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syd_malicious

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  1. This is patently a scam even before the link to the other ads worldwide shipping - this is almost an automatic scam if it sys this. You know it will be for shipping only even if you live in London pictures - this does not look like a typical British house he paid ten grand - in dollars probably Sorry but this sort of ad is just so blatantly a scam I don't know how people fall for it. If you wanted fun you could get into a long discussion about how his brother could ship it from his aunties house at 419 Scam Street in Nigeria .
  2. Maxim is a complete PITA to first start using but once cracked, and Maxims irritating quirks learnt, there is nothing I have used that comes close. Plus as noted above it is necessary for automated programs. It is worth persevering - trying the simulators first helps and after a few pennies in the swear box it will become fairly clear. As to calibration I would strongly recomend the "Pinpoint Guider Calibration plugin" plugin from John Winfield. You have to be sure all the Maxim parameters are correct, mainly the side of pier settings, but it simply works and saves so much hassle. regards Paul
  3. Oh also this was on the back. Looks 1920s to me but wasn't around then so not sure . And the reason it's cropped is because the page has been cut not my incompetent scanning!
  4. I was looking through some old books in a second hand shop and this fell out. Any ideas It mentions a "new star" between Lyra and Draco but there is no supernova listed that I can find. The other option is a comet. Not important but it was just bizarre that this dropped out and wondered when it was from.
  5. I think most of the parcel companies are as bad. Recently had a DHL delivery - put a card through the door saying I was out even though I was in, they didn't knock (I was in the next room), They would only hold it at the depot and then I was talked to like a 5 year old when I went to pick it up. I will never use DHL again. Having said that Parcelfarce are worse! Using USPS is the best option.
  6. I too tried a Maplin body warmer (it was in the sale). It was broken when I got home but couldn't make it back to Maplin for a few weeks. I was talked to like a little boy and given a dressing down for not calling them on the 'phone and was offered a credit note. The only way to get a refund was to mention"sale of goods" and "trading standards". Maplins is so ridiculously overpriced (they have also not dropped their prices for the vat drop to 15%, and though I bet they raise it when it goes up again next year). They are on a par with Hellfrauds. Anyway I have had good dealings with this company - Blazewear. They sell some reasonable heated items with decent rechargeable batteries.
  7. Bit bored this morning so put his details anto Google - he has a website. Given he is a professional photographer then I am not surprised by his stubborness and arrogance but those photos of the "Geminids" aren't a good advert for him though.
  8. I have a "standard" one, whatever that means (!) and it just fits my 14" scope. I am sure that there must be bigger ones and there are loads of on-line sellers. Alternatively just go to the local horsey type place - they will have them and you can measure them.
  9. Sorry if this is old news .................... I've been looking for an elasticate lens cover to go over the front of my scope in the observatory. After helping with the other half's nag (she's quite sweet actually, the other half is nice too ) I have just found the answer a horse bucket cover. They come in all shades (including pink!), are available from most feed/horsey merchants and most importantly are dirt cheap. Sad what little finds do to brighten up a dull trip - had to explain to the woman in the shop what they were for!
  10. I understand your feelings but 1) Contact the seller first 2) It really will make no difference to viewing and it will get dirtier with use. If you want to prove to yourself how little it will matter calculate the area of the spot and the area of the mirror and you will see it is fractional! 3) It is difficult to tell from your photo where the mark is but may be a mark on the primary to allow collimation. Overall it really won't make any difference but if you're not happy contact the seller.
  11. I understand your feelings but 1) Contact the seller first 2) It really will make no difference to viewing and it will get dirtier with use. If you want to prove to yourself how little it will matter calculate the area of the spot and the area of the mirror and you will see it is fractional! 3) It is difficult to tell from your photo where the mark is but may be a mark on the primary to allow collimation. Overall it really won't make any difference but if you're not happy contact the seller.
  12. I have Starry Night (Pro). Make sure you get the right version as it is only the more expensive ones that allow hardware control via ASCOM. It works fine controlling my mount and looks nice. However, be aware that it has been "broken", well for some including me, by the latest update (6.3.3 and 6.3.6). It was always a bit of an arrogant program grabbing as much CPU as possible but the latest updates show virtually 100% CPU usage even when minimized. This coincides with yet another change in ownership and the current company seems to be concentrating on pushing it as an educayshunal program. I ended up going bonkers trying to figure out the problem until I read the Yahoo group (a bit of a biased fan-site as a question I asked was deemed too "anti" Starry Night and not allowed) and realised the problem. Your set-up may be fine but you will need a card that is OpenGL compatible and be prepared for sluggish performance unless it is a high end card. Overall I will be dumping the program as soon as The Sky X is out unless there are problems reported with it. Just my experiences.
  13. Laptops direct - dreadful service from them. Spent ages (and a fortune) phoning their premium rate rip off line, this was a bad start. Confirmed the absolute spec of the laptop that I wanted and that it was in stock. Drove down to pick it up. Found out the promised extras were not supplied and they tried to sell me some more expensive items to replace them. Even worse, they had the cheek to accuse me of trying to get something for free even though they had told me it was included 2 hours previously!! Never again.
  14. Hi, I had a G41 for a period of time and just as a slight counter to the positive comments :- Hardware The mount itself was beautiful The engineering superlative Low PE Overall it is one of the best mounts I have seen or used The tripod is wonderful Controller - this is the weak point, it is truly horrible. The box looks like a Maplin second rate reject It is not intuitive and persistently had problems with the meridian Trying to find the right settings is confusing Setting slew limits is an example of how to make a simple process frustratingly impossible and caused crashes into the pier Some of these I believe may have been addressed with recent firmware upgrades It strikes me that it is a mount constructed by a very good engineer (Andras Dan who gives good support) with an outsourced controlling system that is awful. Overall I couldn't wait to sell it as the controller just made astronomy frustrating. Get a decent controller and it would be a fantastic buy. Just my opinion though. Ray
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