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evilgeenius

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  1. Hi I want to install a pier at the back of my house so I can easily use my Celestron CPC 9.25 and an Apt wedge without having to recallibrate every single time. I've read several pier installation guides and they seem good but I have next to no DIY skills. I would quite happily pay somebody to install the pier for me, and ideally someone with the relavant experience. Does anyone know of someone who would do this? I live in Littleborough which is near the Rochdale/Bury/Manchester areas. Any help is appreciated. Regards Chris
  2. Hi All I bought a telescope about a year ago but I've never got round to buying some binoculars. Now I know this is not the correct order to buy things, but buying the next new item for my telescope always seemed more important than getting the binos. I'm going on holiday soon to Cuba and I think it's time I finally bought a pair. Ideally I'd like to take a telescope but mine is way too big. What would you recommend as a decent pair of binos? My price range is anything below £120 and I would be happy to go second hand. A concern of mine is that I won't be able to hold them steady enough to get a good look at anything. Is it worth buying a bino stand? if so, what type? I am grateful for any suggestions. Cheers Chris
  3. Hello All I've had my first telescope for nearly a year now and up to now I've only imaged/observed things at night. I want to start imaging/observing the sun and I'm not sure where to start. Any advice anyone can give me would be appreciated. My current gear is as follows : CPC925 Wedge Modded Canon 1000D Laptop A few different eyepieces. What's the best way for me to start looking a the sun? Can I use my current gear? Thanks in advance Chris
  4. Stunning. It's one of the most impressive shot's I've seen on here. It's the sheer number of galaxies that make it such a good shot.
  5. Absolutely stunning image. The low res image here doesn't do it justice. Where was this image taken from?
  6. I think I prefer your original photo Neil, looks the most natural and soothing.
  7. That's quite a blumming Orion you've got there, I like it. I think I need to get me a CLS clip filter for my 1000d..
  8. Thanks swag. > For a guide scope many use the ST80 - Much cheaper than the ZS70 I'll also want to use it for imagine, and also to take abroad with.
  9. Excuse my ignorance, as I am a complete nuube, but what makes this scope such a good scope and why do you think it will be so popular? There are hundreds of different scopes out there, so presumably there must be something special about this one that could make people who already have similar scopes invest in one? I have a CPC925 on a wedge, do you think this would be good as a guidescope for it? or would something like an Orion 80ed be better? What reasons are there for choosing either one? Cheers Chris
  10. This is the first time i've looked at the solar forum on this site and I'm pretty stunned at what is possible. These shots are great. Can you record an animation of the surface moving or does it move too slowly?
  11. BigBlueOne, I am well pleased with it myself! I can't stop looking at it :-) Hawklord, yeah I can see there is definitely more data to be extracted out of the image. I'm really disappointed that I didn't do any flats as Im sure that would've brought more out.
  12. Last night I finally cracked drift alignment and I managed to get my first half-decent shot with my recently purchased Apt wedge. By half-decent, I mean, no insance star trailing. It feels good to finally beat the 30-50 second subs I could get without the wedge. I've since found out that my tripod+wedge outside are actually sinking into the ground and are no-where near level anymore, so based on that I'm quite happy with the current performance. 16 * 4 minutes subs, no flats, no darks (i was just testing my equipment) on M81. unguided. I'm looking forward to getting a lot more data on m81. Tools : modded 1000D, Apt astro wedge, CPC925, BackyardEOS, DeepSkyStacker Here is the stacked tif if anyone's interested in doing a better process :-) : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5177861/m81%20-%2017%20December%20-%2016%20x%204%20min/m81-color2.TIF Thanks Chris
  13. Thanks Helen, that looks useful. Next step is to buy myself a Illuminated Recticle.
  14. Hi, A couple of nights a go I setup my wedge for the first time, it took me a while to get to grips with it, and I still am. At the end of the night I took a quick 1 minute photo to look at the tracking, and as you can see from the photo, it is completely off. I still have plenty of things I can do to try and improve this, but I thought i'd just put my first photo up here incase anyone can tell me what the tracking errors are. The photo shows a stellarium screen grab of m81, including equatorial lines, next to the photo I took. I have rotated my photo so it matches the grab from stellarium in the hope that it will make it easier for someone to diagnose what the issue could be. I remember reading that the direction of star trails can indicate what type of issue it is, but I cannot remember much more. My telescope is a Celestron for mounted CPC925. Any help is appreciated. Cheers Chris
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