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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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    Meade LXD55 strip and lube help.

    "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
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    IAS 2018

    "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...
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    IAS 2018

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    IAS 2018

  5. 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!
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    HEQ5 Tripod Leg Extension Screw Jammed - Help

    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
  7. 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,



  8. chaxastro

    What are the physical dimensions of an NEQ6?

    Thanks Merlin66, appreciate the speedy reply! Can press on at the weekend and compare it to the LXD55... chaxastro
  9. I'm about to construct a housing to protect my current EQ head (a Meade LXD55 GEM) from the elements. The EQ head will be fixed to a permanent pier. At some point in the future I intend to upgrade to an NEQ6 GEM. Rather than have to make another housing, I'd rather build it large enough to start with. Anyone out there who can tell me the dimensions of an NEQ6Pro? (the attached photo should tell you what I'm looking for). Thanks in advance... chaxastro

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