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3 hours ago, Al.Grant said:

You'll have to keep us updated on build progress....... then of course there's the 'first light'  party to organise :-)

 

Long way off yet mate - gotta get well again before I even start - could be next year sometime if I'm lucky. :)

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As a change from book reading I decided to check out some DVDs.

 

I nearly bought Brian Greenes book and then realised I could get the DVD of the same title, so I'll give it a go. It is a 4 hour DVD so quite substantial for £15.

 

I have had a few of the Great Courses science and maths lectures previously and found them brilliant. When I saw this title on Particle Physics at 70% discount reduced temporarily to only £24, I just had to have it. It has twenty four 30 minute university style lectures, and comes with a course guide book. The lecturer is Stephen Pollock who won the title of US Professor of the Year in 2013. Looking forward to getting started on these. :)

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I've had a very quiet year so far from an astronomy point of view, due to a bad bereavement at the end of March.

So bad in fact, that i've actually lost interest in doing pretty much everything, observing included.

 

I'm ready to get back into it again, and this weeks news of Howie Glatters death reminded me to buy something.

Belated Birthday present to myself : it's not much to shout about really.

Its a switch upgrade with variable 'dimmer control' for my Howie Glatter laser collimator.

 

Despite my having the 'standard brightness laser', not the 'high brightness' version, its still a little bit too bright.

This dimmer switch, makes it go as dim as you like, and hopefully will enhance my collimation.

 

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Sorry to hear your sad news Rob, but glad that you are starting to get back into doing stuff again. 

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It put everything into perspective Pete.

Although my love for astronomy was still there, it almost became trivial along with pretty much everything else.

I've only had 2 astro sessions this year : one at Belper and one at Wymeswold.

Only observed Jupiter the once. Saturn not at all.....

 

I'm planning on capturing some Noctilucent clouds in the near future........? I'll need to dust the camera off first :facepalm:

 

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Ordered  deep sky stacker guide by Dave eagle from his website £7 not sure if it's an actual book or a pamphlet style book  will update when I receive it, and a 750mm length of 140x5mm steel tube  Father's Day presents to myself 🤓

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Astrophysics for people in a hurry  audio cd ,off of ebay though the seller blatantly copied and burned it onto a disc i kid you not ,says he is a reseller, er um i dont think so,plays in the car fine though :rolleyes: actually a good listen though :thumbsup: , revelation D-bar losmondy style ordered from telescope house incoming birthday present ,and a 1m length of 139mmx 5mm wall tube also a birthday present from Metals4u ,  

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Thanks for the mention of the astrophysics audio David. Just downloaded it to my phone so I can listen on dog walks. :thumbsup:

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EOS500d upgrade -eos1000d

canon 500D 👍 Off flea bay, nice condition , missing viewfinder rubber cup  other than that it's fine 

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Was searching the net for ideas for home made friction adjusters for dobsonian altitude bearings. I'm expecting that I might have the odd eyepiece balancing problem! :D

 

I found several home made ideas, and then found this ready made from Teleskop Service. At the price I thought why bother trying to make one...:)

 

http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p6767_TS-Optics-Friction-bearing-for-altitude-axis---for-ATM-mount-and-Dobsonian-construction.html

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tweedledee said:

Was searching the net for ideas for home made friction adjusters for dobsonian altitude bearings. I'm expecting that I might have the odd eyepiece balancing problem! :D

 

I found several home made ideas, and then found this ready made from Teleskop Service. At the price I thought why bother trying to make one...:)

 

http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p6767_TS-Optics-Friction-bearing-for-altitude-axis---for-ATM-mount-and-Dobsonian-construction.html

 

 

Thats a good find I have book marked that for when I bring out my Modified(read home made) Sky W Dob mount again - been in storage but this would have help during the build. Nice one Pete

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Can you still just lift the scope out to chuck it in the car? Obviously not the beast your planning! Looks like something I could do with for mine. Nice find Pete. 

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