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  1. Taken with just a camera as couldn't be asked to get out the scope as it is cold and misty!
  2. Great image... it may be fuzzy but you can clearly see the GRS!
  3. So select any star you want and then when it tracks to it press the enter button. I find for any objects that are easy to see with the eye, I can manually turn it to the object without putting the tracking on.
  4. Yes but it's still amazing to think you can see it with just your eye. What I meant is your not actually doing the alignment your just setting it up for it to track what you want. Just turning the scope on isn't enough as it won't be tracking anything... I'm not making that much sense am I?
  5. To save time and because the Orion nebula is so easy to spot, yes you do need tracking. All I did is do the one star alignment then put it on any star and press enter and it should say alignment successful. That way it will track whatever's in the telescope's view. Then use the arrows on the keypad and point it to Orion. Have you polar aligned the scope?
  6. Maybe a EOS clip light pollution filter would be handy which allows a lengthier exposure time.
  7. The mount may be ok and all you can do is try it out first. The telescope is fine for nebulas and it's just the imaging side. Have a Canon EOS 1100d dslr camera or any dslr camera and then set it to manual mode at about ISO 800 and set the timer to 30s. The image above has been processed through photoshop to get more detail out of it so don't be alarmed if you first image doesn't look like mine above as all of that comes with manipulating the image and bringing out the detail that the camera has already captured. Not sure what imaging setup you've got? The only problem I can see with your scope is that the F number is 11.8 and the rule for imaging dsos is that you need around the F/5 number. If anyone else wants to help out then it'd be handy as what I've just told is coming through what I've already done!
  8. Hi all, I am really looking forward to tonight because I should be able to see the GRS on Jupiter for the first time ever! But I feel I have a decent setup to take a picture of it: Celestron C8 HEQ5 Goto 2x Barlow lens SPC-900 webcam with attachments Canon EOS 1100d with CLS clip However, even with this, is there anything I need to do in order to get a good image? Or is it mainly the processing side on the Laptop? Is there any better software that I can use to video the planet as I've generally had better results through the Canon rather than the webcam? Thanks for any tips and advice! Andrew. (Didn't want to post it in the imaging planets section as it says only post images there ;-D)
  9. I live in Southend and the forecast says it will be clear for a period from 9 until 1. Do you think I should go for it? Sat24 looks like it could be clear but I just want to get Orion nebula. It's cloudy now so just not sure :-(
  10. I bought mine second hand for £72. New they'd cost £110 altogether which gave me a saving of £38!
  11. I've tried to adjust the colour?
  12. I used a Astronomik CLS clip for Canon EOS camers. Basically it's a light pollution filter and it turns the image a blue shade but it is a very effective filter. I reckon it was because of this filter that enabled to get the vibrant colour of M27.
  13. No lights, no darks, ISO 1600. 30 second exposure.
  14. haha, yes is it worth taking these darks and flats even for a single 30 second exposure?
  15. Nice image! One of my favourite planetary nebulas to image because it's looks mystical!
  16. 2 and a half million years ago. Puts everything into perspective really! Thanks for sharing the video although I don't know about you but it's mind boggling let alone inspirational haha.
  17. Focal reducer means I'd get what I'd normally get in a 1 minute exposure but in 20 seconds.
  18. Yes. When I was deciding what scope to get, it was between the ED80 and the C8. I went for the latter because of the focal length and I want to get images of planets. However, I also wanted to get images of galaxies and star clusters and so far I've managed to get some good images from it. And they are both small scopes which is handy for me as my first one was massive!
  19. I'd like that on a 40 x 40 canvas in my living room! My favourite image so far and the purple and blue colour set it up nicely!
  20. Trouble is my scopes focal length is 2032mm. Slightly difficult to image M31 considering all I can get is the core star. Still proud of my image where you can make out the different dust lanes and clouds. In some ways, I don't want to have a finished image yet because I'm only 19 years old and my knowledge is limited but my age is still young, so I've got a long time yet to get the image that I want of M31.
  21. Managed to get the dark dust lanes or whatever they're called!
  22. Thank you Xplode. Yes I have got BackyardEOS so will try it out.
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