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Everything posted by Tomatobro

  1. I like the use of the round roller guide on the one side and just a channel on the other. Nice
  2. I owned a HEQ pro for quite a while and its a very good mount. The only issue I have with the HEQ 5 and 6-r is the altitude adjustment method. Its a very popular mount and there is lots of support for it on the net and upgrades are available but I guess you have looked into this already. It also holds its resale value well I would put the HEQ mount firmly into the zero risk category
  3. Interesting. I guess the RA could be rotated 180 so the clamp knobs are on the opposite side and replace the scope. If its FoV is the other way then it has to be the saddle?
  4. from preference I use Carbon fibre plate 1 or 1.5mm. It also takes 3M VHB tape well. Use only small squares of VHB in the corners otherwise your box and plate become one forever........
  5. SGL is back to its old self. As I mentioned this is a Linux operating system so the comments on Windows don't apply. I think the browser was probably at fault.
  6. Strange, when I clicked on SGL the first thing what I saw was a different screen than the one I was used to, It had a big FLo banner and when I scrolled down the text was all greyed (pale blue) out. When I scrolled back up there was a "this website uses cookies" banner. As the this users experience was not good I thought I should create a post....Which I did in what I consider to be a "normal" screen. When I came back to see if others had had the same experience I viewed what I call a standard SGL screen. Each time now its normal. This is on a Linux operating system by the way
  7. Pale blue text on a white background totally unreadable on my laptop screen But now I go straight into the usual screen so was this just for the cookies notification I wonder?
  8. 2 hours @ 120c. Green as Holly when they went in
  9. This post reminded me that I had not changed mine for a few weeks, and i am down to my last two dry ones. There are now thirty in a fan oven at 120c, been in 25 mins so far will report on results
  10. the nearest I have got to returning them to the brown colour is to put them on a plate, stick them in the microwave on defrost for a while. keep checking on progress to see how they are getting on. I store them is a jam jar with a tight fitting lid. I tried some at full power but the plastic melted.
  11. If you go for the 130 you will need some collimation tools to check the mirror alignment from time to time so allow for this in the budget.
  12. That is good enough. Once you start adjusting from that level you will walk several kilometres and discover why you should have left it alone. On a more serious note I am sure I have read somewhere what HG collimate to at the factory. If I find it I will post a reply. 15 arc seconds is the factory setting
  13. Its been a while since I sold my HEQ5 pro but I made up a 6 inch C/W shaft extension out of brass so I could move the weights out to get the balance. It had a belt modification fitted and it tracked very well with PHD, 60mm Altair guide scope and a ZWO ASI220 mono camera. I think you can buy a proper Skywatcher version (extension shaft) I also had a new saddle fitted and it did move the scope out and away from the mount head a little more which further aggravated the balance issue Flo list a bar under Skywatcher accessories and in the write up give its measurements.
  14. There is a book called "Making every photon count" by Steve Richards. Its available from Flo. If you want to get into imaging I would get this book as it will save you a lot of time and money. You can do some basic imaging with what you have but have a read of the book first.
  15. 30 euros? I had a vision of the Life of Brian sketch about the Gourd
  16. Wow can't wait to show it to the club...... Just shown it to the Financial Director and she said its as fast as a spider running across the floor
  17. The second observatory is always better than the first.....lots of good advice
  18. Tomato's specification is somewhat influenced by my own observatory experience. !2 volt supply comes from the fact that I once had a "tickle" from a wet extension lead and from that day on I have only ever had external power via a warm room located linear power supply. The is a secondary reason. I have noticed that when using my meteor detection kit the USB cable can pick up noise from the laptop power supply if the two are close together. This noise is seen as a increase in background noise level in the Spectrum Lab display. The linear power supply has Voltage and Current indicators and the patterns of Current usage gives one confidence of system integrity. There is a device on the scope which measures voltage at the mount end and signals back to the warm room the voltage. A monitor on the wall shows a graph of the voltage so I can see filter wheel changes etc are taking place. If say 4 amps is missing then I have forgot to switch the camera cooler on. The long supply cable from the warm room and induces a volt drop depending upon the load applied so that is why the voltage is remotely monitored. It also gives you something to do while waiting for the pictures to download.......
  19. I cannot help with my first cover but I did a bit of digging and found my receipt for the chair cover. I got it from Outdoor Value, Morton Peto road, Great Yarmouth and its their stock number OX14-G Oxbridge Green Stacking chair cover £14.99 Knowing what I do now this is the cover I would buy and use not the £70 one I got a while ago. Picture attached
  20. I have had mine a while and for the life of me I cannot recall who made it but I recently purchased a cover to protect my stack of four plastic chairs from that well known online auction site and I thought it would make an excellent budget scope cover. It was not one of the cheapo ones but as I recall it cost about £30. The problem seems to be that as soon as the word "telescope" is attached to something it invites a premium.
  21. As far as I know tilt able focus supports are to stop multiple reflections between the sensor cover and filters when imaging at certain wavelengths. For normal use the tubes should be square and parallel .
  22. so far from the hole we have a piece of coconut shell, A stone that looks like it could be a meteorite and a stem from a clay tobacco pipe. Time Team eat your heart out
  23. Tomato is following Pulsars recommendations.....for the pier support (if some is good then more is better and too much is just about right)
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