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  1. 1st thing would be a shroud, then probably a Telrad or Rigel, both a far easier to use than the supplied 9x50 finder, especially when observing anything near the zenith when you may end up on a step ladder ( depending how tall you are ).  The head of a 2Kg lump hammer and magnet may be useful as well if your planning to use any heavy eyepieces and you can stick it to the mirror end to balance the weight out.

    I also fitting a cooling fan to help speed up mirror cooling ( approx £20 at the time ).

    Dew prevention and eyepiece choices can wait until your used to your set up and know what your likely to be targeting.



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  2. 15 hours ago, James1967 said:

    Thanks.  The only SW website I could find was showing the one without the goto, motor drive etc, here


    this has the same weights that you mentioned.  This one below says 46kg total for goto.  Around this weight is fine (each weighing about a full suitcase - no issue for me)


    to be honest, these are fine, but I saw somewhere on SGL (can’t find now, sorry) a mention of ~40kg+ just for the base/mount, which would be prohibitive.  I’ve fired off a few emails to suppliers too now, so I’m sure I’ll get to the bottom of it.  Thanks again.

    You don’t happen to have one to sell do you - save me waiting for the new stock? 😄


    I've got the 16" GOTO model and the base for that only weighs 35Kg, I had the 12" GOTO before this and the base was a lot smaller and lighter so there's no way the base will be 46Kg

  3. 14 hours ago, wookie1965 said:

    I know but its the thought of driving 2.5 hrs in the rain putting tent up in the rain and packing the tent away in the rain I do hope it gets better towards the end of the month I have been looking forward to this since I booked, meeting old friends and making new ones.

    Can't get any worse than last year. Check out the posted videos

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  4. I use a Neodymium magnet with the head of a 2.2lb lump hammer attached on my Flex tube 400. Works a treat on my heavier Eyepieces. Just put a small piece of felt between magnet and body to stop accidental scratches.


  5. All home now. A big thanks for all the organisers for putting in the usual fantastic event. Now we know that SGL actually stands for STORMS, GALES, LAKES....lol. 

    Hopefully next year will be a little drier


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  6. 30 minutes ago, Stu said:

    Levels look like they have peaked now Ade, the culvert at the back of the site is filling slowly but I reckon we will be ok. There are worryingly few tents left though, anyone still here who is sensible is in a caravan or motor home!!!

    I'm still here in a tent..lol

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