What's your name? Introduce yourself to IFAS!

9 years 10 months ago #80710 by mjc
Sorry to hear that its the Azimuth drive that's harder to deal with. Now assuming that you scope is an ETX 70 or same design ensure that the Az clutch lever is properly engaged. Should feel it get tight when engaging. Also just might be worth trying "training the drive"? If you haven't got the manual you can get it here

http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/ETXtelescopes/ETX-60-70AT%20manual.pdf

Here's a good site for ETX tips, hacks, etc
http://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html

I enjoyed my ETX when I used to use it on original mount - but it did come with problems and frustrations. A fine scope for using a webcam to image the moon.

I think you are right, however, to have your eyes on a dobsonian.

Mark

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9 years 9 months ago #81504 by cathalferris
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Hi everyone.

I suppose it's time to introduce myself.
My name is Cathal Ferris, I'm currently living in either Galway where I work as an engineer in an enterprise security software corporation, and Limerick where I tend to spend weekends.

When I was a kid I had a very strong interest in astronomy, getting a half-decent Tasco 60mm scope and upgrading from that to an 8.75" f6 pier-mounted GEM newtonian that got a lot of use from the parent's hompeplace in dark-skied South Tipp.
After moving away to college and my parents moving house, I lost the pier mount but I brought the tube and mount away.

A decade later I got myself an EXT-70 from Lidl, and that kept me entertained for a year or two. Recently I found I was getting back to be more interested in looking up and doing simple afocal videoing with a digicam, and using registax to get images. I'm currently budgetting for a 10" lx200 or close equivalent. I came across the newtonian tube again and I decided I would do something useful with it. I built a simple and rough dobsonian mount and a sling to strap the altitude bearings last weekend. Suprisingly it gave good enough images given the primary mirror is cloudy and tarnished, but I may get it recoated if that doesn't cost a fortune.

I'm remembering my old observing techniques and getting to know the favourite starhops again, and I'm looking forwards to seeing if I can help anyone here if I can.

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It's my madness that keeps me sane

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9 years 9 months ago #81508 by mjc
Welcome Cathal

I hope your renewed interest with astronomy rewards you - this is a good forum for exchanging experiences etc.

I had a quick look at cost of recoating primary mirrors and it isn't that expensive - looks like less the £30 in UK for your mirror. Of course shipping has to be added to this.

This crowd appear to be worth looking at - they'll also remove the old coating.

http://www.galvoptics.fsnet.co.uk/telescope7.htm

Mark

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9 years 9 months ago #81510 by Frank Ryan
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Hi Cathal.
Welcome to the IFAS boards.
I have to say I went down a similar road when I began although
with the ETX125.

At Shannonside we go observing usually on good clear weekends
so if you are around Limerick an want to meet up just keep an eye on
the SAC message boards for when we are going...
shannonsideastronomyclub.com/phpBB2/index.php

My Astrophotography
Shannonside Astronomy Club __________________________________________
Meade ETX-125PE, Bresser 10 x 50 Binos & Me Peepers

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9 years 9 months ago #81512 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome along Cathal, mey these boards help entertain and elighten you in Astronomy once again when the nights are cloudy!

cathalferris wrote:

...given the primary mirror is cloudy and tarnished, but I may get it recoated if that doesn't cost a fortune.


I have a 200mm F8 reflector. Currently, the optics are in storage, having been put there about 4 years ago when I recoated them last. They are part of a reflector I built in 1995, and from when I bought the optics new from Orion Optics, 4 years ago was the only time I had to get them recoated.

Your key things to remember about having a reflector are:

*Never wipe the mirror except when needed, and do so with a camel hair brush.
*Always allow a fogged mirror to dry off naturally, and preferrably not pointing straight up - have the tube tilted.
*If you ever need to wash a mirror because of e.g. bird crap or bad dew/water marks, soak it in a basin of lukewarm distilled water with a small amount of washing up liquid to make up the suds for about 10 minutes, gently brush with the camel hair brush (do not swirl or use circular motion), then wash off with room-temperature distilled water, tilt the back of the mirror against an object e.g. a book, on a towel, and use a hair dryer on a warm, not hot, setting to dry it.

Dew will always get on your optics at some stage, but if cared for and stored properly, you could get up to 20 or 30 years on a scope getting monthly use before having to get it recoated.

