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Just received my dibond print of my veil mosaic, thrilled to say the least. The photo makes it look a little washed out when in fact it looks quite the opposite.

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

Mr Postie called today with a parcel containing a pristine 17.5mm Morpheus bought new in June this year. Sadly, the owner is having to give up Astro due to health issues, and I was able to sell a few

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Two items from FLO - Televue 15mm Plossl to complete the set and a Baader 2" to 1.25 adaptor to replace the stock one supplied with the Bresser 102.

Annual phone upgrade time - so ditched the iPhone and went back to Android plus the Pixel apparently has a astrophotography mode and i'd like to try taking the odd photo of what i can see. Keeping well away from dedicated cameras as it seems that can be a very expensive road to go down.

Finally eyepatch v2.0 using a bit of electrician tape which will hopefully stop me scrunching my right eye.

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6 hours ago, Dean Hale said:

Two items from FLO - Televue 15mm Plossl to complete the set and a Baader 2" to 1.25 adaptor to replace the stock one supplied with the Bresser 102.

Annual phone upgrade time - so ditched the iPhone and went back to Android plus the Pixel apparently has a astrophotography mode and i'd like to try taking the odd photo of what i can see. Keeping well away from dedicated cameras as it seems that can be a very expensive road to go down.

Finally eyepatch v2.0 using a bit of electrician tape which will hopefully stop me scrunching my right eye.

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Expensive road indeed. I won’t go there. Almost as expensive as collecting TV eyepieces 🤣 (I’m guilty of this too). 

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28 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

Expensive road indeed. I won’t go there. Almost as expensive as collecting TV eyepieces 🤣 (I’m guilty of this too). 

I know, maybe a Delite at some point as the next step up. However I must use what I have and do them justice as they are more than adequate. No doubt one will appear to tonight in the SGL 'Book of dreams' wanted forum.

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This was delivered yesterday for my Samyang 135mm F/2 lens. I hadn't thought about the camera flash possibly being in the way but luckily I was able to fit the ring-joint under the flash-housing:iamwithstupid:

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The usual sticker:)) I somehow love it but hate it at the same time😅

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And in a well-packaged box was this little thing:))

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The main reason I purchased it was because of balancing issues in the declination axis. With the ring mount the balance is almost perfect! I hope this will mean I can comfortably shoot 2 minute exposure no matter where on the sky:thumbright:
And here's the "perfect fit"😅
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these arrived this morning to make up a dew heater for the skycam and I thought yay looks dry so I can quickly solder up and fit into the dome.image.png.035c7197cc3f1dda519a9f25cc454ddf.png

Quick play with the control module to set the light level trigger and then... oh no, only 6 resistors in the package, shoulda been 8 😞

If I wing it with these 6 I'd be running them at 3.5W where they are rated at 3W, not good. Am wondering if I switch these across the USB 5v instead but I doubt the mini network-USB hub would be happy as well as being a very low W output. Will see how quick they can ship me the missing 2 resistors and decide what I do next as I don't think I've anything that'd suit in the spares I have.

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Had to back order but it didn’t take too long thankfully- Mars is waiting! That’s probably jinxed tonight then...

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But why both?

2” for adapter and 1.25” on ep so turning ep in adapter varies the nd effect. Anyone else do this?

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missed an o in too 🤦‍♂️
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And... a TV Equalizer 😃 What a beautiful chunk of bronze! This will be really handy when swapping from XWs which are fairly hefty to orthos which are featherweight. I’d like a brass/bronze 2-1.25” adapter with 2” filter threads though, but they don’t seem to exist...

Mark

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7 hours ago, DaveL59 said:

these arrived this morning to make up a dew heater for the skycam and I thought yay looks dry so I can quickly solder up and fit into the dome.image.png.035c7197cc3f1dda519a9f25cc454ddf.png

Quick play with the control module to set the light level trigger and then... oh no, only 6 resistors in the package, shoulda been 8 😞

If I wing it with these 6 I'd be running them at 3.5W where they are rated at 3W, not good. Am wondering if I switch these across the USB 5v instead but I doubt the mini network-USB hub would be happy as well as being a very low W output. Will see how quick they can ship me the missing 2 resistors and decide what I do next as I don't think I've anything that'd suit in the spares I have.

Those resistors are massive. They are the size of capacitors. 

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5 hours ago, markse68 said:

Had to back order but it didn’t take too long thankfully- Mars is waiting! That’s probably jinxed tonight then...

FB623A7B-546E-473E-B94E-DECAB9576495.jpeg

But why both?

2” for adapter and 1.25” on ep so turning ep in adapter varies the nd effect. Anyone else do this?

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Much better than having to keep removing the eyepiece for sure. 

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23 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

Those resistors are massive. They are the size of capacitors. 

haha they're 3W wirewound ones, plus the board is really quite small so makes them look even bigger 🙂 

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41 minutes ago, Dantooine said:

Much better than having to keep removing the eyepiece for sure. 

Yes- more expensive than a dedicated variable polariser but should be more convenient so worth the price i hope :) 

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1 hour ago, teoria_del_big_bang said:

Not strictly Astro related but will at least keep me awake when those long dark CLEAR nights come (they will come won't they ? )

Nice!

The MD got me a big froth and grind coffee machine for my B.Day 3 weeks ago. DeLonghi but not that model.

Nearly worn out already!

Ah, this one: https://www.johnlewis.com/de'longhi-esam2200-venezia-bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-silver/p3655047?sku=237565553&s_ppc=2dx92700055381546410&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=CjwKCAjw_sn8BRBrEiwAnUGJDgxColya4GEhRqfm15kz23tmAQyOHXsbzgL1TeD3Gxly0cYFsqUJ2hoCAbwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

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10 hours ago, markse68 said:

Had to back order but it didn’t take too long thankfully- Mars is waiting! That’s probably jinxed tonight then...

FB623A7B-546E-473E-B94E-DECAB9576495.jpeg

But why both?

2” for adapter and 1.25” on ep so turning ep in adapter varies the nd effect. Anyone else do this?

Very clever well done

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10 hours ago, Paul M said:

Nice, I think the coffee they make is so much better than the pods I used to use (and saves all that aluminium to recycle). Personally I would have gone for a smaller model as takes up so much room as I like to froth my own milk if having a milky coffee (mostly drink black though) but wife wanted one she could just press Latte, or cappuccino or whatever and it made it for her.

Steve 

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APM flatfield binoviewing pairs.

2x 15mm (65º FOV) for mid / high power  and 2x 12mm (60º FOV) for high power.....

I've been waiting for the 15s for a while as they've been out of stock.

The 12s were actually an impulse buy, and i think are now discontinued. They have twist up eyecups, and both pairs are a nice compact size, and a reasonable price.

Here they are with my current Tele-vue 'workhorse' pair which are around 5 years old now.  If these APMs  perform like the Panoptics i will be well happy......

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Free Starlight Xpress CCD from ABS - was offered as a SX MX7C although after some playing with drivers I’m beginning to think it’s an SXV-M7.   Probably colour. 
 

I know the gifter, James is on here so thanks for the camera, and I also know the original owner is also in SGL so they may be able to identify it

No idea what the guide camera model is!


One issue I have now is the cooler doesn’t seem to be working, that’s probably a driver issue I guess.

Regardless, I spent an enjoyable couple of hours getting it running under ASCOM in APT so hopefully will get some shots once these clouds finally clear off.  

 

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