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  1. Thanks for your comments Steve. Love your book onto my third reading.
  2. Thanks John, I do the same, have the camera lined up with the focuser. Sometimes if the camera controls are in an awkward position I will turn it. I was just wondering if there was a right or wrong way. Thanks for your advise.
  3. Hi all, is there a right or wrong way to have your camera fitted to a refractor. Should the orientation be level with the focusing knobs or do you level it up when the scope is pointing at the target or does it not matter. Thanks, a newbie to this imaging malarkey.
  4. I would appreciate your views in selecting a camera for imaging. I am looking at the Canon ESO 600D. I aim to use it either through a laptop or a remote shutter release and attached to a scope or wide angle shots through an attached lens. The flip screen appeals to me which would be useful when imaging at the zenith. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Hi and welcome to SGL. Regarding your red dot finder, when you get a new battery it is best to set it up in daylight, point your scope at a distant object then adjust your red dot finder or spotting scope so that it is pointing at the same object. it is then ready to use. Hope this helps.
  6. If you go to http://www.heavens-above.com it will give you the times of visible passes along with many other satellites. The ISS is very easy to see with the naked eye but difficult to catch with a telescope due to its speed. The best times to see satellites is an hour or so after sunset when the sky is dark and the light from the sun is shining high above onto the satellites allowing is to see them. Many a time I have been observing an object thro my scope and a satellite has wizzed through. Hope this helps.
  7. Thanks for you info, I'll take a look at their website Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  8. Hi, I am looking for some decent editing software for my windows Vista PC. I am currently using Paint Shop Pro. What other software is best for our images. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  9. I have been using my iPad with Sky Safari Plus and Sky Wire for a few mouths now and would thoroughly recommend it.
  10. Hi welcome to SGL, Turn Left at Orion is a great book for finding your away around th skies. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  11. Double check the time and date. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  12. Hi Peter welcome to SGL Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  13. Being new to the world of Apps I was wondering if you could recommend you favourite astro Apps for my iPad. I am currently using Sky Safari Plus which is a great program and I have set it up to run my scope, although I am waiting for a clear sky to test it. I am currently looking for a lunar App to give me the moon phases etc. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
  14. Thanks for all of replies and suggestions. I have gone for Safari + with a sky wire adaptor, set up was a piece on cake. Had my scope up and running in a few mins. Just need a clear sky now.
  15. Thanks for that very interesting
  16. Thanks for the info. I have downloaded the basic vevison for a couple of pounds. I will use it and deciied whether to upgrade.
  17. Thanks I will take a look.
  18. Hi All, Could anyone recommend a good Astro app for the iPad
  19. I agree, its just for the final rinse of the mirror not open heart surgery
  20. It is advised only to use pure water as deionised, RO etc. has bacteria in it. What harm will this bacteria do to the mirror, surely there is bacteria everywhere, am I missing something?
  21. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. It looks like the chemist or aquatic shop is the place to go. I’m going to the chemists on Thursday to pick a prescription up, I will make enquiries there. You can always rely on SGL to get the info you need, thanks again guys and gals.
  22. Hi All, Does anyone know where to buy distilled water on the high street? I have found places online but the carriage can be more than the cost of the water. I have been to Halfords but they just sell deionised water which I believe is not suitable for mirror cleaning. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
  23. If the moon is fullish it can be uncomfortable on your eyes. what I do is put the tube cap on my scope and remove the small round cap, this reduces the amount of light entering the scope.
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