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Solar Filter

I've got some solar filter film coming this Week. I'll have a go with the Baadar ND 5.0 type first. Here's my idea for the filter and housing.

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

Redoing the pier

As I am now changing from a CG-5GT to a NEQ6 the pier need to have a bit lopped off, not easy as it is concrete :(. Anyway, this afternoon I decided to get it done and got the electric saw out, yes thats right, the electric saw!! It's one of those all singing and dancing thingys you put in whatever blade and has a powerful motor. Well the motor may be powerfull but the blade was another thing, not only that but in a confined space and at a height not conducive to old age, my arms gave out after my body was shattered my flying bits of concrete. I ended up using a lump hammer and bolster and after five minutes it all happened, top off and ready for a cleanup. The next installment next week when I prepare the top for the new mount.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Solar viewing

After going through the menu on the NEQ6 I realised that the sun was not on the menu. Went out today and using Stellerium I clicked on the sun and waited, the mount zoomed away and hit it spot on. Hitting identify on the handset it went through it's routine and reported nothing there :( . Was not able to determine if lt stayed on traget for long as clouds came and stopped viewing in it's tracks. So, something to think about at a later date :).

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

It finally happened!

April 1st, 2011 After watching one of my favourite science fiction movies of all time "Alien", I decided to take out my telescope. It was around 10:00pm and since the night sky doesn't become dark till later, this was the perfect time. Orion was already very low to the horizon. It was with ultimate respect that I gave it a wave goodnight. The final curtain was falling for my dearest constellation since the center stage will soon be ready for the spring / summer night sky. I sat in my astro-chair watching the stars as my eyes became accustomed to the darkness. I can't do this comfortably during the winter months because of the cold which made this particular moment that much more divine! I knew where my next deep sky challenge would be: M44, the Beehive cluster. I told myself that my eyesight was NOT going to be a barrier this time and since the moon was nowhere to be found, neither would there be any celestial interference. With my back facing west, I decided to take a small detour to knock on Saturn's door. It was bright and very welcoming but the meeting wasn't as exciting as I had hoped. As I looked through my eyepiece, the fact that my telescope needed collimation (the mirrors need to be realigned) screamed under my skin. Soon my collimator would arrive. Soon, very soon,... My thirst for something a little father tugged once more and I set my viewfinder to the north. My target resided in the constellation of Cancer. For some reason, I had trouble distinguishing it's stars. This baffled me since my area is usually relatively free of light pollution. A little push here and a couple of quick glimpses there, and,.. Oh there goes a satellite! Oh yeah back to the cluster,... I had found it! Once again, the light bothered me. Turning around I looked to the west and,.. :eek: HOLY ---- !! :eek: (Mind you if it really had been blessed fecal matter, Steven's pictures of the event would have surely never come out this good!) All winter, the news announced solar activity, and many nights I made my way outside to be welcomed by clouds. After sometime, I pretty much told myself that "I would see it when I see it". The fact that I had my back to them. completely unaware all this time doesn't show me in my best light. I call myself a backyard astronomer and don't even take the time to look at ALL the regions of my backyard? I guess I became too involved in my quest to locate my little Messier Object that I neglected the (ahem) big picture of things to the west!

stolenfeather

stolenfeather

 

My viewing

Clear skies late last night enabled me to get my new setup out of the kitchen and onto the patio. Can't use the pier in the observatory yet as it needs to be modified to take the NEQ6. Done all the normal setup procedure and got the mount into action, am very impressed with the lack of noise, actually had to look to see that it was slewing. The align procedure was was very simple, thorough and quick and I was pleased to see all tagets come up almost centre in the eyepiece. The only problem I had was dew but carried on regardless checking that all was well for the transfer to the pier, comms between the mount and laptop was first rate. The only quesion I have is should I start buying 2" EPs, there is an adapter for 1.25" and I have them in abundance, time will tell.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Which scope?

Am looking to buy either a Celestron Advanced C8 SSGT XLT on a CG 5 mount or Celestron Nexstar 8SE on the alt/azimuth mount. I will probably image at some time and have been told an equitorial mount is necessary for imaging as the alt/azimuth won't track accurately enough. The Nexstar looks easier to set up and is much lighter, but if it can't be used to image then the equitorial option seems the way to go. Can anybody advise please?

