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  1. Very impressive, keep them coming
  2. Great journeys start with small steps. The time lapse between Gagarins first orbit and the moon landings was short in real terms. With the financial clout of private enterprise, it's entirely possible that orbiting hotels and even moon bases will be in place in the next twenty years. This of course wouild open up a new phase of inter planetary exploration.
  3. Can you tell me how many you intend to turn around in your first year ?
  4. Me too, reminds me, I need to send Lynn a cheque.
  5. Last 3 camps were great Phil, we both miss this one and it's a white out. Maybe we're sort of Kielder lucky charms
  6. A 32mm or 40mm EP for widefield (nebulae etc) and maybe a decent 5mm for lunar and planetary work would be good. As for the weather, I live in the North East and I get very few cloudless nights that coincide with me being able to observe. Stick with it, the rewards are there for the patient.
  7. So, an absolutely stunning image produced by 4 excellent imagers one of whom just happens to be a processing guru. Imagine if all the talented imagers on here could collaberate on just one image a month. The bar would be raised so high........
  8. Congratulations lads, a stunning image gets it's just reward, sometimes things just work out right.
  9. When you put the barlowed laser in the focuser you will see a patch of red light on the primary rather than the usual dot. If this patch covers your centre spot then you should see it's shadow on the target. If so, collimation will be good no matter how much slop you have.
  10. I've enjoyed some stunning images on SGL over the years but this one takes second prize Why second ??? because we just don't know what treasure is going to turn up next, but this one will take some beating
  11. Definitely sounds like an Iridium flare.
  12. As I well know mate. Never mind, I'll just have to put this one down as the one that got away. Enjoy Kelling BTW
  13. Kielder has the hobbit hutches that you could hire, there is also a B+B in the village. Looking through other folks scopes wouldn't be a problem either, real friendly bunch up there. Of course it would have to be the spring SP as this Autumn is fully booked.
  14. I did read somewhere that an old LP record between the groundboard and the teflon pads smooths things out quite a bit.
  15. KEV...............how many cases will it take ???????????
  16. Don't be surprised if you see me kipping in the car in the Anglers car park
  17. Truly astounding, especially when you think those photons began their journey 30 million years ago.
  18. Couple of diagonals and extension tubes ??
  19. Right, I'm not very clever with this photo upload stuff so lets see if this works. Also apologies for the picture quality, these were taken with my bluetooth ! The groundboard with the North bearing and roller drive facing the camera. The small white switch is the end of run cut off switch. Groundboard again, this time showing the South bearing Close up of the roller drive Close up of the Celestron drive motor The assembled platform. I haven't had a chance to put the dob on it yet, but I'll post more pics when I do.
  20. Platform arrived this morning so I left work an hour early to have a look. First impressions are that it is well made, from quality components. The wooden parts are well painted with the top surface having an ant slip coating. Bearings are stainless steel and the running surfaces are covered with aluminium to prevent wear. The motor drive is a celestron unit (#93514) it has a on / off switch, North / South switch, and a variable speed control. Power is supplied by a 9volt battery. The platform also has a "end of run" cut off switch tp prevent it from over rotating. It arrived pre set to my latitude of 55 degrees and with the motor set to sidereal speed. A compass and a 2 way level are also supplied (nice). The instructions are quite comprehensive but unfortunately are a few printed sheets stapled together at the top corner. (Note to David, it would have been so much nicer to staple down the middle and make a booklet). Hopefully, I'll get a clear night over the weekend so I can do a first light report. I'll add some pics tomorrow.
  21. Watch House EQ Platforms equatorialplatformsuk Excellent service, ordered my platform on Wednesday afternoon and it arrived on Friday morning. I received an email to acknowledge my order, another one to advise that it had been despatched, and a third, believe it or not, to say it had been delivered. I was a wee bit lucky as they did have platforms in stock when I ordered, lead times can sometimes be in the region of a couple of weeks. All in all, a good buying experience, thanks to David and his team.
  22. I really dont know but I do know you have to switch off the sidereal clock while tracking. The other option is to leave the clock on then push the platform to the start position before you go to a new target. Should be interesting, if I ever get a clear night to try it out.
  23. All paid for I can't wait to see how this performs with the Argo Navis. Nice fast push to and tracking as well.....Woooot
  24. I'm way down there but who cares ? I enjoy reading the threads and I post in those that I wish to. After all that's what forums are about. I suppose if there was a "speck of cosmic dust" categorie, I'd be in it
  25. Well I'm in the process of ordering mine so hopefully it won't be too long John, I'm sure David said he has some ready for delivery. Of course it means that the imaging project has to go on the back burner for a wee while, but I've been banging on about an EQ platform for ages so I just have to have one
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