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thesatanbug

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  1. ^ Don't upset or contradict my theories on the universe please. It took me 50 years to arrive at that perfect solution on how it all fits together. I'm too old to start all over again.
  2. ^^ That box doesn't help me I'm afraid. My universe would swallow that up an infinite number of times. and has no edges or limits. It just goes on for ever. If you kept going in a straight line that's all you'd ever do.
  3. ^ Good choice. 1. I wondered about the two plates but settled on the small one. Once you set it up and find the balance point. Scratch a line in the black paint so you can just plonk the scope in the right place on the mount if you take it apart for storage. 2. You don't need to screw the counterweight bar all the way. You can tighten the knurled cone nut to hold it tight. 3. You'll need a decent battery for the motor drive. A lot of people plump for this one from Maplins If go into a local store or check on-line, they are sometimes on offer for £25.00 4. Enjoy.
  4. Just to give you some more options for your consideration. You can always buy a better scope and tripod first, then add goto later when funds allow. Though not necessary, it's just nice to have goto but adds weight/complexity, and needs either a heavy lead-acid battery or small rechargeables for the smaller goto scopes. In the end it boils down to what is more important to you. I stared off looking for the best image I could get but settled for ease of use for day to day viewing. A 6" reflector on EQ3-2 mount will give very good results but you wouldn't want to carry it too far and needs a bit of setting up with or without goto. An 8" Dob can be picked up and carried out to the garden on a whim if the conditions are favourable for stargazing. Some let you add tracking or goto later if you want. A smaller Newtonian or Maksutov with goto mount gives you portability and is ready to go in a few minutes, but lose out on image quality. Options options...
  5. Some good advice from above. I have a... Skywatcher Explorer 150P EQ3-2 with GOTO also a... Skywatcher Skyliner 200P FlexTube AUTO and finally a... Skywatcher Skymax 102 SynScan AZ GOTO Though the first two scopes give better results, I use the Skymax 102 the most because it's the easiest to set up and use. I leave it set up and just pick it up and trot into the garden when the clouds clear. For every one time I might use the first two I use use the 102 twenty times. It's extremely portable so gets used the most.
  6. It doesn't end. It never started either. It was always there and always will be. I find it easier to just accept it has no boundaries and is timeless. It's an infinite void with a finite amount of matter flying around, that in theory could expand to completely fill that void or can all be crushed down to the size of a decent semi-detached. And all on a whim. Makes you think don't it? :hello2:
  7. ^^^ I found a history and picture of the shop front. That's them. Looks like mass production saw them off.
  8. Is that them? They don't seem to make telescopes anymore. Just sell boxes. It was fascinating looking around. They made reflecting scopes up to quite impressive diameters. Pity. Thanks.
  9. I was walking down Farringdon Road yesterday and am sure there was a telescope maker there at one time. Does anyone know what they were called or are they even still in business? I remember going there about ten years ago when I was thinking of buying a scope but they were all way above what I could afford at that time. The business looked like it had been going there for hundreds of years. Just wondering if it was there, or is my memory playing tricks?
  10. If it's just a light weight structure you need it could be bonded to ultra thin metal film that could be polished.
  11. If you are determined to get goto then consider pushing your budget to a Skywatcher 150P on EQ-3. It'll see you comfortably through starter and intermediate level stargazing.
  12. Was there a blue spot or haze in the middle of the ball or corona? If so, I'd say it was a Typhoon. They are still testing them and spend a lot of time zooming up and down around there. The strangest thing I ever saw was a Lightning heading straight up at dusk many years ago. I thought at first it looked like a silver cross raising into the sky. Second coming and all that.
  13. Military jet going into re-heat perhaps?
  14. You could always buy a decent scope on an equatorial mount for a bit under your budget (say a Skywatcher Explorer 200P on EQ5) to start, and add GOTO later. I don't know if it's just me, but I found goto more use when I knew what it was I wanted to view, rather than aimlessly sending the scope one way then the other on a whim.
