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  1. Yes they had rather exaggerated the total cost, rounding up but they wanted to know. Rest assured I've taken some steps to secure it, firstly the roof has heavy bolts that lock it together when shut, there is a motion alarm fitted, it's also a closed garden with no easy public access other than over four or five neighbouring fences.. And a good chunk of the value is in the mount which is bolted down to the pier with a multitude of bolts. My insurance would cover most of the value at risk, but I accept the risks of inviting strangers over. Tough as I'd like to encourage more to the hobby! I ha
  2. Hi James. I'll start by saying we've never had a leak, not even a drop. I had expected a small amount but pleased to have had none. The overlap is about 9 inches but inside there is 2 inch thick foam on each side which join and condense when the roof is closed. I guess this is enough of a barrier to stop any horizontal rain seeping through. Whilst not as exposed as yours sounds it has seen some weather. I built it so the overlap is exposed to an Easterly and thus pretty rare rainy direction. Overall I would definitely build in this way again should the design warrant it! Sent from my iPhone us
  3. Thanks for the praise but I really just followed those who had gone before me. I still worry that the roof is too heavy but if it fails I'll just have to redesign it lighter! And if anyone is in the Amersham area and interested feel free to pop in and have a look.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thanks for all the relies! Yes that tree is slightly annoying to say the least.. It's on the neighbours side so I can't do much. But I get a great view south and East (and north) so it's ok. And we're unlikely to move for the foreseeable, so it was either work around it or not bother. Still would be glad to see it gone though! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. This was actually my one! We sadly didn't make the cut but it's still good to raise the profile a little of our hobby. Sadly the editors didn't quite marry my photos to the right objects but heyho.. Hopefully you enjoyed watching the show! Ben Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Wow that's excellent signal for just an hour, what kit are you using? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Beautiful work, you should be very happy to achieved what you have, even if SGL ruins the tonality you've still inspired me to try a new target! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. That's beautiful, I can't imagine ever doing 45 mins subs, very brave! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. So finally got around to getting some more data on the Pelican, this time with a quarter moon around. Total integration time 3.7 hours, Canon 1000D with Astronomik 12 Ha clip filter through a 200mm f/2.8 newt. Now time to get some OIII! Full res here http://www.astrobin.com/109400/
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  11. Also I notice the image has now been resized on posting - at least on the mobile it is. If anyone can point me how to post them so they don't that would be appreciated! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Yeah that's the one. For the moment the obsy build and the mount/scope have bankrupted me so I'll have to save my pennies for the rest of the set. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hello all Just thought I'd share the first light image with my new setup - obsy and scope! I couldn't resist the clear nights last week to have a play despite the full moon and the high level haze. Shot on a modded Canon 1000D, 18x300s with darks applied, using a 200mm f/2.8 powernewt and 12nm HA. Obviously it needs more data, but nonetheless I was quite happy with the detail obtained given the moon and the haze.
  14. Thanks all. Had I known what an undertaking it was going to be I'm sure I would have done it differently! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Hello all! Well, my obsy build is nearing completion, after being in planning for 3 months and to date just over 2 months of building as and when I can find the time. I've stayed quiet up until now, as it's been a slightly ambitious project for someone with next to no DIY skills, and I wasn't sure whether it would ever see the light of day (or the dark of night, whatever). Now it's very close to completion I think I can safely say it has been successful, to the point of being done. Looking back I'd do a few things differently were I to do it again but the end result is pretty satisfying. I
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