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Carbon Brush

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  1. My two pennorth. Buy the biggest mount that your wallet and your back can handle. That will give you most options on scope choice now and in the future. Think about carrying, set up and put away. for example EQ6 weight is OK from garage to garden. But not down 3 flights of stairs. Having spent (nearly) all of your money on a mount, buy a smaller or lower spec scope to get started. For visual, you just look and smile. Most of the 'proper name' brands from the astro retailers will be more than adequate. Avoid ebay entirely and only buy a new scope from an astronomy retailer, whether web or High Street. Not from a department store, or computer shop, etc. For photos, start out with simple 30 second time exposures. Then you will start to discover tracking errors and everything else. If you get into the learning about photography and stick with it, then you will get a better idea of what sort of targets you want to photograph. That will determin what sort of more expensive scope you ought to buy. Keep asking the questions and enjoy the journey. David.
  2. Hi and welcome to SGL. You have a good choice of scope there. Good advice about contacting your local astronomy club. Where are you? For your first spend, why not a copy of 'Turn Left At Orion'. An excellent book with realistic viewing targets and how to find them. EDIT - timebandit got in there first! In terms of scope upgrades. Finder first. Some Skywatcher finders aren't that good. I have seen them with tinted plastic that blots out anything dimmer than Jupiter. also the LED too bright and can't be dimmed enough. Whether you go for a red dot finder, or a true finderscope is very much a personal choice. My preference on a Newtonian is a right angle finder with 50mm objective. BUT it is a peronal choice. Don't forget, any finder (or eyepiece) you buy is transferrable to your next scope. Enjoy the journey. David.
  3. Hi Louise. Rather than trying to correct the errors, why not look at simple improvements to stop the bed going walkabout. For example, if adjusting thumbwheel screws work loose, why not add locknuts? Or buy plastic thumbwheels with too small a thread and half heartedly tap them out so they have a tight fit? Or a non setting thread locking compound? HTH, David.
  4. That does sound a bit near. If you think you are running out of focus travel, slacken the eyepiece and back it out by hand. I have been known to hold eyepieces in mid air when trialling different focus mechanisms or scope setup. HTH, David.
  5. With an EQ mount, speed can be an issue if there is a meridian flip to handle. It takes an exceptionally long time - or seems to when you want to get back to the eyepiece.
  6. Yes a great scope shed! I saw it last year. Suggestion Luke. Maybe a bit late now? Have you looked at pond liner rather than bitumen and roof felt? It is now very much accepted by a lot of people. My (albeit sloping roof) observatory has been in place since early 2008 and the roof is still sound. Should I have said this with storm Dennis on the way? David.
  7. Thank for sharing this with us. Looking forward to the next installment.
  8. We are fortunate to live at an enlightened time. We can measure and discuss these things without fear. A certain telescope builder in Italy (Galileo) once got into serious bother with the authorities. He reported that certain night sky objects were not perfect spheres and changed with time. The powers that be made him stay at home and say nothing.
  9. That is absolutely amazing. Both your commitment and the end result are astounding. Speechless.
  10. Went last year. Excellent day. Good spread of exhibitors from shiny new stuff I could never afford, right down to used bits for a few quid. Met a few interesting folks. Enjoyed the Sharpcap talk. In the diary for this year.
  11. Almost on topic. A couple of months back I lent my old 3D printer to the Finningley radio club. It has since made a couple of dozen protection cases/sleeves for the nanoVNA. Obviously popular devices. David.
  12. It is interesting to hear how various members make their plans to locate good dark sites and how to handle the dew problems. There is some very good advice in the posts. It is though a sad statement on the state of UK light pollution when many of us have to travel long distances to find a dark sky. Phil's comment 'the convenience of a two hour straight run' sums it up for me. A short run (20/30mins) to a dark site allows a trip out if it looks (at short notice) like it might be a good night. But two hours each way. Then setup and pack away time. Not when you have to be up early for for work the next day. David.
  13. You aren't the only one surprised. They are in effect £6.50 per item and a free case.
  14. If you have some rings that are just a bit over size, then you could look at 3D printing some reducers. HTH, David.
  15. Optically and mechanically TAL scopes are very good. Whether this 20 years old scope has been looked after is another question. I bought one a few years ago for about £30 if i remember correctly. I gave it to someone new to the hobby. Like Wormix, I think £60 is a bit much. Unless of course it is like new. Can you post any pics? David.
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