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stampy10000

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions, I think I;m going to order the smaller of the ADM clamps linked above.
  2. I received my Zero mount last weekend, very happy with it so far, especially now that the slow mo controls have arrived too! I'd like to replace the clamp for something that doesn't chew up the dovetail, any recommendations?
  3. Hi Over the summer months I'm hoping to convert my Orion Optics 12" dob for use on a pier with a suitable EQ mount (not decided on the mount, currently leaning towards old and heavy duty). Eventually I would like to house the whole set up in a roll off roof observatory of some kind but without knowing the final dimensions required, I'd prefer to build the pier, get the tube mounted, then work out how big the obs needs to be! My question is, how tall should the pier be to be able to still put the eyepiece at a useable height (the tube is about 5.5 feet long). Has anyone done this themselves wit
  4. I took this a couple of weeks ago, 20 odd 2 second exposures seemed to work ok! It was the first time I had used the 200 2.8, barndoor mount next.....
  5. ^ Very good idea. If the general public knew they could get involved with little or no financial outlay (everyone owns a pair of bins don't they?) I'm sure the program would spark an interest in a lot of people.
  6. That's a good price, especially from a place like LCE that gives you a bit of security. The 200mm 2.8 is a cracking lens.....although I've only used mine for normal photography so far....
  7. Thanks! Image Stabalization really makes a massive difference. I took the pic with a 1D, 100-400 at full zoom and a 1.4 extender, all up that's just over 3 kilos, and about 2 feet long. I tried with IS turned off, no chance! Tripod next though...
  8. Had a first go with my new lens saturday night. Managed this handheld which I didn't think was too bad. Image stabalization seems to work well! I'll try next time with a tripod to get things a bit sharper......
  9. You won't regret it! Although it may be wise to check that it fits in the car....assuming you will want to take it places.
  10. Would be a no brainer for me. As long as you can manage the size, get the largest you can handle. Try a google image search for the 10" and look for a pic of it next to someone, you'll be surprised how big they are! My 12" stands about the same height as me on its mount and I'm just under 6'.
  11. what's the worst weather you've left it out in?
  12. Hmmm, greenwitch are only 20 mins away from me. For that price it doesn't seem worth making something up! Thanks
  13. Hi I'm currently in the planning stages of converting my 12" dob for use on a homemade pier and EQ6. The techniques for designing / building the pier and mount adaptor have been covered before, so I won't go over that ground again. What I would like to know is if anyone has made a weather proof cover that would enable the mount to be left in situ on the pier. I don't mean permenantly, but at least shower proof. It's enough effort to get the OTA out and set up without having to worry about the mount too. Cheers
  14. About that when they're on the mount and vertical, but the footprint isn't massive.
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