Hope this helps,

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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9 years 9 months ago - 9 years 9 months ago #81514 by dave_lillis
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Hi Cathal and welcome,
There is a guy selling a 10" LX200 on the boards,
have a look at
http://www.irishastronomy.org/forum?func=view&catid=17&id=78001#81506
Once the scope is ok, you'll save a packet going second hand.
There are IFAS clubs in both Limerick and Galway, either way you're covered.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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9 years 6 days ago - 9 years 6 days ago #85372 by Dublinskywatch
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Hi guys and gals.
Just joined up. Did not know this site even existed until last night.
Have only gotten back into astronomy in the last year.
So hope to post regularly on this site.
Based in Dublin, so light pollution is ever present, but such is life...:)

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9 years 6 days ago #85375 by michaeloconnell
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Welcome aboard!
Hope you find the site useful.
People here will be more than happy to answer any astronomy queries you may have.
Do you have any binoculars or telescope?
Regards,
Michael.

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9 years 6 days ago #85376 by Dublinskywatch
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Thanks Michael for the welcome.
I have a cpc800 which I am going to sell. Have just go a CGEM and Skywatcher ED80mm.
Moving more into imaging then viewing, hence the selling of the cpc800.
Pair of 7 X 50 binos. Plus the usual bits and pieces...:)

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8 years 7 months ago #87318 by Pat_Dunne
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Hi
Have had a life long interest and have decided after months of research to get CPC800, I would be delighted to get feed back from actual users.

Cheers
Pat

Celestron CPC 9.25
Celestron Ultima LX 8mm, 13mm, 17mm, 22mm, 32mm.
Starlight Microfocuser
A full set of Snickers Thermals

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8 years 6 months ago - 8 years 6 months ago #87705 by martinus
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Hello Everyone. My name is Martin and I've been off the drink for... whoops, wrong forum! :laugh:

I'm a scientist/engineer from Armagh (trying to become Dr. Martin at the moment). I've have had my head in the clouds (and beyond) since I first recognised Orion after seeing it in a book as a child. I must admit that I only bought my first telescope about two years ago - it was a Tasco 114mm newt that was practically given to me after having been used a handful of times then kept in an attic since nineteen-eighty-something. The first time I saw a fuzzy Saturn through a terrible 4mm lens I was hooked and started researching OTAs, mounts and eye-pieces.

I now own a Meade SN-10 which I battle with on a regular basis - it satisfies the green astronomer (wow - what a view), engineer (I can improve this) and scientist (just a little more fine-tuning) in me. Keeping it collimated is a skill in itself but when I win the views are spectacular. The previous owner started a night-shift job and couldn't stand the light-pollution around Larne so I got a really good deal on it. I've hypertuned the LXD75 mount though it really isn't up to the job of carrying the OTA. I'll have to replace it with a EQ6 some day.

At the minute I'm hunting for an affordable Mak-Cas (Orion OMC 140 or an Intes M603 or something similar) that will give me great views of the planets. Here's hoping.

It's great to see that astronomy has such a fantastic community in Ireland. The information here on the forum is excellent; I'm really enjoying reading all the posts and looking at the photos. I've included my own modest 'shaky-cam' (i.e., held up to the eyepiece) photo of the moon and a photo of Venus rising over Belfast.

Clear skies everyone.
- Martin



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8 years 5 months ago #87776 by LUNAtic
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Hello (again) fellow stargazers – it’s been some time!

I can’t believe its 5 years since I bought my Lidl Skylux in an effort to get back into astronomy and also signed up to this forum. Where has the time gone? I suppose getting married, building a house, moving in, endless DIY, changing job (twice!), and all the other bits in between didn’t help with my pursuit of all things astronomical. While I have done some observing it hasn’t been nearly enough. After Christmas I realised that it was time to celebrate the dark evenings so I dusted off the gear and got out observing again. And good timing too when I saw the BBC Stargazing programmes which provided plenty of encouragement. I hope to frequent the forum some more this year to pick up some of the great tips and insights provided here – keep up the good work. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get to an IFAS event this year. Now if only the clouds would clear…

Neil (LUNAtic)

Neil

Bear up and keep Ploughing on...

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #87822 by lionsden
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Hi again from me too! Another prodigal son here, returning to the bosom of astronomy.

