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Everything posted by Cleetus

  1. Yes, it's the HD5. I know it's not what the OP is interested in but thought I'd post to give some idea. Anyway, I have a 4 inch F7.4 on it so not a long tube by any means. Find it very sturdy and the whole thing can be lifted in and out of the house quite easily. I never had the previous TV mount but, from what I have read, this seems to be an upgrade in all departments. Berlebach tripod, Televue mount and a Tak sitting on top. I was going to say a marriage made in heaven but there's one too many in this partnership!
  2. To give it its official title it is a "precision hygrometer". Just a thermostat and dial which tells me how humid it is and when to ventilate. The large dial has three sections - DRY, PERFECT, and HUMID. Bought very cheaply from Mr Amazon. These fibreglass domes get very hot in sunshine in summer and on hot days I open the shutter or door or both. Have the telescope covered with a Telegizmos desert storm cover which keeps most of the heat out. The tripod and chair are from Berlebach in Germany.
  3. Agree on the door with the back scraping. Not polar aligned so kicking the tripod legs is not that vital in my case. In any case I am always very careful around the legs. Used to have the Meade tripod but it was too high and the legs spread out so much they almost reached the dome walls. My new tripod is much better in every respect. And wood doesn't rust.
  4. Thanks. That's a lot of headroom. What size is the telelescope? I only ask because I too have a Pulsar dome but, as it is a much older model, I think the design has changed over the years. I have a 12" Meade but with the flexible dew shield fitted it would sometimes scrape the inside of the dome when slewing. Got around this problem by using a much lower tripod. Seemed easier than the other option of digging a trench!
  5. The London Planetarium has been closed for ages so you might want to rethink that one. Think Greenwich has one so that might be an option.
  6. Looks great. Can I just ask what the clearance is between roof and telescope when you have a dew shield fitted?
  7. Use a short tripod, or a longer one at its shortest height, with an observing chair. This is what I do with my 12 inch SCT.
  8. Ok Al. Good luck with the sale.
  9. Hi Al, Judt a few questions. Have you still got the Berlebach and, if so, are you prepared to sell that also? Where abouts in north Kent are you? Would you be prepared to accept a TV Panoptic 35mm for the mount? I'm not sure about wanting this mount just yet but your answers will influence my decision. Thanks
  10. While most amateurs will point to either the space race of the 1960's, a chance viewing of The Sky at Night, or a book by Patrick Moore as the spark which ignited their lifetime interest in astronomy, for me it was a rather more spectacular event which occurred fifty years ago this month. It was a Friday evening in April 1969 when my mother and I settled down to watch television. We lived in a house in Wexford on the south east coast of Ireland. The rear of the house faced east towards the sea - my mother would complain about the east wind coming through the gaps in the windows! The evening of 25th April was anything but draughty. Perfectly still and more than a hint that summer was on the way. The living room's window also faced east and it was this room that contained the tv. Not long after we settled down we were startled to hear a whooshing, hissing sound coming from outside and we both ran out to the garden where we saw a spectacular fireball hurtling across the twilight sky in a northerly direction. To me it appeared to be about the size of the full moon made up of all the colours of the rainbow with bits seeming to fall away. It was this event that started me off on the long road to astronomy and, sadly, I have never seen anything quite like it again despite all the years of looking up. Cannot believe fifty years have passed. Anyone else see it? Here's a link. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1970JBAA...80..313H
  11. What's the difference between what you are proposing and starGPS?
  12. I have them on an SCT. They exist because it means you don't have to use a metal hex key near the corrector plate when making adjustments to collimation. If you are using a large aperture SCT then you cannot make adjustments at the same time as looking through the eyepiece. The thinking is if you let the hex key fall, quite possible on account of its small size, then it could damage the glass on the plate. Also, if using the knobs then it is more convenient than faffing about, in the dark, with a hex key. Whether it is possible to achieve very small tweaks with a hex key, rather than the knobs, to enable more precise collimation, is another discussion. From my experience the hex key is the winner.
  13. Lessons to be learned from this discussion is it is vital to do your homework before buying from the US. I have bought loads of gear over the years from Astro dealers in the States but only if it saves me money.
  14. You obviously mean a "Clean" brexit but I'll forgive you!
  15. Cleetus

    2" sct diagonal

    Define "good quality".
  16. Not far away then. Want to see it?
  17. I have a Meade giant field tripod for sale. Would be ideal for a 10 to 14 inch SCT or a large refractor. Lowest height approx. 28” (length between feet 50”) Highest: approx. 41” (length between feet 71") This is the taller (original) GFT – the current one is lower. Painted black. Shown with the Berlebach Planet for comparison £100 Buyer collects from Enfield.
  18. Have you actually obtained the giant field tripod yet? Have a spare one here.
  19. If he has sold them then I also have a set of these I do not want. Let me know if you are interested.
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