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  1. Yes it was rather awkward finishing off the inner and outer surfaces of the rings to make them even, round and matching! I ended up temporarily strapping a length of 2 x 1 across the diameter and using the middle of it as a pivot for the router that was itself fastened to a length of 2 x 1 acting like the hand of a clock to guide the router around. And the worst thing was that there was precious little room left for myself to wriggle my way around it!!!! A labour of love indeed ?
  2. Thanks. I am hoping to keep up the input. So most welcome to drop by Cheers Maurice
  3. Hi guys! I thought I'd pass on this link to a blog I am constructing. I intend to detail and illustrate all the steps involved in the construction of a 2.2m square dome observatory from its conception to it's complete outfitting. I am an amateur astronomer and most of the stuff I used in the making of the dome, apart from the actual construction materials was from recycled stuff and bits and pieces I managed to scrounge. A lot of the outfitting electronics and gadgetry came from cheap Asian sources and the circuitry and software was again partly home grown or borrowed from other sources. Time, patience and a generous helping of youtube videos and forums like this one are a must if one gets stuck but thankfully one will always find the answers if one digs deep enough. Anyways ..here it is for any of you who want to browse..The blog should grow steadily as I add more and more information and pics and of course anyone interested is welcome to drop me a line on this forum or by email. There is a lot of ground to cover and so it might take me a while to finish uploading it all ..but after all...hey ...it took me a year and a half to finish! Welcome to The Raven and the Owl Observatory ... a home-made little portal to the stars... https://ravenandowl7....wordpress.com/ Dark skies Maurice
  4. Had the camera back from Atik after 3 weeks where it had the shutter mechanism changed and declared 100% ok ...but...sorry to say the gradient is still there! What next ?
  5. I know this reply may be coming too late but I would like to comment that I had an identical problem with my 383L and I noticed the shutter was intermittently failing to close properly, leaving a narrow opening at the bottom that widened to leave an open triangular wedge in a corner through which if I shone a torch I could even see part of the circuit board.I phoned up Atik and sent off an email with a jpg showing the shutter ajar and they asked to have it back for repairs as it was still under guarantee. I am waiting for it to be returned, hopefully with the shutter behaving as it should. I have read of others having a similar problem with this camera which is otherwise excellent gear. So it seems to be something it is prone to.
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