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  1. Hi again Guys I've reprocessed things a little and bought a warmer colour out for those who mentioned things. Also I believe a bit more definition! Thanks for looking!
    7 points
  2. Today is the 2nd Christmas for my children, first with their mum then today with me. 4 children and lots of presents except one for my 10yr old eldest girl. Should have been delivered on the 24th but Citylink didn't play ball. I explained that she would be getting a lovely present and it was delayed, thankfully the parcel arrived at 10am. Her first scope. a Celestron 76mm Dob. She was very very happy. Now it became complicated as we had to wait for dark skies and more importantly no cloud but it has happened! After all the horrendous weather we have had lately it was clear. First light for her
    6 points
  3. Just to be clear, I'm not on a rant here and haven't been at any point in the discussion. Nor do I do racial or nationalistic stereotyping, something I've fought against, hard, for a professional lifetime. I know I haven't been accused of the above, but I'm determined to be clear. Olly
    5 points
  4. Hi, I thought I share a few recently finished images. These targets are not seen often anyway. The first one is NGC 1042; another elliptical galaxy is in FOV: http://www.astrobin.com/68929/ The next one is NGC 4395 - it can easily require 100 hours with out much difference to be discerned. One of the lowest surface brightness. http://www.astrobin.com/68998/ NGC 1530 is a rather easy one very high in the sky http://www.astrobin.com/69232/ NGC 2985 is hardly ever imaged, very faint spirals can be made out here: http://www.astrobin.com/69562/ Finally a small galaxy cluster for good measure, pres
    4 points
  5. Hi all and Merry Christmas! I got this image of jupiter and Ganymede on the night of the 10th December. Stacking done in AS2 with wavelets in Registax. The scope was an Intes Micro MN86 Deluxe. (8" Mak Newt). I welcome your comments. Thanks for looking!
    4 points
  6. Good on Google for celebrating today on their title page the birthday of one of the giants of 17th century astronomy and physics - Johannes Kepler. There is even an animation demonstrating accurately not just the first but also the second law of planetary motion! Whilst most of the general public are familiar with Galileo and Newton, the name of Kepler will be less well known to them. Yet he was a mathematical genius whose work on the motion of planets finally buried the geocentric theory forever, and led directly to Newton's formulation of the Universal Law of Gravitation. Indeed, in his disc
    4 points
  7. I have a SW 130P, a 99p webcam, and £10 worth of software. I'd love more kit but I'm determine to get my 99p worth of learning from the webcam before I spend serious money. I had one evening of playing before the gales rolled in, and this convinced me I need to learn the software better before I venture out into the cold again. Do get the book everyone recommends. I read it through and swore this hobby was too overwhelming for me. Then I read it again and decided there were bits I could attempt. So I'm learning the webcam now, and have attempted some constellation pics just using my canon
    4 points
  8. Its hardly fair to moan about SW's quality control processes when you've brutalised the EP, is it? Without sounding too harsh "nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool".
    4 points
  9. Hi all. I noticed that the asteroid 612 Veronika was doing a flypast of the Horsehead nebula on Christmas night. This is a capture of Veronika, stacked on the asteroid so the stars and nebula show trailing, and is a combination of 12 x 5 minute exposures, SXVF-H9 cam, 250mm f/4.7 Newtonian. No filters, flats or darks. I was surprised how indistinct the Horsehead is when not using Ha filters. Veronika is 16th magnitude, approx. 282 Million km distant, and only around 38km across. And here's my slighly more respectable horsehead, captured with Ha filters and the same setup!
    3 points
  10. At the moment sky at night magazines, current and past issues are available for 99p to download until January. I have grabbed a few for the iPad. Excellent quality, and very good value. Just check the App Store.
