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  1. Thanks for that Steve, I think I will do the Upgrade today and put the setup to the test. It hasn't been active for two months but I don't anticipate any problems . Ron.
  2. Glad you find It OK, although Microsoft did say some components of10 would no longer work, I don't think those would be really important. I want to stay up to date with upgrades, and although I have a Desktop, and another Laptop, neither have The TPM security required for the Windows11OS. Thanks for your reply matey, My visits to SGL have been few and far between, I will certainly get back to normality as soon as the gloom and doom lift. It's surprising how limited movement can affect enthusiasm. Soon be Christmas, that should help . Best Wishes. Ron.
  3. I am considering updating my Asus Laptop to Widows11. The only computer I have that conforms to Microsoft's requirements, is my observatory machine, having all the necessary Astro. equipment drivers installed. Upgrading to 11 is not mandatory I know, so I'm driven only by curiosity as to trying the upgrade at all. It is reversible if required I know, but If anyone has experienced any problems with their installation of their Astro. drivers on Win.11, please add their particular issues if any, in this thread. I have not been in my Obsy. for quite a while now, due to being badly restricted with severe knee problem. The pandemic produced a major setback to Orthopedic operations, but I have now had the Pre.Op. checks, and deemed fit for surgery and now await the call to hospital. It has been a long wait, but just as bad for many others in the same boat as me. I just hope the wait isn't another long one. Life ain't been a joy for a long time now, and I need to get back to what I enjoy very much. Many thanks in advance. Ron.
  4. As above member said, you must unscrew one bolt, then screw in it's opposite number the same amount. Do that until you get the scale pointer reading your Declination. Do this in small increments of course. The procedure should be reversed as necessary until you reach the desired number on the declination scale. Your particular site declination is 52.3079 Degrees. The adjustments should be done with the mount loaded, which is why it should be carried out in small measures, it is easier that way. Is your Mount sited on a permanent pier,? If so , then it is good to get it as accurate as possible, especially for guided Astrophotography. If you are sited on a site in your garden, and the mount is removed after a session, then you should carefully mark the tripod legs on the ground to ensure you can replace them exactly in the same for you next outing. Ron.
  5. barkis

    Old newbie

    A warm welcome to the SGL Astronomy phenomena. Your Avatar of a Ronchigram stirred some great memories for me. You must have been a Newt. Mirror Creator yourself, or perhaps you are still manning the grinding post . It's a fascinating task, and a very rewarding one too. I need to keep this post from my good lady, who has disturming memories of me depositing pitch fragments onto my pillows in bed, which had found their way into my hair when trimming the lap squares became necessary. Enjoy the company of fellow members here, they are a great bunch of folks of all nationalities. Ron.
  6. Best of luck filling that post Steve. I'm sure there must be someone in the Exeter population tailor made for that role. Of course it's another indication of how well Flo. has progressed over the years, and another addition to the fine and efficient staff you already have down there will further enhance your reputation. Here's to a successful appointment. Ron.
  7. Itr's never a good Idea to venture out on an Observing spell on ones own. Much better to organize these outings with a couple of friends, preferably people who share your interest, but even folks who don't will appreciate the sights you and your scopes will afford them. They will be enthralled, and may well take up astronomy themselves. Is there a local Astronomical Society near you perhaps, that would be the best way to get a group together. Ron.
  8. Ctikey! Looks like Santa's Grotto just before he has to Clock On . Lots of Mouth Watering Goodies there Flo. Get them Sold Mucho Pronto and make room for the next batch. .
  9. May he rest in perfect peace. His job may not have seemed as glamorous as Neil Armstrong's or Buzz Aldrins, but his role was overwhelmingly important to the Lunar landing mission. Can't have been very easy to bear the strain so alone, waiting for the LEM ascent . Nerves would be jangling for sure. All their names will live in Space Annals for all time. Ron.
  10. The bolt on the Lockdown has been released, if only tentatively, and in the hope that the human element within this treat it with great care and respect , and thereby permit it to go forward and prosper. There have been recent incidents of a kind that will give many of us room for doubt, but we sincerely hope that no more temptation is offered to this deadly Virus through foolhardy behaviour. Practical Astronomy is an outdoor pusuit in the main, so we all wish the future has a good outcome for all. Enjoy the freedom everyone, and I'm looking forward to that first Martian Copter Flight . Ron.
  11. The weather has played a little part from a spirits raising viewpoint, but I just hope it isn't a false dawn. I will be overjoyed when I see the possibility of another SGL Star Party hatching on the Forum pages. Well, I can hope can't I ? Lucksall Again would be just fine. Ron.
  12. How about The Strawberry Nebula, surely that can't offend anyone. I would just hope "And Cream"
  13. barkis


