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  1. Thanks for the update, keep up the good work... Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  2. I think we need to start getting together. I'm from Manchester Rd in Bury, been at it a couple of years now but apart from a trip up to Todmordon and Heaton Park, haven't done any observing anywhere but my back garden where the LP is so bad it kind of rules out long exposure photography. PM me if you are local and interested in getting together sometime. I'd recommend going to Todmorden, on a clear night the skies are very good especially for somewhere that you can get to in about 40 mins from Bury. Cheers Scott
  3. I bought the wife a pair of these, they're actually quite good. .. Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
  4. Hi pal, Where in Manchester are you? I'm in Bury and have the same mount as you. I might be able to help out. Im no expert but think im a little further ahead in the journey so to speak. Pm me.. Scott Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  5. Are there thunderstorms at Kelling? Met office info doesn't look good. Be safe peeps...
  6. You know me Mike, my first ever visit to a Star party was a cold October cloudy affair which was ok as it was only a short drive away. My only problem for this one is the wife has really limited holidays so we don't want to waste em if there isn't a reasonable chance of fine weather.m Our plan B will be to camp in the Breacon Beacons or Lake District when we catch a break with the weather. It the weather has any chance by Friday, I'll be there. Scott
  7. same here, had a red pitch booked for Friday and Saturday which would have been my first star party. Given that I live 4 hours away I'm not going to bother given the forecast.
  8. I've tighten that nut before myself as I also had the problem of the Scope 'slipping' on the ALT axis. I have to say that despite tightening up, it stil slips occasionally. I'm too scared to overtighten it in case I break the thing!
  9. Thank you all I was scared to ask in case I looked a bit stupid but wanted to get it right as I have my first star party in April at kelling heath. Cheers again.... Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  10. Hi, Please can you let me know if my preferred method of polar aligning is acceptable or correct? 1. Place tripod facing north 2. Level tripod 3. Use Polarfinder App to find current Polaris position 4. Release RA clutch and rotate until the offset 'smaller' circle in the polarscope reticule matches what is seen in Polarfinder app 5. Lock RA clutch 6. Adjust Altitude & Azimuth bolts until polaris sits exactly in the small offset circle You'll note that I don't use the setting circles whatsoever. Can I get away with this as they are rubbish on the HEQ5 PRO Thanks SCOTT Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  11. Welcome and I'd take Peter advice and get down to Heaton Park Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  12. I removed the grub screws and replaced them for the silver thumb screws you find on Barlow lens, covers etc. This made the whole process 10 times easier... Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  13. Check out Dions videos on Astronomy Shed if you haven't already Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  14. Hello, I'm still relatively new to Astronomy and would appreciate some advice. I realised during a recent spell trying to image M42 using my DSLR that I couldn't set my exposure length more than about 30 seconds before getting star trails so after some reading on these forums decided that I need to get an auto-guiding set up. I have an unused 9 x 50 viewfinder that came with my 200EP sitting around so was contemplating doing the 9 x 50 Mod but need some advice. My 2 Scopes are Skywatcher 127 Mak for Planets and a Skywatcher 200P Newtonian Reflector for DSO's. I currently own a SPC900 with IR filter (not Long Exposure modded) camera and wondered if its possible to try guiding with this? I do a lot of my Astronomy from my light polluted back garden and have heard that it might struggle picking up a guide star? If that's the case I would also consider buying a QHY5 currently £180 but wondered if its worth buying a better camera (up to £300) that could be used for both guiding when I attempting DSO imaging or as a high frame rate planetary camera better than my SPC900. One final question. Is it PHD that sends the adjustment corrections to my mount (HEQ5 Pro) or does the camera have some specific hardware that does this? Any help would truly be appreciated, I've searched a lot and not found all the answers I need. Cheers Scott
  15. I'm new to this and popped along as a day visitor with my wife in 2012. I'd love to get a Tent pitch with Electric Hook Up if any are going in 2013 so we can lose our Star Party viginity next time around! If somebody can add me to a list I'd be grateful.... thanks Scott
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