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  1. Didn't you know? All astronomers are honorary members of the nocturnal section of the Cloud Appreciation Society! Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  2. You mean ©rap/hip-hop/gangsta/whatever-stupid-name ? Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  3. I must admit that as I was watching the video I found myself first thinking "well that sounds like it makes sense" followed by "well he would say that, wouldn't he?" I'm not in the position to build a pier or observatory, so it doesn't really affect me, but I'd me more inclined to listen to independent, impartial advice, backed up by sound engineering test results (as opposed to saying something in an authoritative manner) than what amounts to a sales pitch (IMHO). I've seen many exquisite images produced by a variety of people, using fascinatingly different approaches with regards to supporting their mount and 'scope. If I can get anywhere near a fraction of the quality with my humble meg72 on EQ5 I'll be well pleased. As for ringing piers I wouldn't know, after all, I'm forever rapping out Saint-Saens' Danse Macarbre on my tripod legs!
  4. A variation on the "microphone jack" mod: http://bendun.net/Images/STARFEST2011/EQ6%20Power%20Plug%20Modification.pdf
  5. Is the intention to monitor the obsy during a session, or provide some form of video surveillance in case of intrusion? If something like motion could be "married" to an LX-aware program like qastrocam-g2 you'd have a low-light motion detection system capable of automatic recording if/when motion is detected. If, on the other hand, the intention it to keep an eye on the obsy from indoors, then qastrocam-g2 or wxastrocapture may be the way forward. Veering slightly OT here (and showing my ignorance) but does EQASCOM automatically stop scope movement when a limit has been reached, or does it just warn? I wondered whether suitably positioned micro-switches or reed switches operated by magnet might be attached to a mount so that should a potentially damaging limit be reached, the switch would either operate as a "kill" switch, removing power from the mount or as an input to an Arduino/similar/a-n-other-device to trigger an automatic scope park and alert/email/flashing red light/siren.
  6. Ahh! It's a pity motion (in Linux) doesn't know about LX-modded cams ;-)
  7. What I'm contemplating doing with mine as well is incorporate a powered USB hub (possibly home-made/cannibalised - anyone got any suggestions?). As the toolbox would be located under the tripod I'd then only run two cables from laptop - 1 for power (still gotta get an adapter!) and the other to USB. Using a cable tidy I could make up a wiring "loom" carrying USB cables, power cable for mount and battery adapter cable for DSLR which would then be strapped to a tripod leg using velcro cable ties
  8. I seem to recall that the lens of an SPC900NC has its IR filter built in, so won't that be cutting out your IR light? I found that my Logitech E1000 QuickCam has its filter separate. What's more, the thread seems to be the same so you could, conceivably, use the lens from a logitech on the SPC. Those look like 220ohm resistors on the board. Are they sufficient for all those LEDs (though I guess it depends on the supply voltage and the forward voltage & current of the diodes)? Maybe that's why some have failed?
  9. Got my box from Wickes on Sunday. Just waiting for the 12v sockets to complete. I used some ply I had to had but it's a bit thin so I'll probably re-do the woodwork. With the leisure battery in the centre of the box there's room at one end for my Draper charger. If I hook that up to the battery via a DPDT switch I can check the state of the battery when out in the field and, when at home (and everything else is disconnected) simply plug in and leave it to charge By the looks of it the Wickes box is a re-badged Stanley 24" toolbox, which can be obtained online for less than the Wickes version
  10. How it was really done: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/15/felix-baumgartner-stratos-jump-lego-video_n_1966114.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false
  11. But surely everybody knows the world's going to end on 21/12/2012 (or is it 20/12/2012?)? ..which begs the question: why do people produce books/cds (thus making money) about the world ending, when there'll be no world in which to enjoy their wealth? Answer: they don't believe it will end but prey upon gullible impressionable people. I reckon if/when the world 'ends' it'll be without warning, when nobody's predicted. Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  12. Possibly not. The smallest (1.8Kg I think) weight might be too much - even at the top of the bar. Best way to find out is attach the camera and check the balance. That said, the chances are you'll be "East heavy" so the RA gears aren't likely to "bounce" Paul Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  13. Day's half over by 8am! Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  14. Excellent! Thanks Jim. I had a feeling it might be the 24" box. Just need to get some 12v sockets now (have found some for £3.02 ea.)... and some ply!
  15. Oh, and P.S. what size box was it?
  16. Nice one! I've been thinking of making a box out of ply/MDF to hold my battery and charger and various connections but your solution is far neater (besides, my woodworking skills sometimes leave a lot to be desired!). What gauge/amp rating wires did you use for the connections and what size fuses?
  17. Orion's stunning at about 5am at the moment. With a clear sky you get Jupiter, Venus, Orion and the moon (for now) Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  18. Hello and welcome from Worcestershire Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  19. All we "know" is that the universe is apparently 13.5 -14bn years old. I say "apparently" because that is the limit of the _observable_ universe. What's to say there aren't more stellar objects further out and their light/radiation simply hasn't reached us yet? What if we think of our universe as a galaxy of galaxies, with other universes beyond detection? Off for a lie down before my head explodes! Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  20. Could they be some form of hartmann mask? Sent from my GT-I9100P using Tapatalk 2
  21. I've found that you don't necessarily need to shine the torch from the top. If you hold a torch to the side of the polarscope by the setting circle, enough stray light finds its way into the scope for the reticule to become visible
  22. Try Boneham & Turner, part number TS3-3702: http://www.boneham.co.uk/shop/product/thumb_screw_din_653
  23. D'Oh! Just changed the time on PC so that EQMOD and Stellarium would think it's late enough for M45 to be visible. Slew to M45 and the Actions aren't greyed out any more. Must RTFM more!
  24. Just taking a look at this myself. I've downloaded and installed version 0.3 and also installed the 210+ index. As I'm not connected to my scope at the moment and don't have APT (I prefer BackyardEOS) I've selected the ASCOM simulator and chosen "Open file dialog" in the Camera section. However, the chooser under Solver is greyed out, as are all three Actions. When I click on Capture and Solve, a file chooser pops up and I've select a jpeg of M45 (a snapshot taken with BYE). The image appears to solve OK but the actions remain greyed out Am I missing something somewhere?
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