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About chaxastro

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    Everything! In particular: Solar, Planetary, Stellar/Deep Sky, Telescope Making (certified TN!) Imaging, Computers... specifically LINUX!
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    Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  1. Hi Kev, I'm about to replace the "car cigarette type" connections to the mains power lead for my new AZEQ6 GT Pro, with these: Waterproof Junction Box, IP68 Waterproof Cable Connector for 4-8mm Diameter Cable https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07SPVGLRV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They claim to be water-tight to a depth of 4m, so more than adequate for even the dampest of nights! Hope that helps, Chaxastro 'Humour is reason gone mad' Groucho Marx
  2. Yep! Guilty as charged...lmao!! Been there, have the 'T' shirt... Chaxastro 'Humour is reason gone Mad!' Groucho Marx
  3. Went to last years on the Friday, think I'll be going this year too, but Saturday this time. Not going for the lectures, purely window shopping! Have just bought myself a new mount, so won't be tempted! Chaxastro 'Humour is reason gone Mad!' Groucho Marx
  4. Hi Doc, Very nice mount, you've made a nice job of it. FYI the type of mount is known as an 'Inverted Fork' mount. It's mentioned in one of the original ATM book, but cant recall which one. Regards, Chaxastro 'Humour is reason gone mad!' Groucho Marx
  5. Try Teflon Grease from Halfords: https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-lube/bikehut-teflon-grease-125ml I've used it on two GEMs in recent years, works extremely well and won't break the bank! Regards, Chaxastro 'Humour is reason gone mad!' Groucho Marx
  6. Hi Simon, Came across this YouTube vid recently, hope it helps, Regards, chaxastro 'Humour is reason gone mad!' Grouch Marx
  7. Where are you based? How far 'west of London' do you want to go? chaxastro 'Humor is reason gone mad' Grouch Marx
  8. "Does anyone know how to strip this part down and clean and re grease? " Hi Matt, I overhauled my LXD55 a few years ago, stripped it, cleaned it, polished and re-lubed it, using this site as a guide: http://www.astronomyboy.com/cg5/ The example shown is a Celestron CG5, its a copy of the Vixen Polaris mount. As is the LXD55. Should tell you all you need to know. Mine runs a lot smoother as a result. Any questions, feel free to message me here. Chaxastro "Humour is reason, gone mad!" Grouch Marx
  9. "Yes, that's the one I used. It tried to take me through the back of the site (like last year's published post code) but you can't get through. Sucess might depend on which satnav device you have." I assume all SatNav devices work in the same way, I could be wrong...! For the record: Samsung Galaxy J3 smartphone, running Android Version 5.1.1. SatNav was running Google maps... Hope that helps... ?
  10. I attended this years IAS on Friday 12 October. Got there for 9am. Attendance was pretty low, people still at work, plus I imagine the horrendous weather probably put many off. Heavy rain on the hall roof was quite intense at times! I was more interested in the vendor stands that the lectures, went to 'window shop' for the future, planning to upgrade some kit next year with any luck. You can look at kit in magazines and online, but there comes a time when you just have to go and see things in the flesh to get a real idea of what will work best. Decided I was only going to look and not buy at this stage, but still ended up spending £30 on a couple of 'essential' items I could not do without! A few suggestions for anyone planning to go in the future: 1. If your looking for a bargain, make a list of things might find, before hand and stick to your budget! 2. Take a shoulder bag of some sort to hold all the free brochures you will acquire, along with any small items you buy. 3. Smartphone/pen and paper to make notes about anything that catches your eye. Or take pics with Smartphone! 4. Tape measure is essential! Will that bit of kit fit in your observatory/store shed/back of car, if you going to take it home. Only downside was the Restaurant, food options were a bit 'basic'. Coffee was average at best and 'plastic' tea was never a favorite! No doubt I will be at the show in 2019!
  11. If your going to replace the winged bolts, take a look on Amazon. They seem to supply a good selection. Reasonable prices too. I recently replaced the three M4 grub screws that adjust the polar finder on a Meade LXD55 GEM, makes adjustment much easier. Came to just under £8 including postage. Chaxastro "Humor is reason gone mad" Groucho Marx
  12. Hi,

    Have just added my signature to the Light Pollution Petition. Surprised that there aren't more signatures than 6304! Have passed it on to member of my group, hopefully that well get a few more hits.

    Thanks for posting it,



  13. Thanks Merlin66, appreciate the speedy reply! Can press on at the weekend and compare it to the LXD55... chaxastro
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