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Moonshane

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  1. I am sure I have probably had a few others but here's a selection: My first dob, a 12" f5 OOUK. Loved it. Made this one for a friend, my first home made project. 6" f5 on a home made stand. Another home built unit. Based on a OOUK f5 made to pack down small for camping (glamping really) etc. My 6" f11 OOUK on a home made equatorial platform. Sold the base etc now and swapped for a 1/10pv OTA only. 16" f4 OOUK with home made base. Stunning scope and still my biggest aperture. 12" f4 OOUK on home made base excellent for being so portable. 18" f4 made for a SGL friend and as far as I know still going strong. Hope you enjoy my tour!
  2. Might be a silly suggestion but you are taking off the whole cap not just the smaller one? See image below. This whole thing comes off. It's also possible that your secondary is rotated. Take the eyepiece out and if you see something like the second image, you will be effectively losing aperture. Both images from random internet searches.
  3. I have never used or collimated one but the link below might help. Re Jupiter, the GRS reveolves with the plant so you need to look at the right time. This link is useful for establishing when the times will be. On average it's about every 10 hours. Planetary observing needs long periods of observing and concentration with conditions being the key factor affecting what you see. I always found magnification of about 100-150x yields the best results most often. It's surprising what can be seen on a small disk. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/interactive-sky-watching-tools/transit-times-of-jupiters-great-red-spot/
  4. That's a fab image. Very atmospheric. I think this really shows well how less (magnification of the object) is more. The landscape creates a real sense of being there.
  5. Cheers all for the usually warm SGL welcome back.
  6. City.....also like Royston Vasey! As I always say to the kids at our school when I challenge them about being muppets for supporting United....and they refuse to back down .......well done. Changing your footy team is like changing your mum.
  7. SGL is like Royston Vasey......you'll never leave
  8. Cheers Dave Hope your van is still going?
  9. Most impressive. A quality build.
  10. Moderating already! (Myself) I seem to have created two identical threads so I merged them LOL
  11. Cheers guys. Great to be back
  12. Cheers Kerry. I made the bold move of taking all my scopes down to the obs so they are ready - although there's still the odd bag of sand/cement in there - working on a pond at the end of the garden!
  13. Well I have been busy for a couple of years with a business studies degree, creating a lovely garden, making an observatory (almost finished bar the painting and fitting my mount) etc and of course work and a family. Oh, yeah and (probably contracting) COVID-19! However, the talk (even on the TV for goodness sake) of a decent comet has given me the impetus to dust things off and have a look again. Looking forward to getting going again and posting on the forum again. Hope everyone is keeping safe and looking after themselves. Cheers Shane
  14. Well I have been busy for a couple of years with a business studies degree, creating a lovely garden, making an observatory (almost finished bar the painting and fitting my mount) etc and of course work and a family. Oh, yeah and (probably contracting) COVID-19! However, the talk (even on the TV for goodness sake) of a decent comet has given me the impetus to dust things off and have a look again. Looking forward to getting going again and posting on the forum again. Hope everyone is keeping safe and looking after themselves. Cheers Shane
  15. The weather forecast here in Stockport was terrible with rain most of the day so I didn't even bother with a scope. However, just before lunchtime it started to clear in short patches so I drove home to get my gear, timing it so I got back to work for 12.30 and with about 15 minutes left of my lunch. I am glad I did as for about 30 seconds, and just as I put in my second eyepiece into the binoviewer, the sky cleared enough to see part of the transit and then clammed up again. It was worth it though.
  16. The most scary thing I used to hear was my cat scrabbling up the fence. Got me every time. The most horrible thing I saw was a slug on my beer, thankfully spotted before I put it to my mouth.!
  17. Well I made the door but not fitted yet. In between the amazing rugby and a Halloween party it's been a busy weekend.......... I'm supposed to be Georgie out of the film It. However I seem to resemble more Brian Cox after a weekend bender.
  18. Got the front and back clad. All cuts on the sides. Hopefully get that done (and a door made) before I go back to school on Monday.
  19. The north one is fixed but hinged ☺
  20. Nah just vIsual but never say never I suppose
  21. Hi Ron The rear of the obs faces north to Manchester so bad light pollution. With the roof open I can just get Polaris and about 60% if the front is open towards the best skies I have while still masking houses. The end of the garden is 25 feet lower than the house so I gave to mask this too. Still worth the effort.
  22. Managed to get the roof on. The bitumen sheets worked pretty well but there's more of a gap than I'd like but hopefully there's enough overlap to prevent leaks. It would take pretty unusual weather to be at that angle and direction so fingers crossed....... Open And closed
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