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Sammy Craig

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  1. Hello again, Sorry for not popping in for so long. I hope this finds you all well. I've not been around because I've not really known what to do after an accident last Autumn and being absolutely furious with myself to the extent of being embarrassed to ask for help. I had a big underground water leak at my house that meant it had to be internally ripped apart in order to dry it out for almost all of last year. It finally got sorted out by the end of last Summer going into winter more or less; part of the works externally to relocate the water-main pipes meant that the backyard deck - reinforced when I originally had it done for the purpose of using the telescope - had to be taken up and eventually redone. I made a massive big deal with the insurance company that the replacement deck had to be similarly done or I'd lose my hobby (it's a terraced house, the garden is tiny so it's all deck) and to their credit they took it on board. So, last September I stepped out, Dobsonian in arms, onto my new wonderful red LED underlit, double-trussed deck for the first time in around 10 months. Unfortunately, the shape of the steps up had changed fractionally in step-length, I caught the very tip of the top step with the tip of my shoe, and despite my best efforts at cartoon-balancing and throwing myself under the scope to cushion its fall, I ended up with one of the stays that hold the secondary mirror in place ripping away. As far as it looks, the telescope itself is fine although obviously the optics will need maybe a touch of collimation, as well as (I guess) a brand new secondary mirror assembly. Full service and bits! Can anyone suggest where I might best get this done? I'm in the East Midlands. All the best and thanks for any suggestions, it'd be lovely to get her up and running before the skies are dark again. Sammy.
  2. Sammy Craig

    SGL XI Chit Chat

    Hiya Mark, I'll be there around 4 tomorrow I reckon, leaving Nottingham about 1 I hope. I'll keep an eye out for you on Friday. Look forward to meeting you. Cheers Dave
  3. Evening Bish. I'm your neighbour for SGL so just wanted to say hello. Look forward to meeting you - and your flu. Hope you're feeling a bit better and feel up to sharing a beer and a natter. 




    1. bish


      Hi Dave,

      Funny as I've just picked up this message. It was good to live next door for the weekend (thanks for the alcohol!).  i still have your plastic cup - and will keep it in my camping gear in case I bump into you at another star party! Hope your back is better.

      All the best


  4. Sammy Craig

    SGL XI Chit Chat

    More or less set for SGLXI, my first. Looking forward to meeting people, beer, the hog roast, beer, the curry, wine, chasing patches of clear sky, the jaffa cake black market and the cafe breakfast, possibly washed down with a beer or maybe a glass of port as I'll only just be up. I'm fairly handy with tentage, paraffin or gas lamps and stoves, etc, so if anyone needs a hand please feel free to give me a shout down on pitch 67. It'll a pleasure to help. I'm just rubbish with telescopes. A big thanks to everyone involved in organising the event and running the site. It is appreciated. Cheers Sammy (Dave)
  5. One for anyone using a hike tent along the lines of Nick's blanket under the sleeping bag. Put a tarp or plastic down on the ground before you pitch the inner of your tent over the top of it; the extra insulation layer below the (thin) groundsheet really helps to keep the tent warmer overall. Nice tips Nick, all sound advice. And you can never take enough socks camping. They love it.
  6. Hi Daz I'm down for pitch 73, any chance I could swap to 28e? Cheers Sammy
  7. Sammy Craig

    SGL XI Chit Chat

    I'm Nottingham based, there's a possibility that I could help. Depends on kit really.
  8. Spikey has had enough Jaffa cakes, Rob.
  9. Hard to follow that James! But I shall also bid you welcome from a fellow local, Darren. Welcome to SGL, the folk here are as helpful as you could wish for. You mention dark skies - there's some great sites just west of the M1. http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/projects-and-partnerships/darkskiesgives some good info. Enjoy the ride! Sammy
  10. Sammy Craig

    SGL XI Chit Chat

    Same as, Pig. Be good to meet you.
  11. Sammy Craig

    SGL XI Chit Chat

    That's me in. Thanks for the nag, Spikey.
  12. That was something I shall always remember. I had a LP filter and a 6mm eyepiece arrive last Friday and tonight was the first time everything came together; I had the time and the seeing to see if it would all work as I'd hoped and it most certainly did. Great view of the GRS even though I'm in the city.
  13. Thanks Great Bear, very useful indeed. Wondered why my new ep and filter weren't seeing it and now you have provided the answer :-)
  14. GRS. D'oh. No I couldn't it, wasn't very good seeing, but I could see some nice banding.
  15. Welcome to SGL Starseeker. I'm a newbie too, also in Notts.
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