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by Chris_Barlow
Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:23 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Setting circles on a CG4 mount
Replies: 7
Views: 3438

Thanks for the info & those links Bunny. :D Is there something I'm doing wrong? I can set the RA to a known position but when I rotate the scope the circle turns about 1/8th turn then stops! If I tighten the locking screw the circle doesn't move at all. There seems to be a slot at the 0 hr position ...
by Chris_Barlow
Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:00 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Mesmerised.
Replies: 4
Views: 1438

Or talking to a metal tube in our gardens in the small hours of the morning! :lol:
by Chris_Barlow
Thu Jan 19, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Zoom eyepieces
Replies: 5
Views: 2009

Sorry I've no experiences with zoom eyepeices for telescopes but if it's any use I can give my experiences with zoom lenses for cameras? A camera zoom lens is OK for convenience and OK if you don't have the lens size you need at the time but fixed lenses are always much better quality and give much ...
by Chris_Barlow
Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:37 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Need info on motordrive please.
Replies: 2
Views: 1326

Thanks Scrumpy. I posed the question to Celestron who said they didn't know but added a #93522 part into the equation! :lol: This is the current motordrive for their current CG4 mount. They don't know the differences between the other part number but think it may just be the drive connector that's d...
by Chris_Barlow
Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Need info on motordrive please.
Replies: 2
Views: 1326

Need info on motordrive please.

Hi all, I recently bought a Celestron C6N reflector and want to get a motor drive on it as soon as possible. The reccomended drive for the scope from the Celestron website is #93517. http://www.celestron.com/prod_pgs/tel/c6n.htm I have the opportunity to buy a second hand drive at a very good price ...
by Chris_Barlow
Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Setting circles on a CG4 mount
Replies: 7
Views: 3438

Thanks again Bunny! :D

The Orion instructions make a lot more sense than the Celestron instructions!

Any idea what the date ring is for and how to use it? (That's if I need to?)
by Chris_Barlow
Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Setting circles on a CG4 mount
Replies: 7
Views: 3438

Setting circles on a CG4 mount

Can anyone please explain to me how to set the RA setting circle on a CG4 mount? (The instructions could have done with a diagram or two!) I have the ring with the 2 scales on it going up to 24 (hrs?) with a short rectangular plastic scale that goes up to 10 and below that lot there's a flat disc wi...
by Chris_Barlow
Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:52 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: zero visibility
Replies: 30
Views: 10240

Hopefully it should be pretty clear in Cheshire tonight! :D
by Chris_Barlow
Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Class 8 Shock
Replies: 9
Views: 7108

I think my location in Cheshire gets a 6 and my rural dark site may be down to a 5 on a good night.

That is mostly going off the descriptions of cloud illumination and the Milky Way. I can never see my equipment around me unless the moon is out though! :lol:
by Chris_Barlow
Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:24 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Stardust Returns
Replies: 3
Views: 1738

Ah yes you're right! :D :oops:

I was just about to ask him about it & realise I'd misread his post! Getting too eager!

I could edit my original post but I think your post & this one should clarify it? :lol: Good job you spoitted that Mark! :D
by Chris_Barlow
Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Stardust Returns
Replies: 3
Views: 1738

Stardust Returns

I've just read on a Photography forum I use that the Stardust spacecraft will be returning tomorrow (expected 03:00 MST) with it's cargo of collected samples from comets and interstellar dust. I beleive it is supposed to look like a small meteor although I'm not sure how bright it will be! Link here...
by Chris_Barlow
Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:46 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Receiving SPA ENBs
Replies: 15
Views: 8393

Received them all from when I signed up for them.

Using Hotmail which hasn't put them under junk or filtered them out. I know it's not an ISP but they get through to my Hotmail anyway.
by Chris_Barlow
Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:03 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: My wife thinks I'm mad but...
Replies: 13
Views: 5474

Has anyone ever tried those chemical handwarmer bags that are supposed to stay warm for something like 6 hours?

Wrapped around the dewshield or tube end with something on top to insulate it? If it's warming up the dew shield would it still work and would it produce turbulent air currents?
by Chris_Barlow
Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:05 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: NewBee
Replies: 14
Views: 3109

Wow! This place is full of oldies! :lol:

Just kidding! Welcome! Does age really matter when it comes to astronomy? 8)
by Chris_Barlow
Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Moon/Mars 15.11.05 16:50
Replies: 4
Views: 2275

nealeh wrote:Damn - I thought that big round bit at the front of the camera was the viewfinder! Heres one from a half hour earlier.

Image
Brilliant! :lol:

Cheered me up anyway! Thanks! 8)