stoneybroke 15

stoneybroke 15

 

crayford hell

well were do a start,i decided to by a low profile crayford to better the scope and help with my pics adventure,well just put in a normal 1.25 ep in is a hassle and takes a good 5 mins to get focus because not only ,do you have to pull the ext tube all the way out,but also the 1.25:holderthat the ep sits in what a hassle the 12"dob was so easy to set up with the rack and pinion focuser.i had a long 2" skywatcher t adapter which was just to long when use in the cannon camera and ended up by in the short 2"one from flo.that was fun and games in its self but got that sorted all was fine the camera gets great focus. so my next headache started with the cape instrument uw80 f30mm ep , i thought this would make a great first 2"ep and after a bit of "duff advice decided to buy it for near on 55 quid, only to find out this time it can not get far enough away from the crayford even with the tube fully out, it would get focus if a held it just above the focuser so what to do ,do a by a ext ring just for one ep or by a star diagonal and use it in the 90mm meade frac ?. when a did end up getting focus it was usless the stars in the middle were fine,but round the edges rubbish the pain in side was welling up so a called it a night.a see flo do Baader T2 Extension Tube am not sure if these would screw on to the bottom of the 2 inch ep, to give me a bit more lenght am sure some one will put me straight ,as these ext tubes come in all lenghts but i do not think these are what they are for . (add in lenght to my 2" ep) so my troubles will end with this some day any ideas why the 2:cape will not get focus a no it needs to be longer at the bottom so it van,get further away from the low profile crayford . update 5th April hi got a 80mm exttnsion tube delivered and theres no prob at all nowthe 2"eps get perfect focus the web cam is 100 times better the cameras are fine a was gona get the 50mm one glad a did not now after get in the tape measure out and some card just to see how much travel was needed it was 53mm phew,every thing works fine now and i take back all what a said about the crayford but think befor ya buy this may be a prob for you to .........

todd8137

todd8137

 

ALL CHANGE

Good to tell summer here in uk, constellations changed, got used to orion, pliedies, Perseus etc, going to have to learn another section, out last night laid on floor with binoe`s could not make any thing out, mind you rolling clouds did not help, i will have to study Patrick moors year book 2011. Hoping for a crack at Venus and moon this morning, and may be Saturn, but it was raining heavy here in York, been low cloud cover here this last week, mind you tonight looks promising clear blue sky's @6.15pm.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

I confess

March 30th, 2011 Last night was my 51st time acclimating and using my telescope. I must confess something, I have been a bad astronomer. You see, telescopes have no magic to them. However, like many illusionists, they work with mirrors. Once in awhile (about every two months or so) or according to need, the user makes sure that these mirrors are indeed aligned properly. In true astronomical terms, this is called collimation. I confess, all this time,... I have never done it. If truth be known, like a neurosurgeon attempting to "make that first cut", I have been quite intimidated by the whole ordeal. However, I have waited long enough and it had to be done. I attempted to check the alignment of the mirrors last night but deep down inside, I knew I didn't have to. This was long time overdue. I called the store I usually deal with for my astronomical needs for three reasons today: The telescope I had ordered to use during the summer had not arrived yet. It had been exactly one month since I had made the order.
My new Barlow lens had not been delivered either.
I wanted to order a little jewel that would make my collimation experience less painful, a Hotech Laser Collimator.
Now, why on earth would I order from this particular seller again if I had waited so long for my previous items? I've dealt with him before and he's always been dependable. He apologized over and over again stating that he had not received the items from his supplier yet. Why don't I go directly to the supplier myself? My passion for astronomy is still in it's infancy stages making suggestions / recommendations greatly appreciated. As I learn, I believe that I will feel more secure with my purchases in the future. However, when it came to the collimator, the seller actually congratulated me stating, "that it was indeed the best". Collimation was near to impossible last night. At first I thought that my eyesight was still giving me trouble because of my latest MS relapse but in the end, it had nothing to do with my own vision at all,... the humidity levels were extremely high making any clear image impossible. So here I sit waiting for my purchased items to make their way to the isolated north. The Barlow is greatly needed since the one I have been using all of this time, has developed a crack (I never dropped it so assume that this was caused by the differences of heat and cold over time). I also wait impatiently for the collimator. The neurosurgeon has been far too patient and an incision is due. Isabelle callmenurse.blogspot.com

stolenfeather

stolenfeather

 

