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About Mikea

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  1. If you have a decent car battery charger, I'd use that rather than the built in charger control circuit which, in my opinion, is a bit c**p. I use a Cetek MXS 5.0 (on motorcycle battery mode) to charge mine via the 4mm terminals on the back. Never had a problem. Take no notice of the LEDs!
  2. Don't discount buying used equipment either. I have found some excellent kit on the second hand market.
  3. EQ5 tripod is pretty stable, but I agree that shorter legs are better. Should be fine for visual - fully extended or not.
  4. A linear supply will just have output ripple at mains frequency which is relatively easy to manage. A switcher will have the additional HF noise at the switching frequency (E.g. 20kHz) which is rather more difficult (but not impossible) to eliminate. If it's got a chunky looking toroidal transformer, it is probably a linear supply.
  5. I don't know if it would work, but it sounds like it should and it's a great idea!
  6. Ah - no, I hadn't seen that before! I want a pier now!!
  7. It's Bank Holiday Monday - sorry about making you think - it's not allowed on holidays!! I just wondered if anyone had ever done it. How do you know Andy?
  8. I have an EQ5 pro mount and tripod. I also have a Celestron CPC800 GPS. The Celestron tripod is much more sturdy than the Skywatcher, although the Skywatcher is certainly up to the job. I just wondered if anyone had ever mounted an EQ5 Pro head on a Celestron CPC style tripod?
  9. What is the model of switch mode psu that you are using - and what is it powering?
  10. Can you please give me the distances between the four through-holes? I could do that for you, provided we can get the correct connector.
  11. Tried with the binos over the weekend but couldn't see it. Too much light pollution from Torquay and I was too cold/tired to stay up til silly o'clock, so I don't think I'll see it live. That was good image from Stuart!
  12. I took S&T on subscription for a couple of years, but since I was also buying Astronomy Now every month in WHS, I was building up too many magazines - together with computing and car mags! I dread to think how much I've spent over the years. So now it's just Astronomy Now.....and the car mags......and computer mags........and the occasional What Camera.................What HiFi. Anyone want to start Magazines Anonymous?!
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