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About cjdawson

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  1. SGL 2017 SP Bookings Now Open

    The pods are just outside the field that we all use. So you are not as far away as you'd think. You'd still be very much part of the crowd if you booked one of them.
  2. SGL 2017 SP Bookings Now Open

    haha. I've already packed my caravan and car ready. c'mon, I want to get there early this year, so that I'm not late for the curry.
  3. SGL 2017 SP Bookings Now Open

    Here http://sglsp.com/location/
  4. SGL 2017 SP Bookings Now Open

    I've booked too. Looking forward to it already.
  5. Heads up - SGL SP2017 - Bookings Open 26th May

    I'm so excited I could explode. Frantically hitting refresh now.
  6. Heads up - SGL SP2017 - Bookings Open 26th May

    only 2 more sleeps. (Can you tell that I'm getting excited)
  7. Heads up - SGL SP2017 - Bookings Open 26th May

    My finger isn't tired yet. Only 3 more sleeps, or a million page refreshes.
  8. Heads up - SGL SP2017 - Bookings Open 26th May

    10 more sleeps till I can book. YAY!
  9. Heads up - SGL SP2017 - Bookings Open 26th May

    Already got my browser opened and am hitting the refresh button... just in case
  10. Save The Date

    No. @rockystar isn't competely off the hook. I'm sure it'll be a case of "sure, go play telescopes", then silently "and you'd better do something special on tuesday...
  11. SGL 2017 Chit chat

    I think semtex was involved.
  12. Portable 12v Power Box

    That's a great design. If I was going to remake my power box, I'd be looking at something like this. It looks like it's not too big. - which is something that I admit is an issue with mine.
  13. The thing that you need to remember with polar scopes, is that they need to be properly centered as well. I'm not sure how to do this on a given mount, but it's worth looking up and doing it. In addition, the position of polaris changes based on the hour angle. there are apps that can help determine this for you. Once these two things are done right, it should help to get your fairly close in your polar alignment.
  14. Save The Date

    This will be my 3rd SGL. It's a nice relaxed party. The important thing is to observe the red light rules if it's clear. But, people are not generally nasty about it. Actually, I've found the experience to be the exact opposite - people are tolerant, and helpful to getting you sorted so that you get the best night vision
  15. I'll be quite happy to do a talk on my Telescope setup. Including some of the history of how I've got to the stage where I am now. Could be quite interesting for beginners, as it'll show some of the pitfalls that I feel into in the 15 years that I've been doing it.