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  1. Problem Streetlight

    That plethora is a nasty thought,They are pretty reasonable around here with security lighting, which means that there are not many. Will have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
  2. Problem Streetlight

    Seems to be a common problem. When the local council installed the new led streetlights. The one outside my front door shone up the stairs and also illuminated all the front bedrooms (north side). This was mentioned to the council who rectified this fairly quickly. However there is a streetlight to the south 100 yards away across open ground which reminds me of a WW11 searchlight. Upon complaining about this one was told that it had been adjusted with shielding ect. The result is just the same, so therefore nothing had been done and with subsequent complaints still nothing done. That was two years ago and its on all night. That's what we pay the high council tax for. Have given up on that one now.( Rushcliffe Borough Council.) Fortunately a new house is to be built between my house and it, which should block it out. All depends on where you live
  3. Dropped my NEQ6 on the floor ... yikes!!!

    Quark even better ! hope you sort it................Dave
  4. Dropped my NEQ6 on the floor ... yikes!!!

    Nasty one, good job it did not land on your foot. You could do a one star align on a sunny day as follows: Enter date and time ,click on one star align (eg slews towards Vega) when stopped hit enter no need to look thru the scope. Handset will read successful. Go to object list solar System schroll down to sun hit enter. The sun should appear in the finder. Warning you will need a solar filter on the finder. Main scope can be capped off. If successful the mount electronics are OK......................Dave
  5. Apologies for the next month of cloud

    That's nice. You should be able to do a lot wit that gear. I just hope you get a few clear spells to put it through it's paces...................Dave
  6. Not an Image a Snap Shot

    Thanks for the few kind words guys. Ten years old and delighted to hear them.......Dave
  7. Basic DSLR / Scope question

    I always imagined a focal plane SLR to be similar to a 20mm eyepiece as a non tec response. I think somebody told me this back in the film usage days.....Dave
  8. Hi All This pic was taken by my 10 year old nephew using my 6" F5 refractor with a Nikon D5000 DSLR at 400 asa at a semi-urban site. One off snapshot 20 secs. I left him to it while I went for a coffee because he seems to handle the equipment well on his own. He is not into processing as yet.Too young?. But time will tell...................Dave

    It's the Scope holder bolts with the nylon type tip.................Dave
  10. Hi All, Anyone know the thread size of the bolts supplied with the ADM GUIDE SCOPE RINGS. Seems I have lost one.........Dave
  11. Feeling dejected, another neighbours lights thread

    On the other side of the village is a well known character who has been to prison a couple of times for breaking and entering. He always said that security lights were one of the most useful things on any property. They helped him find his tools and see the house and garden plan. On one occasion the security light illuminated a faulty window lock beautifully and helped him gain entry. Without security lights he would have had to shine a torch which looks suspicious and always attracts attention. The places he avoided were places without security lights and where a german Sheperd resided. Food for thought...........Dave
  12. Build: My Roll-Over Roof Observatory

    With Roll off Roofs generally the roof rolls back on to two vertical support pillars.This is the first time that I have seen a design where the roof rolls back over the warm room. Very progressive thinking. So simple a design that it has been missed by most of us.................Dave
  13. Build: My Roll-Over Roof Observatory

    Excellent job. You will soon be ready to observe and image. ....Dave
  14. Feeling dejected, another neighbours lights thread

    This info may be useful. But what is marvelous in theory does not always follow in practice especially where councils are concerned...Dave Artificial light nuisances_ how councils deal with complaints - GOV.UK.html
  15. Little Observatory Build

    Good thinking Neil , My first Obsey was on similar lines to your plan. I got too ambitious and motorised the roll off roof with some bike chain cog wheels and a 24 volt lawn mower battery. it worked well as regards opening and closing but what a noise it made at 2am. What steel pier are you using for the NeQ6 Mine was 8" diameter steel sewer pipe with a flange on the top. Look forward to seeing your progress...............Dave