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Solar Scope traded for a pair of Equinox's

(musings from May ......) Well, funds were running low and I could not justify spending another £2k on both mount and imaging camera for Solar work. It broke my heart but realising I could not use my Canon 5DMkII to image what I was seeing through the eyepiece to the same level, it had to go. I picked up quite a package in part exchange, some bits I wont need and will be appearing in the for sales area. Some I might need in the future (QHY-5 camera and IR remote control PS2 controller for guiding scope from inside a warm room !). Also deciding to part with one of the Equinox's as having two (ED80 and ED120) is a bit overkill for a beginner like me. Also obtained a Startraveller 80mm scope in addition which may have a future use in conjunction with the QHY-5 for autoguiding. All this and I still need to learn how to polar align !!! Steve

stevebb

stevebb

 

shuttle sts 134 endevour is up

for all you who don`t know shuttle is up launched at 1.55 pm our time.Launch was going to be 30th may? don`t know why it was bought forward? must have fixed the heater problem on the fuel tanks. All ways impressed with the launch never fails to amaze me!! we may see double pass of ISS and shuttle IF the weather is clear!! IF!!

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Activity at south pole again.

Good seeing today from athens after a long time. Used Coronado maxscope Sm70mm CaK and Coronado PST D.S Sm40mm Ha. We have active region at the south pole after a long time. Region 11214 in action with a sunspot group without penubra. At the west side region 11210 is ready to leave the visible solar side. Near to the limb came the region 11208. There are big filaments over two regions. No big prominences today at the solar limb. http://www.solar-007.eu/site/

THEO-007

THEO-007

 

Beginner help....please heq5/CDC

Hi I have a 200pds and heq5 pro(syntrek)and trying to use cartes du ciel on my laptop for tracking etc. I have polar aligned at bottom of garden so i could see star in circle so thought all would be well when i ventured to top of garden and tried slewing to various stars. However once there it all went wrong, i tried originally to slew to the moon but it seemed to be pointing at the earths core! even i know it isnt there ha ha. I have setup eqmod from gps figures from my mobile im roughly in the region of 52deg n and -2 west, the same data was put into CDC but having no luck in succesfully slewing to an object. I tried tinkering with these and it did make a difference but still no where near. Clock in CDC is setup to same as PC and the objects look roughly correct on CDC's map. This maybe also a silly question but on the HEQ5 mount i presume the N has to be pointing in the direction of NCP(though cant actually see it from top of garden)or have i got this wrong? Any help will be most appreciated cant seem to find a document on this. Thanks again peoples. Rich T

zimzimma

zimzimma

 

Sat 14th May 11

Over the last few months I have found that Stellarium has been so power hungry that I could not get any other programme to work on the obsy laptop whilst it was running, one of the reasons which I did not do much remoting. This week I decided to reinstall XP and see if I could change anything, but no, still the same. After a bit of thought I decided to see if I could run the hub direct from the house, installing the wi-fi on the laptop gave me a spare cable, so putting USB boosters on the cable and connecting the mount to the house laptop was easy but a mightmare getting the USB/Serial to work. The orignal one refused to work but a spare one I had solved the problem. Booting Stellarium on the house laptop and configuring the port I watched in anticipation for the ring to appear, it did, next was to send the mount to a target, again it worked. With a wireless keyboard and mouse and a remote monitor in the observatory I can now remote the house laptop to it and use it for guiding and use the laptop in the observatory for camera work without a problem. It's been raining most of the morning but did not worry as I got a lot done, now for clear skies :)

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

The sun rest.

Bad-average seeing from athens today. The activity of the sun going down the last days. Only two big regions on surface. 11210 without sunspots right now. It`s time for rest. http://www.solar-007.eu/site/

THEO-007

THEO-007

 

Evening 11 May

Evening 11/13th May Hi all was out last night for a quick play started around 10 o clock already to go for about 22:30,the 90mm frac goto and webcam phillips i stayed out for about 30 mins and that was that heres one of many the link is for 2 albums one for the 11th and one for the 13th,photo bucket please leave coments here after looking if you wisha cheers pat clear skies always http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/11may%20evening/ http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/13%20may/

todd8137

todd8137

 

