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  1. iapa

    Betelgeuse, single frame

    shame there'd not be many to appreciate the images we would be taking .... lol
  2. iapa

    Galloway Autumn Star Canp 2019

    well, I certainly fit in the 'older' category, but will be a 1st timer.
  3. we ARE near a new moon.... so, it may be Sunday before you see a crescent
  4. are you not already now? One option to improve stability of a mount is to hang weights from it. I found a bag hung from the bottle centre of the mount filled with something heavy - I used water but sand, rocks and such would do. It can act like a pendulum and dampen vibrations. Another option is to fill the tripod legs - if they are hollow 3rd, have the legs extended as little as possible - you'll need a stool to be comfortable at that height tho'
  5. There are a number of sources of 2nd hand equipment, one of which is part of this site: https://stargazerslounge.com/forum/217-for-sale-swap/ That may allow you to purchase more equipment at a lower cost than Amazon. The kit here will have been well looked after, particularly or by a long standing member of the forums.
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    JamesF's observatory build

    agreed minimise physical effort
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    JamesF's observatory build

    grey squirrels are vermin, grab a few for a stew. protect the native reds
  8. nope, all done form PC you can put a controller in place the temp sensor, I PREFERTH SENSOR.
  9. I bought the Pegasus focus cube for my 8" Celestron as it has all the electronics in one place, and I don't need hand controller. Same bracket and so on by the look of it. With the bracket supplied, which has 6 12 radial slots for the scores to mount to OTA, I could probably rotate it so it fits within the diameter of the OTA but not an issue for me just now. I also plan to cut the box inserts to I can fit it in later tho'. Tried in anger once, only one clear night, but it worked a dream using SGPro.
  10. pegasus actually have a diagram for their l-bracket on their web sight. You could start with that...? It has multiple slots for the focuser side For an RC, can you 'lock' the mirror, and add a crayford inline with optics? - I did not you think you are at weight limits, so, may not be viable.
  11. iapa

    I am thinking that I may have a few project (specifically focus motor brackets) 


    Do you do commissions ? LOL


    T&M + of course

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    Computer resources (how to access them)

    What ing to fit?is the hardware you are running on? Over the years I have accumulated a fair few 'spares' and may have something to fit
  13. belt and braces I order 3 of the PSUs A reel of cable and some screw connect 2.1mm connectors - proof of concepts. If the PSUs prove to be reliable I'll look at putting the three in parallel with some control circuitry. Re RCA, I mentioned as I happen to have a few dozen of these in various colours, and it's intended to be a permanent set up, so plug/unplug is likely to be low
  14. I have used the HitecAstro controller with the skywatcher motor to good effect for a couple of years. When I say that, I mean I managed good focus, to my aged eyes, with my 200PDS and 10" quattro, not that I got good images LOL.
  15. Has anyone tried one of these? https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Redrex-Universal-Regulated-Switching-Transformer/dp/B01MRSAT39/ref=pd_day0_hl_60_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01MRSAT39&pd_rd_r=063bf7d7-decf-11e8-9244-bbcc5e42676d&pd_rd_w=Mk4MT&pd_rd_wg=IRUpq&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=b082d07b-aaea-4f40-9ff3-d27463f747d7&pf_rd_r=EP80BX38VBJDBV3QV4AZ&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=EP80BX38VBJDBV3QV4AZ or their equivalent It looks to be suitable to feed a multi port power distribution - a bank of RCA connectors maybe?

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