestron NexStar 127mm SLT Telescope If some one approaches you with a telescope for sale that raises suspicion and might possibly be one of these let Sussex Police and Paul Farmer at the Sussex Astronomy Centre know. Paul can be contacted at 01903 247317
  4. Hi & Welcome , if you are after a group for just observing / imagining evening (no lecture / talk evenings), try Hantsastro who meeting up at Butser Ancient Farm just off the A3. They meeting up on good nights during the week / weekend and tend to organise themselves via Facebook (Hantsastro Facebook page) or e-mails. I had a bit of a falling out with the organiser of the group, so do not attend any of the meetings anymore, but it is a very good, friendly group. I think they organise a star party or two as well, but never been to one.
  5. Yes, might have look a bit Billy-No-Mates if I had been set up down there on my own for the first three night
  6. Hi Grant, my pitch has been changed from 51a (previous version) to 119. Don't really mind (never been to the site before, so do not know which one is better?), as long as 119 has got an EHU and is okay for a tent; fine by me
  7. It's true, when water is ultra-pure it has a density of 14.2; slightly more than that of mercury
  8. NB. If anyone lives in the North Hampshire area, I am happy to let them have as much DI water as they want; they have to come and get it though, water is heavy to ship
  9. Yes, the system we have at work is two carbon filters / followed by three RO units / followed by three DI units and finally Ultrafiltration. You are not going to see any residual after all this
  10. Exactly, if it evaporates with no trace, that is good enough. A better test would be to put a drop onto you CCD sensor, leave it to evaporate (in a clean air filtered environment), and then take a Flat. If you see nothing, it is good water. NB. No body in their right mind would actually do this
  11. In general I would disagree with this statement. I work in for a "scientific" company and our DI water system will give you water far purer that distilled water. Having said that, distilled water will be fine for cleaning a lens, not sure that I would say the same for a CCD sensor :)
  12. Finally got it sorted. Used a Multimeter and magnifying glass to work out how the bust cable was set-up and stripped back a cable I had for the Nexstar 8SE and re-wired it to match the iOptron one. Everything worked perfectly, very happy again :hello2: :hello2:
  13. [removed word], no cable found . Tried to order two of these cables from the USA site today and they want to charge me $39-90 for shipping, which just sounds a bit excessive to me. Will phone around a few iOptron dealers tomorrow and see if they can source any for me
  14. Excellent, the site say's it is the same as the one used for the ZEQ25 mount, and I have my old one of these snowballed at work so I will pop in now and see if the cable is still there with it . Will buy a spare anyway, but I will not have to get frustrated by the slowness of shipping ($19.95 for shipping for a $25 cable )
  15. EDIT. Sorry, just found the cable on iOptron's website (don't know how I missed it the first time round).
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