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vulcan

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  1. I just got a StarSense to go with my Nexstar SE6. The manual is bl**dy awful - as is the hand-controller, screen and buttons but... What I can't determine is if I only have to set the time/date/location once or at every boot-up. When I set the time and date and go back to that screen, my previous settings have gone. Haven't actually got round to trying it out yet
  2. I had the same problem with my Hyperion 8-24 zoom, completely gummed-up. I managed to get the plastic sleeve off but I couldn't remove the screw. What I did is to get some WD-40 and sprayed it into a plastic cup. I used a fine artist's paintbrush and put a few drops of WD-40 down the side of the screw. After a few minutes, I was able to move the from the 8 to the 12 position. A added a few more drops. Soon, I was able to zoom across the entire range. With the zoom set to 24 and the lens retracted, I brushed a few more drops round the inside of the tube. The lens is now functioning normally, including the click stops. The WD-40 is obviously thinning the grease.
  3. Vulcan, I'm afraid your Ad. has been hidden until you agree to individually price your Items, and post Images too.
    the smaller items you speak of, can be priced as one lot, but still need itemising so the buyer knows what he/she is paying for.
    This is not a rule implemented just for you, it applies to all who want to sell on the forum
    I'm sorry If you feel it's a nuisance to you, but we need to be fair to everyone.
    Barkis GM Team.

  4. Do you realise that there is an astro screensaver built into MacOS X (cosmos.slidesaver) (in Lion anyway). You could use any of those images.
  5. Proves nothing! I've seen photos of buildings on Mars.
  6. Check this out, it's pretty awesome... Eyes on the Solar System (requires UNITY plug-in) for 3D.
  7. Southern Stars • Products • SkyFi
  8. I have the SkyFi and it works well over WiFi. The only advantage is that the phone doesn't have to be physically connected to the scope so you can wave it around above your head quite freely. Whether that is worth an extra £100 or not, probably not. I ordered my SkyFi directly from the States and it arrived in less than ten days. Even with the shipping, it cost less than the UK dealer is charging. £1≠$1 !
  9. You can take some astro photos with modest equipment. The trouble is that of expectation. You only have to look at the top of this page to see wonderful deep space photos and more often than not, other photo you see online have been taken with Hubble or some very expensive observatory camera. The most important thing is to understand what is possible with which equipment and make the most of what you have.
  10. The human eye is most sensitive to green but red cuts through fog better. So, on a clear night, use a green one. On a misty night ... don't bother ;?)
  11. RS-232 ??? - Virtually obsolete on modern computers. Why not USB or BlueTooth then you don't need unreliable adaptor cables? Ergonomics - general construction that breaks your back, polarscope that breaks your neck, adjustment screws that break your fingernails. This is bad human interface design! The handset interface and display - any cheap phone is miles better but here in 2011 there are smartphones and MP3 players with easy to use touch displays - in colour. I won't even start on control layout and aesthetics!
  12. I don't understand why these SkyWatcher mounts are so retro. It is all very old technology and user unfriendly. When are they going to come into the 21st Century?
  13. Visibility is usually measured horizontally and improves as you look upwards. For instance, some days I cannot see the Isle of Wight across the sea and some days it is perfectly clear. This has little bearing on stargazing. I don't find the BBC forecast very accurate and much prefer Weather Pro on my iPhone and iPad for 'by the hour' updates to my exact location - which, being on the coast, is quite different from half a mile inland.
  14. I have a NexStar 6se too and I was initially confused as you are. I found my exact longitude and latitude (from my iPhone) but initially got West and East transposed. You have discovered the 'American' date system, so that's okay. You also have to be aware that you can't use just any three stars for alignment. They have to be ones that are in the SE's database and it is best if they are as bright and far apart as possible (in an equilateral triangle). Avoid including planets. The SE is also very fussy about its power. Forget Alkaline batteries, get yourself a decent power tank. I have the Celestron one and a cheaper one from Maplin but either are infinitely better than the batteries.
  15. Damn. I'm going to have to buy yet another barlow!
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