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by dazcaz
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: all in ones
Replies: 38
Views: 5799

We don't get wind chill in the freezers.... Not unless you are next to the "blowers" :) I love the way that the UK gets an inch of snow and the whole country stops, yet some countries get 2 feet of snow fall over night and al the busses run, the roads stay open and everyone gets to work. I cycled to...
by dazcaz
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: all in ones
Replies: 38
Views: 5799

Another tip... Set yourself time limits when it gets really cold. I spent a good chunk of my life installing and repairing coldrooms. Some of these went down to -40, most blast freezeers went down to -32. The average chiller was set to about 3 deg C. Chillers required no special clothing for short p...
by dazcaz
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: all in ones
Replies: 38
Views: 5799

You don't need to spend a lot of money to keep warm in the UK.. But you might need to throw out a few inhibitions... Tights Ladies tights. Those thick opaque ones. Brilliant at keeping you warm in cold winter nights. Worn underneath tight fitting trousers. I cycle a lot and when it's really cold, I ...
by dazcaz
Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A new addition to my telescope family :)
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

It wasn't Jupiter moving out of the field of view, it was not being able to see anything unless I moved my eye around. If my eye was in the wrong place, all I got was blackness. Pitch blackness, not the light polluted pseudo blackness that I normally see through a telescope :) This difficulty in see...
by dazcaz
Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A new addition to my telescope family :)
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Thanks for the in depth reply David. I do not wear glasses. Yes it could well be eye relief. The Plossl does not have an eye cup. On my other scopes and eye pieces I do not normally have this problem, so I was a bit surprised by it. I will try my other eyepieces in this scope. I use a 90 deg adapter...
by dazcaz
Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A new addition to my telescope family :)
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

First Light :)

First light Jupiter and it's four main moons. Just using the 20mm Plossl (50X mag) the two main bands were clear and sharp. Colours were great but there was a touch of a blue around the edges if not looked at properly. Generally the view was stunning. Not bad at all for 50 quid!!! :) One thing I did...
by dazcaz
Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A new addition to my telescope family :)
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Yes it has a 20mm Plossl and a 3X achro Barlow. The latter looks quite cheap. I have a load of eyepieces from my other scopes so I'll be able to get the most out of it. It also came with the 6X30 finder scope which some reviews said was an extra. I'm very happy with it. Might get to see Jupiter toni...
by dazcaz
Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: A new addition to my telescope family :)
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

A new addition to my telescope family :)

Hello all, it's been a while since I last popped on here. I just thought that I would say hello again and tell about my new toy. Walking down a local high street, we popped into a Cash Converters looking for 2nd hand games for my son's computer game habit. No games found, but we had a look around. M...
by dazcaz
Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Meade Starnavigator 102
Replies: 2
Views: 3997

Meade Starnavigator 102

I've just seen one of the above in Costco for about 130 quid +VAT. Anyone got one? Any reviews? A 4" refractor on a goto mount for no money at all and it has Meade on the side of it... It also speaks to you :) What's this scope like? My scopes are all Skywatchers, An 8" newt and a 5" Mak. I'd like a...
by dazcaz
Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: New 'scope, clear skies... Is this a first?
Replies: 2
Views: 1381

New 'scope, clear skies... Is this a first?

Today I received my new Skymax 127 Supatrak. It arrived in work, mid afternoon. Overhead mainly clear but clouds forming. Finished work at 4PM, took new toy home... More clouds forming. Set new toy up in living room to see how it all went to together. Cleared a space in the garden. Skies CLEARING! S...
by dazcaz
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: SW Skymax 127 SupaTrak
Replies: 4
Views: 3665

SW Skymax 127 SupaTrak

Hello all, I've not been here for ages due to not getting much time to look skyward... Anyhoo... I've bought a new toy to complimet my SW 200 HEQ5 Newt. I've just bought the SW Skymax 127 Mak and the new SupaTrak mount. I was a bit wary of the new mount. I'm not a big fan of arm mounts, they look a ...
by dazcaz
Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Photographing Jupiter (and the moon)
Replies: 12
Views: 4196

I still use film for ordinary pictures but I get them processed on a disc, digitally. Maybe you could try that. This might work, but the same machine that scans the neg for printing is the machine that writes the image to disc as JPGs, so you might get the same problem with the scanner not being ab...
by dazcaz
Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Photographing Jupiter (and the moon)
Replies: 12
Views: 4196

There are many problems with film when it comes to astrophotography. Many printers CAN'T print them.... This is because the machines use the gaps between frames to align the frames when printing. With astrophotography there isn't always a defined edge between one frame and the next so this causes th...
by dazcaz
Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: Forthcoming meetings and events
Topic: Cardiff Astronomy Festival 6th October
Replies: 4
Views: 4895

Cardiff Astronomy Festival 6th October

The Cardiff Astronomical Society are holding their Astronomy festival On Saturday 6th October in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. It looks like a great event. Please try and visit if you are able. The museum is in the heart of Cardiff, so a great chance to visit this great city, enjoy the fe...
by dazcaz
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:10 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: New member wanting to buy a telescope.
Replies: 19
Views: 6799

I have thought of another question, how would I fit a Canon 30D (8 megapix) to a scope or would an old film camera give better quality ? I have an old Canon AE1 and a Bronica 645 medium format would they be any good or is the 30D the way to go ? Thanks , Alan. Ooh it's back to the film digital deba...