Second hand for sale and to give away

Various Astro, Space and Sci-Fi related pieces of interest… oh, and Neil Armstrong!

Not posted recently, so here are a selection of pics I’ve been collecting that I thought would make an interesting contribution…

So to start, an update on my Lego Saturn V Christmas present. Andy has been helping ad-hoc as well!

Completing the second stage…

Very cleverly designed…

Once finished it should stand a metre tall! There is a ‘link’ back to the Saturn V / moon, later on…

Next, a picture of our magnolia in full bloom… “Stellata” (meaning star), taken at 6.55pm on Wednesday 18th April…

Later on, a beautiful crescent moon and the ‘Evening Star’, Venus – Julie and I were out for an evening walk. Taken on an iPhone 6 at 8.38pm.

Then another, a tad later at two minutes past 9… nearly home…

Next is a picture of the moon taken through a 13mm Ethos eyepiece attached to my TEC140-ED APO refractor – just hand held with the iPhone held up to the eyepiece. This was from Friday 20th April, whilst waiting for Andy to turn up (his observing report can be found somewhere on here!)

Oh, and a picture of me setting up the gear (didn’t know Jules was hanging out of the bedroom window taking this…), I think I’m in the throws of setting up a WiFi connection from the Nexus device (that reads the mount’s encoders) to the iPad Air 2 (that runs Sky Safari Pro 5).

Here is a process of a friend’s Solargraph we made for them ready for the summer 2017 Solstice – it stayed in place ’til the winter Solstice and they passed it back for processing in early April…

Raw scan (that Andy kindly did for me).

And the processed version! We’re not sure what the bright squiggly line is!

Next we jump to the RAG meeting from Friday 27th April – featuring guest speaker Paul Money (part 2 talk about the Voyager probes and their journey to the gas giants and beyond)… captured in ‘full flow’!

Next a picture from another evening walk, a lovely sunset with the three spires of Lichfield Cathedral and St. Mary’s Church (in the town centre)… Monday 30th April at 8.18pm.

Julie is a French and German teacher… she told me on this walk that tonight was “Walpurgis Nacht”, the night when animals can talk, see the link below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night

On the 1st May, in the old calendar, it was also the start of summer… you wouldn’t know it though with the weather this last week… we’ve even had to put the central heating back on in the evenings!

…and another from Wednesday at 9.02pm… the Cathedral from Stowe Pool.

…and later still, at 9.30, Venus shining brightly…

Now some of you may be aware that my post was made redundant at MandM back in February. Well I’m now back in full time work as the photographer at Richard Winterton Auctioneers (Richard is on telly quite a bit if the name rings a bell), based in Fradley. So far I’ve photographed medals, coins, furniture, art, ‘military’, toys, silverware and jewellery.

But we’ve also had some other interesting ‘lots’ come in which are being prepared for future sales…

How about this…

A full sized Dalek and yes you can sit inside and move him along!!! He needs a bit of TLC. This is a little Photoshop work I’ve done on him for our social media feeds (the Andromeda Galaxy background is my own from some years ago!)

We also have going under the hammer this retro playsuit based on the original ‘TV Serial’.. I wonder if some of our older members remember wanting or even having this ! 😀

Lastly, on a far more serious note… take a look at this letter which came in to be valued and put up for sale!

Note the early NASA logo, date (only a few days since getting back from the moon) and of course the signature!

Hope you enjoyed this rather varied blog entry!

Damian

 

 

 

 

Skywatcher Startravel 102 refractor plus AZ3 mount for sale

HI folks

I recently acquired this scope as I know a couple of RAG members were looking for one.  It’s a 4” widefield scope that’s very versatile for everyday use and is a great ‘light bucket’. I bought one for myself just a couple of weeks ago for use as a solar scope and a widefield astrophotography scope. It’s very light and manageable and will also take 2” eyepieces which makes the view amazing

In summary, It’s a 102mm doublet refractor with a short focal length of F4.9 and the whole lot including tripod only weighs just over 3kg

It’s in virtually new condition with barely a mark on it. There’s a very minor paint scuff on the dew shield as if someone has leant it against a wall. I’ll clean that off though. The objective lens is as new

The scope owes me £90 and that’s what I’ll let it go to a genuine RAG member for their own use. If there are no takers, I’ll be putting it on eBay for over £100. I’ll put a better eyepiece or two with it

Here’s a good review of this mode that backs up my own experience of itl:-

http://scopeviews.co.uk/SW102.htm

 

I’ll bring it along to the meeting on Friday

 

Ed Mann

07802 350187

ed.mann@btinternet.com

Free to RAG members – Hard suitcase for possible ATM telescope case

Hi Folks

I have a Tripp hard suitcase that would make a good travel case for a scope. I made one for my Celestron 8″ SCT some time ago, using some furniture foam. The approx. sizes are 64 x 43 x 26 cm.

A hard scope case costs about £500. Mine cost about £45 plus a £20 suitcase I had lying around (and so didn’t cost me anything)

If anyone wants it (free of charge), let me know. I can also help with cutting the foam etc. if needed. I’m going to throw it away if no one wants it. It’s just taking up space here

Cheers

Ed

07802350187

ed.mann@btinternet.com