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What did the postman bring?

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Unboxing...

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I should be grateful; I urgently needed a 10A fuse so ordering yesterday afternoon and getting delivery before 8:00am is impressive. All for £1.62.

But perhaps this would have been better sent in a small padded envelope?

(Still not as impressive as Farnell, they once sent me a single microchip, about 15mm square, in pair of plastic waffles about 30x20cm, inside bubble wrap, inside a box, inside more wrap, inside an outer box about 60cm square - but I suspect this was someone in despatch who was a bit bored!)

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ASI183MM Pro and goodies. Yay!

I was surprised by the weight of the filter wheel. I hope my GP can cope. 😀

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4 hours ago, Skywatcher130 said:

Illuminated reticle eyepiece, for enhancing my go-to accuracy 😀

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Got one on order from SVbony in China. Waiting for it to arrive. Let me know what you think of it 👍

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I save up and once a year I order a bunch of stuff all at once.   Last time was in May, which is approximately a year ago.   :icon_scratch:     One delivery from FLO and another one from ADM.   

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2 minutes ago, freiform said:

That looks like a sturdy tripod!

iOptron TriPier.  It is very solid.  I'm still waiting for the mount to arrive from Germany so it'll be a couple of weeks before I can try it out.

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Picked these up 2nd hand but hardly used, Star adventurer, Skytech CLS clip filter and IDAS LPS-P1 Light pollution Filter 62mm (not sure what this is used with but had it thrown in) only thing missing is the 1/4 to 3/8 convert screw which is what I need to mount it on my tripod, should be able to make do with using my Mak's tripod tonight and have some on the way to hopefully arrive in the morning.

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54 minutes ago, Pullock said:

IDAS LPS-P1 Light pollution Filter 62mm

It goes in front of a lens, I guess?

 

Have fun with the SA, I use mine not nearly enough.

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19 minutes ago, freiform said:

It goes in front of a lens, I guess?

 

Have fun with the SA, I use mine not nearly enough.

I figured that... but don't know of anything that is a 62mm/2.4 inch fit

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I completed my eyepiece collection today with a free (except for postage) Revelation 2x Achro Barlow. It seems to work well enough on Saturn! Many thanks to a generous SGL member 😀

So I have: ES 24/68, Nirvana 16/82, Speer Waler 10/82, ES 6.7/82. For planetary viewing the barlow adds a 12mm and 8mm focal length for me, and for Solar the Barlow lets me get 120x magnification with my ST80, just right for viewing sunspot details (if there were any...).

On the subject of completed eyepiece collections, I hear Takahashi just released a new range of affordable orthoscopics...

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23 minutes ago, Pullock said:

I figured that... but don't know of anything that is a 62mm/2.4 inch fit

I had a set of about 17 step up and step down adaptor rings, about £12 off eBay. I should now be able to fit a lost anything to anything.

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1 hour ago, Pullock said:

I figured that... but don't know of anything that is a 62mm/2.4 inch fit

Sounds like a camera lens filter thread.

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1 hour ago, DaveS said:

Sounds like a camera lens filter thread.

Good call, it's roughly the size of the front ring on my DSLR, won't fit this one but certainly the right size, thanks.

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1 hour ago, Pullock said:

Good call, it's roughly the size of the front ring on my DSLR, won't fit this one but certainly the right size, thanks.

Try one of these, actually I only paid £7 for it!

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I have no idea what the cutter picture means....

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2 minutes ago, Stub Mandrel said:

I too have a similar set - just wish they went smaller, like down to 2 inch and 1.25 inch size!!

Helen

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Gosky smartphone holder arrived yesterday.

Wasn’t expensive at all on Amazon but really like it. Such a simple but effective design. A solid clamp to hold the phone and aligning with the camera couldn’t be easier. Centre the lens in the hole in the clamping head on the holder then drop in an eyepiece and twist the clamp lock and ypu’re ready to go. Makes it easy to swap eyepieces as well withput having to readjust. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Had an expensive Altair smartphone holder and honestly this is far better and easier to use. Identical to the Orion Steadypix but cheaper. There are some similar looking but slightly different super cheap ones on eBay but not sure how good they are.

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Antares 10x60 RACI. I am a fan of RACI finders, and this was a secondhand bargain at £40.

First time with the twin ring set up though, which took a minute to sort out.

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Actually an L-Enhance (tri-band DSLR) filter not another Ha despite what it says in the photo!

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Finder base/holder for Tak came from China in 7 days. Pretty good. Had to pay customs charge (11 GBP) on top of $18.50 product price. Not so good.

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And TeleVue Panoptic 24mm bought here the other day. In absolute mint condition.

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This

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Which on opening revealed this

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I've just installed the 8 gig RAM, 64 gig boot drive and 500 gig storage drive.

Now to get it all working. It will be the observatory PC for the ODK12 / DDM85/ G3 16200 set up.

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Had the adapters come today for attaching the star adventurer to my tripod and guess what? We're forecast cloud the next few nights!

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