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Everything posted by valleyman

  1. In that Celestron lens kit there is a Barlow lens. Its the one in the top right of the picture, If you unscrew the lens on that you can then use the tube as an extension. Don't wait for darkness. try getting focus on a distant object in daylight, much less frustrating. Pat
  2. Some Politician will Blame Brexit before too long
  3. It was the noise coming from it that attracted me to it. So Davey-T you did hear it. Thought at first it was a firework. Just to Clarify just how big this Meteor was. First contact was in Gemini with the Head exploding close to Orions Belt.. The tail extended the whole distance between those two constellations. The Tail was fluorescent Green, with the head being Red, Yellow and White. The width of the tail was the thickness of the little finger held at arms length Glad to see I was not the only one to see it. Pat
  4. 10pm 14th jan. Just seen a huge Meteorite. Came from about 10 degrees from due North. Went through Gemini and extended to Orion. Massive Green tail with red and White Head. It lasted no longer than 1/2 second. Was the largest brightest Meteorite I have ever seen. One of those once in a life time events. Would have missed it if the dog had not wanted to have a Pee. Just stunned at the moment Pat
  5. You need to learn the night sky. Try downloading " Stellarium." on your PC. There is also star hopping which is like using the stars you do know as a route to the star you are looking for. As already suggested get the finder and telescope aligned. When looking through the finder keep both eyes open and use the eye not looking through the finder to look at the star you are lining up on. It seems a bit strange doing this at first but makes alignment much easier once you get used to it. Good luck Pat
  6. Looking at 2nd hand Cameras try MPB.com. https://www.mpb.com/en-uk/used-equipment/used-photo-and-video/used-digital-slr-cameras/used-canon-digital-slr-cameras/ They have a good range of Cameras within your price range. They will ship to Europe. Pat
  7. The 2 choices you have made are at best suited for observing Octopus at the bottom of the Aegean. The first 2 post have excellent advice. Go for one of them or wait a while, save some more money and get something that is going to give you a lot of pleasure over the years
  8. Mike, you really must stop disappointing yourself like that. Make like Nelson and use one eye? Pat
  9. Oh to have these skies when the nights close in.
  10. Tony, no offence intended. As a founder member of the group but no longer active I still like to see what is happening with the group. was really a referance to the fact it had been quite recently and not in any way a referance to the great work you do at Pencilli regards. Pat
  11. Hopefully it will kick start some life back into SWAG and give us clear sky's too. Pat (ghost from the Pass)
  12. Just to confirm Emil's explanation. I really wanted this lens for my Canon 80D alas it was not compatible. I did try it on manual and can confirm the pictures were clear and sharp so The lens is in good condition. Unfortunately I wanted it working on Automatic. Emil was very quick to offer a refund and I thank him for that. Pat
  13. SOLD Going to sell my Lunt LS60THa/B1200C 60mm H-alpha Telescope and go for a Quark and SD 80 set up so I can use the scope for wide view astro in the summer. I have only just bought this from FLO so somebody is going to get a bargain. I will included a Tel Vue SOL Searcher It comes in its own fitted case and I have all the original packaging so I would be happy to post it The Lunt LS60THa is a complete Solar Telescope with a 60mm aperture. The front singlet lens reduces half the stray light of an achromat, fully eliminating the possibility of on-axis coma, astigmatism, de-centering aberrations and provides a full spherical corrected flat-field. An internal etalon with tune adjustment allows for a <0.75 Angstrom bandpass. The LS60THa/B1200C comes with the B1200 blocking filter. The star diagonal in which the blocking filter is installed, is equipped as standard for 1.25" eyepieces and with a T2 camera connection. With 500mm focal length it provides a ~4.5 mm image through a 12mm blocking filter. Fine adjustment is achieved with a Crayford style with 10:1 reduction. Supplied with an aluminium finished hard case with fitted foam. Asking £1600 ono P&P included
  14. I was going to make the same suggestion as runoffshed. It looks to me as if it is the support arm that is turning. Is there anyway of securing the support arm where it attaches to the Tube, or is it welded?
  15. Hi Morddraig, Welcome to SGL and SW Group. If your looking for informal you have come to the right place. The group don't as a rule have formal meetings sitting in a pub etc etc, but do weather and Moon permitting have meeting during the dark season at Blaenavon.The next meet should be in a about 2 weeks. Keep an eye out for Mikes postings for Observing meets. These are usual arranged around the New moon period. There is also the annual Star Party week which I belive is being arranged at this moment. See here The 150 and EQ5Pro is a good set that you have there. If you are just doing observing and not Astrophotography, then just pointing the mount North should be good enough for GOTO. Pat
  16. Hi Mike, Hope all is good with you and the family. Good see some activity here. Just a reminder :- Rule No 1..........................Never bother with the forecast until 1 minute before you make the Call :). This is Wales. Pat
  17. SOLD I have my Canon700D for sale. With Manual, BULB and high ISO settings it is ideal for Astro. I don't have the software or Manual(Downloadable) for it but the EOS PC control is easily downloadable from the Canon Website. https://www.canon.co.uk/support/camera_software/ I am including a M42 (Canon) and 1.25 Nose piece. Asking £250
  18. They are 1.25 Mikyg. Dean 069 has first shout on them at the moment
  19. Thanks for the Heads up but price is definitely there Lunt £ 1650 and Quark £850
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