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  1. 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
  2. Feeling dejected, another neighbours lights thread

    A Dome, be it rather expensive answers a lot of stray light problems. I have one street light which is like a search light in the south west. about 100 metres away It is only a problem if the dome opening faces in that direction. No way is Rushcliffe Borough Council going to do anything about that light even after repeated requests (I have given up on that one now) Any adjacent garden lights, and there are some, make very little difference. The overall sky is still dark enough to see the milky way. Unfortunately LP is a growing menace as more and more houses are built. It seems to be part of the overcrowded UK way of life....Dave
  3. Where would you live?

    Spanish skies are the best in Europe. Canary Islands even better....Dave

    Thanks Buzzard Your suggestion works no problem. New Bern North Carolina. A place everyone should visit. I have not been there as yet,but I'll get round to it....Dave

    Yes you would think so, However not found any evidence of delete ect as yet. the manual does not cover this issue...Dave
  6. With regard to the User Menu on the Synscan Hand Controller. Is it possible to delete previous entries and replace them with new ones.There are only 25 channels in the User Menu.Any comments always appreciated...........Dave
  7. SCB-2000 with C8 at F6.3

    There is quite a bit of info on Cloudy Nights Astro Forum on the SCB-2000 and also the earlier Samsung models.You would think that F6.6 would have yielded better results................Dave
  8. buying used from the states?

    It was'nt so bad a few years ago when the pound was strong against the dollar. I remember buying a number of items direct from Lumicon and other US suppliers in those days even with customs duty. But nowadays with the weak pound,it's not really worthwhile
  9. At last, 35mm to DLSR upgrade

    Many years ago, when using film,I use to use Fugi 1600 asa 35mm and pack it in dry ice This ensured that long exposure was possible before reciposity failure set in. I think Lumicon use to manufacture a dry ice camera. The results compared to digital, however, were only average.....Dave
  10. At last, 35mm to DLSR upgrade

    Nikon D5500, There is a RAW setting on one of the menus which I use. After processing I use jpeg for the final result.There must be a better way but haven't found any significant improvement short of Photoshop which is too expensive for me...Dave
  11. At last, 35mm to DLSR upgrade

    I use the Nikon D5500. It is not supposed to be a star eater,but I have been happy with it. it is easy to use once you have handled it for a while. You have probably found out that it has a useful video mode which can produce enough frames for stacking. Here is a couple of pics using this camera with a celestron C8 at the focal plane...............Dave
  12. Maggot Night!

    At least it's Organic. Pleased I don't have breakfast.......Dave
  13. Astro-Limericks, Anyone?

    There was a stargazer called Joe An Amateur always keen to have a go But whilst watching Tv's Sky at Night He got a surprise then a fright When he heard Patrick say "we simply don't know"
  14. NGC6781

    Excellent Image. Skilled effort!. Also requires better skies than the UK generally has to offer. Whereabouts in Spain did you achieve this ?. I hope to move house to Gran Canaria before Xmas (before Brexit happens) as I am now retired.......Dave
  15. Altair Astro Pier

    Thanks for your comments Chris. I plan to put my NEQ6 on one of these piers. I could raise the height of the concrete plinth 150 cm and that should solve it. Nice pic , by the way, I like the Lunt. Amazing what they reveal...............Dave