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  1. Hi Guys I have a CPC 1100. While seeking alignment stars the scope jumps while slewing downwards in Dec and will not go further. This occurs at approximately 45 degrees. Am i being daft or do I have some serious gear issues? regards Dalglish
  2. Guys Can anybody comment on the accuracy of the polar allign feature on the CGEM? This really attracts me given that this would be a portable set up but I don't know whether i'm paying the extra for a gimmick I may regret. General comments on the mount (as opposed to the old favourite) welcome also. .........and there's the i-optron.! Dalglish
  3. Guys I have an old 10 inch LX50 but would like to add some GOTO as my observing nights are getting shorter. Would you defork and place on an EQ6 or just stuff the project and buy a Meade/Celestron/SkyW cat with GOTO. Money is important as always but I would prefer to get it right. After all, I can pick up a second hand LX90 GPS for about £700 more than the EQ6. Dalglish
  4. Thanks Steve, it is receiving some very, very serious thought.
  5. I have a few blades of grass which I am prepared to sell as birthday presents.
  6. I thought so, nice work indeed.
  7. Thanks Olly for the Hubble explanation. It's Richard, by the way, novice astrophotography 'toe dipper' and father of twins. Dalglish (nom de plume)
  8. Good point, maybe I don't want access at all. I could then repair the patio for the price of the intended SCT. Dalglish
  9. Thanks gents. That saves a bit of cash. Dalglish
  10. Hi Ron You are correct, I have decided to wait for a star party and Kelling seems a great idea (and the right date). It's a nice frustration however. Dalglish
  11. How do you achieve the montage? Is it on Astro software or something simpler? I'd love to try it out myself.
  12. Wow, a VC10, i'd expect the ubiquitous 737/747/757/767/777. Good spot.
  13. Hi All I am suffering a major knowledge/experience gap and cannot seem to look through enough scopes, quickly enough to get a proper comparison. I have made the jump from 3 inch frac to 5 inch mak and 10 inch SCT. I am now wetted for the dob experience. Basically, are Hilux coatings on a 12 worth the aperture of a 14 or 16? Do i go OO 350 or Intelliscope XX14 or LB...........or do I sell a few bikes and go to Dave Lukehurst for a 16 with 1/4 or 1/10 wave. If I have to think about this much longer, I may just give up and get another SCT for safety. Dalglish
  14. Hi Was that the original Starsplitter woodwork or did you completely rebuild? That is the work of a lifetime. Dalglish
  15. Golly, I am trying to flog my trusty LX50 10 inch to purchase an Intelliscope 14ii. I'm reconsidering as I love the optics and am just changing for the heck of it.
  16. Where did you go, Eton? That is some serious kit!
  17. Busy job and two children but a good wife who understands the need and thanks the heavens that I only buy scopes and not motorbikes.
  18. Wow, I haven't seen one of those before. I saw a set of sun dogs three weeks ago. Can anybody explain how they are formed?
  19. Interestingly, my girlfriend thinks that our hobby is quite exclusive. She understand the phases of the moon and the revolution of the planets through being mildly intelligent and this is enough for her. She plays violin and is a member of a theatre group for kicks. She finds my constant quest for equipment costly when we don't have the money. She finds my going out at night and sleeping in a pain when she is left looking after the kids. She sees clubs as being filled 'mostly' by blokes of a similar type who delight in making an interest in astronomy like joining a masonic lodge. She despairs of my lusting for the latest gadget from the far east when her violin is as modern as it was in 1929 when it was built. Strange, how we are all different.
  20. Sorry to be a bit ignorant, but how does one achieve the Hubble palette?
  21. I love the detail of the other DSO's round the butterfly. Beautiful shot. Dalglish
  22. What was the seeing like? Nice lack of boil for such a low elevation.
  23. Nick, what exposures and lenses did you use. These are deeply impressive and atmospheric.
  24. There was an article about them in one of the Sunday papers recently. I believe that they (ie these sorts of operations) are being investigated by Trading Standards. While it is easy to get round the law by stating that the star designations are being kept on the company's own database and not a recognised catalogue, it is nevertheless a practice which is counter the public interest and is precisely what TS should be aiming at. Dalglish
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