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old codger

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  1. The latest issue of ''Astronomy Now'' details the SkySafari6 programme, and indicates it can be used for remote telescope control. Has anyone had experience of this programme ? I am interests in the possibility of using it to remotely control my iOptron MiniTower mount so that I can get accurate star alignment. Keith (old codger)
  2. I have just started using the Star Adventurer and can confirm the very good impressions mention above. I have sunk 3 wooden pegs into the lawn such that the mount is polar aligned when placed on them .( a quick check with the finder on the pole star position is very easy) I hang a building brick under the tripod for added stability. So far I have managed up to 6 minutes tracking without any trailing, but usually use shorter time exposures. My only problem is finding and pointing the camera at the chosen target. The Canon 600D has a flip out screen which helps to centre a bright star, but does not show faint objects so that I am making repeated trips to my shed (heated !) to see if I have the image on the computer screen. Is there any way of mounting some form of right angled finder on the camera. Focusing a DSLR is a bit of a trial and error and not as easy as with a telescope focuser. Keith ( Old Codger)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Hi Michael. No not yet, so will do so and let you know. Thanks
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Thanks guys, your solution worked just fine. Now have it up and running but as usual no clear skies ! Keith
  12. 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?
  13. '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)
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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)
  18. I use Backyard EOS with my Cannon 600D attached to a Celestron 8SE, then either Deep Sky Stacker or Nebulosity for stacking and preliminary processing, followed by final touch up in Photoshop. Still learning though !! Keith
  19. The Celestron 6.3 reducer works perfectly on my 8SE. I use it for imaging with a DSLR camera. Keith
  20. If you are anywhere near to Ticknall in South Derbyshire, the National Trust at Calke Abbey are holding a 'starparty' on Sat. 8th March in conjunction with the Leicester Astronomical Society.Weather permitting there will be at least one video camera and TV screen in operation, where you can see for yourself and get some advice- its in the car park on a smooth surface and pretty dark too. I believe the NT are charging £10 entry, but you get a soup and roll included! Old Codger
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    Talks / Workshops

    I would be very interested in: Basic DSLR astro imaging, and Image Processing. Old Codger
  22. Yes, also had a great viewing time, but got somewhat annoyed to find the Blue Field toilet block was closed at 9.30 am till nearly 11 am on Frid.,Sat., and Sun., plus all blackouts removed on Sun.I reckon about 50 people were turned away from the loos on Sat. morning.On Mon they reverted to a more normal time of about miday.Otherwise a super time. Old Codger
  23. Old Codger will be there as usual (next to the loos in the Blue Field) Looking forward to some good observing,bit of trial imaging, and meeting plenty of old friends. Keith
  24. I have found the Ioptron Mini tower to be much easier to set up than the Celestron 8SE Nextstar and it is more accurate in 'go to' and in tracking. It carries my Celestron 8Se OK even with attached Cannon DSLR. Old Codger
  25. Thanks to everyone for a super getogether. Sun and Mon nights were the best for me, but like Luke its not the same without a group. Being near the loo was no problem because I was fully shielded from the light by a tall hedge. Keith
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