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  1. Will a NE6Q head fit in the large case that is on offer?
  2. I would go for a Samsung NC10 or equivalent with the atom cpu. These netbooks deliver 8-9hrs battery life which is really important when you are out in the field.
  3. Just had a look on ebay to get a "feel" for the LEDs. It states: -40°C to +85°C operating temp Obviously it would use more battery though.
  4. I have got one of these on back order- waiting for stock at Axminster. I would like to mod the LCD display with an LCD one. I just wonder how difficult it would be to do that? Maybe the LED will work better in low temps and you won't have to keep shining a torch on it for a reading.... I will look into it when it arrives.
  5. Irishbloke, where did you buy the GemRed? Axminister sited linked about is out of stock for 2 weeks. Cheers, xmal
  6. Has anyone else given this a go yet? I have an OO metal base and I was wondering if anyone else has modified this base to accommodate the gemrad...
  7. Says that that the tube was homemade, that's why there was no Skywatcher etc keyword. I have a 10" Dob too- you should see loads with it
  8. My account says that 4 other people are making an offer and there are at least 10 units left, so we both should be ok . If you tell me your offer, I'll tell you mine
  9. Put in an offer, but no reply as yet. How about you? I thing the seller has over 10, so I wouldn't worry about it. Either way plenty more Eps in the sky as they say....
  10. Thank you for the heads up on this. I have put in an offer. Can't resist a bargain . Thanks for spending my money lol!! This is turning out to be an expensive hobby. Cheers, xmal
  11. I have good views east and SE. The LP is not too bad in those directions from my location, although it is nowhere near as good as Northumberland.
  12. Welcome to the forum. I live in Newcastle too. If you can head west along the A69 or NW towards Kielder the LP is not too bad. Good Luck with your hobby
  13. Thanks for all the useful inputs. I will keep a look out now for a TV 13mm or 16mm WO UWAN and just see what come my way......
  14. TBH, I did like the 7mm UWAN, but I have not had one clear(ish) evening since I got it. I would like an EP with the same Wide FOV but more mid-power hence my my original post. Once I know roughly what is good I can keep my eyes open on the for sale section and see what come my way. I think I am sold on the TV 13mm T6. I must admit I really like the scope- for me it is an ideal size to carry around per ounce of sweat per mm of aperture!!!!!!
  15. Yes, the 13mm Nagler T6. Based up in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  16. In my signature all the EPs are plossls that came with the scope. The 7mm UWAN is the new EP that I have just bought, but have not updated my signature yet. I like the 25mm, and also the barlowed (x2) view, that is why I think I will like the 13mm that John suggested. It is difficult to make a decision. I would like to go to an Astro club and try a few out, but with work commitments and clear skies coinciding with an astro meeting it is difficult to get to try some kit out and just means I am missing some great viewing from home when the weather does clear up. Kinda like the Tele Vue 13mm, but it looks like the eye relief is not too good on it (12mm)
  17. That's the confirmation I needed. By my calculations I needed a 19mm and 25mm, so what you say confirms that. I got a 7mm WO UWAN the other day to get close and personal, but I would like medium powered EP for DSOs with long eye relief. I am guessing the 19mm Panoptic would be right up my street. Any other EPs do you know that might fit the bill? xmal
  18. I have read that, hence my statement on the 16-10mm range, but I would like the opinion of users if what I have read is correct or maybe if they have used both focal lengths of Dobs....
  19. I would like to know what is a good medium powered, wide angle EP for my scope. I am aware that some people like the 24mm and 32mm Panoptics. But I am also aware of the magnification calculation of focal length/EP = Magnification. I am assuming that most people will have between 1500mm and 2000mm focal length tubes. My scope has a focal length of only 1200mm. This is quite short for a Dob. My question is should I be looking more towards the 16-19mm EP range to emulate the same magnifications of a larger Focal Length Dob with a 24-32mm range EP? Or am I missing the point completely. I want a wide angle EP to look at DSOs. Thank you, xmal
  20. You could use a 10" Dob as the finder scope on that baby!!!
  21. Hi Tom and a big hello from Newcastle. Welcome to the forum.
  22. I can turn my laptop brightness very low and set night colours on Stellarium. Works for me.
  23. Just a quick thank you for all the guys up at Kielder Observatory for the lecture and showing me around on Saturday evening. Still a little summer sun, but those skies up there are truly awesome.
  24. Not sure about the openGL to be honest. I run Windows XP and just ran the Stellarium executable and it just works!! Wifi is bog standard, running 802.1a,b,g. These are the standard wifi protocols. The NC10 is very small and compact. The keyboard is not full size, but around 92-95% full size I estimate. It is a good size keyboard for a netbook class laptop, but bear that in mind. I really like my NC10.
  25. I use a Samsung NC10. Bought it just over a year ago. Runs Stellarium really well. I think a netbook will definitely be the best for you here. When deciding I would look into battery life on the netbook. I can get 7-9hrs battery life depending on config. This is really useful, especially when you are in the field. Also be careful when checking out the batteries on some models. Some are 3-cell and others are 6-cell. The 6-cell have the much better battery life. Fire more questions if you need any more help. xmal
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