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  1. Observing Tonight ?

    I love it when the ground is snow covered a clear sky and a full moon. Being out in that with my artic coat, gloves and ski pants makes my heart scream for joy. There is simply very few better experience for observing the moon its just such a wonderfully enjoyable thing to do. Competes with the planets in summer evenings any day in my book.
  2. 2001:ASpace Odyssey

    Shame we missed the opportunity to catch up with it, landing a probe on that would have been a real defining moment for the human race. If there was anything on the rock it’s left the solar system with a foot note of nothing interesting here.
  3. Advice for childs first telescope

    Binoculars would not be a good idea for an eight year old. A refractor on an altz mount is the best recommendation. Don’t worry about viewing from inside to start with just explain it would be better from outside they will be out like a shot. Yoy might find a local astronomy club and go along when they have a viewing session there will be lots of telescopes to look through and if the interest persists then invest in a telescope the chances are at that point it might be for life. Most here started at a young age also. Best of luck.
  4. Vixen GP2 Mount Head - Reduced

    A replacement for my old EQ5 is on my list of things but I have my eye elsewhere at this time.
  5. Vixen GP2 Mount Head - Reduced

    I looked you up Bristol is a bit out of the way for me. Even though I was there two weeks ago visiting family I am sure it will be gone by Xmas when I am there next.
  6. Vixen GP2 Mount Head - Reduced

    Craig Where are you ? Kevin.
  7. COMPLETED - Takahashi FS 102

    Sold in less than 24hrs. No kickers here then. I love seeing great scopes get passed about its win win for everyone.
  8. HAM Radio no clear skies.

    I haven’t seen a clear sky for weeks! So I got my old Amatuer Radio hand helds out and a Yagi antenna and started tracking some satellites down. I forgot how much fun this is and it works with or without clouds even during the day. Handy having a second hobby.
  9. Sold to Newbie Alert. Hope it brings you as much joy as it did me. Kevin.
  10. For sale is my William Optics ZS80-FD Limited anniversary edition. Offered for sale as a package I would prefer to sell the scope first but could break it down. Limited edition WO 80mm Zenithstar with TMB co-designed optics. f/6.9 fl 555mm, with L shaped mounting foot, 1:10 crayford rotating focuser, 2" extension, 1.25" adapter, and WO case. £400 WO P-F6A-GT102 flattner (x0.8 = f/5.52) and EOS T-ring adapter. £110 WO CNC rings, WO long dovetail plate. £90 Complete package £550. (Anything not listed above but shown in the images is not included) Its always nice to pick up (Epsom Surrey) but delivery this will be as you prefer. I have owned the scope from new, bought from Ian King, certificate of authenticity and original receipt will be in the WO Aluminum box. I bought a TAK (in one of the shots) at the beginning of the year and the ZS80-FD hasn't been out of the box since. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
  11. NASA always get the best shots

    I believe the camera is a smart phone sensor and lens they didn't even splash out it was also an after thought.
  12. St80 t

    I think I understand that your saying the gears are not meshing. Check its assembled correctly as per the video.
  13. St80 t

    If it has a Crawford focused then there should be a thumb screw directly under the focuser that when tightened increases the friction between the tube and spindle thus reducing the slipping.