    3 points
  11. What Can I Expect to See? By Way of Introduction It’s a very easy mistake to make. You see those spectacular images of colour and shape which show the beauty of the Universe and just how fortunate you are to live within it and you think to yourself, perhaps a telescope will show me something similar? Time passes and one day you hear about some astronomical phenomenon that’s going to occur. You’ve read the reports in newspapers and seen something on TV about the breath taking sights in the superlative that will appear in the night sky. So you decide to ask about what telescope you should buy an
    2 points
  12. I will stop posting images of the Iris Nebula once I am satisfied with the results, don't judge me Canon 7D With Canon 500mm f/4 L IS @ f/4 2x AstroTrac TT320X Mounts. 20x 300 second subs @ ISO800. 25th December 2013, 50% moon, 25% hangover from chocolate liqueurs. Iris Nebula (NGC 7023) by StuartJPP, on Flickr
    2 points
  13. The Rosette nebula (aka NGC 2237, NGC 2238, NGC 2239, NGC 2244, NGC 2246) is an emission nebula associated with open clusters of stars located in the constellation of Monoceros, 5,200 light years away. Imaged from Ocala, Florida through Ha, OIII and SII filters and processed using Hubble palette, assigning SII to RED, OIII to BLUE and Ha to GREEN. 20 minute exposures combined to a total of: 3 hours Ha (binned 1x1) 3 hours OIII (binned 1x1) 3 hours SII (binned 1x1) Processed in Photoshop using Hubble palette Imaging telescope: Orion 80mm EON (Focal length 480mm) Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8 Lo
    2 points
  14. The best way to see more detail on the planets is to observe them for longer periods. It's amazing how your eye seems to train itself as you observe and the more subtle details start to emerge as you study the planet. I usually spend 60 minutes minimum on a single target, conditions allowing and have often spent a whole session on just Saturn or Jupiter.
    2 points
  15. I am currently grinning from ear to ear
    2 points
  16. I'm not having a dig at anyone, honest! Yes Paul, I have had the opportunity to inspect a working EQ8. The mount has the potential to be a game changer and is a lot of mount for the money. Personally I prefer a little more refinement, but I have no doubt that the EQ8 will go on to become very popular once it's foibles are ironed out. It is still early days, and these are hardly mass produced items, and sometimes no amount of beta testing shows up all the kinks ( just ask Microsoft!!) but once they get into general regular use the little issues surface and can be dealt with. So rather than con
    2 points
  17. A tiny point of correction if I may. I was supplied with one of the many SiTech versions that didn't have the problem - it was just a very small batch of (albeit SiTech) later versions that had the issue. Ironically, the fault was introduced in response to user requests - some users complained about the projecting motor assemblies so Mesu replaced the original design with a more flush fitting design at a higher cost (which was not passed on to the end user!) and this didn't work as specified by the motor supplier. Current examples use the original motors. .... and now back to the EQ8!!!
    2 points
  18. hi tim, id be the first to admit that im one of those people , but I think the principle of any company charging a lot of money for something where they have neglected to implement some simple QC in a key part of the system is something everyone would have an opinion on. its not really fair for big companies to be able to do this and its only through potential endusers expressing their views will synta feel compelled to act. I dont think the "mend it yourself" approach is good enough when many of these mounts have only seen a few hours service, if that. I know the other day there was a post
    2 points
  19. Hi Tim, Are people not allowed an opinion on something that potentially they are looking at purchasing? Have you had chance to use one? If so, what did you make of it? I dont doubt that Skywatcher will fix the issue, but I really don't think it's unreasonable to say that a mount shouldn't be shipped if it's not up to the job...at least in some cases. There are some good EQ8s but there should be only good EQ8s. Having a mix of both gives consumers no confidence, and when spending 3k, people are going to want confidence. I grant you that I don't have one, but it was under consideration as a remo
    2 points
  20. Nothing wrong with the scope, there's people on here will bite your arm of for it. a good mount to go under it if it never came with one that's not going to be cheap...
