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About MoonNut

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  1. Quote: I recently found out a Hubble optics 40" mirror costs around $US30k so that's got me thinking "hmmm if I spread it over five years and build everything myself and keep my old car and don't go on holidays and eat frugally yep totally doable" Hey Mate, don't forget, you can always sell a kidney
  2. Great set-up there Garryblueboy, thanks for posting. Just one question, could you or have you mounted a white light scope along side the Lunt?
  3. It is a very good image, well done! May I suggest you download Virtual Moon Atlas, by Patrick Chevalley and Christian Legrand, an outstanding piece of software. http://ap-i.net/avl/en/download David B.
  4. Hi Chaz, I am a bit late posting on this thread, but this will help you in your future Lunar observations (if you have not found them already) May I suggest you look at the following sites: https://quickmap.lroc.asu.edu/?extent=-90,22.0265278,90,59.9479498&proj=10&layers=NrBsFYBoAZIRnpEoAsjZwLrc0A http://cseligman.com/text/moons/moonmap.htm And if you don't already have it.... Virtual Moon Atlas, a fantastic piece of work! http://ap-i.net/avl/en/download David B.
  5. That looks great, I think I will give it a try, thanks Mike. ?
  6. I am in the middle of the Sun observing season here, but it has not been that great, too much thin high cloud and not much "activity" on Sol. I think that is why I posted, the excitement of something to view and image. ?
  7. Finally a good AR to view, 2733.
  8. Wow, I never thought of that. Living in Bahrain, any outside wood looks a million years old within about six months, I have tried paint, wood stain, teak oil (attracted thousands of small bugs)...the lot , this could be the answer! Do you have any photos to show the effect? Sorry to go off topic ? I have big problems here with LP and have used fold-up plywood screens attached to 1 meter fence panels around my roll-off shed in the past, it worked very well.
  9. Ah, mine is not at all funny.... I have a Lunt solar scope on a dual rig with a dismounted ETX105 fitted with a home made Baader Solar Film white light filter. About 3 years ago, I "borrowed" the ETX for night use, then a few days later I had a spare hour so thought I would grab a quick look at the Sun... So I re-mounted the ETX in a bit of a rush.......and there I was looking through the EP and moving towards the sun without the Solar Filter fitted!!!!!!! I don't know what stopped me but thankfully I did stop and realised my mistake ? Just goes to show how easy it is. Obviously I was a bit annoyed with myself, especially as I work in aircraft maintenance where the first three rules are 1. Safety 2. Safety 3. Safety, closely followed by check then re-check. But I am a flippin Muppet sometimes....but not at work, honest ?
  10. Thanks for the heads-up Paulastro..... Great image lukebl, I think I will have a go myself.
  11. Welcome back John, to the best forum on our planet, I am sure the comments posted here will give you a lot of encouragement.....which I am sure is a huge help ?David B.
  12. Dave and Stu, welcome to the hobby and to what is without doubt, the best Astro Forum in the entire cosmos! You will not fine a more helpful and supportive bunch of people anywhere, there will always be an answer to any question and suggestions/advice for any problems. Oh, and welcome to the endless cloud and aperture fever too...enjoy ? David B.
  13. Ah, just realised you are probably thinking of the new style of red dot finder, I have the old cross-hair type.
  14. Hello Bendiddley, I have an ETX finderscope that I no longer use, you can have it for nothing as it is just gathering dust. I live in Bahrain and will be returning to UK at the end of April, so nearer the time, and if you still want it, PM your address and I will send it to you.
  15. Great job Phil, it looks much better with the reduced protrusion. What mount do you use it on?
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