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About Hallingskies

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  1. That’s the idea, just to act as a bridge and stop you treading on the pier block really. At my last house I did something similar. I also put some tiny battery operated leds on the corners so I knew where I was in the dark!
  2. The tone on this thread is becoming quite waspish. I thought I had logged on to Cloudy Nights by mistake....
  3. I am an IT numpty. I use EQMOD and PHD. I was able to get a reasonable polar alignment following the instructions in PHD. I only ever use one-star align in EQMOD. I just pick a bright one within a few degrees of my target, synch on that and then slew to the target. It usually lands on chip first time. As for a game pad, too many buttons! I use a cheap number pad that allows me direction and slew speed control in conjunction with the pad screen in EQMOD. That’s all I need if I have to use the finder on first synch.
  4. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rentokil-VDTAZ012B-Wasp-Nest-Destroyer/dp/B01H2S24OC/ref=asc_df_B01H2S24OC/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309859607452&hvpos=1o4&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5585671923939612406&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045021&hvtargid=pla-698532502539&psc=1 It’s the only way. If you don’t wipe them out, the nest will grow to monster proportions. I get them in my loft most years, last year a nest got to the size of a football before I found it and zapped them. The foam works a treat.
  5. I have one of these with a similar SynScan set-up. I reckon it guides and tracks better than my NEQ6 (0.5 rms on a good night, compared with 0.8 for the NEQ). Also think that it can take way more than 10kg. I had a C9.25 on it with CCD etc. for years and it didn’t bat a proverbial eyelid. £300 is an absolute steal, you really should shift this.
  6. Thanks to all who showed an interest, item now sold
  7. I’m in the Medway valley and if the wind is easterly, I think we cop the plume from the estuary power stations. Local PMs have been 4x national 24h average limits for the past week, until today. I check the local UKAIR monitoring stations before I try and image these days. If the PM 10s are high it ain’t worth bothering, even if the sky seems clear. Sounds crazy but it makes all the difference.
  8. Nicely processed, I can still see the dark “propeller” that most folk normally wind up losing... Have been sitting under a horrendous cloud of PM10/2.5 air pollution here for the past week.
  9. I have had some local interest but if that doesn’t work out in the next few days I will get back to you. Thanks for your interest and for letting me know I was inadvertently ignoring replies!
  10. Its make is “scope buggy” (that sounds sarcastic, but it’s a US product). It shouldn’t have a problem with a C9.25. If you are reasonably local I could pop round and you could try it out. Pm me.
  11. Apologies Stu. It seems I had my notifications turned off so I have not been seeing replies! It is still available.
  12. Apologies. I had my notifications turned off and have not seen replies! It is still available.
  13. Yep, I did the same. Also had the same thought re. wires, but my soldering skills would not be up to it. There’s a lot of wires quite close together on really small circuit paths. Think the fault is in the plug rather than the socket, but both are rubbish really. Can’t bear the thought of trashing the handset though, it still works fine, just not reliably.
  14. Still the best telescope hand controller ever, let down by its weak connection leads. Pointing accuracy superb, really user friendly. Shame Vixen dropped it for their Skybook, which was/is rather clumsy by comparison imo. If Vixen brought it back with Skywatcher-style leads and stepper motors they would have a winner.
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