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Stargazer McCabe

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  1. I have a mint, capped and Boxed ES68* Maxvision 28mm that isn’t getting the use it deserves. I’d be happy to pass it on if you might consider the Maxvision version. Drop me a PM if it might interest...
  2. Alan, Have you established contact with this individual ? https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=142896 Simon
  3. Thanks for bringing to my attention. Stephen Hawking nominated...
  4. When one thinks of the value to us, let alone the actual cost, of our primaries; is it really that much..??
  5. I got my distilled water delivered next day from Amazon...
  6. Don’t be apprehensive. Plenty of pure, distilled water, adequate supplies of cotton wool, careful planning, a clear and clean working area and time on your side. I’ve done my 14” and wondered why I’d been so concerned about it after I’d done it... It really is a simple process and nothing to be anxious about @steppenwolf and others have some great videos on YouTube Happy viewing
  7. Even with electronics such as a Nexus II unit, Car GPS units or a Tracer Battery in hand luggage alongside our refractor or our Heritage 130P I have never had any difficulty. In about a dozen trips I have only been asked to open my rucksack once. And as soon as I explained what it was I was allowed to pass. And even in that instance it wasn’t the scope or the electrical goods that caused the interest. A dense battery in the Tracer had not permitted a clear view to the other side of the bag. And this was examined manually. Safe travels. You should be fine. ??
  8. Every day's a school day I guess... Glad you got time with friends and family and a time away from the office. And good the Tak finally got it's "wings" after all this time... Surprised the skies weren't as obliging as hoped. We often stay with friends in Greenwood Village, an outlying area of Denver and at their Condo in Lionhead near Vail, and the skies, while "pants" near the city have been a bit more accommodating up in the mountains... Here's to the next fly away delivering...
  9. True to form, Serge has come up trumps and called me upon receipt of my email yesterday. It’s not as simple as just swapping units. But as I have both a Nexus II and a Nexus DSC, I should be able to make things work depending on whether the 25” has a ServoCat installed in the system or not...
  10. @Ceramus All these are most excellent suggestions. Many I have used myself as we have travelled in and around Africa most years. But can I urge you to check baggage allowances if you are travelling around a country on internal flights. Within Namibia and Zambia we sometimes end up on smaller 29 and 50 seat turboprop aircraft. The cabin baggage allowances on these smaller scheduled internal airlines, such as Proflight Zambia, drops to a measly 5kg. Where a carry on doesn’t meet these criteria one can discuss, debate and incentivise with a “crispy handshake”; and often it works. However, when it doesn’t, bags end up separated from you and in the “hold”. My point therefore is to work backwards from the lowest and tightest restrictions. On my forthcoming trip I have 7 flights and my usual “flyaway kit” fits the restrictions of 5 of those with ease... But those two Proflight Zambia ones allow only half the weight of the others. So don’t be the person that gets caught out if your itinerary has one of those tighter allowance flights on it...
  11. Just delightful. One we’re always excited to see on our trips to Namibia. Sometimes seeing NGC 6231 when we’re on La Palma reminds us of The Jewel Box...
  12. I have familiarity with Serge’s Nexus DSC and Nexus II having Encoders on our Dob and a couple of our Mounts from Beat. We use the Nexus units connected to our respective SkySafari 6 Pro Obsering Lists on both our iPhones. Next year we’re visiting Reinhold Schreiber again in Namibia and have, at this juncture, planned on using his 20” and 10” Dobs again. Reinhold has just offered me use of his 25” Dob with an Argo Navis system. I’d be mad to not take him up on this, but he and I weren’t sure if I could swap the Argo Navis unit for my Nexus if I take it... I’d obviously have to alter the settings in my SkySafari to account for the correct Encoder steps, but does anyone know if my logic is sound and that the connections are the same between encoder cables and units ? I’ve written to Serge and will post what he says. But in the interim I thought it might be worth checking in here... Thanks in advance.
  13. I'll alert Nick to the search engine still throwing up old links...
  14. Nothing has happened to Trutek... I do know all the background. But out of respect for Nick's personal situation I'll just say the business is operating as usual from http://www.trutekastro.co.uk/ which should have come up in a Google search... And the phone numbers are all still as they were... Although Nick's email has changed marginally. It's now as per the link on the front page: nickhudson@trutekastro.co.uk
  15. interesting. However, for the price and specification, it’s disappointing to read the niggles purchasers have had in the available reviews...
  16. @groberts A short flight from Jo'burg (where we fly into from UK each year) sees you in Windhoek Namibia. And a short drive from Windhoek sees you at either of these places... http://www.tivoli-astrofarm.de/e_tivoli_astrofarm.htm or http://www.astro-namibia.com/ Both great and with some astonishing skies and gear... We've toured Namibia extensively from there too...
  17. @Simonw There's been a few helpful suggestions on this topic, in the other thread you started...
  18. Your best bet for the Northern Lights would be Tromso or the Lofoten in Norway or anywhere in Iceland. My wife and I have seen them on virtually every night we’ve been up with friends in Iceland in the winter. We go for a week or so most January’s or February’s to stay with friends and we’ve seen them dancing Green and Pink each time... PM me if you want any details of where we went and my friend who is a mountain guide and got us to some spectacular locations to see them
  19. @Grumpy Martian Martin, it’s a pleasure. What you say here and via your text message makes good sense. I liked the 80. Lovely scope. But I always looked through it and thought "I must remember to look at that with a bigger scope next time"...
  20. Martin I appreciate situations change, and sometimes quickly. But given our conversation when you drove up, I would advise against selling the 120 now unless you have to. I know you aren’t acting in haste, but I still think you could end up repenting at your leisure. An 80mm, as others have said and as you have seen is a lovely scope for all manner of reasons. I know because I bought Susie one and used it many times. It had numerous advantages over the 120. Yet we sold it. It just didn’t deliver the views we wanted of the targets we wanted and she kept setting up the 120 in preference to the 80 ? We reached for it first on several occasions and perhaps still would on a few limited occasions if we had it. But the views weren’t a patch on the 120 and over a protracted period we realised the “inconvenience” of the 120’s weight and bulk were being ignored as it yielded so much more under any sky. As I showed you, we even still have a carbon 70mm refractor. It plays it’s part as a backpack scope when we can’t fly with the Takahashi. But I wouldn’t be happy on a long term basis with small scopes only. Get an 80 if you wish. Or how about a 130P Heritage on the Castor ? But don’t sell the 120 until you know you are happy with what you’ve bought. I’d be prepared to wager you’ll soon find the things currently counting against the 120 won’t seem as significant in a few months. Would you be lucky enough to get the scope back again if that’s the case..? Unless you really have to, don’t sell the 120 until you’ve had 3 to 4 months of never reaching for it... I think like us and @John you’d love the little scope at times. But from what you said, I fear you’d miss the 120 again in the long term... Simon
  21. Anything here ?? https://nipon-scope.com/lens-caps
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