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barkis last won the day on February 8 2015

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  1. Quite a specialised area of star study epj. Hopefully someone with the same interest in Spectra will pick up on this. There is one guy I know of who's line of work impinges on this area of science. Obviously I can't name him, but perhaps he'll read your Ad. and with luck may know someone who might show an interest in what you have for sale. Ron.
  2. I got my reasoning quite wrong Dave . However, I think the need to cut back on the amount of stuff we build up over time is a sensible move too. I could do with trimming down my own stock also, one tends to become a hoarder over the years. I don't think your Lightbridge is destined to reside with much longer. It's a tempting offer that's going to be snapped up. Ron.
  3. What a great looking and well cared for instrument that is. Also, the asking price is kindness personified, and If I didn't have scopes aplenty, I would have paid for this 60 seconds after reading the Ad. I'm surprised Dave is selling it to be honest, he must have something he wants badly enough . Ron.
  4. A good solid mount is most essential , otherwise tiny wobbles become very large wobbles when observing astronomical targets, and it can become very frustrating. There are good tripods, and there are poor ones, and as usual the price rises accordingly. On the subject of you buying a system for yourself, don't forget to have a look around the used market place. Many bargains can be found there, people move on quickly in the Astronomy fraternity, and often will sell their old setup to help fund new kit. Definitely worth a look. Good Luck. Ron.
  5. If you are an Italian National, your English is very good indeed. A 16" Dob. is no slouch on the sky, and you must enjoy the many superb residents of Italy's night skies. SGL has many guys who own large Dobsonian scopes, and are known as the Dob. Mob . I'm sure you will get to know them personally as time goes by. Anyway, welcome to the SGL forums, friendly and knowledge rich too, so if it's ever help or advice you need, just ask away. Best Wishes Ron
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    Superbly captured, it looks fantastic, and I like the dialogue supplied with this object. It adds much to the value of the image itself. Nice indeed. Ron.
  7. Terrific piece of work Bryan. you put the time in on this, and with perseverance and and a quality lens, produced a very fine result. Well done sir . Ron.
  8. Launch delayed again due to work stoppages re the pandemic. Put back until October now. Will this Nine Billion dollar wonder ever get off the ground? Patience needed . Ron.
  9. Just hope any slew speed glitches don't qualify your mount for Centrifuge duty at Nasa. Ron.
  10. Splendid Bob, that is a very attractive scene. You did good matey. Ron
  11. Wow! That's splendid Michael. PmProbably the best show since Hale Bopp's visit to our skies. Ron.
  12. Nice to see you getting something back at last Ant. You have had a lot of frustration over time, but a new lease of success is beginning . Best Wishes. Ron.
  13. You'll only feel worse if you give it up. It is never easy for someone new to astronomy, who acquires a GoTo setup. It can be very frustrating initially, but slow down, and don't look for immediate success. You will come to terms with the equipment, if you are a programmer, then you will have the ability to decipher all the instructions provided to get on top of it all. Most importantly, your Son is the important ingredient here, he wants you to master it, and you have to stick with it for his sake. Fortitude and Stickability is the way forward, and the day will come when you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Stay with it. Best Wishes. Ron.
  14. Hi. Rideway, just a shot in the dark here, but worth a look see. The centre bolt which serves to spread the tripod legs via the legs plate, also has the top thread containing a combined ferrule and hand wheel to help the tightening. If the bolt has been removed for any reason, the plain washer may have slipped off the bolt, so possibly it might make a difference when tightening, as the bolt may contact the mount base before full tightening can occur. However, if there is no chance that bolt was ever removed completely from the tripod assembly, then this post can be ignored. I know the washer is a thinnish one anyway, but adding another might allow complete matching of the two parts. if it is down to surface irregularities, then that's a different kettle of fish, and I apologise for wasting your time . Ron.
  15. I was an avid reader in my early teens and well beyond. I liked nothing better than visiting the local library. Endless shelves filled with books of all genres. Time has changed that though, my concentration is not a patch on those early years, a product of both the aging process, and Google .
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