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About Patrick1948

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  1. Sad times indeed. Mayfield was used by lots of people and groups and will be sadly missed.
  2. Hi Jase...I HAD a ten inch Dob ( no longer sadly) and as I struggled to carry it in and out of the house each session, I quite often wished for a Flexy...If I go 'DOB' again it will be a Flexy...
  3. It's been like looking through 'Lost and Found Dept'...anyway I've found it now. Didn't realise it had moved until this morning...
  4. Hi Chez and Malc...how ya doin'?...sorry to hear your move wasn't quite what you expected. I got rid of my 10" Dob and swaped it for a Celestron 127 Mak... Easier to lug around...not really had time to use it yet 'cos of the b****y cloud and trying to work out the self alignment system, anyway if you decide to organise a meet for stargazing at a dark (ish) site, let me know.....I'll keep an eye on the forum. Clear skies to you both.
  5. Hi Mark...I ordered a SW 250PX Dob from RVO and it was here within the week. The after sales was very good and they are a Knowledgeable and friendly lot. IMHO you can't get better local service....clear skies to you and.....(up the Owls!!!..lol)
  6. Hi mark and welcome to SGL from me in Sheffield 5....clear skies to you.
  7. That is just how I travelled with my 10" Dob and never had a problem with it...it never even needed any serious collimation after travelling either....much easier now though...I swapped it for a Celestron 127 Mak !!!...clear skies to you.
  8. Welcome to SGL Lou, from me in Sheffield...you sound just like me with changing equipment....clear skies to you....
  9. Ah! you mean **** ???..hahaha you just gotta laugh !! Welcome to SGL...clear skies to you....PAL.
  10. Hi Pat from Hull from Pat in Sheffield..(after having lived in Hull for 21 years..West Hull, Alliance Ave, just off Spring Bank West)...clear skies to you.
  11. Nice one....now that is YOUR 15 minutes of fame..lol.
  12. Hi Dan and welcome to SGL from me in Sheffield..enjoy your stargazing and clear skies to you.
  13. Patrick1948


    You certainly did jinx the sky Andy !!!!...welcome to SGL from me in Sheffield.....clear skies to you.
  14. :icon_eek: Last night/this morning was one of the best observing sessions I've had for a long time. It was my first serious stargazing session since I traded my 10" Dob for a more manageable Celestron 127 Mak and goto mount....and I miss my Dob so much !!! I was set up and waiting by 10pm and it still looked like mid afternoon!!! anyway, as soon as I could see three bright stars I launched into the sky align...(after meticulously leveling the tripod)...failure after failure.....four times I tried, very frustrating...is this common or is it just my ineptitude ? Anyway after realising the eyepieces I had (scope standard) were not very good I settled down after a successful alignment and tried the tour on the handset. Well...the scope pointed every where but where I wanted it to. More understanding needed, I suppose it would help if I read the manual !!!! I pointed the scope in the general direction of Cassiopeia and settled down with the 25mm eyepiece in and just bumbled around observing the open clusters there. This was about 12 midnight....next time I looked at my watch it was 2.45am!!!! Nearly three hours of totally unstructured star gazing in one constellation....what an enjoyable evening I had!!! I am really missing the big aperture of the 10" Dob but the 127 Mak is more manageable, and like they say, a good scope is one that is used.....by for now and clear skies to you all.
  15. In that case, Count my Celestron 127 SLT Mak as well.....not looked through it yet, only traded my 250 PX Dob for it yesterday...B****R off clouds!!!!
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