Hi, out last night for a few hours quite cool but clear sky's around 9 pm till 10.30 pm, never seen so many stars in Cygnus!! here in the city, i was most impressed!! did try the camera on the dob but failed miserably, even found the Globular cluster in Hercules which has eluded me for some time!! with the help of Andriod sky map held on the eyepiece, and it points telling you where to go!! cheaper than a go to!! LOL was disappointed!! just a gray smudge!! nothing like the pictures i have seen.
Well finished the pier mount for EQ5 head and bolted it on the scaff pole which is in a foot square of concreate......looks good .....but the vibration on top end is terrible!!! i even pored postcreat down the scaff pole to numb it out a bit. plan is a 2 - 3 inch pipe over the scaff pole and more concrete in. Right ordered the 150mm flue liner pipe off e-bay £18 for 9 ft!! got it the next day!! very good service. i have chiseled 20 mm or so out for the pipe to slipe over scaff pole and concr
Hi, was out Tues night this week set up early, and waited for dark, was looking at Cassiopeia clusters on the bottom m tail half way down, thought i would put the eos 300d on and have a go at it.!! well what a pain trying to look though the small view finder in the camera and focus, i had to put Barlow in eos T ring for more mag, just could not see much. Took a few shots!! 001 frame dont know what this is suppose to be two clusters?!! i had to keep taking the camera out of tube and putting ep on
well finally hacked the canon eos 300d , for mirror lock up!! at last, been thinking to do this for months, i used the unduchable mod, i downloaded the canon software for update 1.11 and replaced the fir file1.11 in the down loaded folder with the unduchable one , just dont mix them up has there the same number 1,11!!, now then did all that but could not understand why it was not updating? you have to open the card reader cover then shut it to start the down load to the camera!! opps! did i f
well started the pier tonight. for th the eq 5 head. height to go up to 54 inches. WELL i have abandoned this , i built it up, and to be honest it was 45 inches high and unstable and looked like a chimney stack!! i will put a pipe in to the concrete base, and fill with post create (fast setting) oh and make my own pier plate has there £45-55 each!! need two bottom and top . see other post in opps dont fit.
Got the new scope today, ordered Friday, got this am via fed x , good service fro FLO thanks martin. Now hope for some clear sky's, had a play at some chimney pots to align star finder scope, optics are very crisp and clear!! I don think the wife was impressed with the size!! with a comment "where you gona put that!!" tutting and shaking her head, "it was either this or a 10 inch dob!! i said" mind you the mount and head weighs a ton!! i already have a bad back!! just started with. I call the sk
After much deliberation between the sky-watcher skyliner dob 8 inch or 10, ive opted for the sky-watcher evo-star 120 on eq5, i know people say go for aperture but its storing yet another scope, and its size will be massive so ive read, iv`e had one of theses evo`s before and i sold it ,has i did not have a suitable mount for it. i could not afford it. i regretted selling it.
Well what a waste of time and money, i bet loads of us bought solar film to make a filter, but has usual the British weather did not play. I had to watch it on line via link in Norway, and Slooch web cam, which was good, the wonders of technology!! I managed to screen grab some images at 11.00pm and early this morning, 4.30 having looked out the bath room window east, but was low cloud and been raining.I wonder how many of us were geared up!! for a big let down. ning.