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Philip R

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About Philip R

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    the Tupolev Tu-154/x (NATO name: 'Careless') * shortwave radio listening SWL/DX * Hi-Fi * ukulele * yo-yo * frisbee * kite flying *
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    somewhere between... 51.43N, -0.93W
  1. It looks quite 'chav' / 'blingy' like! Seriously... the UV rays from the Sun changes the anodising finish and is perfectly normal if left out. I have a Meade 20mm Plossl and the chrome nosepiece is going the same, (unless it's me over polishing it)!
  2. @Pixies I just found this GB/UK supplier of 'O' rings... https://www.barnwell.co.uk/content/uploads/2015/11/Metric-Range.pdf
  3. Hi @Soloula and welcome to SGL. Sorry to read of your LP problem. I am baffled/confused as to why your neighbour has to have four [in]security lights. As others have said, be diplomatic with your approach and/or invite them round when something interesting is happening. During mid-December [2020], Jupiter & Saturn are in close conjunction, so that maybe a 'sweetener'.
  4. Hi @calummac and welcom to SGL. Fellow SGL'er @Lockie has posted a few videos on YouTube (goes under the name of 'DIY Astro') for the Heritage 130 - link here... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBTXZYuFWQ6lx51L4GeY0Lw
  5. Hi @PATRIOT SKYNET and welcome to SGL. I tend to do avoid buying a kit/set of eyepieces and buy individual. Eyepiece design like photographic lenses include wide, zoom, etc., and can cost more than the kit/set you have. Apologies it it sounds negative. To get any decent detail from the planets you ideally need... clear dark skies dark adapted eyes larger aperture 'scope... for Pluto... bigger still... average magnitude 14.0... and even then it is only a pin-point of light.
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    Back again

    Hi @nephilim and welcome back to SGL. I have been reading some of your posts in your absence.
  7. Philip R

    SCT Focuser

    Dual-speed or single?
  8. Philip R


    Hi @Mr Thingy and welome to SGL.
  9. I use both the Explore Scientific UHC & O-lll as they mid-range price wise... and the Baader Planetarium neodymium.
  10. From what I read, I think @neiil phillips is attempting to attach the EQ3/2 to the mounting plate of his EQ1 tripod. Most mounts, (including the ones I own and/or previously owned), have been or are 3/8", M10 or M12... 1/4" would be to small for an EQ3/2. If this is the scenario, then he would need a short length of threaded rod, a washer and matching nut with hand grip or bolt with hand grip.
  11. Hi @neiil phillips & daughter and welcome to SGL. Personally, I think you are better off buying a new/replacement tripod. Lighter tripods do tend to vibrate for a few seconds after the slightest touch or breeze. Have a look here... https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/ or here... https://www.astroboot.co.uk/AstroBoot#
  12. I have and use the Lunt 1.25" and sometimes use all; though the ND3 is pre-installed. It takes a bit of getting used to seeing a green disc, if upgrading from a glass full aperture which shows an orange disc or pale white if using safety solar film. And... don't forget to make a filter for your finderscope/RDF, cover the objective end and/or remove it before use. Also, do not leave the 'scope unattended or pointing at the Sun, especially where young children are present.
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