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  1. Ah ok, thanks for letting me know. I am very happy with a black and white image of Jupiter to begin with and will try longer exposures next time.
  2. Thanks for replying. I have the adapter screwed onto the webcam and that slots into the standard 1.25" that I use to put eyepieces in. I was trying a 130 relector to do the moon rather than my dob though. Sorry didnt make that clear to begin with. I have processed what I got in registax of the moon and will see if I can figure a way to screw the focuser in further to try and use the webcam. I will try my DSLR next time too and see if that gives me the full moon. I have stacked and used wavelet to get something that vaguely resemble jupiter. Is there a way I can add colour to it though or can someone point me in the direction of a tutorial?
  3. Does anyone use a phillips webcam to image the moon in it's entirity? if so how do you do it? Would it be better to use a DSLR?
  4. Just had 2 clear nights in row so thought I would dust things down and have a go at some imaging. I will post some of my first attempts once I have processed them but I was hoping I could get a bit advice for the future. I really wanted to image the whole of the half moon that was out not last night but the night before but I can never get anything in focus unless I use a barlow. This takes me in really close but does allow me to focus. I thought initially I needed an extension tube to allow me to focus but even with that in it still wouldn't. What have I missed? Last night I tried Jupiter a phillips 800 flashed to 900 with a 2x barlow and sharpcap. After a good while trying I managed to find it and centre it. After playing with all the sharpcap settings I found that I could get the bands with some settings (the moons disappeared when the banding was there) and to get the moons the bands disappeared. I was wondering if anyone could post their settings that they use to image Jupiter with I could use as a sort of template to go from? I did some captures of both Jupiter with bands and one with the moons seperately in the hope that I could stack and then merge them both together. Is this the right thing to do? Never used photoshop so will have to have a look through some of the tutorials. Little bit scared as I hear it's quite a steep learning curve. Any help/advice that could help would be welcome.
  5. I thought I would have a go last night and see what happened. Went through the photo's and found this. Apologies it is a little out of focus. Was wondering what it was I managed to catch. Did 10secs captures at 1600. Still lots to work on but hoping to get out again tonight and have another go. Still very new to all this so sorry about noobish posts.
  6. As with many other, I am looking forward to the start of the season with the meteor shower and have had a look at the photobykev website which has given me some great tips thanks. I was wondering though, what work needs to be done to the pictures with meteors in them? I am still very new to astro photography and processing but thought this would be a good opportunity to get my hands dirty so to speak.
  7. OK thank you for letting me know. I went back to have another go after your reply and it picked it up this time. No idea why it didn't, same setup and power was off when it was all setup. Anyway it appears to be working now. Thanks again for your help.
  8. Will the skywatcher alt az mount work with the skywatcher GPS mouse? I believe that you need the firmware to be 3.1 for it to recognise it but I have had a look on the Skywatcher Website and when I have a look at the firmware for the Alt Az mounts it is only upto 3.08. Does that mean it isn't compatible with Alt Az mounts?
  9. Rover


    Thank you so much for all your help, I really appreciate it and earned a few brownie points with the mrs for saving £70.
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    Thanks for the screenshot malc. Are there any settings you can change in the software to give you the longitude and latitude in arcseconds when you are offline and not connected to the internet? If it give long and lat in degrees offline I could probably work with that but it would mean making a note of them and then converting when I got home where I have a web connection for my next visit.
  11. Rover


    Ok thanks. I think I will give a go at that price.
  12. Rover


    I'm not using an EQ mount. Would I still be able to install that software to give me my position from the USB dongle in seconds to input manually or would I need other software? If I need something else does anyone have anything they can recomend that I can use please?
  13. Rover


