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Posts posted by DaveL59

  1. these arrived this morning to make up a dew heater for the skycam and I thought yay looks dry so I can quickly solder up and fit into the dome.image.png.035c7197cc3f1dda519a9f25cc454ddf.png

    Quick play with the control module to set the light level trigger and then... oh no, only 6 resistors in the package, shoulda been 8 😞

    If I wing it with these 6 I'd be running them at 3.5W where they are rated at 3W, not good. Am wondering if I switch these across the USB 5v instead but I doubt the mini network-USB hub would be happy as well as being a very low W output. Will see how quick they can ship me the missing 2 resistors and decide what I do next as I don't think I've anything that'd suit in the spares I have.

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  2. or flip the light pollution complaints to council the other way and ask them to site a very bright one right outside his house?

    Tho given what they did at the back, likely he'd be happy for that to happen. Probably has blackout blinds/curtains so all that light doesn't affect their sleep.

  3. 29 minutes ago, Dave Lloyd said:


    hmmmm, thinks about the army of slugs that like to stroll around over the astroturf out back... light does come through the conservatory and the IR security lights cover it too, wonder if they respond to the IR as well?. 

    I guess I could herd a quantity up into a box and send to the OP to "donate" over the fence 😉 Tho I'm sure that'd breach any number of regs on shipping etc.

  4. 3 hours ago, sputniksteve said:

    Erect a large screen between your gardens. Have your side painted black, whilst the side facing your neighbour is painted in reflective or/and luminous paint bearing a vast phallus. 

    downside of that idea is you would get arrested/fined. If the neighbour has kids you'd potentially be in a world of pain doing that sort of thing too. I seem to recall a person got their car ticketed or fined because someone left a note on their windscreen of that ilk and regardless that the owner hadn't done it, the fact that it was on public display on their vehicle they were deemed responsible.

  5. I've not tried the other zooms so can't compare against other brands but I recently got the svbony sv171 huge 8-24mm zoom and find it very good and was at a bargain price via their official store on Ali. Only issues may be getting it clamped as it overhangs the locking screw in some focusers and of course the weight may be a problem in some setups. 

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  6. be careful to unplug before starting or stopping the engine. Some cars can give a spike which might cause the mount problems. Worth making sure the alternator is working properly too in case its pushing out higher voltage which would indicate the regulator is failing/ed. Depending on how long you plan on having the mount etc running a couple amps over an hour or so shouldn't cause much in the way of issues with the engine turned off if the battery is in good health, tho in colder temps the battery won't be as efficient so worth bearing that in mind.

    Also worth checking if the lighter socket is live with the ignition off, on mine you'd have to have the ignition on so engine running would be the only way I could do this if I needed to.

  7. A couple of these clonked thru the flap this morning


    2-inch volume control knobs in solid aluminium. Figured they might make a nice upgrade to the focus controls on the TAL100RS and TAL-1. The shaft hole is a tad wider than needed but it does fit, just. Might file a flat in the shaft to help the grub screw achieve a more positive lock but seems secure for the moment.

    Hopefully will improve fine focus adjustments 🙂 

    Also on the TAL-1 now, used a sliver of acrylic sheet to pack the hole for a better fit


    Worst case I can always drill thru with the correct size for the shaft but will see how this works out before jumping down that rabbit hole 🙂 

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  8. hehe your post makes me almost tempted to bid v low just to take them apart and see what's inside Bill. I won't tho as being plastic body if it is indeed mirrors then getting them realigned will be doomed to fail I expect. Likely they will be glued in situ so even getting them back out would risk breakage so not worth the effort, esp as I can't really throw cash at something I can't see being worth salvage while I'm not earning.

  9. 8 minutes ago, WJC said:

    The only possible reason for this binocular having prism housings—although there are NO prisms—is to cheat the humble and trusting consumer and the cranially challenged!1746227841_DSCF3463copy2.JPG.acde6ea80af6a8cfd50853af6cb84e71.JPG

    haha yes I've seen those come up the the bay a few times, gallean in a pseudo-porro body, they never seem to sell those ones.

  10. 26 minutes ago, REBNATS said:

    Thanks Guys for all your input, much appreciated. Decisions, decisions there is much to take in for a novice like me, just need to delve a little deeper don’t want to make an expensive mistake.


    as Mr Freeze suggests, if budget is limited then a zoom may fit the bill for the moment and give a range of magnifications in a single eyepiece. You could then add single FL ones for wider views once you've determined which are best for your use from the zoom setting.

  11. can't disagree there Mark, I really didn't need the LT70 given I've quite a few already but curiosity got the better of me lol. I was considering a starsense for the EQ5 but it isn't available for my old SynScan. More a convenience thing more than anything but not cheap. It certainly seems to pick up the location pretty well tho my skies are reasonably dark, not had a chance to try at my daughter's in SW London where you don't see much at all so if it works there that'd be a real bonus.

  12. 1 hour ago, markse68 said:

    I’ve written to Celestron to ask them to release a license only package. I’m sure they’d love to keep selling us their cheapo scopes but it’s a bit wasteful and a licence package would be money for nothing for them

    As Steve says, the thread on CN indicates it ain't happening yet. Lets face it, those real new might get the scope kit then add an accessory kit then come to sites like this to find better eyepieces can be had and more stable scopes, so spend even more getting the DX version. So while there are some of us that'd like to hack the mount idea and use it on other scopes I wonder how big a market it might really be. That said there does seem to be a lot of interest so could well be a money spinner...

  13. interesting sky above here, those darker areas indicated seem to swoop upward into the higher darker cloud areas toward the centre of the image


    Occasionally at night you get a spiderweb type effect centring from that lower RH region too which I've put down to contrails or perhaps cloud driven up and over the hill from that direction. 

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