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  2. Graham

    Round Ali plate, for Pier Adapter

    You could send it down to me and I will do it for you.
  3. Today
  4. MeadeUser

    Round Ali plate, for Pier Adapter

    Ok, well a lathe is something I don’t have, and would have no idea how to use, so if I need to smooth a bit, how is best to do that without a lathe... ? sorry for all the questions.. 🙂
  5. Ron Clarke

    Butterfly

    Orange Tip taken yesterday. Orange Tip on Bluebells in the garden,
  6. Ron Clarke

    IMG_4527orange Tip.JPG

  7. Graham

    A bit more progress today.

    Unfortunately not Ron. Had a slight mishap this afternoon ( see shout box) Will take some tomorrow.
  8. Ron Clarke

    A bit more progress today.

    No photo's Graham?? Sounds like you're cracking on!! 👍
  9. Graham

    Round Ali plate, for Pier Adapter

    It will be a cut finish but it will be pretty good. I normally get mine five mill thicker than I need and machine it back on the lathe.
  10. MeadeUser

    Round Ali plate, for Pier Adapter

    Ah now I have seen this company, and the round bar, but was not sure if that was the right thing, so will it come with smooth faces or rough cut...?
  11. Graham

    A bit more progress today.

    The irony of it all is that was the only clear bit of sunshine I have had all day. 😕
  12. Graham

    Round Ali plate, for Pier Adapter

    I use these people. https://www.clickmetal.co.uk/click-by-category/round-bars/aluminium-round-bar 8 inch round billet 20mm thick £14.85 + VAT
  13. Doc

    Round Ali plate, for Pier Adapter

    I use Aluminium Warehouse for all my metal. https://www.aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk/aluminium-round-bar-cut-to-order
  14. Ibbo

    A bit more progress today.

    Sounds like your hoist worked to plan. I love the smell of burning arm hair in the mornng. Joking aside that could have been nasty.
  15. Hi, i am in the process of buying a new EQ8 mount, and have acquired some parts for my pier extension from a very kind gentleman on here... but am now looking for anywhere that I can buy a single piece of round Ali plate, 7.5-8” diameter by 20mm thick, I have the metal for my pier extension but as buying a new mount I also need the pier adapter plate, which for the EQ8 are simply just flat, with a few M8 holes some with threads, which I can do no problem... many thanks for any info or links to online company’s you know of that do this type of small job... 🙂
  16. Graham

    A bit more progress today.

    Made the most of the good weather today. First job was to weld the extension onto the counter weight bar. Then came the task of fitting the loaded mirror cell which weighs in at probably the best part of 30 to 40 Kilos. I remember the trouble I had when I first assembled this scope, I decided I needed a cunning plan. The solution I came up with was to spin the scope and mount round until the scope was in the vertical position and as clear as possible of the pier. I fitted a steel bar across the scope using the side bracing's allowing me to hang a chain block inside the scope. A nylon strop was passed through the center of the mirror cell and hitched onto the chain block. It was then a simple matter of winching the mirror cell up and into place. Half way up I had to tilt the cell over a bit to clear the rim of the pier. As I did this the sun chose that exact moment to come out and caught the mirror full bore which promptly removed all the hairs off my left arm. 😂 After covering the mirror with my jumper to avoid any further incidents I lifted it into place. Once the mirror cell was secured in place the chain block was removed and I could start breathing again. Next task was to fit the focuser and secondary mirror and align them up. Hopefully I will get a chance to collimate it ready for when the motors arrive. Quite pleased with the balance. It is slightly nose heavy but once I get the shroud fitted around the mirror that should be canceled out. More to follow as it happens.
  17. Bottletopburly

    Rutland Water

    @bryand there is a place you can photograph here there is a cost of £75 a session , though pretty close to fishing ospreys https://www.rivergwashtroutfarm.co.uk/horn-mill-osprey-hide/
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  20. Ibbo

    Rutland Water

    Last time we went we could not get in that hide it was ram packed full.
  21. bryand

    Rutland Water

    @Doc: They were from the westernmost hide, nearest the nest . The lens is 300 mm in 35 mm equivalent terms, and 480 mm equivalent for my APS-C sensor. @David: I'm not good at early mornings, and anyway the nest is quite a distance from the limit of navigation so Rutland Belle wouldn't get you very close. Talking to the Volunteers on the Reserve, they reckon the first chick will be due in the first week of May, with fledging about 8 weeks after that. They weren't optimistic that all 4 eggs would be successful, 3 being a normal clutch. Worth keeping an eye on progress.
  22. Bottletopburly

    Rutland Water

    You can book an early morning boat trip on the Rutland belle to see the ospreys
  23. Nightspore

    Evostar 72ED DS PRO

    I've added a 2" Lynx Astro compression ring adapter to the ED72. It utilises a different thread to other Evostar refractors in the range. I'm still waiting for one for my ED80. It makes rotating the diagonal a lot smoother. Plus it doesn't tend to rock in the focuser now and the adapter screws are better to tighten with.
  24. Doc

    Rutland Water

    It's a wonderful place Bryan, I haven't been this year yet but will do one day. Nice photos as well, I'm amazed you managed to get this close at 300mm. Was this from the hide or the bridge?
  25. bryand

    Rutland Water

    In the absence of any clear astro skies, I've been trying out my 'new' Canon M10 and lenses on the Ospreys at Rutland Water: Canon M10, EF 75-300 mm zoom lens @ 300mm, 1/640th @ F:6.3, ISO 100 1/500th @F:6.3, ISO 100: Note the junction box at the base of the pole. The birds even have their own sub-station (for the webcam)!
  26. bryand

    Bryanz bitz

  27. Bottletopburly

    Regim stacking Software

    Regim workflow -M42 - assuming you have configured parameters needed in Regim first . Processing tab > click processing bottom of menu > Using the browse to bar open the folder containing your light files, press add to Lights button on right hand side of screen. Repeat actions for Flats ,Darks and Bias(flat Darks) files ,(NOTE if using dithering add your bias files into Add to Darks) Once all files loaded into relevant boxes press OK button at bottom of screen ,and let it process files this may take a while . once processing finished Save file to a folder of your choosing so you can find easily > FILE >Save As >i save file as a FITS file as i process in startools . Close processing box once processed file has been saved . Now press Edit tab > Remove gradient > press Generate button > press execute leave main Image open >TOOLS tab >plate solving > Object name i am processing M42 so in object field input messier 42 > i leave all fields as default and press OK image will now be platesolved ,leave until image solved . Tools tab >Stars List> Press search once all fields are populated with info clos box and >File > save File as fits All info from plate solving and Stars list is now saved into image Keep image open ,now Color tab > automatic B-V calibration > press ok and let B-V calibration process ,once done Save file once again
  28. dave.hardy2

    Regim stacking Software

    That is a very good effort
  29. dave.hardy2

    Regim stacking Software

    It is a learning curve but that's what we all love about this hobby isn't it
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