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Teal Rain

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  1. Hello all Sorry for the late reply! Many thanks to all who replied and please excuse my lack of knowledge and use of incorrect terminology! - I was referring to the blocking filter reducing the apparent FOV. Thanks for your post Michael, I'm seriously thinking about the 12mm Nagler now. At the moment I don't have any really good eyepieces, save the 18mm BGO so I'm looking forward to getting the best out of my scopes when I get the Nagler. Cheers Mark
  2. Hello all I'm been toying with the idea of getting a 12mm delos for use in a varierty of scopes, one of which is a Lunt 60 B1200 PT. Would I be right in assuming that the FOV yielded by the delos would be a bit wasted in the Lunt given the blocking filter? Any advice welcome! Thanks Mark
  3. Thanks John. I think I'll just give it a good clean and re-grease. I've noticed there's a sort of 'notch' as the dovetail axis goes past the vertical. There's nothing I can see on the bearings so I'm assuming it's a function of the sprung tension washer used? Any thoughts? It didn't have a very good debut - my lunt prism slipped round in the FS-78 compression ring and tipped my 18mm BGO on to the garden slabs! much swearing was heard by all in ear shot. My fault though for not tightening it enough!
  4. I've done two mounts following Astronomy Boys instructions. I also polished all bearing surfaces with steel wool & brasso type polish. Worked wonders! When you re-assemble the bearings make sure it's all perfectly aligned - I didn't on one and nearly jammed the thing, got it apart again but only after a bit of a sit down and a think! Good luck M
  5. Morning all, I have recently acquired an AZ-4 mount. I was wondering if there is any merit in polishing the metal bearing surface on the altitude axis that the telfon disc runs on. I've done a couple of CG-5s before as per Astro-Boy's instructions and they made quite a difference in the motions. Any advice welcome! Thanks M
  6. Just bought an AstroTrac and your image has certainly provided inspiration. Hope I can get to the same level of detail with my attempts! Did you shoot raw or jpeg btw? M
  7. Morning Thanks for your replies. I'll take your advice and contact FLO! Mark
  8. Morning all Can anyone tell me whether it is possible to remove an AZ-4 head from the SW tripod and attach it to a Berlebach with Vixen GP style top plate? the same model as FLO sell. Thanks Mark
  9. Hi James Thanks for pointing that out. I hope the 75 mins is correct. Beeb online has it at 22:35 to 11:05 except in Wales. M
  10. Excellent idea about the name change.. and more of a tribute to the man than the pathetic 30 minute only programme the BBC is showing tonight. I find that quite disgusting of them TBH.
  11. It is a bit of a "non-announcement" if ever there was one!
  12. I have one on my shopping list. Could come in handy if next years comets put on a show. M
  13. Morning Anyone have any thoughts on this: http://www.apm-teles...inoculars1.html Could be useful as an alternative to a telepod head for lightweight grab and go scopes? Cheers Mark
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