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    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

    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

    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 up

    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

     

    skywatcher 8"

    I've heard its a good scope. what do you guys think of it. because I'm going to buy it. and do you think it is good(or moderate) for astrophotography? john

    john123

    john123

     

    4 planets to see before sunrise east anyone?

    http://earthsky.org/tonight Any one viewed this nice gathering of planets? little too low on my location not a good east view, reckon about 6 degree above horizon? i have got about 10 degree tops of houses in east. you will need to be up before sunrise 5.20am before there lost in the sun. Also noticed there some lovely nebula`s in Sagittarius if you get a nice dark morning.

    mr saddo

    mr saddo

     

    Viewing - Thu 05th May 11

    Decided to check out my Grab n Go gear and done some sun spotting. This is the first time for using it and it proved simple to setup, no leccy or any cables, just plonked it on the ground and a manual search for the sun. Turned out well for it's simplicity, a Meade Telestar RB60 on an EQ3, end shield off and a solar filter on, only problem is keeping track of the sun, no nipping indoors for a cuppa :) so SWMBO done the catering :). Just looking at the cloud cover on the net, doubt if there

    The Sailor

    The Sailor

     

    Ursa Major Widefield exposure with DSLR

    I had a go at just using the DSLR tonight with a 30 sec exposure, ISO of 200, and set to F3.5. Had a lot of trouble trying to get rid of the light pollution, but I'm pretty happy with the result. I managed to get through the clouds. The best result was from laying the camera flat on its back on a 10sec timer.

    tibbs1972

    tibbs1972

     

    Viewing - Tue 03th May 11

    Not so much gazing at the sky last night, spent most of the time gazing at the handset!! With the wind playing about the last week I spent the time fixing all the cables in the obsy, bundling them neatly and moving them so not in the way during observing. Well whatever I done had a disasterous effect on last nights viewing. Each time I got align done for some reason I lost power to the handset, there was a loose connection and this caused restets. The serial connection seems to be the culprit at

    The Sailor

    The Sailor

     

    Located M44: The Beehive Cluster

    Extemly clear night tonight. I haven't seen so may stars shining since January. If I didn't have to work tomorrow, I'd be out later. I've Located M44, the Beehive cluster in cancer with my Monocular. One of the few clusters almost visible with the naked eye, as a sort of smudge. Another Messier notched up. :)

    tibbs1972

    tibbs1972

     

    2nd April pics

    hi all i gave up try in to get m57 with the dob,i got one pic thats so so,in the end i got the tripod and decided to just stick the camera on it and a way i went heres the efforts from last night pat http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/2nd%20april%2001%2030hours/ the shot of lyra was stacked 7subs forgot the subs time but overdid it on the curves

    todd8137

    todd8137

     

    Located M31 : Andromeda Galaxy

    Just a smudge through the Monocular, but really pleased to finally locate it. I located Andromeda by following the line of stars out from Mirach. I can't get a better view, as the line of sight is above a 24hr Cement factory, which obliviously means lots of light polution. Pleased I finally located it, as it's the one galaxy I wanted to spot. Ok, a sense of achievement tonight, off for some sleep.

    tibbs1972

    tibbs1972

     

    Located M39: Open Cluster in Cygnus

    I located the M39 open cluster tonight with my 10x50 Monocular. I have to admit, I'm having more luck locating objects with the Monocular than with my telescope. I looked first between Deneb (Cygnus) and Alderamin (Cepheus) for p1 Cyg and p2 Cyg and then looked to the right of p2 Cyg. Hey presto, there was the M39 open cluster, just visible with my Monocular. I also used Stellarium for the first time tonight instead of the Celestron Sky X software that came with the scope. Stellarium is much

    tibbs1972

    tibbs1972

     

    Back from Holls, Great session!!

    27th April 2011 This blog entry sees me travelling 300 miles north to the Scottish highlands and my father’s croft in Perthshire. This place was a big factor in me investing in my equipment as it lies in the centre of the highlands and the nearest proper town is about 40 miles away as the crow flies so light pollution is zero and the elevation is about 245m with big swathes of sky viewable at night and picture postcard views of the loch and mountains in the daytime. Weather reports prom

    mylatestwhim

    mylatestwhim

     

    new to all this

    hi peeps just brought a skywatcher 250 goto dob, just want some advice about what eyepieces to buy apart from the 2 that come with it as standard, any help would be appreciated , thanks , crune

    crune

    crune

     

    ISS Flyby 2159 30th April 2011

    Caught another flyby tonight by the ISS. The space station was in view for about 2 minutes tonight. Still an amazing sight. I took some 0.5 sec exposures. I think I could just make out some sort of outline when I used my Minocular. Amazing ! Regards Neil

    tibbs1972

    tibbs1972

     

    saturn iphone image

    i was out last weekend (friday 22 april) gazing at saturn again and thought id attempt to take a picture of saturn using my iphone, and after a LOT of camera phone hovering managed this. i was using a barlowed 9mm ep at the time on my nexstar 130. i know its a crude image compared to many others on here, but its a start, i didnt even think it would work this well!

    WhySoSirius

    WhySoSirius

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