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  1. Does it count if I didn't actually make it myself? ¬†I did actually try, but my¬†Dremel just wasn't up to it ūüėā.

    I wanted to fit a Tak clamshell to my AZ-GTi.  Previously I was using the excellent ADM clamp from FLO, but seeing how I only ever use my little Tak in a variety of configurations, I liked the idea of a permanent fixed clamshell.  I drew up the design using FreeCAD and then had it machined by Geomiq.


    Newly machined plate 

    Plate fitted on the AZ-GTi

    The finished combo.

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  2. 47 minutes ago, Davey-T said:

    Many / most ? motor focusers have a simple manual app for focusing on a laptop and some, like the SharpSky come with a manual controller. 



    45 minutes ago, TerryMcK said:

    My Lakeside focusers have a manual option but you still need power.

    Yes - it's the power requirement I'm trying to avoid for manual use.  As a 'grab and go' and easy travel option, I don't want to need power.

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  3. 5 hours ago, CraigT82 said:

    Maybe you could use the simple Skywatcher DC motor, and for visual just use the battery operated hand paddle. For computer control you can get the Hitecastro DC focus controller.


    4 hours ago, Merlin66 said:

    I use the SW focuser motors on all my solar scopes.

     Belt driven to the 10:1 focus knob.

    Just drop the belt for full manual control.

    Yeah - maybe I'm over complicating it.  I have a Pegasus power box which includes a stepper driver, so was imaging I could use that for the imaging control, but maybe there's a simpler solution.

  4. 1 hour ago, tripleped said:

    I have  Sky Safari and like it alot but is there a way to measure distances from reference stars to your desired object in  degrees and minutes like  a start  chart  would  show?

    I have the Plus version, when you select an object, you can then open the context menu (tap the Selection option in the bottom bar/menu) and then 'Measure from.  You can then select another object and see the angle and distance.

  5. 1 hour ago, Commanderfish said:

    The Hercules tube rings are a good colour match. They also have various mounting options. I've added a matching aluminium finder bracket to mine.

    For aesthetics the RDF should probably be on the back ring, but for practicality it's better on the front.

    Now to dig out a can of Alfa Silver car paint and spray that RDF to match!

    The rings look great - so whenever you want to sell the clamshell... :) 

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  6. On 03/03/2021 at 19:37, Tiny Clanger said:

    And another freebie : https://www.deepskywatch.com/deepsky-atlas-release1.html

    or the 'serious' version for A3 printing https://www.deepskywatch.com/deep-sky-hunter-atlas.html

    which the creator says is " for serious deep sky observers." .

    I've just had this printed (A3) and it's pretty great for ~£20 (I used https://www.doxdirect.com A3, 130gsm satin paper).

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  7. On 02/03/2021 at 17:25, jock1958 said:

    Go on press that button you won't regret it, once you've bought the FS-60CB you can invest in a CQ 1.7x Extender then you have an FS-60Q......only trying to help¬†ūüėČ


    Where did you get those really long Slo-mo cables from? 

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  8. 4 minutes ago, Tiny Clanger said:

    I'd try some experiments with whatever glue/sticky pads/double sided tape you have handy.

    That's what I did when I used some self adhesive velcro to make wrap around dew shields for my 'scopes . The dew shield material is 3mm closed cell foam (I intentionally bought more than I needed to make the heritage dob. a shroud) and the self adhesive stuff on the velcro removed form the foam with less force than the velcro took to separate. I tried PVA , shoe goo ( a great adhesive for various plastics as well as repairing shoe soles ) leather glue ( why not ? you never know) , some contact adhesive, photo spray mount and hot glue gun stuff, as well as a few types of double sided tape and pads I had .

    On a scrap strip of foam , predictably most glues either failed utterly or melted the foam , but what surprised me was that the hot glue gun didn't destroy the foam, and did grab the velcro backing strongly. So I used that, and have had no problem with the velcro lifting or the foam tearing , and I'm not being terribly delicate with removing the shields after use . I just put a thin layer of hot glue right on top of the glue already on the velcro.

    I don't have lots of options to try here.  However, on closer inspection, I did already try glueing on top of the glue that came with the velcro, and now I'm wondering if this is the weakest point.  There was glue residue left on the Pegasus, so it wasn't completely failing there.  If this is, as I'm now suspecting, cheap stuff, maybe I just need proper supplies.

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