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About JonC

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    Outdoors, photography, long range shooting
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    Hadlow in Kent UK
  1. Why not just go for planning permission? Try and get exactly what you want instead of trying to stay within permitted development regs. You might be able to get help pre-application to smoot the way, some places its free other areas you have to pay for it.
  2. Just a heads up, the local and very poor online news group did mention the main car park as being a favoured haunt of doggers. Then again they do tend to list just about every country car park in the article. They only time I encountered any unwanted attention, I was setup in a car park with a red light on my head, took me a while to get why so many driver frequented the place, and after enquiring what the person with the red light was up to they drove off.
  3. Will keep an eye on this thread, I am pretty local but haven't been to Toys Hill. Only useful local knowledge I have is the Weterham Brewery are open weekends with a bar and quiet often food available
  4. In your situation I would move over to an SSD, fresh install of windows and your important software on it, then use another HD for file storage. 1Tb SSD are just going <£100 now, there have been a couple as low as £80. Then use the windows resource monitor to see where your bottlenecks are, another cheapish upgrade would be more RAM, but check if you have any spare slots before buying. On the reliability front I wouldn't be that worried, I work on industrial kit and we have PCs running 24/7/365, some for 10 years. Maybe get a good quality power supply and fit that? The only stuff I have had die have been overclocked components and PSUs. I do incremental upgrades on my PC, so my CPU has been in for 4 years, MOBO 6ish, case and PSU are pretty old, GPU 2 years, RAM has been upped when its been on offer. For the first time in 18 years I am buying a mostly pre built system, although will be sorting the OS install out, along with 2nd HD.
  5. There are a few star adventurer bits on thingiverse, a right angle adapter would be handy so will print this when I get a chance https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2762334
  6. Think this will sort you https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dovetails-saddles-clamps/astro-essentials-vixen-type-photo-dovetail-bar.html I would add an arca swiss style clamp to it and an arca swiss plate to the camera to make life easier. I have a quiet a variety of tripod heads spanning many years and makes, using £10 arca swiss style plates and clamps you don't have to jump between adapters. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aluminium-Acratech-Wimberley-Manfrotto-Arca-Style/dp/B00OCG0B7K/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_421_bs_lp_tr_­t­_­1­?­_­e­n­c­o­d­i­n­g­=­U­T­F­8­&amp;­a­m­p­&amp;­p­s­c­=­1­&amp;­a­m­p­&amp;­r­e­f­R­I­D­=­DSXW5A9XXTXBQFSKB2XB You could add a ballhead as well to make pointing easier,
  7. JonC


    I like those, must get some for the inlaws. Where did you get them from?
  8. Main task at the moment is learning how to use the various software. Going to start with Cura to allow me to use existing models, have also downloaded and got the free license for Fusion 360 so I can make my own models. First test print came out very well, probably haven't got enough PLA to do a 2nd, picking some up tomorrow. The quality of the components of the Ender 3, and its ease of assembly has surprised me.
  9. Just built my Ender 3 Pro and running a test print. Very impressed with the way the kit is packaged, everything you need including the tools, and some spare washers, very easy to assemble. I have a spare raspberry pi laying around, is octoprint worth using?
  10. I will be interested to get your thoughts on the Ender, its one I am considering getting. Did you get it on ebay?
  11. Just out of curiosity, is there a get you started 3D printer out there? Ideally under £200, or are they all similar? Cheers Jon
  12. Assuming that the two local pubs are correctly named I am a Man of Kent
  13. Probably a bit better, got Tonbridge to the south and Maidstone to the north, need to head further south to get better skies.
  14. Hello from just down the road in Hadlow
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