changes as of July 2004
The intended mods to
the RC have been completed, and now I can add the refractors to
the RC ota, and get everything balanced. Just waiting for the
PIR, and we are ready to run.
Click on the image
for more details etc.
I have also invested
in a Denkmier bino set - formally my mate Tims, and some eyepieces,
so pretty much sorted now I guess. Just need some spare time,
some better health, more energy,, and some clear skies - wish
as of January 2004
Well a new year, and
a new piece of gear, has a familiar ring to it doesn't it!.
The C11 has been sold,
and I am now the proud owner of 12.5" RC manufactured by
RC Optical Systems.
Probably the finest
optical configuration there is for imaging. This system produces
a completely flatfield over large areas associated with that required
for todays larger CCD chips. The build quality is incredible,
and it is also a work of art.
I am also now the UK
dealer for these scopes.
Kev with his new toy,
just installed. The original pier was shortened by removing the
pier extention, and a new circular disc was placed on the top,
and an additiona; ME plate was incoporated to allow the new system
to fit in the dome.
The next task is to
get the lot aligned, and also get the refractors mounted around
Special thanks also
to Dave Rose for his assistance in getting all in.
Last October I had
the observatory up with the AP900GTO in. Now with the arrival
of the Paramount ME, all has changed again.
It is now June, and
have managed to get the new ME in, and what a beautiful piece
of work. The quality is superb.
It now supprts a Takahashi
FS128, a Takahashi FCT76, a Vixen 80mm f11.4, and a C11 OTA. It
moves them around with ease.
I haven't got an awful
amount of room left in the dome, but I have more than enough.
The Paramount ME sure
makes a nice platform for a variety of OTA's.
There has been further
developments on the solar front, see
H alpha & Calcium Solar accessories
I also have to confess
to doing sod all on the Deep Sky imaging side. Hopefully when
I have set the ME up correctly, and have got my solar work well
under way, I must make efforts to get into this again.
Last years changes
- October 2002
Well you have probably
seen how I left everything last year. In 2002 year things have
changed slightly. The Paramount GT-1100 has been sold, and so
has the blue pier. The centre of the garden now contains my Observatory.
A Sirius Observatory from Australia. It is 7' 6" diameter,
and 8'7" tall. It is motorised, remotely controlled, and
is almost completely finished.
I still have the two
Taks FS128 & FCT 76, and the C11. I expect the Paramount ME
to be arriving in November, and the AP900 GTO will become my transportable
system complete with the portable pier.
For more details of
the dome and construction etc see the link below.
In addition to the
dome I have moved on the Astrovid 2000, and replaced it with a
Stellacam. I have also added an Optec TC-F focusser for my CCD
The new Optec focusser
complete with True Technology filter wheel & ST-10E
Oh yes, and I also
managed to obtain a pair of French naval binoculars, a pair of
10 x 62's Follow the link for more details. Neraly forgot those!
Well that brings the
site up to date with respect to toys, don't expect much else apart
from the ME. When it arrives, and is in, I will post the details
- can't wait to be honest.
French Naval Binoculars