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Everything posted by EA2007

  1. Nice one...you have Hugh Hefner's number right? He can supply us with the women. We do need pizza though, its my fav!
  2. also, can you not use a direct link from a COM port on your PC to the autoguide port on the mount? i.e. by using an ethernet 'cat-5' cable? It seems a bit daft that both connections are 'ethernet' style yet have to presumably be routed via pin connectors such as the RS232.....maybe I'm missing something here.
  3. I downloaded EQASCOM driver. I did used to have a RS232 to USB converter, but sold it with my last scope. Why don't they just make it easy and allow a simple USB direct link to either the mount or the handset? Or better still, have a built in guidescope and ccd with the main scope/mount, that would be far easier!
  4. oppression Paul......hmm, have you not seen Rob Roy, the Scottish loved the English, always have done! We give you oppresion, you give us Irn-Bru! Jk mate, i think we should organise our own star party....domino's pizza, lager, good music, sexy women....(maybe), oh and a few telescopes.
  5. Okay, i think i downloaded it correctly. I have two cables that came with the EQ6 Pro. one is a DB9 cable that goes from the SynScan handset to the mount and the other cable is light grey and has one end featuring an old 'dial-up' style telephone connection and the other a female 9-pin connector, presumably this is a RS232 connection. Question is, I have no such output on my PC or laptop for a RS232 with 9-pin female connector and likewise how does one go about hooking it all up. I have seen various diagrams, some go direct from the PC to the autoguider port, some go from the PC to the handset then down the DB9 cable to the mount.....i'm a little confused, diagrams would be appreciated.
  6. Canon EOS Utilities should be bundled with the camera, that downloads images to your computer directly after taking them remotely via USB cable. this should be the link: EOS Utility Updater for Windows
  7. Thanks for the replies, I have found the webcam and installed it, its a Labtec Notebook webcam, the software I have downloaded from the labtec site seems to give quite a few options for enhancing brightness and gain. Shall have to try it sometime when the sky clears out, looking south of our house at the moment shows a massive grey storm cloud :s. Still need to find a good way of attaching it to the viewfinder scope, but I'll have a play with it. As for 'themos' and the EQ Mod, no I haven't used it, I don't really know what it is....
  8. Thanks : ) I have an old webcam hidden somewhere, its not that good, but then again I haven't tried it yet. I have heard the Philips SPC900NC is the most popular one to go for? Have to see about attaching it to the viewfinder scope. I would use the smaller6x30 that came with my C8 Schmidt, but then remembered I have a larger 9x50 viewfinder scope that came with my 8inch Newt. so that should give better results / magnification yeah?
  9. Afternoon, Few questions: 1) This might sound stupid but.....when autoguiding, can the guidecam be pointed at a star quite far away from the object intended to be imaged. For example when viewing something quite remote from bright stars (such as M81) can a star such as Dubhe? Just I was reading somewhere that using a webcam for autoguiding can cause issues as you need a fairly bright star for it to pick up. 2) Can anyone advise on software for autoguiding for use with a webcam and also list a fairly simple way of connecting it all up i.e. what cables one would need etc. Many thanks.
  10. dodging all those drunks eh Paul! Cheers for the offer man, might take you up on it. I think the main focus should be on a) light pollution free zones transport links c) cloud free zones (ambitious!) and d) near to bargain booze
  11. ...no! lol, erm you'd think something would get sorted out, i suggest short straws or a short quiz to have a winner select a place! If it ever does get finalised, I should be getting a car soon so options are open...Edinburgh would be okay though as its a few hours on the train...though i'd need someone to give us a lift to the site : )
  12. Coma cluster indeed.....Abell 1656. And yeah, his estimates were off. Vera Rubin and Kent Ford did some more research into it later on.
  13. Had a little stack in DSS (Deep Sky Stacker) however the alignment isn't working too well.......
  14. Had a small go with your single image, its very noisy and dark in places....
  15. Hey, Shall have a play around with it now. You said you took a few, can you upload all of them as a jpeg to ImageShack ? That way I can try and play around with more of them, possibly stack them and see what I can do.
  16. Einstein postulated that gravity waves are propagating at 'c' - the speed of light. However, if you compare the rotation curves of objects in the solar system (those further out orbit slower) to those found in large galaxies you may find that objects far away from the core of their host galaxy orbit at the same (if not faster) speed as their inner counterparts......dark matter comes into this equation but its worth noting that gravity waves could have varying speeds.
  17. Staying in Beer....so many jokes! Devon is quite good for the old stargazing.
  18. hmm, e-mail (how big are they?) or you could host them online and people can download them...something like ImageShack would probably do it full size, then just copy and past the URL of the image into one of these posts.
  19. Whereabouts are you located Robin ? I tried to get some MW shots and the sky is just too light, not from pollution but cos its the middle of summer.
  20. As a lion would say...........RAW's please!
  21. IMAX had one called 'Magnificent Desolation' IMAX is also doing a new film on Hubble
  22. Yes. If you want to read more there are numerous documents at SAO/NASA ADS: ADS Home Page or arXiv.org e-Print archive that cover dark matter.......infact those directories cover pretty much every aspect of astrophysics from the last 20 years or more.
  23. Hmm, the finding or dark matter or 'missing mass' as it was known back in the past, came from studies primarily undertaken by Fritz Zwicky. He compared the lensing effect as seen by the galaxies (behind) the Abell series of clusters. From this he deduced that the luminous mass would not be sufficient enough to provide the amount of gravitational lensing been seen. There must have been some 'missing mass' (dark matter) which is additional to the luminous mass to provide enough of a gravitational field to distort the light from the galaxies further behind. So in effect dark matter does bend light and we can see that light being bent today.
  24. that is cool. however, some scientists are still wondering how much energy would it take to escape from Uranus!
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