    Thanks for all your replies. I did a quick search of the forums for gps but couldn't find any threads on it. The dongle would probably do the job as I usually have my laptop to hand. Do you know if the software that comes with it gives the location in minutes as well as degrees as I would have no internet connection to be able to do the conversion?
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    I wasn't sure if this was the right place to post this but mounts seemed to be the best option. I have a Skywatcher 127 Mak on the Alt Az GOTO mount. I was giving thought to getting GPS. I have the Synscan handset which is on the latest firmware so I think it woiuld work. Can anyone confirm this? Does anyone use the GPS below or able to recommend anything else? Skywatcher GPS Mouse for V3 Handset | Telescope Accessories | Rother Valley Optics I don't have an fancy phone or anything else that I could use an an alternative. I am planning on being quite active and getting out and about with my scope so thought this would be a good option with me not being able to plan beforehand.
  15. Sorry brantuk I didn't really know I was looking for the time rather than degrees. I have made a note and will try those out first oportunity I get. Thank you so much everyone that has replied. I am hopeful that this is going to work now.
  16. Hmmmm this would explain why when I reduce the number it accepts it then. So how do I get the long and lat of 55.00 and -1.92 into minutes?
  17. It's not the date. The long and lat are up before the date. I literally turn it on, get the warning not to look at the sun and then it asks for the long and lat. I have put in false details and it will accept them but obviously this isn't where I am. I can't put the long and lat in the wrong way round either because when I put in the first one I can only press up and it goes to E or W and on the other one it only has N and S. thank you for the suggestions so far though.
  18. I have a 127 Mak and trying to use the Skywatcher Synscan handset. I have upgraded it to the latest firmware but it simply refuses to accept the coordinates I put in to start the allignment. I have been onto a website and got the longitude and latitude for where we observe. I live in newcastle and observe from 55.00 Latt (North) and -1.92 Long (West.) How on earth do I put these settings into the Syncan handset? I put the power in get the warning do not look at the sun and it goes straight to the long and latitude. I know I can use the up and down arrows to choose the N,E,S,W for the long and latitude. I know that the minus Longitude means it is west and put it in as a positive 1.92W but when ever I do this and try and enter it it goes back to 9 in 1.92. I am really at my wits end with this and it is the second night I have been unable to observe. Can anyone please walk me through where I am going wrong or even try this on their synscan handset to see if it is even possible to input. Thanks so much in advance.
  19. Thanks for the advice. Checked in device manager and it was showing as not recognised. Downloaded and installed the drivers and ran through it again and it worked a treat.
  20. I am trying to upgrade the firmware on my Synscan AZ hand controller for the first time. I have followed all the instructions on upgrading. 1) Downloaded the Synscan firmware loader v3.0 from the AZ section from the Skywatcher download area. 2) Downloaded the synscan drivers (SynScanV0307AZ.ssf) into the same folder. 3) Connected the handset to the PC. 4) Hold down 0 and 8 on the handset and plug in Power cable. The handset lights up with Synscan Update ver. 1.7 5) Launch the loader, browse to the SynScanV0307AZ.ssf and then click update and then I get the error to say: "Can not connect to a Synscan hand control." Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?
  21. Using a laser pointer to point out stars is so much easier than using your finger and getting the other person to position themselves in a position to try and see what you are pointing at. I am always very careful though when it comes to planes though and check that nothing is nearby before I use it. As many people have pointed out, if they are used responsibly I don't see any problem with them. One thing to also be aware of would be people that are imaging. In my over eagerness to be helpful I managed to add some false colour to someones image. A complete accident but they obviously weren't happy with me.
  22. Yes, will certainly start with that again. I have seen some other techniques people have used with telecopes and lights in the foreground so going to have a few more attempts.
  23. I have attached what I managed during my last outing. Very happy with the result. Thanks again for all the advice once again.
  24. Ok thanks. I think I have this right in my head now: Positive Latitude is North. Negative Lattitude is South. Positive Longitude is East. Negative Longitude is West. But how would you put a neagtive value into the Synscan handset (I think you are already one step ahead of me m.tweedy.)
  25. Does anyone know of any good sites that tell you the longitude and latitude of a place through the postcode? Ideally one that gives you or allows you to change N,S,E and W values.
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