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albedo0.39

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  1. No. Decent, Sharp and Cheap are not often found together... Avoid IMHO
  2. I agree - E 13mm is my "go anywhere" lens. Even if I do not take my scope to Star Parties, I always take my E13 - superb
  3. Some good advice here. Relax. Take the scope apart, in the light and just get to know how it all works - there is really not too much to go wrong. For the secondary alignment, I recommend the following Look at where the 3 screws normally impact the silver disc of the secondary holder Remove the secondary assembly (careful does it) Take a large drill and SLOWLY add a countersink to the 3 contact points on the disc Now, take the screws you normally adjust the secondary with and grind a point to each one... Not too sharp , but pointed. You can do this easily with a drill and some sandpaper. Reassemble the secondary so that now, when you adjust, the 3 screws sit nicely in the countersink sections and do not walk across the surface of the disc. This transforms the ease and accuracy of collimation. Rgds
  4. I would flock if I were you. However, I got all my materials from Hobbycraft. They sell two types. One is loose and needs glue, and the other is A4 sizes and self adhesive (very sticky). If works a treat and saves a fortune. Mine has lasted well. No degradation from all weathers, temperatures and abuse.
  5. This looks fun. I am relatively close to Swindon... And have a 16" scope. Would you see interest in me bringing it along for a public outreach ? Rgds Steve
  6. Crikey... Impressive! I'm sure I can see Fireball XL 5in there somewhere....
  7. This looks interesting.... Will anyone from NAS be there ?
  8. This looks superb. Anyone got it yet ? http://timescapes.org/trailers/default.aspx
  9. I do like this timelapse a lot.. Have you seen the film "Baraka ?" it's awesome and full of timelapse stuff Try this http://timescapes.org/trailers/default.aspx
  10. Top site Daz - much nicer site than I care to remember. When back from Germany (clear skies all the way) I will post some.... Also a few images of the surprise winner of the very first SGL 9 10km run event ! Can you guess who it was ?
  11. It was great... and you were such good neighbours !
  12. Great pictures ! I loved my time there, but had to dash back to HQ early doors on Saturday as Mrs Me pulled the "alarm cord" (broken heating etc)... All fixed now but the lack of sleep had cleared out my reserves Good people. Nice time and THANKS DAZ :-)
  13. I was hoping it had an HD camera on it and was streaming to the web in real time ! Nice toy.... Want one.
  14. Accuweather....wasn't. There were a few spits and spats (literally) until around the 4:45pm time... Then it got harder and stronger and has just stopped (20:00). In fact, this morning, it was pleasant and I even saw, the sun ! Perfect now (as in not raining).
  15. Just stopped raining.... There are some nice people and scopes here. Although many of them are snug and warm awaiting the supposed clear skies tomorrow night.
  16. Sure... Drop in and make yourself known... I'm with the Silver hatted dob.
  17. Exactly.. Fear not. What's the worse that can happen ? No matter how you try you can always get good collimation again with a dob. Only 2 tools.. ( well 3 actually) 1. Collimating cap to get you near 2. Cheshire for collimation 3. Eyesight and knowing what "aligned" looks like. Practise practise and practise.
  18. I'm ready to head out early doors tomorrow. I cannot believe how much stuff I have packed for 3 days.... From running gear, thermals, food... The list is endless. Hoping to be there by 8:00 and set up well before the floods arrive....
  19. No joke.... I've completely forgotten how to put my tent up
  20. Thanks for the update.... It's dry here....tip a beer for me. Car loaded...all packed
  21. I'm working !... (and don't I know it)... I leave tomorrow [or not as the case may be]
  22. Appreciate the update... I'm in Reading now... What's the weather looking like guys ?
  23. Ok, so freshly laundered underwear is ready. I see that SGL star parties have changed format somewhat since i last attended.... That's what comes from missing staff meetings. I too will stay in a warm environment. You might might know it as a "house"...
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