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David Hardie

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  1. David Hardie

    Any other Cumbrians on here?

    DW you will have decent skies too then! David
  2. David Hardie

    Any other Cumbrians on here?

    Yes I am out here!! Lol I live in Greysouthen about 15 miles from you! David
  3. PM sent Steve. I will buy this please! David
  4. David Hardie

    New Membor

    Enjoy the forum!! David
  5. Hi all. When I first set out i bought a couple of Vixen SSW Ep's. I read a bit later that beginners may struggle with eye placement. This is true. So if I use my other eyepieces for a season or two in people's experience here does it get easier to use such equipment? I don't want to sell them!! Cheers. David
  6. David Hardie

    SSW Vixen EP

    Thanks John excellent! David
  7. David Hardie

    90mm Tube Rings

    Hi with the filter wheel do I just screw the 1 1/4 filters into it and I don't need any other parts? David
  8. Hi all, I had to post here and say thanks to SGL for yet again wonderful advice! I recently bought an EP from the classified section and just happened to ask the seller about a recommendation for a good, buy once moon / planetary EP. The advice given was a superbly written article with spec and focal length details / advantages of each. The guy who wrote it will know who he is from this post. The article could well become a sticky if the mods are interested in a read? So out of all the choices for my scope I ordered from FLO a Tele Vue Delite 4mm. When it arrives I will certainly post feedback. Thanks Mike - I won't reveal details in case he get flooded with enquiries!!! Report to come later! Cheers all David
  9. David Hardie

    IC434 2 Hours

    Stunning image mate!!
  10. David Hardie

    Question on AVX Tracking

    Can I ask you all? For some time I've had my scopes and AVX mount. So far I've only done visual observing using the direction buttons on the handset. The time has come to set it up properly and I also have a StarSense to experiment with. So, once it's all set up and calibrated to the night sky, does that mean it will track? For example if I move it to the moon will it continue to track it? I wondered if I had to select the moon from the handset list or slew to it using the buttons and it would track using both these methods? Also if I was tracking the moon or a planet, can I move to another part of the surface using the buttons and it continues to track? Cheers. David
  11. David Hardie

    Question on AVX Tracking

    Thanks Peter!
  12. David Hardie

    Hello from Newbie in Cumbria

    Hello everyone! Just joined today having got back into astronomy a month or two ago. 10 or more years ago I was quite keen and had an Orion reflector scope and really enjoyed looking at the moon and planets. Unfortunately it all had to go when the wife also went. LOL. However now things are OK again I visited FLO for new equipment. I'm only 7 short years off retirement so I thought I would buy decent kit so it would last well into old age! So I got a Celestron 8 inch SCT Edge HD and a Skywatcher Esprit Pro 100, along with various eyepieces from Vixen and Baader. The AVX mount does for both. Thing is now though I need to learn how to use it all. Using the Celestron I got good views of the moon but my attempts at planet observation were disappointing, couln't seem to focus well but maybe the sky was poor. My main objective is to learn the AVX mount to be able to set up properly and track objects, and to view the Andromeda Galaxy. Years ago with the Orion I saw the Orion Nebula which was a brilliant sight. Future plans are to photograph deep sky objects. Hoping to learn lots from fellow members. Maybe I even have some neighbours? Cheers. David
  13. David Hardie

    Show me your eyepiece/accessories case, please.

    What do you think of the Morpheus EP's please? I have 2 Hyperions but may add the higher spec shortly. David
  14. David Hardie

    Horsehead first attempt

    Very nice. I've never even seen it never mind getting a pic so great job!! David
  15. David Hardie

    Hello from Newbie in Cumbria

    Looking good that! Ill follow your posts! Come over one night ! David
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    Show me your eyepiece/accessories case, please.

    I think eyepieces will lead to my ruin
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    Show me your eyepiece/accessories case, please.

    Here is my collection so far. As things progress I will trade the Celestron ones in for something else. Probably Tele Vue due to the pressure from other people's posts!! The Vixen SSW will need practice. My favourite is the LVW 22 I just bought from an SGL member. David
  18. Hello all. I was thinking about buying a dovetail bar and screwing it on top of the tube rings shown in picture below. This can be used to mount a guide scope when I am ready for some imaging in the future. Do you think that same location would be too high for a finder scope? I am using the finder scope socket on the scope for a StarSense. What do you think ? Cheers David
  19. I had the same problem with the smooth chrome plated legs on my tripod. My solution was to wrap something around the leg of the tripod in the place where the battery will be strapped. I got two strips of adhesive velcro from a craft shop and stuck them around the leg about 3 inches apart like bands. Then two more small strips on the ribs which are part of the battery casing. OK the battery won't stay put with the velcro alone but once the strap is fixed on it holds it well. David
  20. Hi folks. Just making note here of one of the first things I noticed, since getting back into astronomy and using an EQ mount.... 15 years ago I just used an Alt Az mount and tracked objects with the movement wheels for observation. It was an ideal way for basic observing and no photography. However now I have a scope with a Celestron AVX mount the first thing I noticed when setting up is that all the best items in the night sky I want to look at are behind me!! Seriously though it was odd to get used to. I'm going to find my feet then start have a go at photography. Starting off with the moon which I assume could be a decent starting point. Enjoying my time on the forum so far thanks all.
  21. David Hardie

    Pointing the Wrong Way !!

    You could well have something there! Last time I was into astronomy I had a decent Orion reflector on a Alt Az mount and I did tracking using the adjustment knobs. I suppose it makes quick set up and an hours casual observing easier. Oh dear. I may have added something to my shopping list. Haha David
  22. David Hardie

    StarSense with AVX

    Thanks for the answer! I hope it works ok! David
  23. Hi all. I just bought one of those Celestron StarSense alignment gadgets in the hope I can get it working ok. I use a AVX mount for both my SCT 8" Edge HD and a Skywatcher 100 mm refractor. Changing as the mood takes me! It may be a daft question but should this accessory work with both scopes? I imagine if it does it would have to be calibrated each time it's swapped over. Thanks! David
  24. David Hardie

    Hello! from Bucks, UK

    Hello! Welcome from another new guy. Good pic! David
  25. David Hardie

    Hello from Newbie in Cumbria

    Thanks John! I thought you were up early, sending your message 4 hours before breakfast but I see now where you live!! David
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