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Everything posted by EA2007

  1. snazzy. make it Northallerton, or there abouts and I'll be there! (that last part may put people off though, ha!)
  2. hmm, think Paul is after Sheffield why not Northallerton ha!
  3. North, from Leeds upwards Midlands, from Leeds down to Oxford South, from Oxford downwards North, good location would be near Settle....situated along the Pennines, good for observing, far from any large cities, good transport routes with the A65, M6 and A1(M) close-by (kinda) Or, up near Keilder, or in the NY Moors, light pollution isn't bad there and very similar to the Brecon Beacons for seeing.
  4. Just seen your on the BBC website! BBC News - Amateur sees comet breaking up from desktop Well done
  5. Thankyou. I assume that that is the common sense answer, I would go for those options...but would like other peoples opinions. There seems to be hardly anywhere in the North East that actually has a showroom of any worth. I mean you get the occasional store that might have a Meade 4inch Schmidt or a 3.5inch Bresser refractor but that's about it. Its either executive or kidsplay stuff.
  6. Hello, Quick survey for those of us lucky enough to live near the north of England , market research and all that. Anyway, here it is: a) If there was a new astronomy equipment store in the north east would you visit it? would you order from it online (providing there's a website) c) would you only visit / order from it if it had the exact item you were after d) still shop online (from somewhere else, i.e. FLO) e) if you did visit, how far would you be willing to travel to get there? (i.e. 20 miles) If you very nice people could just answer with say © for example that would be great, if you want to input some more information that would be great.
  7. Thanks Kevin, good to have the info on that, seems like a useful feature. Will keep you posted Steve.
  8. Need to get a remote shutter release for it then I can go past 60 seconds. Don't know if you know but does the official Canon RC-1 remote have a switch holder on it, i.e. on manual remotes (those with a cable) then you can press the shutter release then lock it into place and it will expose for however long you want, so you can go off and make a cup of tea etc! Does the Canon infra-red remote have this feature or do you have to hold the shutter release button down for the exposing duration?
  9. Cheers, Sorry think my last entry sounded a bit rude. Was not meant to be. Well I would of made a load more subs but the clouds rolled in. I shall have another go sometime soon, proving its clear early in the night to get M31 in view. I was rather impressed with it to be honest, using the standard lens, fully zoomed in, only took 4 images, the tracking on my mount was great so stayed with stuff for ages.
  10. Hey, Take a peek at this: http://stargazerslounge.com/diy-astronomer/67614-how-equatorialize-dobsonian.html I managed to EQ my dob. If you want any info on how to build a dob base, feel free to ask....someone else. Just kidding, no, erm ask me, I have a good idea of how they are made. All the best.
  11. hello, thanks for the reply. no processing...other than some tweaking in DSS to make it non-gray and non-grainy : ) I'm near Northallerton, waiting for some clear skies!! : )
  12. Hey dude, I'm 24, so good to know there's plenty of younger folks wanting to take an interest. Erm, two good questions, here's my reply from my own experiences: 1) Golf courses, public parks, fields, hills, backgardens, car parks......all of these are acceptable *providing* you aren't near any light sources. Light pollution is a killer if your wanting a good view of the night sky. Most people think 'oh astronomy, well you can see a few stars but thats it...where can you see the Milky Way etc?'....if you live in a town or city then thats all you will expect to see. However, if you find yourself a nice quiet spot out of all the lights even if its in your backyard then you'll be amazed at what you can see. I live in England, so Teesside (20 miles away) is about the most annoying light polluter on a grand scale, however more locally I have two streetlights shining into my garden, but if I look straight up on a clear summer night I can clearly make out the milky way, its all about finding that 'sweet-spot' of darkness in the light. Your golf course sounds pretty good! Top tips for finding a good place to view is a) somewhere not affected by too much heat dissipation (i.e. houses and buildings give off vast amounts of heat in the winter and in summer after a hot day, so this makes the atmosphere nearby wobble with all the thermal vents) this can be a real pain especially when using a telescope. somewhere away from lights. c) somewhere away from roads. d) somewhere away from airports, And finally e) somewhere away from chavs, charvers, townies or old people (they love lights). 2) Invest in the internet, its a wealth of information, also if like the others have said above, you have a mobile phone or iPhone, download a planetarium suite, most people go for Stellarium, but I quite like Voyager 4.5 from Carina Software. Both should see you right. You can also get quite a lot for your pc, most of its even free! Like you say, I would start off with the easy stuff like the largest stars, learn their names and their colours (some appear bright white, others more red or even blue) use your naked eye first as using bino's and telescopes isn't the most important thing when your starting off. Once you learn a few stars you'll notice many of them form Constellations, from this you may even learn how the constellations are connected mythologically etc. The most important thing I can say to you is, learn it at your own pace, take your own edge on it and enjoy it, it will come to you! From the stars you will learn about the stuff further on like all those galaxies, nebulae, clusters etc that make up the depths of a constellation. You might even be able to make a few of them out in a real dark place such as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Beehive Cluster and the Pleiades. Enjoy.
  13. Messier object no.31 Taken mid January in North Yorkshire, mild light pollution (1-10 scale 10 being bad, probably about a 6) Canon EOS 450D 18-55mm lens (N)EQ-6 Pro Approx 4 x 40secs ISO800 Stacked with DeepSky Stacker
  14. Ah cheers, is there a correct name for the particular object......? I just call it a screw
  15. Hello, Anyone know how to get hold of a replacement screw / nut for the underside of an EQ-6 Pro? Its the black moulded plastic screw with the metal inside that screws onto the downwards pole that supports the accessory tray. Mine's gone walkies!
  16. Thankyou! Yeh, I get what you mean about exp. times. Adding the barlow to mine significantly increases the exp. time...not loads but noticeable. Perhaps try a focal reducer, even a 0.5x one might help, it will widen the FOV and may lose some contrast but your exp. times will be shortened. I'll try and get some more pics in, the moons a little low at the moment, I don't have great views of the sky from my backgarden. All I can see really is: SW to W anywhere from 10 degrees to zenith. W to NW the same although I have the edge of a house in the way and a streetlight N is the house, so all I can see is just below polaris by about 10 degrees NE to E is the same, can't see M31 until about midnight E is a hedge about 20 degrees high E to SE is trees about 50 degrees high SE to S is the same So not brilliant : ) Good luck with yours though.
  17. Nice, but was this taken from inside a prison?
  18. Cheers, No they're straight out the bag, well tube! No cropping, no enhancements.
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