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What did the postman bring?

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I bought one a few years ago - excellent IMO.

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Well, not the postman per se, but Santa Claus should be bringing me an Astronomik UHC filter, and a couple of BST Starguider EPs along with a Cheshire collimator. Unless my wife decided to go off list and "suprise" me... fingers crossed that crazy thought didn't cross her mind.Β 

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I ordered a few items yesterday, since i upgraded from my ED80 + Canon to Esprit + ASI1600, my other gear is gathering dust so i decided tot build a lightweight AP setup.

So the first item to arrive today is a 14" laptop, specifically a HP 14" I3 256SSD 8GB RAM.

At first i was planning on getting the ZWO ASIAIR Pro, but there areΒ always going to be some limitations to this, so i went for the laptop to get full control as i'm used to.

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SMD practice kit and a PCB holder. Now to give soldering suface mount components a go. πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ™€

At least with the microscope and monitor I’ll be able to see what I’m doing. πŸ‘πŸ»

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have fun with that John, I've a few SMD LED's I need soldering onto an old GPS HUD but last time I gave that a go I found I was good at melting them so gave up in the end. Must have another look, one day but its low priority. Solder paste and flux and a v fine tipped iron or hot air station would be best but for a one-off I wasn't looking to invest much in kit. For sure the microscope will help a lot :)Β 

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Will I ever want to do more SMD than this practice kit? We’ll see. πŸ€”

Have dug out the fine tip iron which looks small enough.Β 

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Next package just arrived From Munich for the new rig.Β 
The Pegasus Pocket Power Box, a PSU and a temp sensor for my Sesto Senso.

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I use a hot air gun and solder paste for my smd components.

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17 hours ago, johninderby said:

SMD practice kit and a PCB holder. Now to give soldering suface mount components a go. πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ™€

At least with the microscope and monitor I’ll be able to see what I’m doing. πŸ‘πŸ»

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Hey. That's very cool. I'm also very much into electronics and Arduino programming etc...a few years ago I bought a load of surface mount LEDs, not realising I had no way of soldering them! I'd love to hear how this works for you. Enjoy!

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4 minutes ago, johninderby said:

A box just arrived by DPD. Wonder what’s inside. 😁

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Snow......😁

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45 minutes ago, johninderby said:

A box just arrived by DPD. Wonder what’s inside. 😁

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Eyepiece?

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On 22/12/2019 at 21:33, johninderby said:

Had the original Steeltrack on my OO UK 14” dob. Very, very nice focuser. πŸ‘πŸ»

I'm considering the diamond one for my 12". Its design looks very promising to me.

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29 minutes ago, JeremyS said:

Eyepiece?

15mm Ortho ............... 😁😁😁

OK actually the long awaited Rowan AZ100 πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Pics being posted in the Rowan AZ100 Owners Thread

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38 minutes ago, johninderby said:

15mm Ortho ............... 😁😁😁

OK actually the long awaited Rowan AZ100 πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Pics being posted in the Rowan AZ100 Owners Thread

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Looks great! Is that a Uni18?

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7 minutes ago, Piero said:

Looks great! Is that a Uni18?

Yes it is with an EQ5 top that I converted into an EQ5 or EQ6 fitting.

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The postie wasn't involved in the first purchase, but walking past a market stall, these fingerless gloves with grippy palms caught my eye for a quid. A bargain!

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To compliment the gloves, the AZ GTI expected to arrive on Monday came today. Wahay!

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Fuelled by frustration I may start poppin into the work's chapel on the way to breakfast and praying for clear skies.

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Santa and the overworked delivery guys brought me:

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- An Astronomik UHC filter.

- 12mm and 8mm 60deg BST Starguiders.

- A laser collimator.

- An adjustable height stool to use with my XT8.

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And so far I have only managed to use the 12mm for 5 mins during a rare break in the cloud. ☹️

Fingerscrossed, the weather forecast looks favourable for Sunday evening.

Cheers

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Nothing exciting. Just a flux pen. 😴

Now I can go and flux my capacitors or something. 😁

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2 hours ago, johninderby said:

Nothing exciting. Just a flux pen. 😴

Now I can go and flux my capacitors or something. 😁

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