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SIDO

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  1. My husband known here to some of you as Freddie passed away earlier this morning, He knew this day would come  because he had been very ill for some time. He wanted me to make a last post for him in the event that it did. He is at peace now and with the stars he loved so much.

     

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    2. daz

      daz

      This is very sad news. Thank you for letting us know, and we hope you have some comfort from knowing he was a great asset to our community.

      Clear skies Freddie :(

       

    3. steve k

      steve k

      Very sorry to hear that news... RIP SIDO

    4. MilwaukeeLion

      MilwaukeeLion

      Very sorry for your loss, rest in peace Freddie. 

  2. Arcturus or Alpha Bootis in the constellation of Bootes and the 4th brightest star in the night sky was my first target last night and I used it to align my laser for my static eeva rig, I don't really spend much time saving images (yet) but my method of location is quite cool so I thought to share. I'm running a 400x80mm and a 180x50mm achro on a static alt az mount guided by laser, the scopes and laser are aligned and the focusers are preset to infinity and locked allowing an asi385mc to be used in either scope quickly. The image was taken in the 50mm the stars a bit jerky because
  3. I would say anyone reading this thread that has not seen M31 through binoculars or a low mag wide field 7 to 14x achro ed apo under dark skies really should get that one off the bucket list or put it on theirs, really is a stunner and while your out there hit M42, M45 and the doulble cluster all on the same night you won't be disappointed in the slightest I guarantee it
  4. Here it is with a Revelation 32mm 1.25 52° eyepiece at a 6.4mm exit pupil... Orion ST80 Achromat...400mm focal length... First time I posted an Astronomy Tools Fov link hope it works https://astronomy.tools/calculators/field_of_view/?fov[]=318|185|||1||&messier=31 Freddie.
  5. Maybe a baby bag and you just can't see the Stork because the Sun is shining from the wrong angle Freddie
  6. My best all encompassing views in a 200mm f6 Newtonian/Dobsonian are with a 2" 38mm SWA at 6.3mm exit pupil and this still does not totally envelope the entire galaxy but I consider myself a cheap eyepiece specialist and this does provide awesome views in this scope in bortle 4 or less skies. In skies that have more light pollution or if ground level light pollution prevents or limits dark adaptation your 25mm and centering M31,32,110 is likely the best route as stated previously because using a wider field lower mag eyepiece will not show you any more galaxy but the 38mn SWA can be very inex
  7. Binocular objectives make for good focal reducers too and I used a couple for visual for some years with good results, my first 1.25 eyepiece was two 24mm binocular objectives in a metal film canister and those eventually served as focal reducers once I actually began purchasing 1.25 eye pieces for use in my hardware store made out of plumming parts focuser. My latest repurpose is an old garage door opener brace for use as a bracket tying two scope rings together for a vixen shoe to mount my laser on my static eeva rig, a piece of that was also adapted for a guide handle on my 90mm f11 ac
  8. Very nice Charl, thanks for sharing!
  9. Nice shots, thanks for sharing these!
  10. The tube I cut was 1/8" wall aluminum I don't know the grade but think a slow hot knife trough butter would sum it well at that thickness, the cutter was rented for a couple dollars and intended use was for steel pipe up to 1/4".
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