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  2. And if I get stuck, Lorna call always push me. She said if I'm going that she's coming with me.
  3. I've printer dew shields for my lenses which have been quite successful. That Samyang is a nice wide-angle lens - wouldn't mind one of those Widest I have ATM is 28mm except for the ASC.
  4. Hi David, No it was a still night. No wind at all. Polar aligning was with eyeballing, it wasn't perfect. But if it was bad, how I got that good images? Good images rate was 1:3.
  5. You'll have a great advantage, already owning your personal Mars "rover".
  6. Linear regulators like the LM7808 do need to be used with a heatsink that ideally has free air movement around it so putting it into a small box is not ideal, there are a few options that would work. a) Mount the IC inside an aluminium case with the heatsink tab connected to the metal (think the tab is connected to ground but check or use an electrical insulating washer etc). b) Use a switching regulator (normally called buck converters) as these have greater efficiency and dont get hot and are available with built in volt meters if needed. Alan
  7. Put your 200mm Newtonian on the EQ5 for imaging the Moon and planets and swap it out for a good small refractor for imaging DSO's.
  8. I feel there are some very nice 80mm and 70mm scopes out there and of course more affordable, Gina's suggestion is nice the Espirit 80mm . TS did a nice 80mm carbon fiber scope at a bit over 1000e think they still do, never seen one but I know someone that has one and he loves it.
  9. They do, at least for the manual that came with my v5 handset...
  10. My diary is clear for 2020, so I though.....why not!!!!. I call shotgun.
  11. In excellent condition with the worthy optional extras of non marring compression rings to vis back and the superb Altair handle. Its ideal if wishing to max out your quarks full potential £300 collected (dalgety bay)
  12. Yes ... I tend not to bother with galaxies and nebulae as I have never had much joy with actually observing them I am sure this will change when I move to a house that is in a darker location and buy a larger aperture scope
  13. As the rest of the family has been seeing the observatory slowly being constructed over the last year and we had some clear sky last night I thought I'd have a go at something fun to show them now I've reached the point that it's usable (though some way from complete), so I set the 450D up on a tripod with the kit 18-55mm lens wide open, pointing back at the house with the intention of taking some subs to combine into a star trail image. Sadly the clouds didn't appear to have read the forecast and the five hours of clear sky I was promised turned into an hour or so of mostly clear sky, and the cloud was worst to the south west -- the direction of the house. So this is all I ended up with: Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is that there are no lights on in the house at all. The lit windows are all illuminated by power indicator LEDs on chargers, clock displays and suchlike. It's not all negative though. I've been visual-only for quite some time whilst we've been having work done in the house because it made sense to pack kit up to keep it out of the dust, and during the construction of the observatory, so this is my first image of any kind in a fair while. I did also grab some frames looking back over the observatory towards Cassiopeia, but struggled with the lens dewing up. I don't have a hood for this lens which probably doesn't help (and in fact the ones I've found online don't look as though they'd be much help anyhow). I might try a dew heater, or attempt a 3d printed hood of my own. I should also have a go with my 14mm Samyang, though I suspect that will be even more prone to dew. James
  14. One Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED DS-Pro OTA. Customer Return Telescope A-OK but case has minor damage. Includes full manufacturer's UK warranty. £359.00 £329.00 (saving £30.00)
  15. Planetary, start clusters, lunar, etc. should be alright, I agree. Galaxies and nebulae not so.
  16. It is pretty dark Gina, I sat in the garden last night looking at the stars around 11pm and it was pretty decent, maybe AP need conditions to be a lot darker, but on the whole it’s worth a shot
  17. Was it windy by any chance? That's a big scope you've got in your signature. At that focal length you'll really want good polar alignment and good guiding.
  18. Your requirements are contradictory - I suggest refining your requirements or looking at multiple setups. Re the mount: portable means lightweight while suitable for astrophotography means solid and heavy. Nothing wrong with the Meade LX85 AFAIK but I would not have described it as 'lightweight'. I don't have a full spec for it but with 33bs capacity I get the impression it is on the limit of what I would like to drag outdoors and assemble without assistance. What kind of astrophotography? Planetary and deep space have totally different requirements. Re the scope : portable is easily managed (buy a small one), but multipurpose does not work. Deep space astrophotography points to a small high quality refractor, general observing, depending on who you listen to, means any sort of scope (within reason), planetary observing likewise, while planetary astrophotography seems to require the biggest SCT you can afford and get mounted up. The SCTs score on usability - they are shorter and lighter than the equivalent in other designs, the eyepiece remains in a convenient position regardless of where the scope is aimed, and they have a great depth of focal range facilitating the attachment of various accessories.
  19. Thank you so much, Peter. Amazing. Yes, it looked like this: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/25/18639905/spacex-starlink-satellites-video-dr-marco-langbroek-netherlands although dimmer, as we were observing with the naked eye. Very spectacular. Best regards, Grae
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  21. Unfortunately clear skies aren't much good if it doesn't get dark! Not that you can rely on weather forecasts anyway!
  22. Hello and welcome to SGL. What you saw was probably the launch and deployment of the new Starlink satellites by Space-X
  23. ^^^^ I can only stretch to lager:
  24. Thanks, I do use the Canon camera connect with my DSLR in combination with an intervalometer so best of both like you describe, I find the on screen microfocussing very useful when using camera lenses. Alan
  25. Hi everyone, Last night I started imaging, I took about 30 * 120sec . I tried it without Autoguiding, because my laptop didn't want to wake up . Some of photos were awesome, others were with beginning trails, other with terrible trails. All of them were mixed, I mean after a good shot I got a very bad one and so on... If it was bad polar alignment I wouldn't get any good shots, if it was good , then why I'm getting the bad one? Any ideas why would that come from? Best regards,
  26. Hi folks. I am sorry if this post is not suitable for this forum; I have searched the Internet for somewhere that may be able to help me with this. I am in a remote part of North West France and last night the sky was very clear. At around 12:30am my brother and I saw what looked like a very long, dull beam of light travelling from South West to North East. The beam was observed for approximately two minutes until it disappeared out of view. The luminance did not diminish at any point. What made this even more strange (and not at all like anything associated with an aeroplane) was that within the beam of light were what looked like many twinkling points of light. I liken this to a beam of light capturing dust in the air. There seemed to be three 'leading' points of light that did not twinkle, set apart from each other. There were no streaks of light as seen with meteor showers, and the brightness was consistent. All of the points of light, including the 'leading' points of light looked the same size at the stars. No lights were flashing and there was no noise. It certainly looked like some kind of space-related event. If so, the length of the beam must have been vast. Does anybody have any ideas as to what this could have been? Many thanks.
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