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  1. Hi all, I'm looking for a wedge for a classic Celestron C5 (non nexstar). Many thanks,
  2. Is SGL6 still on? Was thinking of popping along with the scope for a few hours tonight. I've messaged Helen but not had a reply - can I just turn up (before dark obviously..) ?
  3. I'll be outside with the scope
  4. Is this the one where it got to -10C? Thinking of booking but don't want the missus to freeze - we've just bought a big sleeping bag but it's not a 4 seasons jobby...
  5. Just bought some of these as I missed them the first time round and they're back on ebay here: 1 1/4" Telescope Eyepiece Cap screw in (Filter thread) on eBay (end time 31-Aug-10 20:50:32 BST) Also bought one of their t-ring caps to protect a DSLR when it's just got the T-ring on here: T-Mount Cap (M42x0.75mm Thread) Telescope/Cameras etc on eBay (end time 31-Aug-10 20:52:55 BST) Seems like a good idea.
  6. I'm leaning to the 15mm for a couple of reasons: It's a fair bit cheaper, it's 1.25" so I can use an existing filter or barlow with it if I like and it's got the same 82 deg FOV as the 2". I also figure 50x is a nice mag to look at open clusters and such with. What do people think ?
  7. Hi all, Finally managed to find and see M81 / M82 with my 6" Newt Following the advice a fellow astromomer I spaced my fingers out to match the distance between the pointer stars of the plough and then flipped my hand over and pointed the scope there. Used my 25mm skywatcher plossi to see them - sky wasn't that dark and the neighbours kitchen light was in the illuminating the fence in the path but I still saw them - one faint ball of light and fuzzy line to the bottom left. Amazing to think they are 11 million light years away I've been offered a 15mm 1.25" celestron Axiom LX at a reasonable price or a 19mm 2" version of the same range which would give me 50x and 40x respectively in my 750mm F5 newt. Any preferences as to which I should go for if any? I'm looking to replace my supplied skywatcher 10mm and 25mm plossis. Thanks
  8. Hi all, I've recently picked up a 1.25" IR filter from astroboot for £6 which I'll be using for webcam imaging. The condition was listed as "A2 - Glass needs cleaning". It's not too bad - some slight fingerprint marks, etc. What would be the best way to go about removing them without damaging the coating? Thanks
  9. Current project is modifying a Philips Vesta Pro webcam to do long exposures. The soldering is probably the most difficult I've ever done - and I got my first soldering iron when I was 7 . The difficult bits - desoldering a pin and soldering the wires onto it and others is done. Hoping I've not broken anything Piccie with my thumb resting on the PCB for scale - using a zoom macro lens which is why it's out of focus:
  10. Had another look at the EP last night. While it doesn't rattle at all, there are quite a few (>5) little dust specs visible inside from the top and bottom - is this normal with a new EP? Thanks,
  11. That's fantastic! - as others have said, if you were to start selling them, I'd seriously consider it
  12. Thinking about getting one of these while they're on offer - 5in1 Jumpstarter with Digital Air Compressor : InCar Battery Chargers and Compressors : Maplin Maybe useful for people with dead powertanks
  13. I'll ring them - I'd like to know if coma can be caused by the EP being faulty / damaged or not before I do though
  14. Bought it from Astronomica - no rattling but was hoping for better performance than I'm getting. TBH I can't see much difference between the TMB and the supplied SW 10mm and barlow - sure that's not right :/ Not sure what to do - should I send it back and ask for a replacement ?
  15. As I was seeing concentric rings in the centre of the EP I assume the collimation is ok - I've got a cheshire and collimated it as best I could. Could the EP be damaged / at fault ?
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