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About strayring

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    Blues music, Nebs, Clusters, Globs
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    Cape Town
  1. strayring

    Helical Focuser question

    Thanks very much I will check it out.
  2. strayring

    Helical Focuser question

    Hi Geoff. I haven't done anything about fine tuning my focuser yet. I am still wondering about those Chinese helical types that you're using. Could you possibly send a photo of the one you have, it may be the answer I'm looking for on my 8" f5.9. Thanks Ray.
  3. strayring

    Cape Town Star Party

    hi Ian, Yeah I need to fix my signature. My scope is an Orion XT8. That is a photo from a previous star party. There are a couple of guys that work at the SALT South African Large Telescope https://www.salt.ac.za/ will probably be there tomorrow night, should be interesting. Whats worrying me a bit is I read some star party reports that say public viewers have difficulty with using dobs for the first time at these events. Thanks, Ray
  4. Hi all, I shall be joining a star party/outreach with these fine folk at Paarl about 50km from Cape Town tomorrow night. First time I will be taking my scope with, I hope I'm up to showing public the right things. I think I will target 47Tucanae its the most impressive object at the moment I think, but I'm sure I will be able to get advice from some very experienced people. Looking forward to an interesting night! Cheers, Ray.
  5. Hi, I have a single speed Crayford on an Orion XT8 f5.9 dob. Would a helical focuser work with this scope? And, would it make fine focusing easier? Any opinions or help appreciated. Ray.
  6. strayring

    Hello from Argentina

    Welcome Wok, you are going to get a lot of enjoyment from that 8 inch scope, Have fun.
  7. strayring

    New member

    Hi there from Cape Town, South Africa. Have been reading some great posts on this forum (and learning a lot) so I have decided to join and maybe learn even more. I caught the bug about 2 years age when I bought a 127mm Bird-Jones type reflector at an auction house, the views astounded me but I soon started hankering to upgrade. So I now have a Orion XT8 dob that I am loving. Can't get enough of the skies even with all light pollution in out suburb.

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