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Everything posted by Moonshane

  1. On the plus side I just went down in the dark and it's very easy to get the roof off and it will make a massive difference. Might have to make some corner screening for front left and right but that's easily sorted.
  2. Lol @John Unfortunately a few months after we moved in the 12 year long planning app was finally approved. We went from this below to what you see above in a weekend
  3. Ps the black thing in the second pic is not a new black hole but a mixing board !
  4. More pics. I used a garden weed membrane to black out the inside then a breathable roofing membrane mainly to reduce condensation inside. I may eventually add ply to the inside walls. Also added mesh all round to keep out critters. Will add gravel etc for aesthetics and to weigh down the mesh along with bricks etc.
  5. The obs frame in stealth mode. Added some of the membrane today. It makes a massive difference to the feel of the building. Will upload pics tomorrow.
  6. I share the same attitude and concluded that buy quality and cry once is the best policy. Just save for a bit longer and buy the better ones.
  7. Usually visual filters have wider bandwidth compared with ccd versions but if you have dark skies (and hence able to maintain dark adaptation) they may still be usable
  8. One that makes someone not interested in the hobby go 'oooooh'.
  9. Ps For others and future reference a couple of things to consider: - ensure the secondary adjustment screws are all extending about the same length - your tube may not be circular. My Orion Optics UK newts are not round (more a slight oval) so each axis has different spider arm lengths.
  10. Sometimes taking a newt apart promotes understanding of how it all fits together Well done
  11. I have come to the conclusion that to avoid these issues you need to make a screen which is higher than your eyeline in the direction of the problem. You have to accept that you see less sky but the observing is enhanced by avoiding constantly ruining your dark adaptation. I am building an observatory and can only look at a portion of the sky but the plan is that I won't be able to see any windows or lamps and therefore will enjoy less frustrating sessions cut short when lights constantly come on.
  12. Hi Alan I have designed it to fit 1m long bitumen corrugated sheets which will overlap. I have used decking for the floor as this can take water but hopefully it will stay pretty dry. My power will be disconnected in the morning after a session and I am visual only so no PC's etc. I can always redesign if needed. The roof has been the cheap bit so far.
  13. Some good progress today. Give or take a bit of adjusting, I have a working roof! It works as I'd hope with capacity for observing the main areas of decent sky whilst masking local and more general light pollution. The front flips down. The middle runs to front or back. The rear section is hinged. Here's some pics.
  14. Thousands of double stars, hundreds if not thousands of clusters, hundreds of galaxies, planetary nebs and perhaps a few dozen nebulae. Same as anyone really
  15. I was never impressed with the monorail I had. It slipped a lot and there was quite a lot of slop which despite several attempts could never remove.
  16. I have Moonlite and the Baader Steeltrack and both are excellent. I'm visual only though
  17. Just advertise for what they are worth to you and/or someone else. The latter will eventually determine the success or otherwise of the sale.
  18. It's fairly standard to ask between 50-75% of new depending on how scarce or in demand what you are selling and how quickly you want to sell.
  19. Great sketch. I do sketches in a similar way but the reverse the colours in the basic phone software. There are lots of sketches here which might give some ideas. I often do a rough one at the eyepiece with exaggerated sizes to help with a neater version done later. It's great fun and improves your observing too. Here's my M45 if you click the photo it should take you to the thread.
  20. I did what is suggested in this video and it improved the performance substantially
  21. Made the other two roof panels today so looking more like a building now
  22. I pretty much use it on setting 4 for 1.25" and 3 for 2". Works for me.Might not be perfect but saves all the messing about.
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