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laser_jock99

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  1. 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....
  2. 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
  3. Nice. Worth sending to the campsite owners to see if they'll angle the light down a bit?
  4. 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
  5. Great project- wish I had access to a digger for my build. The gradient was too much to be safe though, I fear.
  6. 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...
  7. Milky Way- Sagitarius through to Cepheus (105 degrees of sky!), Powys 3:00am this morning. Stack of seven, 300 second exposures.
  8. 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)
  9. 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).
  10. Thanks- the star colours were enhanced in Photoshop using Noels Actions. The photo was taken at my observatory site in Mid Wales.
  11. The Council put a rather ineffective shade on it already. Fortunately this is not my main observing site.
  12. 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).
  13. I should suround it with solar panels......
  14. 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.......
  15. York city centre, Stoke On Trent, North Shields- to name but a few, are also good observing sites.......
  16. ....and a bit baffling! The first three 'Truely Dark Sky Sites' I checked were in towns........ Clearly the 'data' is not being checked.
  17. If you can bring youself to re-check the collimation once after a couple of hours cooling down during the night- then you'll save yourself 600 Euro's............
  18. I've looked at buying this lens as a possible replacement for my ageing Nikon ED180 F2.8 which was the recomended fast widefield AP lens in its day. I don't want to hook it up to a CCD- so has anyone got any unprocessed, full frame DSLR images at F2 to post? I'd like to see if it is an improvement on the 'slow' old Nikon! And also how well it handles CA- one of the Nikons failings (on my lens at least) was issues with CA wide open. I found I had to stop down to F4 and use a Lumicom Minus Violet filter (almost half the cost I paid for the lens!!).
  19. Lets hope your neighbours don't a mind your scope peering over their houses!
  20. I got round the need for having lower side walls by parking the scope in the 'upside down' position- I think I'm unique in doing this!
  21. I supect granite will be a bit tougher. Amazing to think the Ancients made these huge granite obeliske with just copper & bronze tools...... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unfinished_obelisk
  22. All the resulting rubble found a use as backfill for the retaining wall on the downward side of the slope.
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