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Herishi

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  1. Will polar alignment be affected by the recent shift in the earth's axis? I know the earth's axis has only shifted by a small amount but over the distances this could be a massive error. Steve
  2. If you missed it you didnt miss much, there were some massive leaps without supporting information, very dramatic but unsupported claims made. but it was entertaining.
  3. Rapid Electronics - 5 digital input USB Experiment interface board here's a similar one if you miss it on the bay
  4. Thanks for the heads up. have "Plus'd" it!
  5. Ok so I got the lifecam HD built and in the billet parts enclosure, Cheers for the info, I had a quick go last night, got Jupiter lined up and was amazed at the amount of "zoom" using the webcam, I could see jupiter and the 4 biggest moons, but the planet it's self was so bright all the detail was burnt out. I was just using the lifecam software and fully except that I have probably done something wrong. Has anyone found better imaging software to use? Steve
  6. I'm in Harwich in Essex, but I am very green about all this, so not a source of knowledge maybe a comrade to learn with if we find a local expert :-)
  7. Well the skies cleared briefly again, no planets or moons available and not enough clear sky for me to even attempt to polar align, so I thought I'd ride bareback. I have come to the conclusion that life through a finderscope is very strange! I didn't even know what way was up :-) After much fumbling I located a strange pulsing coloured light (not an aircraft :-) ) need to look this up later. Lots of fumbling later I finally managed to find it! M42 (not the road :-) ) Steve Edit: I think the pulsing light was A cma
  8. http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/digitalcommunication/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=008&active_tab=systemRequirements Looks like it just says xp 64bit not supported
  9. Microsoft H5D-00003 Lifecam Cinema Webcam: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories I've found the Lifecam for £30 on amazon, I might get one and look at modifying one, I am a little green about this so please excuse my ignorance, how does this all go together does it just fit with a Barlow or do you fit a EP then this, if this can only plug into the barlow, then with my 750mm 150P and a 2x barlow then the maximum magnification would end up being 1500mm, which would normally be a lot but them stars and planets are quite a long way away:D does it assemble like the pic below? Steve
  10. FYI this is the info I found on modifing the lifecam HD Instructions for Converting Microsoft Lifecam Cinema HD Webcam for Telescope Use -by Gary Honis Steve
  11. Thanks for the info, how does it compare to the Spc900? do you know? Steve
  12. There is this one http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3255995/Philips-SPC210NC-PC-Webcam/Product.html?_$ja=tsid:11518|cat:3255995|prd:3255995 But it is a CMOS sensor rather than a CCD
  13. Has there been nothing better made in recent years, preferably in HD I see the microsoft life HD webcam can be modified but it's a lot of work, I like the small amount of work required with the Phillips :-) I'll post one if I find a good one. Steve
  14. Guys After reading a lot about how to flash the phillips 880 to be a 900, my main question is why not buy a SCP900NC to start with? is it a cost thing or is there something I'm not understanding? Cheers Guys Steve
  15. Yes I did cheers, I think i'm gonna have to wait til next month before shelling out more money I need to recover from the scope purchase Steve
  16. I nearly had a nightmare with this delivery too the parcels managed to get my work address but my home postcode :-) TNT fixed it all though, will bear in mind the EP sets, I have to decide what to get first, polar scope, motor kit and EP's
  17. Unfortunately I have a large car and it only just fits in there as it is, hopefully though get a new shed at some point this year so it.ll go in there
  18. Herishi

    Newbe :)

    It was great, I didn't get set up properly and didn't get the clearest focus for whatever reason and I was a bit rushed as it went behind the clouds too quickly and now its raining. Steve
  19. excitement over the cloud that I thought would only be small didn't stop and turned to rain so the scope is back in. I'll try again on Friday, hopefully be a bit more organised this time and get it aligned first, I couldn't believe how quickly stuff moved, I checked my EP then the finderscope to calibrate it and when I looked back Jupiter was gone! Fingers crossed for Friday, so now list of things to get Polar scope Motor drive EP's Barlow Anyone recommend some decent EP's I hear the Skywatcher ones you get with the scope aren't great
  20. it's a bit hit and miss but the BBC were spot on with their weather prediction! I've left the scope "cooling down" at the mo and will head out again in a few mins Steve
  21. Herishi

    Newbe :)

    Thanks for the wish of clear skies, it worked, I just poped out and saw Jupiter, a couple of moons and Uranus! Steve
  22. Is this purely a CPU / GPU related benifit? as in if you had a super computer it would be better to use HD?
  23. Guys, I cant believe it, the skies just cleared, so I ran outside, well hobbled lugging my 150P with me, and plonked it on the decking, pointed it at the brightest thing I could see, ok well second brightest thing, damn neighbours security light! and played around with focus and EP's and hey presto Jupiter, a couple of its moons and Uranus! Happy days Steve
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