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  1. Just to give you an idea of what happened with me, firstly the lane in question goes down to a sheltered accommodation and the lights are on all night. Secondly and the more important part, the lane lighting belongs to Lowestoft Council but they do not have the equipment to maintain them so it falls to Suffolk District Council to repair them as necessary. As soon as I had all the information available I got straight through to the relevant office, had a nice chat with the person concerned with the lights there and as said before I knew it the problem has been resolved. On point I will make, as it is a sheltered area the lights stay on all night unlike the roads around which switch off at midnight. Jim
  2. I phoned up the council one day about exactly the same problem I have with a light, explained what I do and what I needed done, it was fixed the next morning with a shade that stopped sideways and upwards light, the shade is still there six years later. Happy really as I am reopening my garden observatory The offending light with shade Jim
  3. Lovely day today, not a cloud in the sky and was able to get on with the next step on the garden observatory.  I thought this might bode well for the evening and a bit of comet chasing.  This evening I seen that the clouds were moving North so hurried up and opened the attic and got the mount and it attachments quickly into action, less than a minute, but looking up I seen the clouds had been quicker and beat me to it.  Left all there in hope and went downstairs but looking at Sat 24 it showed that the clouds were here to stay and also getting thicker.  It was with a heavy hearty that I trudged upstairs and closed up, , maybe another night and another comet :( 

  4. Hi Jen, yes it is good Jim
  5. Great piece kit Jem, nice and quite. I have changed the bottom part to a wedge, made it much better for alignment. Jim
  6. Thank you Sonny, yes your right, always changes and today after some measurements I now find I can accommodate both my mounts in the garden obsy so busy times ahead. My original reason for moving from the garden was security, with this build security will be built into it which I hope wont be too obvious Jim
  7. I have been waiting the last couple of weeks to take a shot at it but no clear sky here so thanks for the looksee Pepe Jim
  8. You have a very interesting and informative site Dominic, I apologise, I should have looked at it before going on about Stellarium Jim
  9. Thanks John, the 11" Rasa done it, too big, so a new beginning Jim
  10. I have now started rebuilding the garden observatory, it will be back in the same place but with modification to take security into account. The pier has been brought down to half height but I am now wondering if I should demolish it completely and use the tripod, there is enough room, that can come later. At the moment I am building the walls, a lot of wood lying about so should not take too long. There will be no frills, no different to what I have in the attic, and speaking of that it will be the end, I don't want to have two set of equipment so as time goes by I will transfer it all and the room will become a workshop so no waste. It has done me well over the years and I have enjoyed my lonely cold nights up there but must move on. Jim
  11. Thanks again, I think that Putaendo may have hit on the answer, the centre piece would attach to the Losmandy on the 11", just a bit of reconfiguration required and it will be perfect, thanks all for the inputs. Jim
  12. Thanks for that, I already have the dual bar and it is sitting on my NEQ6 with two OTAs in the attic obsy. Now that I have the CGE Pro which takes quite a bit of weight and cannot fit in the attic I have decided to get rid of the attic obsy and return to the garden. I want to take the two OTA and place them astride the 11" RASA, hope that makes more sense. Jim
  13. Hi all, I am in need of some help, I have an OTA with a Losmandy dovetail and I wish to attach a Vixen dual bar to it as below, any ideas please. Jim
  14. Hi Dominic, not sure if you heard of Stellarium, it's a program which is useful for seeing the sky now, tomorrow, last year, in fact anytime you wish and from any place on Earth. I use it attached to my telescope mount to send the telescope to a given target I pinpoint on the screen. It is a free downloadable program, you can use it for exactly what you are working on. Jim
  15. I have one of these but not used it yey so can't tell you how good/bad it is. JIm