    2 points
  21. Well turning a Citroen into a EQ8 was always going to be a challenge
    2 points
  22. I'm sorry, but as an engineering universal precision grinder myself, that is totally unacceptable.
    2 points
  23. Thank you Santa for my celestron xlt 150. I feel like I have a piece of nasa sitting in my house. Checked out Jupiter and some moons last night and could just make out some weather patterns on the tiny dot in my field of view. I'm guessing it's already time to venture out and find some new eyepieces. I found great advice throughout the site about purchasing them and I'm excited to be a part of SGL!!! Hopefully sometime time soon I can upload some cool photos from my new scope. Thanks SGL AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
    2 points
  24. Hi, I'm interested in this thread as I have an Esprit 80 that is far from perfect and I'm hoping to get it sorted in the new year. I have so far refrained from airing my views in public as I'm certain that the supplier will sort things. These forums are funny places at times aren't they, you could quite easy read a few reviews on the EQ8 and come to the conclusion that all these new EQ8 mounts are faulty and that Skywatcher are not helping anyone. It's obvious that some EQ8 mounts have problems but has Skywatcher actually said that they are not going to fix the faulty mounts? Have any of the l
    2 points
  25. Start with the basics then add things later. You'll probably want to upgrade at some point, so start with second user stuff. 1) HEQ5 Synscan mount 2) ED80 (there are lots of types) scope 3) T ring to connect your DSLR Then later you'll want: Guide scope Guide camera Laptop EQDIR Then you might consider reducers/flatteners Then you may want an astro CCD Then you might change your scope/mount Then you'll want an observatory
    2 points
  26. Hi RDL and welcome to SGL Your budget is gonna be very tight for imaging - even if you go second hand - I doubt it can be done brand new for a grand. This is the kind of thing you can get on the used market - but I suggest you get some practical observing under your belt first before delving into astro photography which is both expensive and complex. 1. Making Every Photon Count by Steve Richards - essential reading for anyone starting imaging from scratch. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html 2. A used Skywatcher HEQ5 equatorial mount with "goto
    2 points
  27. Just to add a little more humour to this thread... You mention a Baader zoom as a possibility, they have been known to fall apart spontaneously so keep the pliers well clear :-)
    2 points
  28. Might be the way to go. Wooden slats with offset blocks to allow the rain to run under (naturally!)? More stuff on this: http://www.science-projects.com/HurricaneHouse/HurriHouse.htm
    2 points
  29. an experienced craftsman with a hammer can achieve some amazing results but in the hands of an amateur a hammer is like a stick of dynamite !
    2 points
  30. Scopes are OK. Laptops are still on the radiator drying out. Mounts are drying out. Assorted leads and cables have dried out. I haven't tried powering anything up yet but I'm pretty sure all is OK. Boxing Day morning I put a temporary static roof in place covered with a tarpaulin. It survived last night's storm but the tarpaulin leaked a bit so I've just come back from the builders mercahnts with a heavy duty one. So I can finally begin to dry out the inside of the observatory. Looks like the wet has caused no permanent damage. Mark
    2 points
  31. To all that have responded to my EQ8 woes and suggestions, a big thank you! Not every EQ8 is bad. How many flash cars have you seen or heard of that have been recalled for some minor mechanical or electrical fault? Not every car is bad. And telescope mounts are no different. Would we put down a Leica DSLR, a Ferrari, or in our case, a Paramount ME or an AP 1200 an ASA, some other top-end mount or even an EQ8 if it had a fault..? It might raise an eyebrow or two, but we'd still but them. Synta make damn good gear and I for one, will continue to buy and use their products with pride even thoug
    2 points
  32. I think its pretty certain that you want go down the imaging route So I don't think its a good idea to get a tracking dob. my guess is that with a 5d you probably have a few lenses. So I would use the camera on a mount for imaging and a manual dob to satisfy your visual astro cravings and of course the book http://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/skywatcher-heq5-pro-synscan.html http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-150p-dobsonian.html http://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html It doesn't leave you much change but it
    2 points
  33. I wasn't actually thinking of Blue Tack and cable ties. More a suitable bracket! Sent from my ZT ICS using Tapatalk 4
    1 point
  34. Have you got O'Meara's-The Messier Objects? Even if you are not going through the Messier list its well worth getting because he gives so many tips on how to pick up faint details while observing, I've learnt more about DSO observing from that book than anywhere else! The spring galaxies are just round the corner....Bring it on!!