Thu 12th May 11

The night started out with rain in the air but turned out okay and so opened up and aligned. It was great to have the 2" barlow, thank you Sy, was a great purchase, the Messiers were wonderful to see and wandering round the sky was a dream. Cloud cover beat me in the end and ended the night on a good note.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

new to astronomy

Hi i have been interested in the skies for a long time, and only just last christmas i got my first telescope, skywatcher 400mmx80mm refractor and have not a day gone by not looking up, but i wanted more so i can remember what i have seen. i am on a tight buget and so i went for recycleing from the garage, and made a phone camera holder and a part of a hoover handle 1.25mm, put the parts together and 2x barlow in the telescope, then took some pictures of the moon, with my 8mp camera phone, great pictures and movies too. anyway this is my first time at this,so forgive me if i have gone on too long thanks for reading .....john

kingeeeee

kingeeeee

 

moon 11 may

11 MAY took a few pics last night ,did not notice the lpf filter was covered with dew ruined to many pics maybe got 25 out of 300 lol what a pain heres the link about 20 more pics to look at v http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/11%20may/ just a small one here v

todd8137

todd8137

 

Tue 10th May 11

Been a good day, after making the new solar filter for the Evostar 80 left the mount on solar tracking for the rest of the day, all went well and then closed down for the evening. The local club is having a lecture, off to that and if the clouds stay away will return to the fight :). The night is warm, no breeze so will be staying out as long as possible. Have been going through a list of targets, all Messiers and all going well. With the night as it is I have decided to stay up and hopefully get a first peek at the Andromeda Galaxy for this year.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

webcam software?

does anyone know a good webcam software for mac?? or software that converts microsoft webcam footage to mac????? (that you can use an microsoft webcam on an apple...) thanks

john123

john123

 

May 10th moon and the wind

May 10th Hi all well the night started great clear skies, and my first night out in a couple of days , well gave it 45 mins all kit out side ready to go .got out there and the cloud an wind wa blowing at around 13 mph a thought a will take a quick couple and get in ,no such luck at all the wind with the dew shield in place was really grab in the tube focus was a issue with the turberlence and the boiling moon video was out the window tried for about 30 mins and gave up a did want to try a few shots with the 2"sky watcher lpf ,it did nothing for me with a 2" ep but it worked well with the camera atached the wind got the better of things and was bow in from the north east ,it wa not all bad the moon was dropping away to the west and the cloud robbed me of any thing else but its that ,that draws me out side every time i still never tire of the smallest thing to the biggest heres the link to photobucket if you wish to see these eforts cheers now pat clear skies always http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/10th%20May/

todd8137

todd8137

 

Satellite "DAICHI" (ALOS)

Hi I was taking a widefiled shot tonight by laying my DSLR camera flat on its back for a 60sec exposure at ISO400, F3.5. To my surprise, I caught the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "DAICHI" (ALOS), which apparantly is a satellite developed to contribute to the fields of mapping, precise regional land coverage observation, disaster monitoring, and resource surveying. See attached photo and flightpath from stellarium below. I also noticed a second satellite low down in the photo, but I am not sure what this one is, as its not on stellarium. Regards Neil

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

8/5/2011

Average seeing today from athens. The best phainomenon today are the big filaments. Too much gas and unstable areas. Two no number regions with sunspots right now. The other two is 11204 and 110203 at the west side. No big prominences today. Solar-007.eu - SOLAR OBSERVATION REPORTS

THEO-007

THEO-007

 

Newbie wants scope advice

Hi, I started out with a 76mm Newtonian scope last year, but was only satisfied with looking at the moon (everything else was a blur), so I sold it on - I have now got the bug again - but have narrowed it down to 3 or 4 scopes, a skywatcher 200p reflector (1000mm focal length), a Skywatcher 150p reflector (750mm focal length), a Skywatcher 150p (1200mm focal length), or a smaller 114mm synscan reflector. I have read the FAQ about newbies starting out using binoculars for a year. I can upgrade the Skywatchers after a year or so with a synscan kit. the main question is whats the difference between the 2 150mm scopes with different focal lengths, I have done all the maths and it seems the 150p with 1200mm length has more magnification than the 200p and the shorter 150p , but I dont understand what the difference is. Apologies for such a long first blog from a newbie, but I'm sure I'm not the first. BB

benbarter

benbarter

 

Egypt Stargazing

Im off to Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh on tuesday. My girlfriend and i have booked a few excursions, the one im most looking forward to though is a stargazing trip in the desert. They drive you out before sunset, put a little show on for you then set up some telescopes when it gets dark. I cant wait to see how the sky looks. Should be crystal clear with no light pollution at all. Just wish i had a decent camera! Anyone else been on this trip in Egypt before or similar trips elsewhere?

WhySoSirius

WhySoSirius

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