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Forum: General Chat 11-11-2009, 08:29 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 8,756
Posted By Michael V
Received mine yesterday. Congratulations to...

Received mine yesterday.

Congratulations to Chris and Mike, and all the contributors, this is something really special. Yes, i also have fingerprints all over it already.

I especially like no...
Forum: IceTrade Archives 02-11-2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
[TRADED/FOUND] Your old 1 1/4" Focuser
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Posted By Michael V
Hey, the system works! I received a very nice...

Hey, the system works!
I received a very nice second hand focuser today,
Thanks Chris!
Forum: IceTrade Archives 26-10-2009, 10:45 PM
Replies: 4
[TRADED/FOUND] Your old 1 1/4" Focuser
Views: 352
Posted By Michael V
Hi Chris, Thanks, looked at the bintel device,...

Hi Chris,
Thanks, looked at the bintel device, definitely better than the one i have. So, who knows what ATM actually stands for? I'm trying to make a point of budget astronomy - so if you have...
Forum: IceTrade Archives 22-10-2009, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
[TRADED/FOUND] Your old 1 1/4" Focuser
Views: 352
Posted By Michael V
Your old 1 1/4" Focuser

My 150mm x 750mm ebay telescope works reasonably well for beginner standards, but the sloppiness in the el cheapo fucuser puts the collimation out easily. I have scoured the astronomy shops on line,...
Forum: ATM and DIY Projects 17-10-2008, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,326
Posted By Michael V
Red face Late response

Hi BalderAsir,
Sorry, I travel a lot, and couldn't respond, and then i just forgot.

The finderscope can be in any position on the telescope, and distance from the tube. I made it that shape...
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 14-08-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By Michael V
Hi All, Nice clear night in Sydney tonight. Yep,...

Hi All, Nice clear night in Sydney tonight. Yep, Saturn and Venus are in the same field of view with a 25mm lens, and Mercury was not that far away. Very cool.

For those in NW Sydney, i found...
Forum: Beginners Talk 12-08-2008, 07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,134
Posted By Michael V
G'day Trevor, May i congratulate you on your...

G'day Trevor,
May i congratulate you on your article. You have gone to a lot of effort, it all makes really good sense, and the pictures with their notations are really excellent.

Michael
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 12-08-2008, 07:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By Michael V
Hi All, I'm in western sydney, and this evening...

Hi All,
I'm in western sydney, and this evening (12 Aug) had a reasonable view of Venus and Saturn, in the same frame with a 32mm lens. That was roughly in the same place where the sun went down...
Forum: Beginners Talk 25-04-2008, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 577
Posted By Michael V
Another Angle?

Hi Graeme,
I don't know why i woke up thinking about this, but i did. I had another thought.

Maybe your finderscope mount is fine. If your primary mirror (Astro lingo for the big one at the...
Forum: Beginners Talk 23-04-2008, 08:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 577
Posted By Michael V
Unhappy Bent finder mount?

Hi Graeme,
I don't know this type of finder, i hope someone else does.

Assuming you have the main scope focused on the target paper ("main" target) a reasonable distance away then you should be...
Forum: Beginners Talk 21-04-2008, 11:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 577
Posted By Michael V
Keep Trying

Hey little bloke,
30- 40 m should be alright, try to focus on the tree then the paper first. Again, try with the least magnification lenses, then work up from there. Your finder scope also has...
Forum: Beginners Talk 20-04-2008, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 577
Posted By Michael V
Wink Déjà vu

Hi Graeme,
I had to laugh, i had all the same problems as you did. I feel now that i have graduated to Beginner - apart from seeing Saturn's rings and jupiter's moons i have seen a nebula and a...
Forum: Beginners Talk 19-04-2008, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,653
Posted By Michael V
Cool More Refinement

Thanks PCH - I'm new to this caper, so great to have some positive feedback. Can't help sharing.

I made another target sheet for a larger aperture (that's diameter) telescope, a big (for me)...
Forum: ATM and DIY Projects 14-04-2008, 10:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,326
Posted By Michael V
Wink Thanks Noob

Thanks D, will find out what a noob is in due course i guess. I knew i was not the only one who starts off cheap.

Thanks for the comments. In my excitement i neglected to mention, "you can have...
Forum: ATM and DIY Projects 14-04-2008, 07:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,326
Posted By Michael V
Thanks Mike, The official version looks great. ...

Thanks Mike,
The official version looks great.

If anyone in North west Sydney Burbs wants to make one of these and needs help, let me know, i'd be happy to help. I can be bought for a few cups...
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