    1 point
  35. this is the one I've got - under the GSO name (GSO is Revelation and vice versa). Like Yong says, it's a very good optically and the build is excellent.
    1 point
  36. Getting a barlow is not a bad idea IMHO, This barlow http://www.telescopehouse.com/acatalog/Revelation_Astro_2_5x_Barlow_Lens.html has got good reviews from the site members. Playing some more with your stock 25mm and 10mm, with/without barlow, train yours eyes, and try to find out what you see and what you need.
    1 point
  37. My only add is - let's not forget that the customer is right - and that customer is paying a large amount of money for something that "should just work". That goes for all products.
    1 point
  38. Keep the existing ones and get Plossls 6mm + 15mm + 2x barlow.
    1 point
  39. I quite agree , nothing like having your nose rubbed in it . Bad luck with the EP , i'd grab it out of the bin and have another look at it when you're not too angry with yourself as there may be some life in it yet.
    1 point
  40. Amazing, even Ganymede shows some color variation across its face !
    1 point
  41. in short....no. sorry, but you're best to know before you spend. Even planetary with a webcam will be limited on a dob. You say "on a budget" but don't mention the budget. If you plan on imaging anything other than the moon or planets then the budget really needs to e looked at quite seriously (dso imaging is not a cheap hobby) If deep space imaging is what you're interested in I would suggest getting the book "making every photon count" BEFORE you spend a penny on a telescope or mount. If it were me (and it isn't) I'd get that 200p and start off with some visual astronomy, then if you are sti
    1 point
  42. The first thing to focus on would be the moon when it's high in the sky. It should be very easy to locate and focus on and from that you'll learn roughly where the focus point is and what to expect to see. The scope may be absolutely fine but all sorts of other stuff affects the view and you need to discover how to cope with each one. Views are affected by: the atmosphere "seeing" and "transparency", light pollution, height of your object, level of magnification, moisture content in the air, collimation, type of object v's type of scope, aperture, moonlight, eyepiece/scope quality, etc and se
    1 point
  43. M any Tx for all everyone. I had Luminos, Star Chart, Stellarium and Moon HD. Now Tx to you My latest and LAST one is Sky Safari + . If that lot doesn't keep me busy I don't know what will. Tx again.
    1 point
  44. Hi and welcome to the lounge, have you downloaded http://www.stellarium.org/ it's free and it will help you to see what is observable in real time, just enter your location and away you go. Start with the Moon or Jupiter it will get you used to your scope and mount, focusing takes practice, just take your time and enjoy. Good Luck and Clear Sky's
    1 point
  45. Fully agree about feeling free with a Dob. When I started out, EQ mounts were king, and alt-az was looked down on as inferior because you couldn't afford a proper mount. But for visual observing, there's no going back for me, alt-az forever Regards, Ed.
    1 point
  46. Astonishing to think that you can image something only 25 miles in diameter that is 175 million miles away, using readily available equipment in your own back yard/garden!!
    1 point
  47. Thanks for all the advice! I assumed the Radians and Pentaxs were out of my reach. But I'll look into the Williams Optical and the Vixens. They sound well suited for my purposes. I forgot to mention - I plan to use this eyepiece at the visitor center in either Mauna Kea or Haleakala, Hawaii. (I live on a neighboring island). That is at 10,000ft - I hope to have excellent seeing conditions there where I can push the telescope to its limit. Hence the 6mm eyepiece. When I am at sea level in ordinary conditions, I'm planning on using an 11m Televue Plossl for planetary observation
    1 point
  48. Hi, welcome to SGL When you are buying a scope, be aware they they only come with one or two eyepieces. It's advisable to include that extra cost into your budget.
    1 point
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