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MrsGnomus

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  1. MrsGnomus

    OBSERVATORY SHED

    I drive past the listed address for this company fairly often. Can’t say that I have ever noticed anything other than car retailers there. The address appears to relate to the Reed Hyundai garage. If you are just down the road in Nottingham I would definitely ask to see the thing you are interested in - however they appear to have traded under two different names Shed Shed Shed and Sheds Sheds Sheds - I found one review for Sheds Sheds Sheds https://www.yell.com/biz/sheds-sheds-sheds-worksop-3580743/ This wouldn’t give me much confidence......
  2. Now sold. Thanks, Bryn. Could mods please remove listing?
  3. Hi Ben. The scope uses ‘normal’ eyepieces. It takes 1.25” eyepieces. Some folks like using a zoom eyepiece when solar viewing, varying between a full disc view and ‘zooming in’ for details. We use plossls. Our 11mm gives a nice full-disc view with the proms, and so on. We then switch over to an 8mm for more detail work. The scope is 350mm focal length, so an 11mm plossl gives a magnification of 350/11 = ~32x. The 8mm will give ~44x. I suppose you could push it further, but we’ve never felt the need to. You can buy a zoom from Lunt - that gives a range of 7.2 to 21.5mm. So I suspect there wouldn’t be much to be said for going much beyond that. If you are interested, then I would strongly advise getting a Sol Searcher. Getting the sun in the scope can be a little trickier than you might imagine. Also, it might be an idea for you to look up how the Lunt Pressure tune system works. It’s pretty intuitive, but forewarned is forearmed. You’ll find plenty of videos on You Tube. Lastly, as I said in the advert, I have sold the FeatherTouch focuser that you can see in the earlier pictures [EDIT: those pictures now removed and a picture with the helical focuser has been uploaded instead], and the Lunt now comes with the stock helical focuser. I’ll post up some pictures of the scope with the stock focuser on it, just to avoid any confusion. They’ll be up in the next half hour or so. The price does include U.K. tracked next-day shipping (except for weekends, of course).
  4. MrsGnomus

    Skywatcher AZ GTi Help

    We have an AZ EQ 5-GT - this is a new purchase within the last couple of weeks. We only use this in Alt-Az mode for visual as we have two other mounts on permanent piers that we use for imaging. We have the WiFi dongle for that and have exactly the same issue with the mount not tracking properly when using the App. I haven’t seen any evidence of a new App so we may get back onto SkyWatcher via our vendor in the next week or so.
  5. Impossible to say, but I doubt it - this is primarily to combat light pollution. This filter fits in a 2" nosepiece, like the one you would attach a T2 ring to - you know, this sort of thing: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/baader-2-t-2-nosepiece-and-camera-adapter.html How you put the filter in the light path is probably less relevant than what make/model filter you are using.
  6. This mount has casters which makes it easy to roll into and out of the house or garden shed. We used it with an Alt Az mount and our long refractors - the 'pier' design means that there is less risk of the OTA striking the support (ie a tripod leg). The longer refractors do, however, require a bit more height than the standard pier supplied. That is why we got the EQ6 Mount Extension Tube which adds another 8" (~20cm) to the height. I don't have the boxes any more and I see no easy way to send this item via courier. So, I think it would have to be collected. I am, of course, more than happy to meet up somewhere half-way. I'll take £170. I usually prefer bank transfer, but if we are meeting up then cash would, of course, make sense. The pier is also for sale on UKABS.
  7. This is the best filter to use for DSLR astrophotography. It is around 2 and a half years old and was bought new from First Light Optics. When not in use, the filter has been kept in its protective case. It has not been used since we got our first cooled-CCD camera around 2 years ago, and the time has come to let it go. The filter is in the 2" size. The text on the side of the filter says '48mm' but this is what will screw into a 2" nosepiece. £115 delivered to anywhere in the UK. I'd prefer bank transfer, if possible. It's also up on UKABS
  8. We've just bought a GOTO Alt-Az mount and no longer need this great piece of engineering. A Tele-Optic Giro Ercole alt-azimuth mount with counerweight bar and 5kg weight. The mount is capable of carrying up to 15 kg payload per axis. WITHOUT weight compensation it can carry up to 10 kg per axis. However, our Ercole comes with a counterweight shaft and a 5kg weight -so it has maximum flexibility. It is an M10 screw at the base. It can be fitted to a standard 3/8" tripod, but it is a substantial piece of kit. We used t with an EQ5 tripod. Note that the mount does not come with saddles. It is drilled in such a way that a wide range of saddles and other mounting otions will fit. (We used an ADM Losmandy/Vixen saddle on one side and a simple Baader clamp on the other.) It weighs just under 4kg, but with the bar and counterweight the whole package will come to ~10kg. We got it new, just over a year ago, from Teleskop Express. I'll deliver it for £275. I'd prefer bank transfer. It's also for sale on UKABS.
  9. Update 27 June: I'll include the Lunt 4" dovetail bar in the price (see new photo). This does not come as standard and retails for £44. (I tried the 4" bar with the LS60, but needed a bit longer to get balance.) I would prefer to sell the scope with the FT (since I think this is a much better 'package'). But if it doesn't sell I may be tempted to sell the FT focuser seperately.
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