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    Star Adventurer -polar alignment

    Thanks to all for your help. I followed Dave's advice and ''bodged'' the the Right angled finder by gentle cutting and filing away the rectangular protrusions untill it was a good flat surface which I then glued to the eyepiece of the Adventurer. The right angled finder is now fixed permanently to the Adventurer. Had a quick look last night as the clouds came over and easily got a polar alignment. Will try for a more accurate alignment once we have clear nights. My tripod can be placed onto 3 wooden pegs driven into the lawn so that it should always be polar aligned . KEITH
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    Star Adventurer -polar alignment

    Thanks Dave. Strange to relate I actually have one of the Seagull right angled finders which I got for my Cannon DSLR, but have never used since changing to the Cannon 600D with an angled screen which means I don't have to bend down to squint through the viewfinder anymore. I will examine whats required to 'bodge' it to fit the eyepiece. Any suggestions? Keith
  3. At my age I find it difficult to get down low enough to look through a polar alignment scope. Does anyone know of a suitable right angled mirror which could be fitted to the eyepiece of the Star Adventurer ? I have seen one on U tube but there was no information on what it was or how to get one. Keith ( old codger)
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    Help with whole sky shots

    I got almost identical results DEC.3rd. using my Cannon 600D with 30s exposure at ISO 1600 and stacking 3X 30sec in Nebulosity and stretching in Photoshop. The best way to get good focus is to zoom in first, focus and if you can magnify the image on your camera ( mine lets me do X5 and X10) to get the most accurate focus then zoom out and your camera should still be in perfect focus .When you then zoom in again it should remain in focus. I believe some people put a bit of 'Bluetack' on the telescopic part of the camera to keep it in focus. Old Codger CYGNUS LYRA. 3DEC 2018 30S. ATISO1600.tif.tif
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    Help please. Celestron Next Remote

    Michael, at the risk of driving you mad- I have looked at the Device Manager on my windows XP but cannot see any reference that indicates the USB to serial. Sorry to be such a pain ! Keith
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    Help please. Celestron Next Remote

    Hi Michael. No not yet, so will do so and let you know. Thanks
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    Help please. Celestron Next Remote

    Thanks Michael. Despite spelling errors ( always my problem!) I had installed NexRemote on to my Laptop and it talks to me and tells me to' select the settings and press OK', but then cannot connect to the telescope, so I must have done something wrong or missed out an operation. I will keep trying. Keith
  8. I have acquired a second hand Celestron Advanced GT mount and am trying to use the Celestron Next Remote to control it. When all coupled up the Next Remote image on the laptop (Windows XP) speaks audibly to me and asks me to 'Select Settings and Press OK'. Whichever settings I select it comes up with ' Cannot Connect To Telescope'. What am I doing wrong or have not done please anyone? Keith Moore
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    Backyard EOS

    Thanks guys, your solution worked just fine. Now have it up and running but as usual no clear skies ! Keith
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    Backyard EOS

    I have been using BYEOS with my Cannon 600D, and downloading to my old Windows XP laptop for some 2or 3 years. Now I have had to buy a new laptop using Windows 10 and cannot find the means to download the BYEOS programme. Any ideas on what I may be doing wrong?
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    SGL XI - Pitch Allocations

    'Old Codger' regrets to say he cannot now attend the event due to continuing health problems. Good luck and clear skies to everyone. Keith Moore (old codger)
  12. Don't do much observing nowadays due to failing eyesight in one eye, so have gone over to imaging.However at public events I find that visitors (non astronomers) find the 2in eyepiece much easier to see with. Old Codger
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    SGL XI - Pitch Allocations

    I do not see my name on the plan despite having booked with FLO last Nov. I asked for a hardstanding near the Loo as before. Regards Old codger
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    Looking for a new dSLR

    I use a Cannon 600D both as a camera on its own and also attched to either a Celectron 8SE or a Celestron 4in refractor. I find the fold out screen is a definite advantage for focussing and alignment. Recomended! Old Codger
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    SGLX Pitch Updates - 2nd March - IMPORTANT CHANGE

    I was too late to book a hardstanding in the rally Field for my caravan, so have just booked direct with the site and obtained No33 on the main part of the site. My wife and I will be there from Thurs to Mon. Did'nt want to miss the SGL X as it will probably be our farewell visit - our caravanning days are coming to an end this year sad to say. Looking forward to meeting many old friends. Keith (old codger)

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