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  1. Hi guys I thought I'd share some images I took of Jupiter using a Microsoft Lifecam VX-3000 attached to my 150p Dob. I took these for my own personal enjoyment really and to see what results I could achieve. Overall and considering my setup, I'm fairly pleased with the resuls. Scott
  2. Hi Phillc sorry for the late reply, it is a lonely hobby and none of my mates are interested in it, however I do know of two people who are into astronomy and they live very close to me, but we haven't been able to find time to get together, I'm sure it will happen one day!
  3. Thank you guys! Hi Patbloke I'm using a Panasonic Lumix 10Mp Camera, I set the the film speed (ISO) at 1600, then I underexposed the shot as i was getting whited out on the gbbous moon, I took loads of shots and it really is hit and miss (well for me it was lol). I pretty sure I had left the camera on normal exposure (0) for the crescent moon, and then I did a little processing using Windows Live on both images! Hope that helps (Sorry for the late reply) Good luck and clear skies Scott
  4. Hi all thank you for the warm welcome back messages, I really appreciate it . @Philc I actually left when the steel works closed too, but came back here (for my sins) in 2008. Don't know If you've seen the recent developments on the site, hopefully it should (when it's finished) generate some income into the town. Clear Skies everyone Scott
  5. Thank you guys I've tried Jupiter too, but have failed . I've got a 2x barlow now so I'll have another go using that, but I'm not holding my breath.
  6. Hi all I know I shouldn't have with equipment I got, but I couldn't resist having a go at imaging the moon (Afocal) I have a Skywatcher 150p Dob and a normal 10mp digi camera.
  7. Hi all I havent posted here for a while, I can't believe its nearly been a year since I bought my first scope. Despite the weather being asa it is here in the UK I've seen some wonderful sights. Jupiter, Saturn I managed to look at Venus the other evening, the Andromeda galaxy and other messier objects and last but definitley not the least our Luna. Ive even got my parents looking up I've been into the moon the last couple of sessions and I've managed to get some nice photos and vids (Afocal) through my digicam and my 6" Dob. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who gave me advice, and I'll try my hardest to come here on a regular basis. Happy New Year and clear skies everywhere. Scott
  8. Hi Guys, I was just playing about with my Scope and Camera and decided to have another crack at the moon So here is my Moon
  9. I remember being taught all about "space" and the planets in School, and my mother would always pick out the "the plough" constellation for me when I was young, then when I was 16 Hale-bopp turned up WOW. I've always been interested in the stars, and i've always looked upwards on a clear night, but it is only this month that I purchased my first telescope, and now the journey and wonders of the night sky are even closer and more wonderous than I could have ever imagined when sitting in that classroom.
  10. Absolutely beautiful isn't it? Wait until you see it through a scope, I saw it briefly last night through my new scope for the first time, its gorgeous
  11. Hi guys thank you for your replies, had another run with the scope tonight and I saw Saturn WOW!!!!! Dreams rarely come true but this morning they did what a gorgeous sight, I could've stayed there for hours, but the clouds made sure I didn't . Clear skies
  12. Thank You hope you've had as much fun as I have, the clouds dominated soon after the pic experiment Try the scope out again tomorrow, hopefully
  13. Hi all, I promised to write a report on my First Light experience with my SW 150p Dob,so here goes. I looked outside and I saw loads of cloud and a big clear patch I probably should've waited for better conditions but The Moon was too tempting, being an absolute novice with telescopes I wasn't sure how this was going to pan out, but I can tell you that I felt very very anxious, or maybe it was adreneline, I don't know. So I lined up the finder scope with the Moon in the crosshairs (after remembering everything was inverted) and looked through the 25mm EP, I saw blurry light, tried the focus, nothing, moved the scope everything went dark LOL (I moved it the wrong way again), after about 5mins I realised that the finder scope might be a bit out, so I navigated whilst looking through the eyepiece and gently nudging the DOB and then WOW there she was The Moon )))) I then tried the 10mm, my god, I've never seen the moon like that before. I know you shouldn't jump straight in, and its a Dobsonian but I took a photo using my digital camera (AFocal) and here it is (No processing),I thought I'd share it with you. Oh and i'm very very very happy so far and i've only seen the moon and it was pretty dire conditions. And that concludes my first report. Clear Skies
  14. Hi guys, Just a heads up, My new 150p dob arrived this morning, just want some clear skies now. Oh and I enjoyed putting the az stand together, it feels like Christmas again .
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  17. Hi all I'd just like to apologise for the amount of cloud lurking around at the moment, my father bought a 2" spotting scope on Thursday (didn't tell me either), and i'm expecting my new 6" dob to arrive early next week, which will probably mean cloud for the next 6 months knowing my luck. I hope im wrong and it comes with clear skies, but I was told not to hold my breath Clear Skies
  18. That's terrible news, I'll keep my ears to the ground mate I live in Ebbw vale not too far away, I'll check the cash generator shops for you just incase they've ventured up here!!
  19. Good shout!! Sig changed Chris Flo said it would land here early next week so fingers crossed it'll come with crystal clear skies and then we'll pop down to the darker skies of Govilon and have us a mini star party at Scottdrums place I modified my webcam the other day so I could take video of the moon and maybe some planets, worth a try I reckon
  20. Hi Brantuk, yep list is being compiled and added to everyday I was out earlier with my bins before the dreaded cloud came:( and I was concentrating on Jupiter and i saw for the first time one of her moons, a quick check on Stellarium confirmed that it was Callisto, that brought a smile to my face
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