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Tac

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  1. Yeah I think it's 200x290 looking at it now. It's not quite the full size of the packaging but not far off.
  2. Thanks I like it a lot. Keep having a play in GIMP!
  3. It's Baader Astro Solar Safety Film. It comes in a sheet 200mm x 200mm and you cut it to any size you like and make your own. The film cuts out 99.999% of light and allows you to look safely at the sun and be able to see sun spots etc. You can use it with binoculars, telescopes and cameras but always in front of the objective. I got mine from FLO here
  4. Totally agree. The Camlink is quality. The Horizon is just 'easier' to use with the geared column but there's not much in it. I'm happy using either.
  5. Cheers Kev I'll have a look at that. Do you know of any iPhone apps for the Sun and active regions etc?
  6. I have GIMP but don't know my way around it yet. Is AR1176 the sunspot on the left? Thanks I am pleased with it for a simple shot.
  7. Anyone have any suggestions to bring the detail out more in the image. I known it's not great or particularly detailed anyway but it's my first Solar image and I'm chuffed with it.
  8. I thoroughly recommend the Horizon 8115. I also have a Camlink TPPRO32B (excellent quality for price) which is a superb tripod and goes to a greater height than the Horizon, but the Horizon is plenty high enough for me (6'1''). The benefit of the Horizon is the geared centre column. This makes it much easier to adjust to a new target than the Camlink, which has a friction lock so you have to undo, move column then tighten. I use the Horizon for the bins and the Camlink for the DSLR.
  9. I took some snaps of the Sun today through my bins. See here CLICKY I've just watched that video in the 1st post. A good way to achieve the shot. But what's that music? It sounds like someone playing their armpit parp......
  10. I recently purchased some Baader film and last night I set about crafting some cells for the Revelation Bins. Instead of the square box design I went for separate cells for each objective. I think it has worked out well. Once I had my first light through them this morning I could not resist grabbing a point and shoot to snap what I could see. This is the unaltered JPEG (no RAW facility unfortunately). I have been having a tinker in GIMP and it's amazing the differences you can make even with a JPEG but as my processing skills aren't up to much yet I have not uploaded it.
  11. Thanks Merlin. The more shots I can take of anything the better!
  12. Well I've taken the plunge and got myself a used Canon 1000D. Let the very steep learning curve begin! I will be doing mainly Widefield and Lunar but I was thinking today about trying some Solar shots when the clouds allow. What would I need to do this safely? Can it be done? Could I use the Baader film over the end of the lens? Likely lens will be a EF 75-300. Probably not the greatest but it's the best I can afford at the moment.
  13. Have you tried (First Light Optics) FLO? They have plenty of bins, check each for collimation before sending and if they are no good, not liked or out of collimation by the time you get them they will arrange a courier to collect from you. There is no substitute for using a good supplier.
  14. Yeah you'll need an adaptor like this Accessories - L-Type Binocular Tripod Adapters. The larger one will make it more stable. It screws into a hole under a cover on the end of the hinge. You just unscrew the cover. When mounted they'll look a bit like this. No question is a silly question. Ask away that's what everyone is here for.
  15. Not a special one as such, just a good solid one. The Lidl bins at 10x50 won't be too heavy though so you could get a cheaper one. Myself I have the Horizon 8115 which I put the Revelation 15x70's on but these are a fair bit heavier. Tripods - Horizon 8115 2-Way Heavy Duty Tripod
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