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mjpfc

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About mjpfc

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    astro, hillwalking, reading, Cider.
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    Sandown, Isle of Wight
  1. Cheers to you as well stu, rubber bit off, have found the screw..................
  2. Cheers me hearty much appreciated, I'll give it a really careful go Mick
  3. The Aperture lens (coating) is blue in colour. I bought it in 2009 and it has worked well since until.......... Mick
  4. Aye guys, I've had it full clockwise, full counter and all stations in between. It used to highlight different details better in different positions but now it appeard to have stopped doing anything to the view. I have spent hours tweaking the Etalon control, and also the focuser to see if that helped at different positions but though the focuser still works the other is not working at all now, and has not worked very well for a couple of months. Mick.
  5. Tried with binos from IOW (St Mary's) Hospital last night but even though it had a thin-crescent marker within 5 degrees of it, the thing played hide and seek amongst the contrails towards southampton and I lucked-out. I have been down to Sandown beach a couple of times trying to get a low clear easterly, but its evaded me this summer/autumn so far. Mick IOW
  6. Morning Folks, Just wondering if anyone new of an easy fix before I try and open up the scope or call coronado/meade. I have had problems with the ETALON control on the scope, in that It does not appear to change the view-details at all, and I cannot make out (hardly) a thing either on the disc or off the limb. Currently I am sometimes seeing the black spot of a larger umbra, but nothing else. (Granted, there was very little to see in W/L either the other day when I last observed) but this has been the case with plenty to see through my W/L filter on my newt. There are some screws holding the box together and wondered if any of you guys new of a reason why undoing-them would be a good idea,..... Or if I should try the makers. Mick IOW
  7. Here in the UK the SUN has been a challenge....... C/2015 WZ is a fantasy Mick
  8. It was also nearly a couple of the moggies when I caught the beggar! He is 6 and the brolly has been out there for 4 years withought a scope under it......... Phycho critter, He probably just caught the Transit tension.
  9. Smashin phot 2112, That is the position of Mercury during the period when was appearing through the thinner clouds for me. I viewed out from under a brollly as it was still raining from above me at the time. Just after this my youngest cat jumped off the kitchen roof onto the brolly and snapped the stantions. Missed the filter end of the scope by inches.
  10. Had a better (though wet) day than expected with my scope under a brolly. Observed Mercury intermittently during 2 periods adding up to around 32 minutes. It was always through cloud, and going in and out of visibility but considering what I could have ended up with it has not been too bad a day. Mercury was tack sharp, and at one point lined-up with AR 12542 and 12543 Super Mick
  11. Got a second intermittend set of views through the cloud and between the rain between 15:50 and about 16:20. I even got a cloudy photo of Mercury lining up with AR 12543 and 12542. Bit hazy but you can make out which is which. Not bad going for the day we have had, and still an hour and a half left to go - Raining just now mind Mick
  12. Caught it for a minute or two through thinner clouds from the Isle of Wight so there is hope for the south. Mick
  13. Hey ho, No chance of contact sighting but I caught Mercury on the disc at 12:24 Through a thinner bit of cloud. A stunningly sharp little disc in front of the granulation. A few of these through the day will be good. Mick.
  14. One in the eye for pessimism, Just caught sight of mercury on the disc through thinner cloud. 12:24 to 12:26 Not bright but enough to see how sharp the little disc is moving well below the main AR. Mick
  15. Scope under a brolly, looks like a waste of time from here and I'll be well dead by 2049. Better luck further north folks Mick
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