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WADAS (Wakefield and District Astronomical Society)

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I've just binge-watched Stargazing Live, but was disappointed that they only did one Back to Earth programme, as I find that the most interesting part.

Me and Terry commented about how "dodgy" the space suits are, to say they cost about £50M each lol

At least they got back inside the ISS safely :)

indeed, there complicated things, i know they have 3 on the iss, but dont know how many more they have back on earth. i presume there going to, if they havnt already test that suit again just like they did after lucas spacewalk

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They said there was 6 in total Chris so not many more

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so thats just three back on earth then, no, not many at all

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Will they retire that suit now? its the second time at least that its had a leak, rumour has it that they new of a leak before lucas ilfated space walk the other year. dont think id want to go for a space walk in it.

I doubt they will, they only have 1 spare as it is on the ISS. At £50m a pop I can see why they want to keep fixing it, but if its a problem with the water cooling system leaking (as appose to the drinking water) I wonder how much of a repair they can do with the limits of the ISS. Its not like they can send it off to the lab to get the tubing replaced.

Matt.

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im sure they will have to use the spare one now, may be swap the faulty one when a soyuz cargo ship comes up perhaps

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What are the dates for Kielder in March agaiN

Friday the 18th to sunday 20th 

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As usual the weather was delightful over the weekend so I decided to get a few jobs out of the way which I'd been putting off.

My power tank needed an upgrade and also I had to put all the kit together for the dew controller. Basically I wanted to change the jack plugs I had on the power tank to XLR sockets. These lock in so no more accidental power loss during those long 'imaging' sessions!

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So with the power tank done I built up the dew controller using the LED dimmers inside which everyone uses. I think Matt Goo put a thread together with all the details on.

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So it has three outputs secondary, eyepiece and finder.

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That's a really good idea. My power pack has the cigarette lighter sockets for my mount and DSLR, and quite a few times during imaging its come loose, not enough to physically fall out, but enough for the power to go out.

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Most of the imagers I've met swear by them Matt.

They are made by a company called NEUTRIK originally and sold at maplin. You can get the copies off a popular auction site the best being REAN. There is a huge price difference.

The female sockets are copies and the male socket on the dew controller is an original so a lot more expensive.

I'm going to buy an 8mtr cable and split it with a male/female plug so I have the two cables I need.

I also finished off the cover for the mirror box on the dob.

Next onto the secondary holder which between me and Ryan I'm hoping it's gonna be sorted by the end of the month.

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Nice power tank D looks like a lovely job. Is it just a batterie box you are using and do you use a leisure batterie

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Great job as usual Damian - wish I was more techie. Might have to look into doing some kind of course on that kind of thing as it'd be really useful with putting my own kit together instead of having to buy everything ready made. Plus, some things you can't buy, and have to put them together yourself.

It's all coming together for you - here's to clear skies at Galloway for you :)

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- here's to clear skies at Galloway for you :)

I'm hoping for the same as I'm up that way my self that week. We have booked a cottage for the week in fleet of gate

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which week is then then your all off, hope its not anytime this week as its cloud and more cloud

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When does the new "How to make your own telescope" course start?

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How do you change the cable from the mount to the new powerpack sockete. Or did you buy another one.

Forgive my sarcasm Matt as I don't own any AP equipment

If you wanted to do it for a mount you'd either use the standard cable and change the cigarette plug or do what most of the EQ6 owners do and change the input socket on the mount to a screw on plug and socket.

Mine are for the dob.

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When does the new "How to make your own telescope" course start?

I will be giving a talk when I get around to it on the present scope build at the society in the future.

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Looks like a decent job on your dew controller Damian. Here's mine that I made a while ago:

Dew Controller


This one is now only used for when I'm 'in the field' i.e. away from home and running off the portable powerpack.


This is the EQ6 mod to use an 'XLR' connector, pretty simple to do.

EQ6 Power Mod Connected

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Cheers Matt. I've had all the dimmers just dangling about for about 3 years now and finally decided to do a full build whilst I've got a spare hour.

Here's a useful link for anyone wishing to pursue the home brew route

http://www.blackwaterskies.co.uk/2013/05/a-cheap-multi-channel-dew-heater.html?m=1

I have fused the outputs internally and also included a spare LED dimmer board inside as these can fail being cheap.

The XLR socket on the EQ6 is for the money the best mod you can do on the mount. Just have to be sure you are confident to do it

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Mark, what software were you using Friday night to control scope/camera with your tablet?

It was APT you can download it for free but some of the features are missing but it's only about 9€ to get it

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On the subject of plugs, sockets and connectors it has just been brought to my attention by the ever helpful Derek (physopto) that another alternative is the speekON brand sold at a few outlets such as Farnell/CPC.

If I was into the dark arts these would be probably the ones I'd use as they are also water proof.

As you may well know I have no wish to purchase these lol!

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