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DAVE AMENDALL

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About DAVE AMENDALL

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    Jazz, Digiscopy.Deep Sky
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    Nottingham
  1. DAVE AMENDALL

    How do amateur astronomers make money?

    The Hobby should be called Astro-no-money. I used to have money until I spent it on Astro gear. The kids still have socks and shoes tho..........Dave
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    Doomed Dome

    I have no idea what happened to this structure...........Dave
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    Doomed Dome

    The Wooden Observatory dates back to the Patrick Moore era and was constructed at Severn Oaks and was used for many years by a certain Commander Hatfield. It housed one F8 12" Newtonian And a large photographic Schmitd camera. The rotation system is just below the window. The wheels were squirreled from hospital beds twelve of them in all and run in a heavy duty circular steel runner. The system operated manually by chain and crank. Turns smoothly and easily enough. The shutter opens to the zenith. The shutter rails can be seen on the picture. Very old fashioned at modern standards. I would assume needs constant maintenance and weatherproofing.Fascinating nevertheless....Dave
  4. DAVE AMENDALL

    Laser Eye Surgery - Probably a Silly Question.

    With any of these eye procedures you are required by the hospital to sign permission forms. that's if you can see the forms. If you can't see the forms you have to get somone else to sign. The best signee would be someone who has already had the procedure and has recovered. That way you're not signing for the wrong thing...........Dave
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    Doomed Dome

    Points taken I must stand corrected. I did not think it through. Those silo tops look so attractive on top of towers down on the farm. I saw the 10ft plywood dome on your website. Clever construction.Not everyone is handy enough to do it. It's easy to see why the commercial fibreglass domes have become so popular in recent years. Here is a heavy wood construction which has worked well for years.........Dave
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    Doomed Dome

    Don't think a calf rearing igloo is really the answer. Sort of thing you would find in Finland or Scande Too heavy Too much work on conversion. A silo top would be better Dave
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    Laser Eye Surgery - Probably a Silly Question.

    A man living in the next road to me had the procedure seven years ago and no Macular degeneration yet and he is 86. He sees very well without specs
  8. DAVE AMENDALL

    Doomed Dome

    you are very observant today Gina. now you mention it no it does'nt. Probably needs setting up properly using the Black & Decker orange drive unit and micro switches.............Dave
  9. DAVE AMENDALL

    Doomed Dome

    True Steve They are expensive but so is everything else My Obsy is not available anymore, but there are alternatives, My friend in Tenerife has this one NexDome Complete Observatory 2.2m.pdf...............Dave NEXDOME MOTORIZED SHUTTER.mp4
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    Doomed Dome

    Must agree with you Jeremy. Seems if one gets a good Dome that's lucky, and it can be the best astro purchase of all. If one is unlucky, then really they should be asking for a refund....Dave
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    Doomed Dome

    Hi All, Not wanting to hi jack Rogs post,I certainly sympathise with WilsonM's post.That'a a real nightmare when you think of the money involved. I was lucky when I ordered a Pulsar 2.2 metre observatory a couple of years back,they could not supply. Wanting a dome, I looked for alternatives. Mine is shown in the atatched picture.The dome is moulded in one piece. The fibreglass is heavy duty. The door is moulded with heavy duty top and bottom locking system. The shutter runs on tubular steel runners. The dome revolves on a stainless steel ballrace. The price was no more expensive. The building is very strong,and stands up to the elements very well. Top quality. I am delighted with it.Like I say, I was lucky that Pulsar did not supply/They did refund my deposit however..........Dave Orbsey Protostar Home Observatory.mp4
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    Laser Eye Surgery - Probably a Silly Question.

    Hi All, interesting, which brings us to the TV commercial Optega. The message says goodbye to your glasses after the simple procedure. Mine like thousands of others,was cataract surgery on both eyes some years ago and I see like a twenty year old now no glasses needed. That was NHS not Optega. I am over 65. My Scope views are excellent as well. Things can go wrong, with a very low percentage risk, but for it has been life changing.........Dave
  13. DAVE AMENDALL

    Excitement Reigns

    It's not just the UK either. I was in Malaysia for a time and it was sheet lightning every night but it rarely seemed to be near my location.It always looked about 10 miles away but enough to disrupt clear skies and when it rained it really rained.....Dave
  14. DAVE AMENDALL

    Bubble level

    Hi, There is an excellent video on setting up an EQ Mount on youtube by Astronomy Shed (subject EQ6) covers every detail on this.Worth a look. Hope this helps............Dave
  15. DAVE AMENDALL

    Light Pollution: I'm a happy frood ;)

    I must agree,if conditions are good,The LED Lights are better than the old sodium lanterns. At the moment we are in the transition period of half sodium and half LED in a semi urban area of Nottinghamshire and the skies here are still good. Everywhere it seems new houses are being built, which means more street lights not to mention the burglers best friend the security lights. Dave
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