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About iapa

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    Dalèkъ Obs UK
  1. Looks nice. any other suggestions? 50 wish seems good, anyone better than f8 that anyone knows of?
  2. Currently have 8" variants of: f10 SCT f2 RASA f5 Newtonian \plus f6 (ish) Equinox ED80 Pro refractor f4 10" Newtonian. I am looking to rationalise and try to replace as much as possible with a refractor. Thais would be mounted on either a CGEM-DX or CGXL pier mounted ( I have both) or on an AVX (also owned) if I am traveling (tempted to keep he ED80 Pro for travelling tho) Let's assume the budget is no more than £5K. As is is going o be primarily for DSO, a longer focal length may be more beneficial. It would be primarily to support the RASA to get the closer details on my primary targets. Any of the above can be regarded as "disposable" while considering options.
  3. I have a ELCB (or whatever they are called today) on the power to my mount, the various power link devices I have tried don't work with it in circuit. I resorted to a 5GHz 3 node mesh network, one at the window nearest mount, one about half way and the 3rd by the mount - yes I had to run separate power for the middle one. My final alternative was outdoor grade cat 6, alongside the power line to the mount, to an 8 pot gigabit switch. There's a stick PC controlling the mount with wifi connection to one of the mesh nodes.
  4. This may be of use https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi--J-ftbnrAhXSuHEKHROwDPcQwqsBMAB6BAgOEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOlAcPv2Be98&usg=AOvVaw3Jb1a8vI7pOVwEW77KXogD https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi--J-ftbnrAhXSuHEKHROwDPcQrAIoA3oECAUQBA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cloudynights.com%2Ftopic%2F719195-rasa-8-osc-l-enhance-first-light%2F&usg=AOvVaw18bDi64tF5TScjYxRdJLTN I am considering embarking on a similar journey, so watching with interest.
  5. I remember seeing the on Tomorrow World some time ago, just put the tablet into a tap, and out came the water. Always wondered what happened to that idea.
  6. Who wouldn't give for a machine to see the future hindsight = 20:20 or maybe not? me i'll plod through and hope
  7. Just retired, 40+yrs in IT support and project management with electronics and some engineering, 5-6 yrs hobbyist in Astro, but never really been able to set up and keep a rig due weather issues primarily. shame, it could be a nice way to occupy my time if I knew enough in the astro filed
  8. one POSSIBILITY is to find a DSO that is going to be accessible during night time hours. Stellarium is a good free tool. narrow that list down to this were there is a visible, or near visible, star that the camera will "see" work out best exposure (I think that's roughly 400/focal length of lens) you are probably going to be 1s exposures with a 400mm lens take some images of the sky with the "visible" star in centre shift the image centre to include the DSO of interest take as many images as you can in time available you can stack these (Deep Sky Stacker is free) to see how things come out. PS - it's Sunday Dinner so, a few libations have now been consumed You can PM me tomorrow is you want.
  9. Hi

    who did you find for your build

    im near Livingston, and struggling to find any one to do a ror for me



    1. smudgeball




      Not been on SGL much recently.

      I got mine in Falkirk from https://www.centralsheds.co.uk/

      It was a bespoke build, I sent them some dimentions, but basically gave them the floor dimensions i.e. 7'x5' and they did the rest.

      Also sent a drawing with the position of my pier and they cut out a hole and reinforced the cut-out. (and it was a pretty good fit given everything was by email)


  10. Man, that’s a tight fit. I’m sizing up for a 250mm F4, which I think will need best part of 4’ all around, so, 10’ wide ROR as I intend to have a second pier - because I have too many mounts, will size to include a 200P-DS as well, 10’ x 20’ no warm room how do I convince the facilities manger and finance director to sign off on this is another matter.
  11. I had a 3 way which is probably kicking around somewhere may take a few days to dig up tho’ as SWMBO insisted on a tidy up
  12. I also have to say the the way issues are dealt with is second to none. carrier managed to damage a small item and Grant dealt with this in minutes.
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