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Everything posted by Uranium235

  1. Sound advice there, thanks! Ive already checked the distribuiton box and it seems ok, if anything gets tripped its just going to be the one switch. Its about 8 metres to the shed so I dont think distance will be a problem. If ever in doubt, before poking anything electrical... keep one hand in your pocket (it will save your life). That message was constantly hammered home while doing my 224. Lol... wish i had the option to dig a trench but the ground is more than a little solid (and buried) at the moment! The garden also faces due north - which is handy for polar alignment as ive always got a good view of Polaris, but not so great as it means the snow will take quite a while to shift (and theres more on the way). Hmmm, I do know one way i can warm the lappy up.... just play Fallout 3 or Modern Warfare 2 in windowed mode while imaging... the gfx card (HD4530) kicks out so much heat it will probably keep the shed warm by itself Its just a case of whether the DSLR can take it (is the CCD affected by cold?), I know the temp will slay the battery quite quickly so id better buy a spare i can leave on charge. Thanks again for the advice!
  2. Okey doke will check the test switch and keep it to just the main cable on the floor, its a 10 metre extention so most electrical connections will be inside the shed, Though im not sure how long the CG5 power cable is yet. I need it to be at least 3 metres becuase the Maplins cigarette lighter mains adapter I have doesnt give much in the way of cable length (about 0.5 metres). The adapter has massive warnings on that it shouldnt be used outdoors, so its something ive got to keep super dry. If the CG5 cable isnt long enough then its going to be another trip to maplins @ merry hell (groan) Thanks for the assist guys M42..... Im on your case!! (assuming its clear skies!)
  3. Hiya, I will be getting my first scope and mount tomorrow (150p + CG5 GT)... Yay!! I will probably spend the daylight hours checking collimation and aligning things up. And in preparation, Ive made space in the shed for a chair and a table for the laptop - I need to be in the shed to avoid the attentions of the neighbours PIR security light sensor (Ive had so many shots ruined by that damn thing!). The plan is to run a mains extention into the shed from a powerbreaker socket in the kitchen. Im just a little concerned with the amount of snow on the ground and the kind of temperatures I will be working in if i decide to have a go this weekend (probably -10). Would it be a good idea to get a plastic box (with lid) that i can dump all of the electrical connections in (eg: adapters, 4 gang socket) to protect them from any possible contact with snow, water or dew? Also there are the safe operating temperatures of the equipment. My cameras (D60) minumum operating temp is 0 - so how would it cope with -10? (then there is the laptop too) If theres any chance that that damage could result, then it might be better to wait til its warmed up a bit. Is there a temperature that would be considered "too cold" for safe/useful operation? Many thanks in advance
  4. Im sold on the Baader now, but will have to wait till I get paid again methinks It will serve well as a "catch all" EP for me. But the only thing that concerns me is the sheer size & weight of the thing... kinda like a hand grenade (except you wouldnt dare throw it...lol). I would imagine that, plus a DSLR would upset the balance quite a bit or put strain on the motor drives hmmm... there must be a practical solution that avoids the need to re-balance every time you want to add or remove any heavy components.
  5. Maybe you should seriously consider the Baader Hyperion 8-24mm Clickstop (as mentioned earlier), it has the added bonus of allowing you to attatch a DSLR (with the addition of an adapter) for eyepiece projection so it might prove useful in the future. The EP and cam adapter will set you back about 200 quid. There is the Celestron 8-24mm (which I was thinking of getting), but Ive seen no review for that one yet so im a little cautious. Btw, you can attach a cam to this zoom EP too. Addition: Done some digging and found this: http://www.chuckhawks.com/comparison_zoom_eyepieces.htm http://www.chuckhawks.com/celestron_8-24mm_zoom.htm Hope that proves useful.
  6. Ohhh no way! I used to watch that when I was a kid, it left quite an impression on me. Carl Sagan had such a poetic way of putting things, enjoy that As for me, I got the Stargazers Handbook - pretty useful so far cos it contains star charts, pics and info on quite a number of DSOs. Something to whet the appetite while me scope is in the post
  7. Thanks for the quick response guys Its cool, Im ok with waiting till the 4th (its definitely worth it) - is it overnight delivery? Just so I know when to listen out for the knock at the door. I wasnt as lucky as you guys cos having Xmas off wasnt really an option where I used to work, always suckered into doing the Xmas shift apart from this year cos I was made redundant a few months ago. However, I was lucky enough to find a new job just before xmas (what a relief!!). I dont start until the 11th, so I might have time to squeeze in a session or two if the weather is kind. Btw: The setup i chose was the Skywatcher 150P OTA + CG5 GT mount + a few other bits. At £499 for the mount its impossible to say no! I decided to mix & match with the OTA because the focuser is much better on the 150P (crayford 2" w/ built in T-adapter) than the one on the C6-N (plain r+p). With this setup, I should have headroom in terms of weight just in case I want to add to an ST80 guidescope later on. Phew! Ive only just realised (from reading other posts) that VAT goes back up to 17.5% on Jan 1st (lucky escape!), so its best to order NOW before its too late. From now on I will be recommending FLO to any of my friends who wish to get into astro stuff.
  8. Hi guys, Ive just ordered my first AP rig from FLO via the net, I tried to call but the office is closed until the 4th Jan. Do you think they have some sort of back-room skeleton staff to take care of any orders in the meantime? Or is everyone off? If thats the case then it will probably be at least a week before I see anything..... patience is a virtue and the stars arent about to run away so i'd better chill...lol. Easier said than done!
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