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  1. Hey folks. So Ive been a visual observer for nearly 20 years. I have various telescopes, but mainly use a 10 and 20 inch Dobsonian with no tracking. Ive been using a smartphone to document my observations and also to do live streams for an Astronomy facebook page I run. So Its time to upgrade to a proper camera. I also want to use it as a normal camera for day time photography and capturing video if possible. or maybe that requires a video camera as well. I would like an all in one solution if it exists. My budget is about £600. What camera would you suggest? Many thanks Pet
  2. I always use heat shrink on all my truss poles anyway so it was a fairly well hidden mistake.
  3. I don't see why not. Probably even better than this 20". As when I take it apart the Mirror box is pretty heavy even without the side bearings attached. So with a 13" It would probably be better. I think.
  4. Hey Friend. Any old excuse to make another telescope! So I've been planning to rebuild my 20" Dob for sometime. I built the original 20" about 6 years ago when I didn't drive, but 3 years ago I passed my driving test and got a van. The van is now a camper with a rock and roll bed seat. The scope sits in front of the bed seat, when I'm in transit. But when I'm parked up for a night observing and I finish the night to sleep in the van. I have to leave the scope outside, as it wont fit in the van with the rock and roll bed down. which i really don't feel comfortable about. So the
  5. Well Ive managed to get the scope finished with the carving inscription that my friend asked me to do. I applied 3 coats of yacht varnish. Yacht varnish isn't the nicest finish to apply but it is perfect for the conditions the scope will be under. The first proper collimation went very well. The secondary mirror only needed adjusting away from the spider a little to bring it to the centre of the light path. Its very satisfying when you look in the focuser and see your eye looking back perfectly framed and centred by both mirrors, with the primary centre donut decal bang on your pupil. then put
  6. Today Im very chuffed with myself. Finally got the design down for the wooden red dot finder. This was a very tricky thing to make. Ive made several attempts at this before and I think Ive finally got it sorted. The adjustments work perfectly. Ive used a 3v Red LED with a small piece of fibre optic attached on the end, all wrapped in some small heat shrink and powered by a 2032 3v battery. The same as what is powering the collimator my friend will be using. Ive also been trying to make a wooden focuser, but with my deadline approaching Ive not got the time to iron out the issues with that. Ju
  7. Hey Dr_Ju_Ju The final weight is 13kg. the tube comes of the base, thats half the weight.
  8. Hello again folks Ive had this design idea in my head for about 5 years as a nice looking solid hardwood telescope that would be a pleasure to use sat on a stall and will sit nicely in a room or conservatory rather than a plain metal tube. Sometime has past and I had to put the project on hold. Now Ive had a friend ask me to make him one so its been a push to get it finished. My friend has requested a carving of a quote that means something to them somewhere on the telescope. So that should be fun. This scope is nice sturdy design with segmented tube made from beech and mahogany. Th
  9. Hello folks. I was wondering if anyone can help. Ive been taking my Telescopes to musical gatherings and small festivals for about 10 years now and im wanting to reach out a little further. So i thought it best I get Public liability insurance. I have heard of the federation of Astronomical Societies, and i believe they only insure Astronomy clubs. can anyone point me in the right direction. Many thanks pete
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