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  2. Are you sure that it is in contradiction to expansion, could it just be peculiar motion of that galaxy because of local mass arrangement / gravitational pull? Any link on the source of info?
  3. Out of curiosity, what do you think is wrong with your old ones? Here is what I would do - for solar and lunar I would use preferably mono camera. If you value full disc shots without doing mosaics - then you need sufficiently large chip. For regular planetary imaging - I prefer color camera. Your 178c is good for much of this. Solar is tricky because it involves Ha, and mono camera is better there, but 178c is sensitive in Ha with all pixels - some more, and some less. Using flats will even things out, and although it is not the best solution it will certainly work. Having said all of the above, what do you hope to gain by getting a new camera? How much improvement? In mono segment, way to go would be ASI290 or alike camera - due to low read noise. However 178 mono sensor is not trailing much behind, and I wonder if it makes sense to get one since you already have 178c. 290 will almost cover full disk with Lunt so you will need at least two panels for full disk image with it. Same goes for Lunar. For planetary, I think the best option at the moment is 385 based camera due to lowest read noise and other characteristics that are more than fine.
  4. I've looked at the screenshots of BYE and APT and found them to be too complex for my needs, filling the display with unwanted tools and info. I use Canon Utilities which takes up little space on the screen. Good luck with your next session Michael
  5. Can someone explain in relativity simple terms to u defat and what is meant when clipping is referred to in images? I read being mentioned quite frequently, but even after being in the AP game for a couple of years, I don’t fully understand what it refers to! Rgds Aidan
  6. If you use sky safari with the SynScan App you can download loads of double star designations into it.
  7. hello everyone i have the sky watcher esprit 120 and the heq6r pro mount and im considering to buy autoguider package to my setup and wanted to aky you if this package is good? and recommended? some reviews... ZWO 60mm ASI120MM Guide system (ZWO – ASI120MM-s) also im considering the Orion Magnificent Mini Deluxe AutoGuider Package... which is better? thank you very much!
  8. Yes, I got it last time I was at astro camp. That's my camping obsy in the foreground with Davey T's kit behind. The Earth's shadow is the grey area below the pink belt of Venus, apparently named after the Goddess rather than the planet. Quote from the internet: The belt of Venus is an atmospheric phenomenon just before sunrise or after sunset, red sunlight can be seen in the upper atmosphere but a dark shadow of the Earth is on the horizon.
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  10. Guys - time to choose a new camera. I have been using QHY cameras for some time but have decided to think again. What is the view on alternatives for lunar, solar and planetary? The only constraints will be USB3 obviously and price as I don’t want to spend a fortune (circa 500). The solar is Ha through a Lunt 50 and I’m partial to full disk images. Scopes can be seen below with the exception of my Swift 77mm refractor which has been very good on the moon. Thanks in advance Keith
  11. I had forgotten about those multi NB filters for OSC cameras never having used one. But as you say it does take longer. Carole
  12. One Sky-Watcher AZ GTi WiFi Alt-Az Mount Only. Customer Return Checked A-OK. Complete and with full manufacturer's warranty. £210.00 £179.00 (saving £31.00)
  13. Astronomers have determined that Messier 90, a lovely Spiral in Virgo, which contains many galaxies,is heading for a collision with our Milky Way galaxy, and there is no doubting it. As M90 is about 60 million light years away, it sure ain't gonna happen next week, but happen it will they say. The movement contradicts the expansion theory of Red Shift, but M90 is definitely Blue Shifted. This is only part of the report, there is more, but the basic info. Is above. Ron.
  14. Hi Happy, the cable wasn’t tight at all.
  15. It’s a brilliant little bit of kit. Shame about the name.
  16. And the wasteful packaging award goes to Amazon who shipped these two little adapters in a seperate box to the other things that arrived today.
  17. Power tank and case arrived today. The Floureon 12,000mah power tank will keep the Quark going for quite a while. The “Tactical Waterproof Mobile Bag Military Phone Holder” ,as the manufacturer calls it, has loads of straps and a hook to attach it to just about anything. Will replace the usb cable with a coiled one to keep it neater.
  18. Olly thanks for the idea but the subs are too saturated for the core. But I have located some shorter subs in another folder.
  19. Power tank and a phone holder to put it in. Lots of straps and hooks on the case to attach it to the tripod.
  20. Try Amazon.... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Converter-Adjustable-Step-Down-1-25V-36V-Raspberry/dp/B01DF3JUPY/ref=sr_1_9?crid=WRKENHLSWXOJ&keywords=buck+converter&qid=1558877274&s=gateway&sprefix=buck+con%2Caps%2C744&sr=8-9 Alan
  21. Lovely. What camera and mount are you using to get these shots? Mark
  22. Cross my palm with a bottle of Prosecco and I'll be happy to provide the future vision of your choice!
  23. Assuming the chosen mount is suitable you can image many DSO using a camera and lens. So what camera and lenses do you already own?
  24. Thanks all! Looks like the buck converter is the way to go and I do have an almost scrap case of exactly the sort Davey-T shows. The screw terminals and voltmeter are good, too. Can you remember where it came from? I can see similar but not-quite-the-same items on ebay, but so far the terminals are proving elusive.
  25. Definitely not obsolete. Some even don’t need to have pictures at all so using a screen grabber is not necessary and are ok with the lesser resolution to get that closer to Live view the cameras give. Traditional video astronomy is also convenient to not need a laptop with its use. My very first attraction to EEVA type viewing was after reading an article about using Video goggles with a Mallincam right at the scope. No CRT or LCD monitor needed. Just those video glasses that emulate viewing a 50” screen 10 feet in front of you. I like the idea of a 7” LCD side mounted close to the focuser that can twist to 90° for viewing at same angles an eyepiece is in a diagonal. I am patiently waiting for CMOS cameras to bring noise down at higher ISO to an acceptable level to get a live view with a dslr that has a flip out monitor that twists to 90° - on a manual mount. I think we will see it within the next 5 years or so. I am a Night Vision EEVA user and would like a CMOS dslr sensitive enough for live view with broad enough response to use visual narrowband filters like UHC, OIII, Hb and also to see the reflection nebulae like Merope and Witchhead which night vision can’t pickup yet. I’ve still never seen the Witchhead. I can pick up the Horsehead in my 72mm scope but not reflection nebulae heavy in carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide/oxygen or any gas with spectrum wavelengths below about 550nm. I’m still stubbornly refusing to use tracking mounts. It’s what decided the debate on night vision vs camera EEVA 6 years ago for me. Back then Video Astronomy was still very popular. I would have never known about Night Vision astronomy without first seeing video astronomy then doing further research.
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