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About meddyliol

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    Cumbria, near Ulverston

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  1. Just done it, easy when you know how. Pity they didn't put captive nuts on the inside. Maybe there's a good reason for not doing it. Whew!! Panic over. Cheers Brian
  2. Thanks for that. Will take it off now! Brian
  3. I have got myself in a bit of a mess. I was trying to mount my starwatcher startravel 102 on a Vixen Porta II. I found that my scope dovetail is upside down (the dimples for the screws are in wrong place). Anyway, I tried to unscrew the dovetail and then turn it around. Unfortunately the two screws just keep turning and will not come out. I assumed that there would be a locking nut on the inside of the tube, seems not to be the case. I am now at a loss as to what to do, the screws will not tighten back up either. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Brian
  4. Thanks for your reply. Zoomed in quite a bit a lo and behold! it worked. Thanks again Brian
  5. Thanks for your reply. Yes, it is Cartes Du Ciel. I did what you suggested and still get HD numbers. At a loss as to what to do. I had this software a few years ago and don't remember having this problem.
  6. I have looked at a previous answer for this topic, i.e. Setup > Display > Labels > Common Name but still only get the number of a star. I really need the common names to be shown. Can anyone please point me in the right direction? It is the latest version of Skychart. P.S. It has been a while since I have got back to astronomy interest, my telescope is still in the box after moving from Scotland to Cumbria (South Lakes). So please be gentle with me.
  7. Thanks very much for your prompt answers. Will get the fluid and cloth I think. Brian
  8. I am buying some of that Baader Wonder Cleaning Fluid and was wondering if it is worth buying the cloth to go with it. Would microfibre cloth do instead? I don't know what the Baader cloth is made of. I don't really want to use paper wipes. Cheers Brian
  9. I did put the heater to full power but it didn't shrink it. Fortunately, I have a heat shrink gun which did the job. I would never have thought about washing up liquid.
  10. I have just threaded my Nichrome wire through some heat shrink tube (wasn't that easy) and calibrated my LED Dimmer (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/311357749899?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT) so that I have rough idea of what wattage to expect at various positions. Brian
  11. But doesn't it cool down again when you put the eyepiece in?
  12. Thanks for your replies. I could make one for the eyepiece and another one for the finderscope, that would mean heating three things at the same time. I mean, how much of a problem is dew? Is it worse in the summer or winter? Making a sort of universal one for eyepiece and finderscope might be a good idea. The problem with that is I have a 9x50 finder and 1/1/4" eye pieces. Is it OK to wrap around the eyepiece a few times? Cheers Brian
  13. Is it more important to have a Dew Heater on the finderscope or the eyepiece. I have bought one for the main tube and am going to make one for either the eyepiece or the finderscope but not both. Most, if not all, ready made bands are for the eyepiece so that suggests that the eyepiece is more important. But is it? Thanks Brian
  14. I have a Lenspen which I use on my Nikon camera. I have seen a very similar one (I think it's the same as mine with a different name) called Celestron Lens Pen. Mine works very well on my camera lens so don't see why it wouldn't work on telescope glass. Brian
  15. I bought one of these ages ago and still haven't used it in anger yet. I vaguely remember that it should be adjusted before use. It has a large adjustment ring which I assume has to be adjusted for focus. I cannot find any info on what to do so will ask the experts. I have a feeling that I have asked this question before but if so, cannot find the post. My memory isn't what it was . Sorry, I have just found my original post, I now know what to do. Thanks Brian
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