    Welcome aboard the Goodship SGL Captain K. Enjoy you stay among some of the finest amateur Astronomers online. Any problems you may need addressed will be readily be resolved for you if needed, just post your problem in the Astro. Lounge. Best Wishes. Ron.
  14. It's quite aggravating when you want to get a reasonable delivery time after you commit payment based on the answer you are given. One has to wonder if the fear of losing an order is enough to persuade some dealers to be a little conservative with the truth. I have used TS in Germany twice, but for small payment Items only, but they they were were delivered in very reasonable time. I always use UK dealers for major Astro. items, mostly our sponsor, less trepidation that way. These are very difficult times for dealers of all genres, and one has to afford them some sympathy and patience. I hope your item arrives safe and sound soon. Ron.
  15. Welcome to SGL. Gavin. Never too late to turn attention to the night sky. It is not the mystery it was once describes as, much has be learned over the many years since man gazed up and wondered what it all meant. It is true to say that much has been discovered by amateur astronomers over the years, so If you are not sure of something you observe, mention it on the forum, and the experts will analyse it, and tell you the answer. Many new comets have been discovered by amateur observers, but of course every smudge in the sky is not a comet, lots of work to do before that solution is arrived at.,,,. Enjoy your new instrument and ask as many questions as you like, no question is a silly one. We look forward to your observation posts, there is much to see and enjoy. Best Wishes. Ron.
  16. Producing a Paraboloid can be a time consuming task, particularly if it is required to be a fast photographic objective. It is the main reason these mirrors are pricier. A spherical mirror is no pushover to fashion either though, and not be taken lightly, the same care and attention has to be applied to it's creation, not having to figure it does not mean it will be a doddle to produce. Ron.
  17. Welcome to The Stargazers Lounge Pete. You got a decent Photo Visual Scope there. At F5 You will get some good results from It when polar aligned . A good mount is a must, and if you can make a permanent fixture it will help a lot. I see you have aqainted yourself with Steve Jones, who supplies astro photograpy help on his website from his home in Canada. He's a great guy, and as well as Astronomy. he loves his dog, and his wife too of course. Enjoy your stay here, where we have all the help you need as you progress through the learning curve. Ron.
  18. You will be OK G. There is plenty of topics you can engage in of these forums whilst wailting for Lockdown release. You will find a great deal of knowledge waiting to be gathererd, and there is very little that is not covered here. Many experts in the different sciences that Astronomy as a whole is built on reside here, so feel free to post any questions you need answers to, and they will be answered. Enjoy your stay, and your new telescope. Best Wishes. . Ron.
  19. I would ask you, do you really need to clean it? It is surprising how well a Newtonial Mirror will still perform when presumed to be dirty. A dirty objective will always out perform a badly cleaned one. I'm sure you will take the utmost care , but I will always draw attention to this possibility whenever this topic shows up. Often over zealous caution itself can create danger. I always removed the mirror from it's cell, if done carefully, it can be replaced exactly as before. Ron.
  20. What a lovely instrument, I love the build of this, the Truss system looks very stable and rigid, Such a well constructed looking instrument. Ptricey, but you can nsee what you get for your money here. I do hope there is a good end to this, the buyer must be feeling very sad, but Kudos to Flo. They've acted very well, which won't surprise anyone here. Hopefully It turns up OK. Ron.
  21. Let's hope this pandemic nightmare is over sooner than later. Busineses as well as the general population have taken awful and tragic blows and the News media broadcasts the figures daily, and pretty demoralising they are. However, perhaps the beginning of the end is about to commence, (Part of a famous phrase Winston Churchill used in the House during WW2). I turn to our Sponsor now, Flo, the business has grown in stature over the Years, their Service, Integrity, and readiness always to treat their customers with honour and respect. Quality staff members too, and always willing to go just that bit further to satisfy their customers. I've been with SGL 14 years now, and feel qualified to write these words, we're fortunate to have them in our midst. This isn't flattery, just fact. I got my Vaccination today, part one at least . Ron.
  22. I can remember many stressful workdays being anesthetised by taking my mind to night sky. Once the skies enter your soul, they become an antidote to stress. Ron.
  23. Many Thanks Luke, I know that pain, it can be very debilitating, and makes life a misery at times. Hopefully we all get a much better 2021. Ron.
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