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SteveA

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  1. My wife has what is called.....a "stubborn streak"
  2. Well...finally I gave in! Under extreme pressure from Mrs A, demanding ideas for this year's Christmas present I've opted for the Sesto Senso. I would have liked to have at least had the opportunity to view the Baader offering, but it's been a year now since they talked about re-engineering their product and still nothing to look at. Unfortunately a potential lost sale Mr Baader !! Money is unfortunately an object around here and although I can think of plenty of pieces of kit I would dearly love, I do need to be reasonable. Luckily the price of this sat nicely in the annual Christmas pressie budget. As has been the case in previous years, Mrs A passed me the heady responsibility of ordering my own pressie this year. Ordered on Saturday...delivered today (Thursday), all the way from Italia....super efficient and faultless service, though one wonders how Brexit will mess us all up in the future ? (Opps..sorry for the political point of view...but what the hell) Slightly unimpressed however...Mrs A has put her foot down! No looking touching etc... etc. until Dec 25th....damn it! Steve
  3. SteveA

    Enjoying astronomy

    Astronomy is such a vast topic and in reality actually observing objects through a telescope is only a very tiny part of the science. Your average professional astronomer for instance is unlikely ever to go anywhere near a telescope with most of his/her work done from the comfort of an office chair and a computer. So don't for one moment think you can't still enjoy the subject. There have already been some great suggestions, but you might also like to consider taking your interest to a higher level by taking a distance learning course or even maybe take this on to a degree in astronomy. The internet gives you access to some wonderful institutions that offer these sort of courses. They are great fun, you learn loads and the spin off is you get a qualification as well....and of course all you need is a computer and some spare time. Steve
  4. That is interesting....I had assumed that WH Smith had ceased stocking this across the country, which is clearly not the case. I will pop in later and see if I can get them to reserve me a copy. Thanks for the info Steve
  5. Not too disappointed!...your kidding of course.. That's really very very nice indeed Steve
  6. I have to agree with you about Sky and Telescope, it was always my favourite publication. I've never had a subscription to it though as until a few years ago it was readily available on the magazine racks at my local WH Smith store. I stopped buying paper magazines a few years back as I was running out of space to store them and I started with a digital subscription to AN. I do still prefer a paper magazine though and I have actually reverted to picking up a copy of AN on a monthly basis. I was slightly surprised that WH Smith no longer seem to carry the magazine, but if they did I would definitely be buying it. Steve
  7. Not sure I have the answer here...but I'll be very interested to hear what the responses are! I fear and feel just ever so slightly embaresed to admit that I have been working under the mis-apprehension that using a powered hub would in fact increase the distance over which USB can operate, experience now makes me think this isn't the case. Having concluded that an active cable might be the solution to my issues (USB3 at 5 meters), I'm about to order one. Steve
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    EQMOD parameter

    Did you see this thread ?
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    EQMOD parameter

    Have you assigned the mount to the correct COM port ? Steve
  10. SteveA

    New Mesu 200 for £1500.....really...

    Indeed....something doesn't seem quite right here. I would probably apply the thinking that..."if it sounds too good to be true it probably is" Steve
  11. SteveA

    What Have You Learned From Astro?

    Winter nights are dark and cold! Summer nights are not so dark...but lovely and warm! I don't like the cold! I want to move to the tropics where the nights are dark and warm! Steve
  12. SteveA

    Dehumidifier finally died

    Keeping the filter clean seems to be an important thing to do. I'll certainly be taking better care of my new one.... Steve
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    Dehumidifier finally died

    I'm looking forward to the auto restart functionality! My old one didn't have that and we suffer a fair number of power outages where I live. I mostly discovered we had had a power cut on finding a dripping wet observatory...very annoying. Glad to hear your unit it is back to doing its job. Steve
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    Dehumidifier finally died

    Clean...filter? I do vaguely remember reading something about that when I first used the unit. Sad to say that I have never even thought about doing it since, and quite possibly this may have had something to do with my failure. Having just looked at the filter...it actually looks cleanish, which is kind of surprising after 10 years of use! Curious about the spec of your DD822 I,see it now seems to be unavailable I have however found a direct replacement for my expired unit and I will be ordering one tomorrow http://www.dehumidifiersuk.com/eco-air-dd122fw-mk5-portable-cellar-dryer-dehumidifier-with-2-year-warranty.html Steve
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    Dehumidifier finally died

    Mine is running on mains power being in an observatory. I installed IP66 rated sockets in the observatory and the whole lot is on its own RCD. So far I haven't electrocuted myself The whole business with condensation revolves around humidity, temperature and ventilation. Some observatories or out buildings suffer to varying degrees and although ventilation its self can for some people provide an adequate solution, I personally despite plenty of ventilation have always been plagued with it. I normally turn my dehumidifier on around the end of October and it runs until about April. I have a remote weather station and a sensor installed in the observatory, I keep an eye on the temperature and humidity and over the years I have learnt to judge when it's possible to turn it off, so if the weather warms up or the atmospheric pressure is high I know that condensation will not be an issuance I turn the dehumidifier off. Steve
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