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  1. Thanks Spaceboy, I have already put an ad on the wanted section earlier today but as of yet no response - I may well try Astro Buy & Sell. I found a couple of new finders online but they were all in either Canada or the USA - just wondered if anyone may have come across old stock in the UK anywhere. Cheers Simon
  2. Hi All, I have a second hand Celestron C6 XLT scope that came without the original 6x30 Finder scope and bracket. Does anybody know where I can get hold of one of these - I believe the part number is 51602-B and it is discontinued. I have seen the 9x50 version for about £62 new but not sure I want to go to that size or price for this scope. I have tried four or five different red dot style finders and would prefer to have the original. Any help gratefully recieved. Simon
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    Hey Russell.D71 - Redcoat and I have just come back from the lizard! Awesome dark skies you have down there! Simon
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    Hello - new I'd find you!!! Welcome to SGL! Managed to star align it yet then? Si
  5. You beat me too it! Just used it and it works! Thanks for the heads up! Simon
  6. Inspired by your post I wrote to my council last night and have just had an e-mail back to say that my request has been passed on to the street lighting team for action! Amazed to get a response within 24 hours! Looking at your photo though that wouldn't help for my back garden as the light is the other way round and would need the shroud on the front!!! Here's hoping anyway Simon
  7. Great result - can you send them to Milton Keynes to do my street light as well? Simon
  8. try this one from eBay: 75mm Thick Pre-Cut Pull Out Camera Case Foam Packaging on eBay (end time 20-May-11 10:23:36 BST) You'll have to check sizes etc. Simon
  9. I tend to use this combination for EP's and the corrector plate on my SCT: First Light Optics - Baader Optical Wonder Fluid Simon
  10. Personally I always use the IR/UV filter and as mentioned above it acts as a dust block as well. You will have to play around with the settings in sharpcap as it can make your images more yellow, so a little tweaking with the colour and brightness setings usually gives you the more natural look. Simon
  11. I don't think it is possible to get that close to see it with any scope. Simon
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    Saturn 22 04 2011

    From the album: Saturn

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    Saturn 2

    From the album: Saturn

  15. I got mine from: PHILIPS SPC900NC ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY CCD WEBCAM | eBay UK Came with all the software like sharpcap/registax etc. and membership to a forum which has some pretty good help. Reasonable price. Simon
  16. Typical Milton Keynes council! They cut funding for schools but keep the lights on!
  17. Hi Chris, I may have to get me a 2.5 powermate! Not sure if my 2xTV Barlow plus the extention tube provides about the same mag though! Very impressed with your image! Simon
  18. Chris - Here is a Registax 5.1 version of the larger Saturn - this one was 2000 frames reduced to best 90% which was about 280 frames. It's not too bad for a quick 5minute play in registax!
  19. Hi Space Cowboy, Settings as follows: [Philips SPC 900NC PC Camera] Resolution=640x480 Frame Rate (fps)=10.00 Colour Space / Compression=YUY2 Exposure=-4 Brightness=127 Contrast=63 Saturation=100 Gamma=0 ColorEnable=255 BacklightCompensation=0 Gain=50 It's all a bit trial and error but seemed to get goodish results! Simon
  20. Thanks Chris, I might have a go with the data in Registax 5.1 and see if there is much difference! It's amazing how much you can learn in a short space of time! My first go at Saturn was a bit of anightmare but I was quite happy with it at the time! http://stargazerslounge.com/imaging-planetary/136111-first-ever-saturn-25-03-2011-a.html This one has come on a lot since then at that was only a month ago! Saturn does seem to be a bit dim at the moment but I don't really have anyhting to compare it with having not had a scope last year! I may post a R5.1 version later if I get the chance to play. Long may the clear skies continue! Simon
  21. Rob - I think the wavelets were all set to about maximum in Reg 6! The focuser i got from you is helping a lot as well! Chris - I actually captured 5000 frames (just noticed the error in initial post!) - never quite sure what to do with the colour. I also tried capturing a larger Saturn using an old Barlow as an extension (lens removed) this has the same colour but is slightly less sharp (feel free to play with this one if you want!)
  22. Hi All, After some pretty dismal attempts at Saturn over the last few weeks I have been reading the forums on here and some tutorials over on Astronomy Shed for help and advice... it is amazing how much you can learn. I am almost getting there now... Anyway here is my latest Saturn from 22nd April. Seeing was reasonable (even with a street light over my back garden) and it was very still for once, so tracking on the nexstar mount was brilliant for once. This shot was 500 frames stacked the best 70% in Registax 6. Taken with my SPC900 through the SC6 OTA. Any processing tips would be most welcome! Hope you like it. Simon
  23. Much better evening tonight - just captured over 10 mins of clips and had a quick play with registax. Very pleased with initial results, conditions better for seeing, collimation of SCT improved after a little tweeking. Still light pollution causing a problem in the back garden. Image below taken with SPC900, 2x Barlow. 1000 frames at 10FPS, Gain 10 - Sharpcap. Would love feedback on this one - how can I get it even better? Simon
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