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  1. Reading through this thread and seeing your final creation I really want to build my own, unfortunately I need to move first. So I need to figure out a way of hinting to the wife that our next house has to be in the middle of nowhere and have unobstructed views :grin:

  2. As some of the stars are possibly behind the gas would they not appear a different colour to white? For example the large star in the centre would appear cyan as it is behin the blueish gas!!

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

  3. Hi Deigo,

    I have had very good views of Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. I have been able to see the various colour bands on Jupiter.

    I have also been able to view the Andromeda Galaxy recently and the Orion Nebula (be warned you will not see colour in any of these, they are very faint)

    If you geta webcam you can take some good images of the moon and even though it is a bit fiddly you can get the planets as well.

    Hope this helps

  4. I'm also really looking forward to Jupiter, and it's impossible to miss it! Can I ask what finder you have on the scope and is it in alignment with the tube? Maybe this is making your searches difficult.

    Hi Special K, I have a red dot finder on my scope and it lines up perfectly with my scope, have checked it out on various stars. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    Set the alarm early gentlemen.

    5am. It (Jupiter) is right up there!

    Ok. I haven't actually done this myself yet this year. ButI I fully intend to..........


    Sorry Paul, I have a one year old son and need to go to work so sleep is most definetly requred :)

    I am praying for clear skies in January :)

  5. Hi Andrew,

    I have a Heritage 130p and I am very impressed with it, from a storage point of view it takes up very little space in our conservatory and is very portable. If you are interested in doing some basic AP then you can get a webcam (I have the Phillips SPC880) which was fairly cheap and easy to use for Lunar and Planetary imaging (Jupiter / Saturn and Mars at a stretch). I cant wait for the moon and Jupiter to come out at a reasonsable time so that I can start up again.

    I have also see the Andromeda Galaxy through this scope along with M92.

    Hope this helps.

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  6. Had the scope out again last night as it was clear enough for me to just make out the milky way across the night sky. Even though it was lovely and clear I really struggled, I wasnt able to locate M92 which I had previously found and I also couldnt find M13 or M57. After a while I gave up and looked for Andromeda which I found straight away also once I found it I realised I could just about make it out without using the telescope.

    Cant wait for Jupiter to be viewable at a reasonable time so that I can do some more imaging

  7. Hi Paul,

    Many thanks for your response and you are correct it was M92, typo when setting up the thread. I was looking at Vega quite a bit last night to get my bearings and didnt realise the ring nebula was so close, I should have had a look for it.

    I havent had my telescope out in months and now I have got it out even the moon is below the horizon :sad:

  8. I had my telescope (Heritage 130p) out last night, unfortunately all the visable planets are below the horizon and so is the moon so i decided to see what else I could see.

    On Sunday night I managed to find the Andromeda Galaxy which I was extremely happy with and last night I managed to find M93 using, I think, a 32mm eye piece. However when I increased manification I found it very difficult to get this into focus and it seemed to become fainter and fainter each time I increased magnification.

    Is this because my telescope isn't large enough to gather enough light?

    Thank you in advance to anyone who responds. :)

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  9. I managed to get my scope out last night for the first time in a long time and it was also the first time I saw M31 through my own scope. Only a faint smudge but still impressive and it really does show how impressive your picture is.

    You should put some copy right on that picture as you could sell the prints :)

  10. This was taken with a 2x barlow as with out it i cant get the focus right, this was only a 15 second capture as any longer and it was out of the eyepiece as i dont have any tracking.

    Below are the text details from sharpcap:

    [Philips SPC 900NC PC Camera]


    Frame Rate (fps)=15.00

    Colour Space / Compression=YUY2









    After using registax to align and limit the frames i only had a total of 48 frames to stack.

    hope this helps.

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