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Thread: Recommended blow torch?
11/03/2018 08:12:32

+1 for the Superfire 2.
I was kindly given a torch with several spare canisters of MAPP and propane.
It has done everything I need.

Thread: Repacking water gauge cocks
11/03/2018 08:01:45

I have used plumbers hemp and non emulsifying grease for glands. (less than £1)
Or ramin fibre, as used for bow strings, can be used but the mica tends to wear the faces.

Thread: Telescope Laser Collimator
11/03/2018 07:50:49

Telescope collimation, a can of worms with various opinions.
Do you Barlow it Neil?

I find it is possible to get a single laser spot to return to the origin but take a circuitous route so still be slightly off.

I get it as close as I can then use a star as the final arbiter.

09/03/2018 08:25:43

Very nice Neil.
I use 'keyring' red lasers for collimation. They fit in a 1.25" hoover tube with a few holes tapped round.
The green pointer in a 2" tube I reserve for the big refractors like Greenwich.
A mirror on the wall brings the spot back where you can see it and doubles the effective distance

Edited By john carruthers on 09/03/2018 08:26:15

Thread: Barometer help please
04/03/2018 09:15:07

When I worked at the local glass works I had to do dozens for local dealers .
Check the thickness, modern 4mm float is the usual substitute but they can be from polished plate or even drawn sheet.
You will eed;
A circle cutter (can be done freehand if you are good
A '0000' alox wheel, running in water to polish the edge and bevel. (glazier speak, polish = grind)
A cork wheel or rubber & pumice wheel to buff said bevel. (can be done on a linisher running wet with a cork faced belt)
A spear point drill to drill the centre hole to fit the needle.
Slowly grind the circumference and bevel until it is a 'click' fit in the bezel, if you over cook it, start again
If the needle is a bit floppy when finished a turn or two of silk will take up the slack. Some centres have a cork washer, but 100 year old cork washers are not very robust.

Thread: Bandsaw woes
21/02/2018 08:31:05

I used 2 layers of cycle inner tube to get my old saw running.
I put a slight crown on the wheel first to keep the blade running true.

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
14/02/2018 18:52:24
>That's a mighty serious looking camera! Any details for AP nerds?<

It's an SBIG STXL-6303E
FW-8G filter wheel and AO-X adaptive optics fitted to an LX2oo 16" at the remote operating obs at Monkton Nature reserve. (the smaller white dome).



Edited By john carruthers on 14/02/2018 18:52:56

Edited By john carruthers on 14/02/2018 18:54:35

13/02/2018 08:29:10

Sunday I unpacked the lathe and a few tools to do one last 'just job' before we move.
A mate bought a camera for his scope, the guys in the states got the adapter wrong so it wouldn't fit.
Bored out the adapter to 3.5"
Now packing tools away again.

monkton camera.jpg

Thread: Blue steel screws
06/02/2018 08:19:24

don't step on them

Thread: Seig sc3 'ticking over'?
01/02/2018 18:50:37

Thanks everyone, puts my mind at rest.
I always hit the stop switch before handing the work or chuck.
I shall get a sparky mate to check it over.

01/02/2018 08:30:32

My sc3 mini lathe has started trying to creep round when the speed pot is at zero.
Not really spinning, just trying to, and not all the time.
Anyone else found this?

Thread: Oiled hardboard.
01/02/2018 08:27:04

Old conveyor belt makes a superb work top and shed floor covering, (doesn't like hot weld spatter)

Thread: Hi from South Wales
23/01/2018 07:22:03

Hello Nigel and welcome. I am looking at buying a place near Port talbot.
I will have to build a decent shed/shop too.


Thread: Ten Useful Things
16/01/2018 08:04:52

Eleven, eleven useful things, Blue Tac. wink

Among our useful things are.........

Edited By john carruthers on 16/01/2018 08:06:53

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
04/01/2018 08:51:31

Speak not of Sinclair, grrr.
I spent several summers picking black currants to fund the purchase of some Sinclair hi-fi modules, none of which ever worked.
I assembled them as per the instructions, even had a sparks check it over for me, nothing...

Decades later I mentioned it to Clive at a mensa dinner, no reply

03/01/2018 08:03:24

Yesterday I did the first little job of the year, a thrust washer in brass, 77mm ID, 103mm OD, 1.1mm thick to go on the bottom end of a mate's polar axis shaft....
polar shaft assembled.jpg

Thread: Recommended lathe outside protection?
20/12/2017 08:04:09

In tropical humid conditions we used RIG (rust inhibiting grease) on weapons and vehicles, good thick tacky jollop that lasts ages. Try a local shooting supplier.

Thread: Telescope recommendations?
15/12/2017 08:37:17

A humble webcam would open a whole new area of study, start with the moon (easy to find) then move on to the brighter planets.
A webcam and free Registax software can capture stunning planetary detail.
A dslr on a Dob would require a counterweight.
There are adapters available to hold a phone to the eyepiece for reasonable photos.

Loads of free planetaria programmes around for all the common platforms.
I'm a bit of a dinosaur and still use HNsky, but Sky Safari is versatile and runs on a phone.
Stellarium is another well known planetarium.

14/12/2017 08:40:52

Are you members of your local astronomical society? If so you can 'try before you buy' by attending their public meetings to get hands on experience, and maybe borrowing one of their 'loaner' scopes to try.

An 8" dob is a good way to start learning the sky, quick to set up, easy to use, but not easily upgraded to tracking or goto later.
It will probably need collimating before use and checking thereafter to get the best from it.

Bear in mind it will come with only basic eyepieces and accessories. Better eyepieces, filters etc can be acquired as you go along.

A copy of 'Turn Left at Orion' is a sound investment with any scope and age group.


03/12/2017 07:56:04

Try cupro brake pipe, you can get formers and flaring tools to suit.
Surprising how tight a radius you can get it.

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