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  1. Fantastic pictures! I hope one day to manage something about 10% as good!
  2. I have changed the images to JPEG - Hopefully people can see the pics now!
  3. Had another go with the webcam and registax tonight, managed to find Saturn using the barlow this time. I know they aren't brilliant, but I am really happy.
  4. Had my first go with the webcam and registax - I know its not great but I'm just happy to have got something captured! Couldn't find it with the barlow so this is from the webcam straight into the scope, came out bigger than I thought it would. Taken with a 130P and flashed SPC880. I've still got alot to learn! saturn2.bmp Edit: Have I attached this incorrectly? Help!
  5. Thanks for all the replies and advice. I recieved an Asus EeePC 1015PEM in the post today, which I am very impresed with. Also got my flashed SPC880 webcam today too, so I am ready to go! Have installed Stellarium, sharpcap and registax already which all seem fine, although I expect to use registax on my desktop more often than not. Thanks again, now........where's Saturn got to?
  6. Hi All, Having had a great time finding things through my scope I have decided i'd really like to try and get some images. Given that my laptop is getting on a bit I wanted something more portable to use with a webcam, and I shall also be buying a motor for the EQ2 mount for my Skywatcher 130P. Does anyone have any recommendations as for which netbook I should go for? Any other advice for getting started with imaging would also be appreciated! Thanks, Dave.
  7. Just got in from a couple of hours outside under the clear skies of the Kent coast. As is becoming the norm for me, can't find M51 for the lfe of me, but had a good first view of M35 then watched Saturn for a good hour.....does Stellarium acurately show the moons positions? If so I could make out Dione too. Also earlier in the evening got a quick look at Jupiter and my first look at the moon. Great to see some detail of the craters etc, and I'm really looking forward to a good lunar viewing when there is more than the thinnest sliver to look at! Cold and tired now, but another great night for me. Have fun everyone!
  8. Hi stardad, I had a similar problem, it is possible to make it work smoothly. Where you ended up with the eyepiece pointing to the ground it sounds like the scope should have been on the other side of the mount from where you had it? When I worked out what I was doing wrong I spent some time in the daylight swivelling the scope about on the mount indoors and finding the right way to adjust it so the eyepiece was in a usable position. Just play about with it, and honestly, it becomes really simple once you get the hang of it. Believe me, I only worked it out yesterday! Once it 'clicks' with you it will become very easy. I'm no expert but I really would recommend playing with it in the daylight to learn which way and which axis to rotate to point at your desired target without getting tangled up. Don't give up! Dave.
  9. Thanks alot guys, I have worked it out properly now and had a great time last night tracking Saturn with ease!
  10. Hi All, Had my 3rd 'proper' night outside tonight and it was a good one. After realising an absolutely ridiculous mistake I had been making, I nailed the polar alignment so I'm pleased to say that went smoothly and now I properly understand what I am doing tracking objects became the smooth operation I had hoped for. I have found M42 and M45, and decided tonight was the night for a galaxy. I tried M51 (again!) but had no luck, I know where it is but cant seem to find it in the scope, and struggle to navigate around that area, but I shall persevere. Having failed at my first object I decided to aim for M81 & M82, and after a little bit of navigation/luck I could make out a 'smear' and correctly identified it as the cigar galaxy, so I knew the other was nearby. M81 was much easier to see appearing as a bright core with a surrounding haze, which got easier to see the more I looked at it. I was really pleased! Saturn had come into view so, with it fast becoming my favourite thing to look at, I moved the scope round and got it in view. If it wasn't for work, I think I could watch it all night! Keeping it in view was so simple with it being properly aligned for the first time, it was getting a bit cloudy and very cold but those gimpses when it becomes really clear make it totally worthwhile. It was yet another good night, and with that I shall say goodnight! Cheers, Dave.
  11. Possibly a silly question, but how else will I learn without asking? I have an EQ2 mount, once I have polar aligned the mount and locked the azimuth and latitude, should I not be touching them again? Should I be just rotating the scope through the RA and DEC axis to point at objects? I have had trouble tracking things and think this might be why....... I feel a bit silly! Thanks!
  12. Hi Everyone, Had my first view of planets tonight. I had planned to get up early to see Saturn, and whilst messing about with my scope in the early evening I noticed one 'star' in the sky so though I'd have a look and was really pleased to see it was Jupiter! It was a suprise to see it as I knew it was low in the sky now and I thought it would be behind the houses my garden backs on to. I could tell it was someting other than a star as it appeared significantly larger than anything else I had looked at, appearing as a pleasing orange disc. I couldn't make out any detail but it was enough to know I had seen it, quite unexpectedly. I managed to get a couple of hours sleep before getting up at 2am and wrapping up warm, but was annoyed to see cloud floating past, but thought I'd give Saturn a go anyway. I checked Stellarium and located it through the passing cloud, higher in the sky than I though it would be, and the cloud was lifting. I did my usual procedure of moving through eyepiece and barlow combinations, saving the 'grand finale' of 2x barlow and 10mm eyepiece until last. Even using the 25mm only I could see Saturn's distinctive enlongated shape, and I was getting excited each time I upped magnification. Using my highest magnification Saturn appeared at a good size, and the rings were clearly visible, the best part being when 'seeing' became gradually better so I could distinguish the gap between the rings and the planet. I viewed it for over an hour, as it passed across the eyepiece, and I would adjust the scope to watch it pass by 'just one more time', many times over. I had to remind myself in the end that this wouldn't be the only time I would see it, and that it would also be getting warmer thank goodness! A fantastic evening for me, I hope this isn't too long and boring! A warm bed is calling me! Cheers, Dave.
  13. Hi Notts star Just wanted to say I am really enjoying seeing your pics - your Saturn was nice and this is even better. We have the same scope so it's great for me to see what it's capable of, I am hoping to get into imaging a bit myself. Keep posting the pics! Cheers. Dave
  14. Hi Mike, I saw Jupiter for the first time tonight in my Skywatcher 130P - I was pleased to see that it was a reasonable size through the scope but like you I couldn't make out any detail other than it's orange colour, we'll have to wait for that. I am aiming for Saturn tonight, it's higher in the sky so hopefully some detail might be there, if only the rings! Have fun! Dave
  15. That's a great first pic mate! If I managed one half as good I'd be really pleased. I haven't even viewed Saturn yet through my scope. Well done!
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