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Everything posted by laser_jock99

  1. Another vote for skiing salopetes- plenty of second hand pairs around from people who go skiing just the once......
  2. Liking the narrow gauge railway at bottom of your garden- Talyllyn?
  3. Rain or cloud - my obsy now doubles as a radio shack. Lots of interesting signals out there.....
  4. Pozidrive screws are okay so long as you use size 3 (or larger). The smaller size 2 is prone to rounding off either the screw or the bit. Torx is good though too- but again, the larger sizes are better for this kind of work.
  5. Panorama from my observatory in Mid Wales Southern horizon- late summer evenings.
  6. Never seen that one before- nice!
  7. Remember the Bow Street Tornado- just down the road?
  8. If it helps- I leave an EQ6 outside all year round on a permanent pier. It survives severe mountain conditions under a few layers of plastic bags and BBQ covers....
  9. Canon 40D - self modified to full spectrum sensitivity. Plenty on E-bay <£100. NGC7000 taken with GSO 8" F4 Newtonian telescope, 0.7x ASA Keller coma corrector/reducer, modifed Canon 40D full spectrum camera @ ISO1000. Stack of nine images totaling 38 minutes of exposure
  10. North or Mid Wales- no too far from Brum. Llyn Peninsula is worth a look too. Brecon.....bit near the LP sources in the South
  11. Great project- wish I had access to a digger for my build. The gradient was too much to be safe though, I fear.
  12. The 30 degree slope at the bottom right is the horizon- the rest is trees. With the horizon leveled it would look more like this...
  13. Milky Way- Sagitarius through to Cepheus (105 degrees of sky!), Powys 3:00am this morning. Stack of seven, 300 second exposures.
  14. If you can find a site with not much 'human activtity' on the southern horizon, the views can be very good. Sagitarius on the horizon from the same spot with the moon out of the way (80mm lens)
  15. Looking good so far. If you stretch the budget to use armoured mains cable- then the metal shielding will surpress any RFI coming out of it. https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/0379126/?grossPrice=Y&cm_mmc=UK-PLA-DS3A-_-google-_-PLA_UK_EN_Cables_And_Wires-_-Electrical_Power_And_Industrial_Cable|Sy_Cable-_-PRODUCT_GROUP&matchtype=&pla-394215423796&s_kwcid=AL!7457!3!243856868087!!!g!394215423796!&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImZvJmJzu4QIV1ITVCh2bPwzwEAQYAyABEgLrXvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds It would be better for burying and more resistant to rodent attack too (a big problem for me).
  16. Thanks- the star colours were enhanced in Photoshop using Noels Actions. The photo was taken at my observatory site in Mid Wales.
  17. The Council put a rather ineffective shade on it already. Fortunately this is not my main observing site.
  18. 1 1/2 hours worth of 30 second shots, combined in Startrails software. Fuji S5 Pro DSLR with Sigma 10-20mm zoom lens. From dark sky site in Mid Wales (full moon rising away to the left).
  19. I should suround it with solar panels......
  20. The brightness of LED lighting is overkill. Some luminaires are designed to be non-directional too. We used to have a softly glowing sodium lamp in the alleyway beside the house. And now.......
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