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Post by Macavity » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:58 pm

Hi Folks!

Greetings from (a windy) Wales UK! My name is Chris.

I first became interested in Astronomy in the 60s... then Work/Life intervened? Onetime Physicist
by trade (Mostly building detectors / cable dragging / shouting at computers!), retirement finally
allowed the time to rediscover some of my former hobbies! :lol:

Initially lured by Video Astronomy, I have a go at most things possible w/budget-modest equipment.
An inveterate DIY Astronomer, I have a small Roro observatory + remotely controlled 8" F4 Newt etc.
In recent years I've concentrated more on Solar Imaging (a.k.a waiting for the Solar Maximum?). :D

During the Wind & Rain, I play "bedroom" Guitar (and Ukulele!)
...mess with Electronics, Music (MIDI) Hardware & Software.:dance:

I may know some of you already... I look forward to meeting others from the wider Astro world! :cool:

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Post by Lady Fraktor » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:01 pm

Hello and welcome to the forums :)
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
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Post by helicon » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:06 pm

Hello Chris and Welcome to TSS!
Various scopes, 10" Zhumell Dob, ES AR152, AWB 5.1" Onesky newt, Oberwerk 25x100 binos, two eyeballs
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Post by JayTee » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:54 pm

Hello Chris,

Welcome to TSS. Glad you joined us.

Main: C-stron CPC1100 #2 Scope: 8" f/7.5 Dob mounted Newt AP Scopes: TPO 6" f/9 RC, ES 80mm f/6 APO G&G Scope: Meade 102mm f/7.8, Bresser 102mm f/4.5 Guide Scopes: 70 & 80mm fracs Mounts: C-stron AVX CGEM & GT Alt-Az, Meade DS2000 Cameras: Canon T3i (x2), ASI120MC Binos: 10X50,10.5X70,15X70 (x2), 25X100 EPs: ES: 21 100°, 30 82° X-Cels: 9, 12, 18, 25 Clubs: RCA & HAS
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Searching the skies since 1966!
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Post by Gordon » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:54 pm

Hi Chris.

Welcome to TSS!
Scopes: Explore Scientific ED80CF, Skywatcher 254N, Orion ST80, Orion Atlas EQ-g mount, Orion SSAG guider. Baader MPCC MkIII coma corrector, Vixen 70mm refractor. Lunt LS35THa solar scope. Skywatcher EQ5pro mount. Imagers: ZWO ASI1600 MM Cool, ZWO ASI174mm-C (for use with my Quark chromosphere), ZWO ASI120MC Filters: LRGB, Ha 7nm, O-III 7nm, S-II 7nm Eyepieces: a few, Primary software: Cartes du Ciel, EQMOD, SGP, Nebulosity, Photoshop, StarTools V1.4
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Post by turonrambar » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:11 pm

Hello Chris,

Welcome and thanks for joining the TSS forums.

Clear Skies


kip mason

LX-850 SL f/8 12”
Canon T3i 60D Prime Focus and Eyepiece projection
Six eyepieces
Stella's router and software on my iPad
ASCOM 6.0 SP1 on Windows 10 Professional
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ETX125, LX200 f/10 8” GPS, Meade 6” f/4 Newton Reflector on an Equatorial Mount
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Post by Makuser » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:29 pm

Hello Chris. It's great to have you join us here on TSS. Welcome to the forum Chris, and the best of wishes on your astronomy and music endeavors.
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Orion 180mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain on CG5-GT Goto mount.
Orion XT12i 12" f/4.9 Dobsonian Intelliscope.
Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars. ZWO ASI120MC camera.
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Post by Ruud » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:56 pm

Hi Chris, thanks for joining the forum!
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Post by Juno16 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:48 am

Welcome Chris!

Scopes: Explore Scientific ED102 Triplet APO, Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT.
Mounts: Celestron AVX with Orion MM Autoguider, SLT;
Binoculars: Bushnell 10X50
Camera / Software: Nikon D5300 (Ha mod), IDAS LPS D-1 Filter, Astrophotography Tool, PHD2, SharpCap v3.2, StarTools 1.6 alpha, PE14
Dog: Jack
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Post by Bigzmey » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:03 am

Welcome on board Chris!
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1694 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 195, H2,500: 1272, S110: 77). Doubles: 1150, Comets: 14, Asteroids: 73
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Post by bladekeeper » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:18 am

Hello Chris! Welcome to TSS and thanks for joining us!

I was shouting at my work computer just this morning. :lol:

Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen Polaris
Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett Gemini 12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100

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Post by Thefatkitty » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:47 am

Hi Chris and welcome to TSS; nice intro :D

All the best,
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Post by Richard » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:57 am

Welcome to TSS Chris
Reflectors GSO 200 Dobs , Sky-watcher 10 inch Dobs
Refractors Tasco 10TE-5
SCT C5 on a SLT mount
Mak 150 Bosma on a EQ5
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Post by Braingasim » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:46 am

Hi there Chris, Welcome to the forums!
Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobs, Omni CG-4 Mount, TS Expanse 17 mm ED wide angle eyepiece - 70° FOV - 1.25" and 2" barrel size; Meade Series 4000 filter ND96(0.9), Seben Laser Collimator LK1 31.7mm (1.25"), TS Optics 15x70 LE Series Binoculars, Orion Steady Pix Deluxe Camera Mount & Home made LYBAR chair!
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Post by Peter802 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:22 am

Hello Chris.
Welcome to the forum.
Clear Skies.

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Post by smp » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:34 pm

Hi Chris, and welcome here to the Forum!

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Post by carastro » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:06 pm

Welcome Chris. Are you the same Macavity who used to be on SGL?

Only joined this forum myself a couple of weeks ago, they all seem very friendly on here.

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Post by Dragonsfire » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:56 pm

Welcome Chris! :)
Orion XT8i Dob, ES AR102
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Agena SWA 38mm 70 FOV 2" EP
Orion 25+10mm Sirius Plossl 52 FOV EP
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Post by Macavity » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:10 pm

carastro wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:06 pm
Welcome Chris. Are you the same Macavity who used to be on SGL?
Aye, 'tis me... And Hi Carole! :)

Thanks everyone for the Nice Welcome!
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Post by Ylem » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:35 pm

Welcome Chris :)
Thanks for joining us
Clear Skies,
-Jeff :telescopewink:

A bunch of SCTs and MCTs scattered around the house and an Orion ST80.
A big box of Plossls :D
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