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  1. Hi Steve, I think that was me. Steve offered Tuesday to deliver and install my dome (a green one) but I had to decline. Glad to hear it meant you got yours earlier than expected. Mike
  2. One simple piece of advice I would offer at this stage - make sure there is a slight slope on the runners towards the open area. Dead level is pretty much impossible to achieve and if it slopes the other way, you'll have to find a way to prevent little dribbles of rain running in. How do I know? Please don't ask. Good luck with the build. Are you anywhere near TN8? Mike
  3. I must be older - 4d and 6d were the prices for normal and large bags when I was a lad. Mike
  4. This isn't a thread I'd noticed before but I immensely enjoyed skimming through it. Well done to all the owners. Mike
  5. Thanks Steve (steppenwolf). I read through your automation thread and all the other Pulsar threads that I could find. Lots of good ideas and information. Skybadger and sloz1664 - rain sensors are new to me. I looked at hydreon expecting to find something that would send me texts or emails. - obviously not. Googling suggested I might use a Raspberry Pi in conjunction with a rain sensor (I have one doing nothing at present) but the projects seemed to use much cruder rain sensors than the hydreon. I've minimal electronics skills but quite happy to tackle any form of coding, what would you suggest as the way forward? It will be months before the dome is installed and up and running, so I'm not in any rush. The "hand out of the window" that someone suggested in another thread will be adequate to start with. Thanks again everyone. Mike
  6. Thank you for the responses. As some of you have indicated, in my circumstances, the shutter drive is an unnecessary luxury and expense, so I've placed my order for the dome and rotation drive only. I will rely on the manual pulley system to operate the shutter. I'm 100+ feet away from any bedroom windows, so hopefully I won't disturb anyone. I'm building a separate warm room adjacent to the dome but like others I will probably monitor from the house via Remote Desktop. I'll have a look at rain detectors and see what there is that will alert me to leg it down the garden. Thanks again. Mike
  7. I've been considering the purchase of a Pulsar 2.2m dome plus rotation drive and I'm looking for advice from owners on the merits of also purchasing the shutter drive. For imaging, the dome and equipment will be operated from a warm room but never fully automated i.e. a visit to the dome to switch on etc. will always take place, so the shutter could be opened manually. Does that make the shutter drive an expensive luxury? Using the manual pulley system, can the shutter be positioned at intermediate positions i.e. not just fully open? Mike
  8. Just looked at Zhummell on Amazon. It appears to come with a laser collimator, presumably the one you used - is there any chance it could be faulty? Mike
  9. Hi Steven, Welcome to SGL. You live in a lovely part of the world. I lived and worked in Austin back in the 1980s and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Never looked through a telescope in Texas but hit lots of golf balls in your neck of the woods - Lago Vista, Point Venture, Crystal Falls and even once at Delaware Springs. Good luck with the imaging. Mike
  10. Hi Phil, Welcome to SGL from the Kent / East Sussex border. Mike
  11. Hi Ray. It is a work in progress but it has evolved extremely quickly which makes me feels that it will supersede its competitors in the not too distant future. I'm enjoying playing with my portable rig using an ASIAir but now the weather is warmer, I will probably have a spring clean of my obsy software and commit to NINA. Mike
  12. It is worth having a look at NINA https://nighttime-imaging.eu/ Mike
  13. I downloaded my copy today. From an initial skim through, I agree with what Wim has said above. You can order from http://www.deepskycolors.com/mastering-pixinsight.html Mike
  14. We organised a meet at a pub in Godstone, must be 10 years ago. It was good to meet other members but nothing came of it. There are plenty of societies around http://www.astronomyclubs.co.uk/Clubs/Counties.aspx and SGL has a star party each year which is well worth attending. Mike
  15. Welcome Wyvern. I'm located in TN8 not too far from you. Mike
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