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My very first refractor, the new WO FLT 91, this is going to be my imaging telescope when I can get my hands on a Skywatcher mount. ย 

Just arrived and amazingly well packed... triple boxed,ย with spacers ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Nestled inside was a gorgeous Takahashi FC76-DCU ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I canโ€™t believe how light it is compared to the StellaMira 80mm, and

All the way from Sweden and deposited on my door step by the courier three days earlier than expected - As it was palleted and weighed almost 70kg, it was left out in the rain until I got home from wo

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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.ย 

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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 areย 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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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 :)ย 

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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. ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€

At least with the microscope and monitor Iโ€™ll be able to see what Iโ€™m doing. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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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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Cheers

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

Had the original Steeltrack on my OO UK 14โ€ dob. Very, very nice focuser. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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

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38 minutes ago, johninderby said:

15mm Ortho ............... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

OK actually the long awaited Rowan AZ100 ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

Pics being posted in the Rowan AZ100 Owners Thread

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Looks great! Is that a Uni18?

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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. โ˜น๏ธ

Fingerscrossed, the weather forecast looks favourable for Sunday evening.

Cheers

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