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  1. Looking for advice/recommendations.... I have a QHY5II mono camera and a set of 1.25" RGB filters. I'm thinking of dipping my toe in the water of RGB imaging and would like a filter wheel to make life easier without spending mega bucks. Wondering if the cheap(ish) manual 5 position filter wheels are a good purchase or not. Any advice /experiences/recommendations would be appreciated. There are a lot of Chinese (I suspect) models on the market around the £50 mark, are they worth a punt or should I avoid and go for a recognised astro brand? Thanks for reading this, I look forward to your replies.
  2. Thanks Stu! It was a great evening, lovely and warm Here's a rather nasty animated GIF of the sunrise (approx 10 min intervals)
  3. Since learning about the Lunar X a few years ago, I've wanted to have a go at observing it. Last night, everything came together: firstly it was clear, second I had a free evening, and thirdly I remembered about it! I started observing around 21:20 BST when the Lunar X was starting to become noticeable, but not complete. The nearby V was more clearly visible at that time. I observed and captured video sequences every minute or so for the next couple of hours. I might attempt a time-lapse of sunrise over the X at some point, but it will take a while to stack each video and compile the resultant stills into a sequence. Not helped by the fact that every couple of clips I had to re-position to the telescope due to non-existant polar alignment (I couldn't see polaris when I set up as it was still too light). But for now, here is a mosaic made from 10 stacked frames taken between 23:09 and 23:20 BST. Skywatcher 150P/EQ3-2 + Philips SPC880 (mono CCD)
  4. Venus yesterday evening, SW150 + EQ3/2 - 3X Barlow - Philips SPC900 webcam. Best 60% of 1000 at 60fps stacked in Registax with a small tweak of red/blue alignment. Venus 18th February 2017 by jonnostringer, on Flickr
  5. As it was clear last night, I casually checked heavens-above.com to see if there was a good ISS pass. As it turned out, there was.. and the track from my location passed right through Alioth in Ursa Major! I was rather annoyed that I hadn't discovered this early enough to set up the telescope+webcam pointed at Alioth in the hope of capturing the ISS. Previous attempts to capture it with the telescope have been marginal at best struggling to track it by hand on an EQ mount. Anyway, here's a stack of 3 x 30sec exposures shot on my Fuji S9600 bridge camera as a consolation.
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    This ^^^was^^^ (bloomin banana fingers) [emoji21] Sent from my GT-I8200N using Tapatalk
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    This sad taken using a Philips SPC900 webcam through a 3X Barlow on my Skywatcher 150PSent from my GT-I8200N using Tapatalk
  8. I haven't had the telescope out for a couple of months, so took the opportunity last night to dust it down and blow off the cobwebs (literally) ! A quick shot of Venus before some high cloud moved in to spoil the view. Nothing amazing, but nice to be out using it again. SW150P+3X Barlow+SPC900 webcam.
  9. Timelapse video of the Io / Ganymede event on the evening of April 18th where Io partially passed across the face of Ganymede. 30 seconds of video was shot starting on each minute for an hour. Each video clip was then stacked (in Registax) to produce still frames which were made into video file which was then put through PIPP to align the frames. The video runs from 21:27 BST to 22:27 BST. Io and Ganymede are in the 11 o'clock position relative to Jupiter, with Europa beyond them. Callisto is on the opposite side of Jupiter towards the bottom of the frame. https://flic.kr/p/scajPJ
  10. Looking at heavens-above.com, last night's ISS pass would be very close to Venus from my location, so I decided to photograph it. Here is a composite of seven exposures. I think it made quite a nice shot with the 'V' of Taurus and M45 either side as well. The International Space Station, April 15th 2015 by jonnostringer, on Flickr
  11. Awesome capture!! I saw a similar launch pass over last summer and was determined to have a go at photographing this one. I was observing at my local group's dark site on the 14th, but was so engrossed in whatever I was doing, I lost track of time and missed it
  12. I have dabbled with AS!2 a little from time to time, but in this case I used Registax6 for everything.
  13. Having already achieved a first (for me) Venus, I swung round to Jupiter and as I still had the mono camera + blue filter in, I took some video. Pleased to see a shadow on the disc (another first for me), and then for laughs instead of doing the sensible thing and bunging on the colour camera, I dug out the red and green filters. Much time between colours elapsed as I faffed around changing the filters manually (no filter wheel here !) so the resulting RGB composite image is not as clear as it could have been and of course the shadow and moons don't line up very well !! Ganymede Shadow Transit of Jupiter by jonnostringer, on Flickr It was fun though
  14. Had my first attempt at Venus earlier in the week. Skywatcher 150P with 3X barlow and mono SPC900 webcam with a blue filter. Venus by jonnostringer, on Flickr Really pleased with this for a first attempt
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