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Silent Running

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  1. Ian! You were absolutely right, and I've got egg on my face, hahaha, there was an adapter ring tightly screwed on to the filter!! After removing it fits perfectly! I can confirm if anyone else had doubts that the IDAS LPS-D2 filter is completely compatible with the Baader UFC filter system. Thanks again
  2. Ohhh! Thanks for pointing this out! Yes you're right... I've got screw threads top and bottom. When I get home I'll check. How embarrassing if I've got another adapter screwed onto it!!!
  3. Has anyone encountered compatibility problems of standard filters with the Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC) system? I have the Filter base assembled with their camera adapter for wide T-ring and telescope-side M48 adapter, together with a couple of M48 filter drawers. It seems beautifully engineered but not cheap when fully assembled. The filter drawer fits nicely into the filter base when its empty. I then tried inserting my Hutech IDAS LPS-D2 filter into the drawer... no problem screwing it in. But then trying to slide the drawer into the base, I found that it gets stuck half way!
  4. The Rainbow RST mounts are very interesting too. I have a Rainbow RST-135... very light and compact, no counterweight, yet with a large capacity. Can be used in equatorial or AZ configuration. The RST-135 costs a bit less than the M-Uno, while the larger (though still small and compact) RST-300 costs more than a 10-Micron GM1000. If you need a mount to go through a small opening this type of mount or the similar Hobym Crux mounts seem hard to beat.
  5. Its great to hear about this project. I think are are several people on this forum with observatories up here in Scotland... I am still at the planning stage, for when I get back permanently from the Middle East. Over there in the desert its mainly shielding from the never-ending Sun and clear skies in the daytime, and dealing with occasional sand and dust storms. Oh, and one of our group knealt on a scorpion last year when packing up his tent. Luckily one of the big black ones which are less venomous than the wee brown b*ggers, still had to rush him to hospital for antivenom!
  6. Hi thanks for this. That is useful info on the threads on the reducers and explains why none of my other adapters fit!!!
  7. I was reading a few threads here and looking at some surprisingly good images taken with the baby Tak... I recently acquired an FS60cb which I would like to use as an ultraportable imaging scope. I wonder if I could ask for advice on imaging setup. I find the Tak system chart a bit inconsistent. I have the dedicated 0.72x reducer. I want to use it with a Canon dslr. I couldn't find any reference to the back focus/metal back distance of the reducer in the official Tak material, although online I found people quoting 56mm? The system diagram for the FS60cb though doesnt seem to add up to 56
  8. Hi Stuart, I recently acquired an FS60CB but haven't had much chance to use it yet. I like the fact that Tak provides the system charts which not all makes do... but then I too found they are rather capricious! Have you been able to resolve the back focus issue? Could you post any pics of your imaging setup for guidance? Thanks, Jo
  9. Oops sorry, missed this. The Revell is much larger at 1:96 scale. I think the Airfix was 1:144 scale so maybe not fair comparison. I also added a bit of extra detail this time... there are accessory kits available, I think for both scales. 50 years ago... yes I dont think my painting was that hot! I seem to remember wanting to run round the garden with it!
  10. Hmmm, not sure about much Sun in Scotland! Im at work in the Middle East at the moment.
  11. Window open! I'm on 3rd floor, so they don't insist on hermetic sealing!! Now I'm just waiting for repeat test at weekend... and hoping to get back home to sunny (???) Scotland for Christmas
  12. I'm recovering from Covid at the moment and confined to my flat... At least I have a West facing window and get nice views of the Sun and Moon. I've been practicing some solar imaging over the past week. It's great to see we are well and truly into Solar cycle 25. This afternoon, two groups of spots. The first image is white light, using full aperture Questar filter on 3.5", asi294mc just placed in the eyepiece holder. Best 30% of 200 images in Sharpcap. Second image is H-alpha, Lunt 80mm, single stack, asi178mm (for smaller pixels). Best 30% of 500 images in Sharpcap, composite iamg
  13. Oh thats funny... just noticed, i have made 30 posts to date... the OP had made about 300... and you have made 3000, so I will be interested in your 2 orders of magnitude experience Best wishes, Joe
  14. Oh Hi, thanks I am interested in using one with an Altaz mount specifically for field rotation... Any ideas? You don't hear much about field rotators for this purpose. I have a TTS Panther altaz mount which has a telescope rotator but I was wondering about just a camera rotator, which could image for longer without a rewind
