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Tim last won the day on August 26 2018

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  1. The Cats Eye collimation system is second to none, and is capable of giving you the precise collimation needed even for imaging with fast Newts. Due to the way auto-collimators work, layering multiple reflections with an offset view point, rotating the auto-collimator 180° gives even more precise results. Probably way more accurate than will be appreciated at the average Newtonian's eyepiece, unless you are into Planetary or lunar observation. Even with a Cats Eye though, your telescope needs to be properly set up in the first place, with focuser and mirrors all nicely positioned and securely held within the tube. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/catseye-collimation-tools/catseye-infinity-xlkp-autocollimator.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/catseye-collimation-tools/catseye-blackcat-xl.html Tim
  2. I had a couple of hours first light with a widefield scope that I have on review at the moment. Some friends of mine lost their seven year old little boy in the summer to cancer, and somebody bought them a named star in his memory. We all know it is a gimmick, but it means a lot to them regardless. Actually, the target is very low in the sky from here, and over my neighbours house with log burner and garden lights. I was wondering if anybody considerably further south would be able to take an image and possibly get a few of the local galaxies in the shot?? ?? @ollypenrice Cheers!
  3. I dont know about that, but when I made an inquiry about the colour correction in Vixens little VSD100, the data that came back included correction for yellow light, that was a bit different to the dominant green.
  4. Yes, and higher end units with FPL53 glass give a remarkable performance too, if the f ratio is sensible. I have reviewed a couple or three telescopes with good doublet lenses that colour-wise, gave views equal to my triplet. Perfect focus has been a key element though, a fraction of a millimetre in or out can alter things and this makes them more suited to observation than photography, the camera is a lot less forgiving than the eye, and tube length can alter by a millimeter or two on a long session with altering temperatures. In actual fact, I might go as far as to say I prefer planetary views with a good doublet over those of a good triplet. Maybe..... Tim
  5. You really need to look at a single, short image using a mix of bright and medium stars. Stacked multiple images will not be accurate enough and may add variables/elements to the situation that are unrelated to the telescope. EDIT: Just re-read this, that the integrated image was your friends, sorry. Is your original single star pic a single exposure?
  6. And they would probably be just fine out of the box. But if you bought a new car and had the chance to get it fine tuned and checked by the country's top mechanic for a just a few extra £££, would you not take that option?
  7. Glad you saw this and are letting the guys know Steve, I do think the OP has a valid point about images taken abroad. I wonder where they send them to to get included, unless they get submitted to the TV show gallery, if that is still a thing. I don't remember exactly, but when I had images on S@N on telly, they were chosen from a Flickr group set up for pictures for Stargazing Live I think.
  8. One night, at around 1am, there was a tapping on the door of my obsy. Only I was in the warm room and the tapping was from inside the observation area, not accessible from the outside. I gingerly opened the door and in flew a huge Hornet! There followed an impressive array of impromptu Kung fu moves, and a fair bit of screaming before it found its way out again. On another night I was doing an errand for a farmer on his fields when his cows decided to kill me. They had me trapped in a field about 20 yards from the fence and were going mental. I actually filmed them on my phone so my family would know what happened to me, and then ran for all I was worth and dived under a barbed wire fence, beating them by inches. Quite scary really!
  9. I'd agree. Events in the western side of the UK usually have better weather in Spring, and the eastern regions have better weather in Autumn. I've been comparing them for years, ever since the Spring SGL and Spring Kelling used to share dates. For the past few years we have been spending three weeks at a time in Norfolk in autumn. Even this year there was a good 7 usable nights, and 9 if you like lunar observing, but in the same period as we were away, the weather was awful with only a couple of good nights. I dont think Lucksall were so keen on us using the site in spring though?
  10. Oh rats! Gutted to say the least. Not surprised though, the fields in the midlands are absolutely saturated now, many rivers have broken their banks already, lots of flooding around. It looks like being a real problem this winter, going to cost a lot of people a lot of money I think. What an anti-climax for you Grant We are going over to Winterfest at Kelling in November should you need to get a big scope fix...
  11. I dont know, but maybe Nebulosity? It is designed to be easy. There always used to be a free trial version to see if you like it. From the same guy who introduced PHD
  12. A - Suggest taking a supply of paper towels or similar, helps with the drooling...... Seriously though, great to see FLO with top end kit like 10 Micron mounts, I absolutely love mine and have never regretted the investment. B - Ooooooooooo! C - Very impressed with the ASiair, and will actually be looking to purchase one with the little guide camera they do with it. Was going to wait until IAS 2019 unless there's a better time to have a look? Looking forward to seeing you all again
  13. Tim

    TV in the Marquee?

    That would be great. My wife is half Welsh, and there is Helen of course. I'm impartial, but do enjoy the vibe and atmosphere that surround well played internationals
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