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JAO

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  1. A very engaging read indeed. Many thanks for sharing this. The instrument sounds like a serendipitous find and its clearly in a good home. As you say, JO made a small number of these triplets, I am aware of a couple of others, but I wonder where the other instruments now reside?
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    Comet 21/P

    I have looked over several nights with my observatory telescope, but have been unsuccessful. It is still faint and the magnitude estimate is of course integrated rather than point source. Let's hope it brightens over the next months. Lovely image by Nick too, thanks for sharing @JeremyS
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    A quick midsummer session

    Martin, Many thanks for sharing, these are quite excellent. As a visual observer I am continually impressed with the capabilities of video astronomy. I really must look more into this and give it a go. I agree about the weather, this year has been poor. I am only averaging 10-12 hours a month at the eyepiece. I am wondering about how video might perform on nights when it is clear but the moon prevents visual, but video might still reveal some detail in DSOs?
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    Pulsar 2.2 m Dome roller design

    I have the older Pulsar 2.7m dome which runs on a set of rubber wheels set into the base ring. I won't work with the new drive system. I think the new Pulsar dome design was created around a drive system. I think you would be best talking to Gary at Pulsar about your options.
  5. Very nice read. I had one many years ago, a lovely instrument and of an LF achromat class not readily available today.
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    Kingdel mini pc

    Very helpful, straight and to the point review, many thanks for sharing. I'm looking for this sort of kit for a remote control setup.
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    SCS Astro shutting shop

    Very sad indeed to hear this news, Kieron was such a fixture at events such as Astrofest going back years. Always knowledgable, quietly understated and always very helpful. Please pass on heartfelt condolences to his family and RIP Kieron, a gentleman who will be missed.
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    Breathable membrane

    Used Protect A-1 Roofing underlay, which is available from Screwfix (https://www.screwfix.com/p/protect-protect-a1-roofing-underlay-1-x-45m/31795). Ten years on its has lasted very well. Observatory is very dry and damp hasn't been an issue. Indeed it has faired better than some of the Shiplap, which I have had to replace.
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    Observatory paint

    Thanks for the information, very helpful and timely. One of my spring tidy up jobs is to repaint the inside of my observatory. I last did it about 5 years ago and used a matt black exterior paint, which was good but took an age to dry. I'll give this stuff a go for the repaint.
  10. Not my thread but I must say they are two beautifully made Altaz mounts Doc, beating a lot of Pro Kit to my eye
  11. I'm not that familiar with driven Altaz, but the Bray Tablet Mount had a very high capacity, I saw them with C14 OTAs attached. Although not made anymore they occasionally come up second hand. I use a Tele Optic Giro II, I mount a Mirage STF 7" Maksutov Cassegrain on one side and a Televue NP101 on the other. The Giro mount sits on top of a Berlbach Tripod. With a finder, eyepieces and diagonals the total load is around 30lb. Like you I'm happy to find stuff with a chart and finder. Skywatcher AZ EQ mounts are driven, but also have Goto so probably are not what you are looking for. There was a mount I saw a few years ago called the Kokusai Kohki T-REX, not driven and fitted with DSCs, but it had a big capacity, so could take a C11 OTA. Hope this helps
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    A Simple Happy Moon :-)

    Well that looks pretty good, I particularly like the view of Sinus Iridum coming out of the shadows.
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    Thar She Blows

    Very nice image and excellent write up about the process of capture too. Love the colours , particularly in the HII regions of the galaxy.
  14. Very nice image many thanks for posting, was it taken using a scope at New Mexico Skies?
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    Trailer Option

    The local Astro Society has one of these to assist members move equipment around the site. It isn't covered but a tarp of some sort might suffice?
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