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  1. Keter shed obs'y

    I'm seriously considering this Keter 6x6 shed for the much-needed shelter for my Skywarcher 300p Flextube. I would want to convert it to a roll off shed, rather than RollOff roof though. For that I will need to cut a square off the floor at the door side to slide the shed away from the scope. Probably set the shed on a wooden frame with maybe 6 or 8 75mm castor running on a concrete base. I'd like to know the difficulties in cutting this aperture off the floor and possible structural implications?
  2. Seeing limiting magnifications in Ha?

    Just to add to the debate: a baseball cap under a black t-shirt does the trick for me, keeps it away from the face and the head not so hot...
  3. Great images, will try to find it in October in darker skies.
  4. Great image! Totality was awesome, best I've seen so far. Saw it in clear skies near Shoshoni, Wyoming.
  5. Aug states Solar Eclipse

    In Lander, Wyoming. Leaving early tomorrow on bus to eclipse site. Preparations in place!
  6. Hello from Portugal [Cédric Pereira]

    Welcome to the forum, Cedric.
  7. Cataracts

    I had both eyes operated on about 4 years apart. Recovery was quick, especially the 2nd time round. My vision is now 20/20 and colour perception more vivid. At the telescope I notice a definite improvement , due possibly to better contrast sensitivity. I must say both cataracts were quite advanced when operated on, so a marked difference was felt. Thanks to our NHS!
  8. Aug states Solar Eclipse

    We've booked with Astrotrails to see the Ecllpse ifrom near Lander, WY. I believe they may be still a few new places available, as due to the high demand they have booked extra accommodation and tour buses. Good luck!
  9. Sun FD on 8/7/17

    Great sketches, nice detail.
  10. Funnel the sun....

    We'll be taking 10x40 binos, Baader sol filters, 80mm f5 Celestron frack plus Canon 400 d 80-200 zoom hand luggage and video tripod in suitcase (same gear I took to Lybia and China). Staying at Lander WY with eclipse site at Bass Lake near Shshoni. Anyone heading that way? Later visiting Meteor Crater, Lowell And Kitt Peak Obs, taking in Bryce and Grand Canyons on route.
  11. Skywatcher 12"

    I put my 300p GoTo on a platform with castors which can then be effortless moved round to my observing patch on the terrace. I usually leve it there parked (and well covered ) if the weather looks good.
  12. Shed Choice and Approach

    My thoughs about an off the peg option would be to go for a smaller roll-off shed (reinforced plastic?) on a sturdy mobile platform rather than roll off roof. Ther are plenty of great examples on this forum.
  13. Solar sketches 17/6/17

    Great sketches, lots of detail.
  14. Hello from London

    Welcome Dex, we hope you and your son enjoy the stars for a long time.
  15. Planning for the August Total Eclipse

    We've booked with Astrotrails and will see the eclipse from a site near Lander in Wyoming. This is our 5th total, having managed some passable images from all previous one. Best ones from the Lybian desert with a Canon 400 trough a 80mm Celestron scope on video tripod. Several bracketed exposures using manual remote control. All that whilst having a glimpse of prominences through a 10x40 binos. That's what I'll take with me in August. After the eclipse we visit Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Lowell Observatory and Kitt Peak observatory. Anyone booked with Astrotrails?