  15. Never mind cleaning the hard drive. Have you tried cleaning the puter? Nine times out of ten it's dust clogging up the cooling fan that gets a pc all sixes and sevens. Try a vacuum with the brush attachment on the ports to get as much dust out as you can. They pack it in so tightly that even a small deposit of crud can cause over heating and upset all the major components. If that helps a little, then open it up and vacuum as much as you can using a fine ½” paint brush to remove any build up. If that don't work, then you have a bigger problem. You'll be surprised how dust deposits can affect the electronics and mechanics in seemingly unrelated ways.
  16. Nice. Did you know you can map a sphere in Gimp? You could make your own Jupiter if you can't get a decent image. If you create a square work area, say 400x400 (it must be square or the map will come out oval) and fill it with coloured brush strokes or any shapes you like. Then go to: Filters_Map_Map Object. A box opens that lets you map on to one of four shapes. Plane, Sphere, Box or Cylinder. If you choose Sphere you can map your drawing onto that and make your own planets. You can fiddle with the orientation and lighting until you get what you want.
  17. From the title of this thread I thought we were in for a Readers Wives type experience, with pictures (all done in the best possible taste of course) of the missus draped over the telescopic equipment, suggestively fondling the focusing knob.
  18. This does seem obvious doesn't it? Whenever you see those business advice programs, the “experts” tell any hobby shop proprietor to bundle a beginners kit together to get new punters in the door. I think the problem with these starter kits, is that they are easy for the opposition to pull apart. Whatever the kit is comprised of, someone is bound to say that you are wasting your money on x or y component so would be better off putting your own set up together to suit your particular needs. The margins on some of the extras (books for example) might be so small there isn't much room for movement. Added to that, what is a beginners kit? I had a little extra cash to splash some months abck so spent about £600.00 on my first scope. That might be two to three times more someone else would spend on a first purchase, but only half the budget for someone else. I think a better option is for retailers bundle all the bits n' bobs you need together, but price bracket them into say £250.00, £350.00, £500.00 kits etc... but add ALL the stuff you need to get you going so you know what the outlay will be from the start and can jump in at the level you want.
  19. Push your buget a little and get a Skywatcher 150P with goto. Sherwoods do them for £520.00 (scroll down about half way) Big enough to do what you want, but small enough to transport in the boot of a car. You'll also need a battery but they can be picked up from Maplins for £25.00 if you wait for them to come up on offer which they do on a regular basis. Will give you years of satisfying gazing before you need to move up to something bigger. Lots of members here cut their teeth with this scope. I have one and love it. * Edit * The site sponsors are even cheaper and running an eyepiece offer.
  20. I had some friends around a couple of weeks back and "had" to get the scope out to show how it all worked an' that. My mate said it reminded him of ED 209 (it's an EQ3) when slewing form one point to another. I quite like the tracking mode, motor noise. It sounds like it's thinking about what it's doing.
  21. If he asks for payment by Western Onion or Money Grab, drop it. Scammers are all over craigslist. But it's also a favourite tactic used by scam baiters is to advertise stuff like this on market or auction sites at greatly reduced (or inflated) prices to catch cheque scammers. Baiters can usually tell the genuine form the scammer contact by the grammar and spelling, and will let you know it's a joke listing. Cheque scammers want to pay for goods with a cheque of much higher value than the seller is asking. They ask the vendor to send them back the difference, (mostly by cash transfer but sometimes by money mule) and by the time the victim finds out the cheque is fake or stolen they are long gone. They disappear without even attempting to get the goods.
  22. If he asks for payment by Western Onion or Money Grab, drop it. Scammers are all over craigslist. But it's also a favourite tactic used by scam baiters to advertise stuff like this on market or auction sites at greatly reduced (or inflated) prices to catch cheque scammers. Baiters can usually tell the genuine form the scammer contact by the grammar and spelling, and will let you know it's a joke listing. Cheque scammers want to pay for goods with a cheque of much higher value than the seller is asking. They ask the vendor to send them back the difference, (mostly by cash transfer but sometimes by money mule) and by the time the victim finds out the cheque is fake or stolen they are long gone. They disappear without even attempting to get the goods.
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