359 or 360 teeth.. just how do you count them

On the face of it easy, but in practice less so. In my case my drive system has been slightly lagging the stars and I'm trying to work out exactly where the error lies. It looks like the error is around 2% so worm wheels on their own don't account for it, but it could be part of the problem I thought it might be that the worm wheels got swapped when the mount was refurbished, in which case the mount would be running a tad slow. So how do you count 360 teeth?.. and trust your answer when you're done.. Solution: reprogram the drive to slew the mount through 360 degrees.... then I know it's done 360 worm revolutions, if the mount has come back to the exact same spot it started at then it's a 360 tooth worm wheel. Result: 359 teeth. So it's not that. I did however establish that it slews at 2.5 degrees per second... I can live with that :D So why is it slow?.. well analysing the various processor signals it looks like it might have been missing an interrupt every so often, and these are used to get the timing spot on. At 40 interrupts per microstep and one missed interrupt per microstep that makes a 2.5% slippage. So a bit of assembler to speed up processing and now there's no lost interrupts.. I won't know if it's right until I can star test it again. It's bound to be cloudy for the next fortnight. Sorry... Derek

rfdesigner

rfdesigner

 

Villanelle to Cosmology

SUPERLUMINELLE :dontknow: -- James Ph. Kotsybar The Universe is expanding, Faster than the limit of light, Beyond common understanding. Cosmology is demanding. Its study is by no means slight. 'The Universe is expanding. Physics’ heroes, quite outstanding, Have applied their full mental might Beyond common understanding. There’s no point in reprimanding, As we gaze out into the night, The Universe is expanding. The truth of fact is commanding. Whatever is has to be right, Beyond common understanding. Einstein’s physics notwithstanding, Much quicker than what we call bright, The Universe is expanding Beyond common understanding.

Poeteye

Poeteye

 

aspen reflector telescope

Hi i am new to astronomy and a complete beginer. my 9 year old daughter wanted a tele scope for her birthday and i have just brought an aspen 130x1000mm telescope with an eq2 mount . the scope did not come with a manual can neone help?

SkyeAtNight

SkyeAtNight

 

japan and acrucy

since it was rumered that japan's continet had shifted about 8 ft closer towards the united states wouldn't that through of the longitude and ladatude grid off because of the shift

spacefreak

spacefreak

 

help ep

anyone----2inch ep 70-q --70 fieldview..made by orion--38mm 100.00 is it worth getting........t.y.:headbang:

a2unhappy

a2unhappy

 

Ascom and EQAscom on Win7, Vista

Hello, Having problems connecting my HEQ5 Syntrek to my PC via Eqmod via win7 and Vista. Same cable seems to work on old laptop so wandered whether i am missing something with regards to installing on Win7 or Vista(both Ultimate)? Thankyou. Rt

zimzimma

zimzimma

 

Trouble logging in today any one?

Has any one had any trouble logging in today? i have, would not except my user name or password! reset it still not doing it. tried for 2 hours! strange though i am on now! the password was 8 letters but when you copy and paste it, it was 11? change password and i am on now. His this because i have gone from Google chrome (keeps crashing since upgrade 2 days ago) using Opera now.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

First telescope!

Hi Everyone I've just bought my first telescopy [skywatcher skymax 127 supatrak], and have had my first view of the moon - amazing! I would like to take a picture but don't know if it's possible to attach a camera [i have a Lumix G1]. Would any of you more experienced gazers be able to give me some advice on this, or point me to some information that may answer my questions - browser search hasn't really returned anything useful. Thanks...

NewStar1

NewStar1

 

EQMod HEQ5 syntrek setup.....help needed:(

Hi guys, I have a HEQ5 Syntrek mount with EQmod and all the necessary software (ASCOM, drivers for cable, EQASCOM, stellarium, cartes du ciel). Problem is i connect cable and the pc is recognising it as a comms port (18) set baud at 9600 but once plugged into mount no joy. Im getting ASCOM to use device and connected status on a driver called EQMOD Sim Telescope but no joy with EQ5 driver, once in either of these software packages it is not tracking (motors making no noise at all) im sure ive missed something on my PC but cannot find a guide for this at all. Please please help i would be eternally grateful. Thankyou RT

zimzimma

zimzimma

 

Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Maksutov-Cassegrain OR Nexstar 130 SLT Reflector?

Hi im new, just registered and im looking for some advice. I've been shopping around on the net for weeks and weeks for a good first telescope and Ive managed to narrow myself down to two that both look pretty good but just cant decide which one to go for. Can anybody offer me any advice between the two telescopes in the title? From what i can gather, putting design and aesthetics aside, these two are quite similar optically, despite the 127 being slightly more expensive. any help would be much appreciated.

WhySoSirius

WhySoSirius

 

Wasted good viewing time tonight.

what a pain in th ars@ the philips spc web cam is!! wasted good 2 hours messing with the blumming thing, trying to get a image of m42, strange thing though Saturday got image of Sirius and Betelgeuse, stars, but cant remember what i did to pick up stars. So frustrating. Had a look at Saturn tonight coming up early now. Quite good clear night, WASTED.

mr saddo

mr saddo

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