  15. Hi, Geetings from Saudi Arabia. I just came across your post. Did you ever go ahead with the Pyxis LE field rotator?
  16. Haha, that's an idea! I think a gantry would be much harder and more complex to make than the rocket! I was surprised, for the tubular structure in this model, you had to roll up flat sheets of plastic... as I recall, from 50 years ago!!!... with the Airfix kit I just stuck together the two halves of the stages. Quarantine over, I'm looking forward now to getting back to stargazing
  17. OK, a year too late to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, with 2 week quarantine just finished, I finally completed my (Revell) Saturn V model. I hadn't made a plastic model kit in years, and this took me back to my childhood Christmas 1969 when Santa brought me an Airfix Saturn V... omg it was 50 years ago. Now I guess I'm marking 50th anniversary of Apollo 13!!
  18. Haha same! I couldn't resist after reading your review. Over last week with beautiful clear nights I've been turning my refractor on the Moon a lot. Since I don't have my imaging gear here in lockdown, its visual only. Its been great! Now I'm looking forward to reading more about the Moon
  19. Last week was just amazing and sadly a bit unusual here on the edge of Glasgow: night after night of pretty clear skies. I had the Rowan AZ100 out almost every night. Early impressions... this is a really great mount. I ordered a Berlebach Uni18 tripod with mine which was both lighter and a bit less expensive than the Planet tripod. The tripod and mount (minus counterweight) together are not lightweight but are not hard to carry out to the back garden. Separate trips for the counterweight and bar, and the Telescope. Initially I didn't have the counterweight for my refractor which weighs almos
  20. Amazing! I was fairly delighted to get barely perceptible smudges of M101 and M51 with my refractor last night. Reading your and others reports, I am starting to understand the allure of large Dobs...
  21. Thanks, it felt fantastic just being able to see M101 and M51... even though of course no structure visible. Looking forward to more
  22. Living in lockdown like everyone else, I haven't been able to return to my work in the Middle East. All my astrophotography gear is over there... so frustrating when the last few nights have been so clear. Luckily I had a refractor scope in the attic and put it on an alt-az mount. No motor, but I do have Nexus digital setting circles. Fortunately i have a binoviewer and a pair of 8-24 zoom eyepieces. I downloaded an e-copy of Stargazing in Suburban Skies from the Patrick Moore series, and decided to try and work my way through it. Armed with these i have been rediscovering the joys of observin
  23. Hi Gerry, Please do keep reporting. We all need distractions from the current situation in order to maintain our mental health, which contributes to a better functioning immune system and therefore reduces our chances of transmitting infection Now with flights cancelled, I'm 'stuck' back here in Scotland and couldn't return to my work in Saudi Arabia. One has to try and see a kind of silver lining I suppose. Only problem... most of my astro gear and all my imaging stuff is over there in Saudi. Actually I do have a 5" refractor up in the attic, which I've not really used yet, which w
  24. Hi John, Welcome to SGL. Wow you've made quicker progress than me. I love your image. I must try harder! Clear skies, Jo
  25. Hi, I enjoyed hearing about your early progress. You begin with one thing... phone app... binoculars and become quite expert in a small way, then branch into something new, and find you're back on the bottom rung of a new ladder, and it's the same story again and again with the steps always beckoning upwards and onwards... I guess this is the joy of our infinite hobby. There will always be something new for each of us to discover. I keep making new 'discoveries' at my basic level that I'm sure are so obvious and familiar to the old hands here. But everyone is so supportive of your steps along
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