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  1. oh and make sure you take the cover off the scope lol. i've forgot to do that myself and i've heard a few other stroies on here of people forgetting that too.
  2. i know exactly how you feel i felt the same. but i'd hold out a little longer, like i said wait till you get a chance at the moon, get the moon in your FOV and try it out on that. being as you've already aligned the scope and finder i'd probably say it was down to focus. on my celestron argos job i got for xmas its so easy to miss focus you really wouldn't belive you could go past focus so easily. so move the focus knob very, very, very, very slowly. and hopefully that should give you some views. and if thats not the problem then i'm not in a position to help as i'm a newcomer myself but there are plenty of people on here who'll help you out.
  3. thats really good. tons better than my attempts, you actually have the horse head coming through. i can just about manage 60s subs unguided at the min so if i get a chance this week i might try ansd grab a couple of hours worth of data. its one of my favourite DSO's
  4. firstly have you aligned the finder scope with the main scope? i do this in the daytime on a distant object such as a chimney or top of a telegraph pole. and secondly if you've already done that the next thing i'd suggest you try is wait till the moons out and try the scope on that, its easy enough to eye the scope up on it if the finders out, then once you have the moon in the center of your FOV check your finder again and hopefully you'll be pretty much aligned. and one more thing to think about is focus.... it's very easy to go past focus so when your turning the Knob do it slowly and aslong as somethings in your fov you should be able to get the right focus. hope this helps, i had the same trouble the first time i took my cheap nad nasty argos scope out, turns out i should of aligned the finder and been patient with the focus knob.
  5. Hi Mike. could you be a bit more clear as to what you mean by your getting nothing, do you mean your not able to see anything in the EP? MArk
  6. that's tip top. going to have to think about building one myself in a few months, mount will be required for an apo at some point but i'm never getting rid of the 250, its a beast.
  7. i also have to agree on the NEQ6. i've got a 250pds mounted on it and it seems to handle it fine. i've had a few images i'm happy with out of the set up. and as regards weight i'd guestimate the mount and tripod weigh in at about 35-40kg, i manage that easily moving it from the shed to where i set up which is about 15ft, not sure i'd want to carry it much further tho. and height wise the mount stands at about 3-3 1/2' high with out the legs extended.
  8. hi valleyman. unfortunately I can't help you out with this one as I'm still trying to figure it out myself, but thought I'd say hello so you know your not on your own. hopefully someone will point us in the right direction.
  9. Evening all. i'm contemplating investing in the QHY5 as mainly a guide camera and also to try a bit of planetary imaging. thus far i've been taking unguided images of dso's i'm happy enough with what i've been getting but know that guiding is not far down the road. i'd welcome any feedback on the QHY5, mainly i'd like to know if it's a good guide camera and also if anyone has any images taken with it i'd appreciate that too. Thanks in advance. Mark
  10. Hi Gemma and welcome to SGL. you'll be getting a lot more than just black in those shot's you'll be taking . best kick any habbit's you have as you'll be needing the money to fund your AP addiction, trust me you'll get the bug once you see your first decent image. Mark
  11. Hi Lana and welcome to SGL.
  12. i'll probably get ridiculed for this but watch a couple of episodes of startrek, and compare to where we are now, with an open mind you'll see were getting there very rapidly.looks to me like gene roddenberry managed to get a bit of time traveling done.
  13. being as it's already been imagined then the answer is yes!, we just need the will and technology to do it. in my life time? most likely not! as i understand it one of the biggest hurdles we need to get over in respect to traveling to the stars is fuel, the faster you go the heavier your mass becomes so you need more fuel to go faster/maintain your speed, hope i've got that right. i think the future lies in anti-matter! and being as currently we can only manage to produce tiny ammounts of anti-hydrogen were a long way off, but having said that we havn't had a major technological breakthrough for a long time so were about due one.
  14. my personal oppinion is that there is/will be intelligent life out there and someday probably not in our lifes we will find them and make contact. as a race we are still in our infancy and have only been around for less than a blink of an eye. someday we will travel to the star's, i think that throughout our history it has been proved time and time again that the only thing we are limited by is our imagination, take da vinchi for example and his flying machine, he was limited by the technology of our time just as we are now. bit of a bummer that i wont be around to see it all happen tho.
  15. i wouldn't imagin anyone would mind, but like Brantuk say's might be good form to ask first, i bet if you put in a request for a specific target people would be falling overthem selfs to shoot it for you lol.
  16. hi claire, i dont know the answer but feel free to pilage any of mine if you like, only posted a few and compared to what other people are getting there not that good. Mark
  17. Thank you. I'm very happy with the result myself. Camera is 1000d, its the first time I've managed to get the running man in too.
  18. Derek - i'm really impressed with what you've done with it, but unfortunatly what you said regarding how you did it went straight over my head. astronomy and photography are both new to me so i've still alot to learn, but i'll get there in the end. Bizibilder - i managed some 90s subs with no trailing so i might try and push it a bit further next time i get it out, but i suppose alot will depend on how good my PA is? still getting to grips with that. and as for the ammount of subs i know i need to start concentrating on 1 or 2 targets a night but with it being new i get easily excited.
  19. wow!!!! i took that? how did you get rid of the glow?
  20. hi Robert. i have this problem from time to time and its always down to focus, so i always take a few subs and check in dss to see if i've focused properly before i take a load of subs, and yes i have taken about 200 subs all out of focus before now lol. hope that helps, Mark
  21. Here's my first attempt at imaging galaxy's (managed to pull myself away from the orion nebula for a while). It's M81 & M82 taken with my 250 pds, Neq6 pro and Canon 1000d, unguided. 60 X 30s lights 30 X darks i also managed to get 10 X 90s subs which i didn't use and was wondering how much more detail i'd get if next time i get the oportunity to shoot this pair i had a try at getting as many 90s subs as i can?
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