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lynnm

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About lynnm

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    Basildon
  1. lynnm

    2017 scout evening

    Kane hi im a back garden infrequent viewer, and now I have time on my hands (out of work at the moment) i was thinking of that spot at rodding and going up in the near future, if anyonefancys getting together? ive also plans for a scouting event on the 22nd September for a telescope night, at my local scout camp that knobby and blazer helped out before.. If your interested in that also drop me a note.. cheers mike
  2. lynnm

    2017 scout evening

    Hi guys - just a reminder that if you willing and able, I’d be really happy if you’d be onboard with another event. I’m also looking to do a couple of dry runs at the site (overnighters) if your interested (in August) We’ve got our mobile planetarium booked to get the kids all clued up and interested. cheers mike
  3. lynnm

    End of feb viewing

    Thanks for the info, looking at the forecast it does seem unlikely at the moment, with cloud cover, but fingers crossed. if you fancy a lift i'll have space. mike
  4. lynnm

    End of feb viewing

    HI, I plan on venturing out with some of my kit for some night time viewing.. is that spot I think nobby found still workable? https://goo.gl/maps/GB7JZJX5dzE2 anyone else interested? looking at dates from Feb 27 until March 7th mike
  5. lynnm

    2017 scout evening

    hi guys - great to hear your still about, and will indeed post a reminder closer to the date. in the meantime i’ve got a raft of planning to do, and testing my tracking mount to make sure it all works :-) same place as last time, and if I time it right it’ll be hotdogs all round during the evening / night :-) cheers guys mike
  6. lynnm

    2017 scout evening

    hi guys back on the beg again, as i’ve now settled a date for the new scouts STEM weekend and i’m looking at the 22nd Sept. it’ll be really good if i can intise you guys too show your wares :-) thanks as always mike
  7. lynnm

    2017 scout evening

    Hi guys.. early days yet.. just sounding out the idea and if its possible ill look to discuss further with the leaders on a date.. hope all ok with you guys.. :-)
  8. lynnm

    2017 scout evening

    Hi all. back in 2015 i did a little science and astronomy weekend for the scouts in basildon, and considering it been a while i was thinking of revisiting this and run another session where scouts etc can get to see and use some equipment and earn their astronomy badges. the scouts have a large field in Langdon hills ( Kingston ridge ) which is easily accessible and away from many of the town and local lights. (Camping maybe possible if i can organise it) would people be interested in setting up a session later this year? just feeling what the uptake might be like cheers mike
  9. lynnm

    Looking for a cheap goto

    Thanks - but a tad too far away
  10. lynnm

    Looking for a cheap goto

    Nothing further heard .. still looking
  11. lynnm

    LXD75 any hints or tips

    Haha.. while training the drives today it suddenly clicked that the 497 auto star was set up for 2016!!! No wonder it was out.. I couldn't figure out why it was suggesting that mars was below the horizon when my iPad app said it was following the sun.. now that's been set it seems to be behaving now. mike
  12. lynnm

    Looking for a cheap goto

    Pm sent for more info
  13. lynnm

    LXD75 any hints or tips

    Hi.. been a while for sure. :-) Thanks for the link, ill give it go, I played tonight with trying to polar align and do a three star alignment but I think a need to get more info on it, as it just wouldn't swing over to where Jupiter was, nearly but way not good enough.( i.e. General direction but not anywhere near) But hey, what's the fun when everything works as it should ;-) cheers mike
  14. Hi, I'm on the look out for a cheap goto solution for my father in law.. not looking for anything special just a standard cheapish solution so that he may be able to use in the garden without to much trouble and can be put away without much difficulty, would prefer to pick up locally if ones around and not being used.. (essex) looking for around 250 mark or less. thanks for looking (pm if you had anything) mike
  15. Hi .. been a while since ive posted, and to be honest it been a while since ive had my hands on anything Astro related for a while, and the scopes are a bit dusty.. but nethertheless i had the opportunity to obtain a LXD75 auto tracking mount the other day and been playing setting it up with computer control and updating the 497 with some tours. The only issue is I haven't got a OTA to fit on it.. LOL.. the ETX I have and the DOB wont fit ;-). So i rigged up a bit of tubing to mount my DSLR on the mount and played around with trying to get used to polar setting it up. spent the other night taking some pics of Polaris and trying to get some star movement, but cloud come in after some 10 min exposures and didn't get much to show.. so waiting for some clearer night. but anyway.. has anyone got any ideas on the LXD75 hints and tips ? Cheers Mike
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