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About michaelmorris

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  1. Soul HaRGB, bit more RGB and a reprocess.

    Great picture.
  2. Meade 20mm Series 5000 Super Wide Angle (SWA) 68o eyepiece

    Sorry, it is now SOLD
  3. SGL 2018 - Save the Dates!

    Annual Leave booked.
  4. My thanks...

    Thanks to Grant and Daz for all their hard work (again) and to everyone else who yet again made this a great event.
  5. Meade 20mm Series 5000 Super Wide Angle (SWA) 68o eyepiece. All covers and comes in original box. SOLD
  6. SGL 2017 Weather Watch

    It that a euphemism for "I'm off the KFC?"
  7. Need simple startup procedure for EQ8

    I have an EQ8 permanently mounted on a pier. I control it via a computer. When I shut it down for the night I always set it to a parked position before powering ti down. On start up, I always first unpark it clear all previous sync points. (reading about this, this step may not be necessary) I then slew it a bit in both axises and repark it to the home position to make sure I am starting off from the correct position. I then slew it to a bright star near the celestial equator (Altair at this time of year), then centre it in the field of view and press 'sync'. After that, it tends to consistently put the target in the field of view. However, if I then GOTO another object some distance away from the first target then 'sync' on it I get better pointing accuracy in subsequent slews. I hope this helps
  8. SGL 2017 Chit chat

    Astro kit + gin, wine, beer port and fine malt whisky now all sitting in the front room ready to pack into the motorhome on Friday morning. We'll aim to be on site before 11:00 am.
  9. SGL 2017 Weather Watch

    I'll respond because (despite my best efforts to the contrary) I can be completely certain that what I say has absolutely no influence on the weather!
  10. FLO at the SGL Star Party

    I don't think I'll need any cables, but I wouldn't be surprised if you get requested for such things as power leads, USB cables and/or USB hubs (forgotten to pack or failed on the day).
  11. Power station replacement options?

    Back to my original question, has anyone tried using one the lithium-based jump start batteries for powering a scope?
  12. SGL 2017 Chit chat

    The ever-tolerant Mrs M is coming along for 4 nights.
  13. Power station replacement options?

    Hi Andy Don't fully understand your question.
  14. My lovely Maplin 5 in 1 power station is now no more as the battery has failed. I'm looking to replace the whole unit, but with what? The original unit is discontinued so a like for like replacement is not an option. I could get a similar lead-acid battery unit or plumb for a much more compact lithium ion battery unit. If I go for the latter, I would have two main options, a Tracer or alternatively a cheaper lithium ion battery designed for jump starting cars. A simple 8Ah Tracer is whopping £125, whilst I can pick up a lithium ion 14Ah jump start battery for just £49.99 https://www.amazon.co.uk/RAVPower-14000mAh-Starter-Portable-Flashlight-Black/dp/B01DM1UGAC/ref=sr_1_48?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1507558526&sr=1-48&keywords=jump+starter+power+pack Are these latter units any good?