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  2. great shot Dave, day off for me today, not feeling too good. clear skys. charl.
  3. great shots David, day off form me today mate, i think ive come down with something "prob fish flu " clear skys. charl.
  4. great set Steve, not too well today so im having the day off, hope you get some shots. charl.
  5. Another thing. If the objective was pinched, wouldn't this make the Airy discs oval?
  6. nice shot rusty, watch out you will become quarkers mate . im having a day off today, im a bit under the weather. well done. charl.
  7. Hi all. If like me you've been clouded out of it for weeks on end, a bit of relief might come in the form of data to play with. This is my Dusty Taurus from November 2018. 6.5 hrs in 150 second subs with my now sold (what was i thinking) Tak Epsilon 130 and an Asi 071. A feint molecular cloud 450 light years from earth which includes Cederblad 30 and LBN 782 This was my effort https://www.dropbox.com/s/q2z3r90478lvyhl/St-avg-23700.0s-WC_1_3.0_none-x_1.0_MNC-NS-full-qua-add-sc_BWMV_nor-AA-RL-noMBB-lpc-cbg.fits?dl=0 Look forward to see what you can do with the data. Richard.
  8. It should be possible to settle part of this argument by using optical formulae to calculate the shift of focus caused by the moon being 240,000 miles away rather than at infinity. The focus may also shift with time as the scope cools down.
  9. OK so I've hit the dreaded capitalisation issue again! It's CASE SENSITIVE! haha, so it's /dev/ttyUSB1 I'm now getting a different error, it's just saying failed to capture rather than failed to open serial port...
  10. Have you had a look at things like Stellarmate and Astroberry? They are both dedicated OS builds of Ubuntu for Astrophotography. They come with all the drivers and bits of software already installed. Then it's just a case of adding your equipment and banging your head against the wall for a few hours while you try to learn new software and then you're golden haha I'm currently trying to move over to Astroberry running on a raspberry pi for everything but my Nikon D5000 doesn't seem to be liking it properly yet. I think the software needs to take the camera out for a few more meals before they will connect properly
  11. Demonperformer - I like it! Definitely one up on me shining a torch in a neighbours face! Pehaps invite the coucillors, and environmental health, and lighting dept (first time at least) at a more reasonable hour. If they don't attend, or have the courtesy to respond, then step up the time/fequency of calls. When my messages are ignored without good reason, I double up on the reminders - every time. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 - the messages do get a response eventually!
  12. Hi Carole! Not sure if this is my poor explanation or poor understanding! What I mean is if I rotate the camera in the scope, the position of the notch rotates on the finished image. So instead of being at 10 oclock its at 2 oclock. If the camera were the problem, the notch would be always in the same place on the image, no?
  13. Are you running this through a usb/usb3 hub. I found mine did this but was definitely better when running it off its own dedicated usb lead to usb2 port.
  14. So that's what was missing? I thought I was one Quark short of a set. Thanks.
  15. Great work! It's always fun when you first get something working no matter how small it is! You current process is pretty similar to mine by the sounds of it although I don't use stellarium on my imaging machine as it would use up too much processing power & RAM (I have a weak imaging PC). I don't generally do much of a polar alignment, just a rough one since using plate solving. Turn everything on, focus the imaging camera (guide cam stays in the scope at all times so its always focused), connect everything in APT, auto plate solve, slew to target, start guiding, start imaging, drink beer haha
  16. Instead of having everything bolted together as a monolithic block, have you considered using heat pipes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_pipe) to conduct the heat to different areas to meet you needs ?
  17. Hi Steve Your right! Although to some people I didn't get far last night for me It was leaps and bounds When I saw that picture of Vega, although I just found out how to alter the histogram to get the proper darkness I was shocked an amazed on the quality of my first 10 second image. The important part is I got everything working as it should but still need to learn the softwares back to front and continue learning in a never ending process I enjoy learning new things and love the challenge on working most things out myself. I have shed loads of questions but try and focus only on my next step to try and not complex things too much. By being able to goto which part of the sky and focus a target I want, will let me start capturing and introduce the next step. I am not looking forward to post processing so much but thats another learning curve. I will have to deal with it when I have some decent data to work with
  18. I got this little piece of the Moon in the mail today, and a few other meteorite bits too Here is the official classification on this one (North West Africa 8277) for those interested: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=59500
  19. Some round black and orange things. Not bad for £15.99 delivered for a brand new set.
  20. Hi All, My ED80 had the old single speed focuser and I would like to be able to fit the dual speed version to it. Would anyone know if this would be a direct swap over or is the DS SW focuser different and the whole part needs changing. I have been looking for ages for either a unwanted one or one that has been damaged but usable but so far fallen short. I do not want to use an alternative as they all seem to be missing the thread on the rear of the focus tube so I am not able to directly screw on my FF. cheers,
  21. It says to me it's the camera not the scope if the notch rotates as the camera rotates. When I first saw it I thought you were using a reflector and it was the focusser sticking into the star (as happened to mine until I chopped a bit off the end of the focusser. Not sure what to suggest with a refractor except my first line. Carole
  22. By the way isn't it a great feeling when things do go right on a session. Even if you do not get the data you really wanted just the fact you learnt how to do something and it worked is a great boost Steve
  23. Nice. Have you tried Imppg for sharpening yet?
  24. I caught up with Pallas last night. Here is a single frame from a short avi captured with a Watec 910HX/RC mono camera attached to a Celestron 9.25. Pallas is the brightest object near the centre of the image.
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