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  1. in mine it was just a faint smudge IMO its better to view it in bins to grasp the scale of it
  2. just missed the flyby on my camera but still got it neverless it was a stunning sight love the ISS
  3. yeah could of took longer but then its balancing the apperture and juggling everything else, i mean ive only had it for 2 weeks so i just keep playing with it, yeah i used the EQ mount with it piggy backed to my scope hence its at a weird angle but i was only using it as a tripod, i think any longer without tracking it may have left trails. i have a cheap tripod which came with the travel scope i guess the only difference you would of had would be a straight image :-)
  4. thanks much appreciated Camera Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL Firmware Firmware 1.0.3 Shooting Date/Time 17/02/2012 05:22:04 Shooting Mode Manual Exposure Tv( Shutter Speed ) 13 Av( Aperture Value ) 5.0 Metering Mode Partial Metering ISO Speed 800 Lens 18.0 - 55.0mm Focal Length 18.0mm Image Size 3456x2304 Image Quality RAW Flash Off White Balance Mode Auto AF Mode Manual focusing Noise Reduction Off Drive Mode Self-Timer Operation
  5. very nice, think yesterdays clear spot of weather encouraged me to get set up first time since i moved house, even had a bit of a play with my ebay 350d heres my first effort.
  6. first time out with my scope in my new back yard and my ebay`d 350d , quite pleased but this photography is hard! novice with the scope and a noob with the camera, any pointers anyone would give?
  7. i prefer to stay out late, but starting work at 5am so usually up for 4 and have half hour with the bins for a peek and a brew
  8. If anyone has and iphone ive found a good app for looking for flares its called Sputnik - and its free :-)
  9. very interesting thank you, so unfortunate it would take a spacecraft about 2276678 years to get there
  10. sat round the in-laws on friday night with a nice french beer in tow in the garden, admiring their fantasic dark sky garden in Bourne, Lincs watching in the Cassiopeia/Andromeda region was watching what i thought was a faint satallite pass from Cassiopeia through to Pegasus, approx halfway across it got brighter and brighter, almost as bright as anything in the sky then got dimmer as it passed through pegasus, it was strange as it seemed to get brighter in stages, it was 2130-45 time on friday, i thought it might of been an iridium flare but i havent seen one before and doubt it was an meteori
  11. Lovely Pic, agreed Cov`s LP is shocking, some nights the sky is painted orange, ive yet to find a really dark spot locally, have been out and about near Church Lawford, Rugby last winter,autumn managed to get some good 360 views and the LP just hovers above the horizon east to west, its just behind the satalite station, however i would prob take a friend just in case.
  12. best advice i could give is to find a club or someone who has some and have a play and find out which suits you best, a lot depends on what you mainly want to be looking at whether its planets or DSOs. another point is maybe looking for a reasonable pair of 10x50 binoculars and starting to learn the sky while you save money and make a decisions, the stars aint going nowhere.
  13. Celestron PowerSeeker 50 Telescope | Binoculars and Telescopes | ASDA direct as currently a newt boy who hasnt got a clue about refractors (i have a travelscope mind) im not sure about the quality of it but if anyone knows anything about refractors could anyone give a opinion, quite fancy adding a refractor to my range of cheap scopes also nice to have something i could throw into the boot of the car for a quick grab and go. Thanks Gaz
  14. Good Luck - wishing i never had 5am start, waiting to give my new Bins a road test
  15. hi guys, debating with myself, im new to any sort of astrophotograhy and was wondering instead of investing £300+ on a basic sort of DSLR which i would love, (but afraid of not getting used as much as it deserves) is it worth for me to invest in a point&shoot for multi-purposes, but obviously with a slight view for minimal AP? Im currently looking at a Panasonic Lumix FS16, or something within the budget of £200 what kind of results would i get? mainly looking at eiether afocal or piggy backing for general sky/constellations shots. or does anyone have any other suggestions. Thanks in advan
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