For those that don't know me, and the rest who need a refresher, my name is Leo.

I joined the forums here way back in Jan 2004 and knocked around here for a few years. I was also a member of Tullamore Astronomical Society (as it was known back then). At the time, there was never a day went by when I didn't log in here to keep up with all that was going on, and throwing in my tuppence worth now and again. Every night I could, I'd be out with the binos, scanning the night sky and losing myself in the great vastness of space.

Then I suppose life got in the way and I drifted away, astronomy have less and less time in my life. I just checked and it's been 3 years since I posted here last......:blush:

.... but anyhow, I'm back! Life has not gotten any less hectic, but I'm making the effort to make time for the better things. While I've been away I've gotten into photography a little, and I'm now hoping to combine the two.


Well Neil, that's two prodigal sons returned. Hopefully that'll be worth a fatted calf!

Leo @ Lionsden
Perhap because light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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8 years 5 months ago #87829 by dmcdona
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Great to see both of you back and raring to go!. Looking forward to many tuppence worth's being thrown into the pot.

Not sure about a fatted calf but Seanie has put on a bit of weight since you were last here...

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8 years 5 months ago #87836 by Seanie_Morris
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dmcdona wrote: Not sure about a fatted calf but Seanie has put on a bit of weight since you were last here...


:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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8 years 5 months ago #87837 by StephenK
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it was a Tasco 114mm newt that was practically given to me after having been used a handful of times then kept in an attic since nineteen-eighty-something. The first time I saw a fuzzy Saturn through a terrible 4mm lens I was hooked and started researching OTAs, mounts and eye-pieces.


Thats exactly what I got when I was 10 . . 25 years ago :bigshock:

A white tube Tasco 11TR!! With horrible .965 eyepieces. Its tucked away in the attic now.

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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #87842 by dmcdona
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Seanie - prepare to be sacrificed... :devil:

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8 years 5 months ago #87864 by lionsden
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Eh..... Dave, you do know that we're supposed to eat the fatted calf? :bigshock:

No offence to Seanie but I don't think he'll taste as good, no matter how well Dee's been feeding him!

Leo @ Lionsden
Perhap because light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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8 years 5 months ago #87876 by Seanie_Morris
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There's plenty of Seanie to go around. I'm a self-confessed 'king of the barbecues' so I can tell you which parts are the best to bite into... you can start by biting my ass! :rock:

Seanie
(thinking about a barbecue this weekend now!)

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Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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8 years 5 months ago #87879 by dmcdona

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8 years 5 months ago #87887 by martinus
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StephenK wrote:

it was a Tasco 114mm newt that was practically given to me after having been used a handful of times then kept in an attic since nineteen-eighty-something. The first time I saw a fuzzy Saturn through a terrible 4mm lens I was hooked and started researching OTAs, mounts and eye-pieces.


Thats exactly what I got when I was 10 . . 25 years ago :bigshock:

A white tube Tasco 11TR!! With horrible .965 eyepieces. Its tucked away in the attic now.


Mine is a Tasco 302012. It's well made for what it is and the mount is surprisingly stable. If I want to show my nephews/niece something with no fear of the worst happening (crash, smash) or if I want a quick look at some object it's quite handy. I use plossl's now to be fair so the views are quite acceptable. :)

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8 years 5 months ago #87896 by ayiomamitis
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Seanie_Morris wrote: There's plenty of Seanie to go around. I'm a self-confessed 'king of the barbecues' so I can tell you which parts are the best to bite into... you can start by biting my ass! :rock:

Seanie
(thinking about a barbecue this weekend now!)

This has to be the best one yet from this character known as "Seanie"! :rock:

Anthony.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
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8 years 5 months ago #87897 by ayiomamitis
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dmcdona wrote: Seanie - prepare to be sacrificed... :devil:

We did not sacrifice him when discussing our trip to Siberia and the bears (if you remember), so he is still available for the same. :evil:

Anthony.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #87906 by captin
Hi all I just want to introduce myself, I just joined thanks
to the hard work of seanie and Dave cheers lads!:)
I got a 70mm refractor for Christmas and I must say I'm loving every
Minute of it so far! Hopefully next year I'll get something better :D !

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8 years 5 months ago #87928 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome along, Alan, hope the IFAS site can help you aplenty on your way to discovering more great wonders in the Universe!

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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