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Roddy

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  1. All great ideas. Thanks. The 'dog screw ' is especially compact, and the empty bucket to fill with whatever on site is lightweight, and can be used to carry stuff to the site. I will pass on the canned goods, I know I would eat the ballast too early ?
  2. Thanks for the starting point with the weight. I was thinking of a few pounds (oops, age) kilos. I will go a lot heavier, slowly. And the quantity and quality of the responses here is fantastic. Hopefully I will be able to give back soon.
  3. Great tips guys. Overcast tonight, so off to the basement tonight. Tinker time.
  4. Good Idea! Simple, and easy to install and remove for portability. I will experiment with some different weights next clear night and see what works best. Thanks
  5. The 'heavy duty aluminum' (words that don't belong in the same phrase) tripod that came with my Celestron 114eq loves to wobble. I don't want to invest in a new super solid tripod yet since I expect I will be upgrading the whole setup soon. Any ideas to make this tripod more stable? Any modifications would have to be portable, light conditions here mean I have to throw it all in the van and drive a few miles to a darker location. Keeping the tripod collapsed helps a lot but is hard on the back. Anyone got DIY idesa?
  6. The chimea cover is a great idea! I 'need' to leave my scope outside simply because the temperature difference between indoors and out requires a long time for the scope to stabilize.
  7. I received my Celestron 114 with a EQ mount and a motor drive for Christmas, from Santa,.. (me!) I was quite surprised and a little suspicious of the price, $150. Sounded to good to be true, but hopefully good enough to tell me what I will need to upgrade in the future. Included lenses are a 20mm, 4mm and a barlow. So far, limited opportunity to get out and use the scope. Clear nights are VERY cold this time of year. -38C was the worst, with a windchill of -54C. It was so cold that when I brought the Telescope back inside the tube had shrunk enough to prevent the dust cover from fitting. And I do this for fun?? BTW fellow Canadians, if you have never used 'Hot Hands', get some. Great inside gloves (or pockets) and boots, and way cheaper than electric socks. So far, I have spotted a few of the brighter stars. Nothing to brag about, but I am learning my way around. So far the EQ mount has been a pain, (due to my lack of knowledge I expect). And the motor drive is still in the box. Finding a dark location is a challenge. I envy those who can set up in their backyard and enjoy the night sky. Other 'hobbies' include electronics for about 45 years now, keeping my old minivan running and tinkering with computers. Of course as a homeowner, I am also a plumber, electrician, seam filler, carpenter, all with varying degrees of expertise. I have gotten a LOT of information from this forum, and I hope someday to be able to give back. So, please continue to provide info to us newbies, you have no idea how useful and welcome it is. Thanks, Roddy
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