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    I'm in the same dilemma. I came across this insurer, but I have no experience of it https://www.gloverhowe.co.uk/astronomy-insurance/ Adrian
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    Securing Obs roof from inside

    Turnbuckles at an angle too. In use for 4 years and no problems yet Adrian
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    Ham radio ISS contacts

    The ISS can be picked up with very basic equipment. I managed to hear Tim Peake when he was aboard using a handheld Baofeng UV-5RA.
  4. Just found out that Andy "Astronomiser" has stopped doing Canon DSLR mods from 16th Sept. I'd like to get my 600D modified. Does anyone have any recommendations? Microbe
  5. Thanks. Opted for the CR1 in the end, and as it was on offer at FLO I put the saving towards the DC motorised attachment. It works well, apart from failing to reach focus with some eyepieces, so needed to buy a focus extended, but a big improvement on the stock SW focuser.
  6. I would like to replace the stock focuser on my SW 200P and have been looking at the Moonlite options. My aim is also to have this motorised at some stage. With this in mind, is there any advantage in the CR2 over the CR1, particularly as there is a £110 price difference which could be put towards the motorised focuser option. I'd be interested in the thoughts of anyone else who has had this dilemma Thanks in advance Adrian
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    Dew remover (hair dryer)

    Fair point and I did think about that, but the supply is via an RCD and the dryer will be in a box until needed. I was put off by the 12v option by the current rating and the PSU/battery needed to supply it.
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    Dehumidifier required

    Another user of the ECO DD122FW. It's only been in use for 2 months but has been very effective in removing post-observing dew and keeping the humidity at at acceptable level. The supplied drain pipe is a bit stiff and so needed some warm water to mould it into shape but is otherwise ideal. I was concerned about the electricity usage, but on its current setting a plug-in monitor has measured between 0.6 and 0.9 KWh per day which is far cheaper than damaged equipment Regards Adrian
  9. With the welcome dark evenings of autumn, comes the less welcome heavy dew. I have W&W Astro dew heaters on the finderscope and Rigel quickfinder which are good, but I also needed something for the secondary mirror & eyepieces and established dew. The recently completed observatory has given me a mains electricity supply (usual caveats apply) and so I was looking for a basic hair dryer. The Argos value hair dryer - catalogue number 443/6151 is a low-powered travel dryer. With 2 heat (speed) settings, the lowest of which provides a gentle warming on a cold damp night and for less than £5 has been ideal. Adrian
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    Position of damp proof course

    Thanks for all of your suggestions. I have now modified the base to allow for plenty of ventilation, but will also incorporate a mesh to prevent the nesting of rodents from the neighbouring field I'm also assuming that you are using treated timber? Yes, I'm using tannalised, but also adding an extra coating of preservative for good measure.
  11. I have a concrete base and am now constructing a timber frame. I would like to add a DPC but wondered if this is best located between the concrete and the frame, or the frame and the floor. Any suggestions Adrian Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk
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    Timber suppliers and wood preservative

    Many thanks for all of your suggestions. Plenty to keep me busy over next weekend. Adrian
  13. Well Spring appears to have arrived, so I'm hoping at last for some dry weather and to continue my obsy build. The concrete (slabbed) base and pier were completed last autumn, topped with one of Gary's HEQ5/pier adapters. I'm looking at suppliers for the timber (B&Q, Wickes, Buildbase etc) and other parts. Do members have any recommendations, from both a cost and quality perspective. I'd also be interested in what members have used as wood preservatives and how effective they have been long term. Adrian
  14. I have the HEQ5 and find the illumination too bright. I switch the power off and align when it's dark enough to see Polaris but still light enough to see the circle markings. Other members have found that using a dim torch to illuminate the polar scope at an angle can be successful Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  15. Hope you have a great time. We did a cruise from Tromso in March and were fortunate enough to see the aurora on three nights. An incredible experience and amazing scenery. Norway is expensive but if you go there it's just something you have to accept Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2

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