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About Len1257

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  1. Always used to Dremel or otherwise destroy the socket first then remove each pin individually when I did this sort of thing for a living.
  2. You need to decide based on your likely activity. Do you have a good dark sky location? Easy access to haul out a heavier mount and the physical ability to do it? Or will you spend time travelling to a dark sky site? I've just purchased a HEQ5 Pro and the size and weight came as a bit of a shock even after studying the specs etc. Not overly heavy compared to some but more than enough for me to manage. I went with a SW150PDS for my full frame DSLR on it but also have used a Canon 100-400mm lens with an AZ-GTi in Eq mode with good results.
  3. Just went over my HEQ5 1.76" stainless steel tripod and the legs are very magnetic. So much so that I can't set it up with a compass anywhere near it.
  4. I've seen the Neutrik SpeakOn connectors recommended before but the manufacturer specifically states: Attention speakON is NOT to be used as an AC mains or power supply connector! Also I believe that the cigarette plug on the lead supplied with the mount contains a fuse? So if replacing make sure a suitable fuse holder and fuse is incorporated. Len
  5. Big bloke with a wrecking bar might make short work of those bolts. Pull them straight through. My workshop lock bolts (two) are backed with 16 gauge galv plate. If your hinge pins are exposed outside then fit some hinge bolts (interlocking plate and bolt) into the frame. Of course the structure is all wood so they can still get in.....................
  6. Wow, that's really neat! Good job just need some clear nights now
  7. Thanks for the welcome! Looks like a starry night might make an appearance tonight but might not get out to play!
  8. Just purchased a Skywatcher Skymax 127 EQ3-2 Telescope and finding my way around it! Lots to learn and a bit of a steep learning curve at the moment but the miserable cloudy weather isn't helping! Forum seems packed with goodness! Situated in Deeside, North Wales.
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