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Philip R

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About Philip R

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  • Birthday 02/07/1961

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    the Tupolev Tu-154/x (aka NATO name: "Careless") * shortwave radio listening SWL/DX * Hi-Fi * ukelele * kite flying *
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    somewhere between... 51.43N, -0.93W
  1. It maybe worth a visit to... http://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html
  2. That's interesting. Thank you for the update. I was going to give a 'phone call to SCTelescopes. Other than that my 're-modded' ETX105 is 99.0% 'spot-on' (pun not intended for the secondary) then. I have been getting that effect. <--- 1st 're mod' <--- 2nd 're-mod' @Sunshine Just to let you know, sometimes the locking ring that holds the primary in place can work loose. If this is the case return it to your reseller as it is still warranty/guarantee. My ETX105 did that a few years ago between the 're-mods' and is now OK.
  3. Have you seen this? ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMkURZdJ84Q
  4. 124mm Tube Rings

    @25585I originally used self adhesive felt and last year [2017] during the 're-mod' I used self-adhesive neoprene. BTW - I have not yet tried the Nagler!
  5. 124mm Tube Rings

    Since I started this topic back in December 2010, I have sold the 125mm Vixen rings a few years ago to a member of my local astro society/club and I did get a pair of rings by 'Ray's Rings'. After a few years of use, I found they were to bulky and sold or part exchanged them last year to another member. Since the 'mod' & 're-mod' of my Meade ETX105 backplate I now use 2x Jubilee hose rings to attach an eight inch dovetail bar as shown in the photos below.
  6. Bonjour or Bonsoir

    Bonjour Vianny and welcome to SGL.
  7. Nice feature of Crescent moon 20th Jan

    Very nice indeed.
  8. Hiya from Brighton, UK

    Hi Russ and welcome to SGL. So it's your fault the weather is and in the Thames Valley. I gotta blame someone! - either it is the US, the EU or you. (only joking! - so don't take it to heart). Enjoy!
  9. Hi David. Should you go for the C8 SCT, will you be using the 1.25" visual back and upgrading to SCT 2" accessories at a later date? - i.e. Crayford focusser, star diagonal, etc., (you can use SCT 2" accessories with the C6 SCT too). I have my doubts too about the mount that you have added the link to. What will you be observing? It is doable, but you may/will encounter vibration downtime as you are viewing through a narrower field of view. I have seen larger SCT's on alt-az mounts - i.e. TeleOptic Ercole, AYO, etc. Photo of my C6 SCT & 're-modded' ETX105 Mak on a Tele-Optic Giro ll
  10. @Froeng link here ---> https://www.efoam.co.uk/pick-n-pluck-foam.php
  11. His Mark and welcome to SGL. Yes - it is a good book. The late Sir Patrick Moore spring-boarded a lot of amatuer's into this wonderful hobby. His booksand sense of writing style are easy to understand ...unlike his dress sense. Another great from the same epoch was Carl Sagan too. Now days it is Brian Cox and Matt Taylor ...apologies ladies, I do love this shirt.
  12. I somewhat agree to what you are saying. Though I do think they should say or make a statement that the 'artwork' on the box is not what you are likely to see. I do feel that the content of the topic should apply to the likes of the high street multi-nationals and the online sellers that use online auction sites and the like, that sell other items that are not astronomy related. A specialist retailer will give you his/her undivided attention. Not... "How much commission can I make from this sale if I add product-x ?"
  13. Me and M42!

    Very nice Emil. Great story too.
  14. just a general rant

    I do shift work at LHR. When on early shift I go to work at silly o'clock. When on late shift I come home at silly o'clock to clear skies. On my rest days I have cloudy skies. I would not mind if it was the other way around... I had my 'scopes out about 12 times in 2017... one of them was to see if they were still in their flight cases, clean, etc., another because I had the backplate of my ETX105 're-modded' and to see if it worked.