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  1. Hello. Firstly apologies if this is in the wrong subforum. I have a Kodak Easyshare Z712 digital camera: Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS Review - Digital Camera Reviews - TrustedReviews It's a pretty good camera for normal photography, but it only has a 49mm thread on the fixed collar that surrounds the lens housing. What would be the best way of mounting this on my telescope (Celestron Nexstar 4SE) so that I can begin experimenting with imaging? Many thanks in advance.
  2. Ok, I now have Stellarium installed to the AA1, works nicely. Now I just need a serial to usb adapter so I can plug the scope into the netbook, and see how things go from there. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.
  3. I've had the scope for a while now but having lived in a second floor flat never really got around to using it. I have now moved and have a nice back garden with not much LP (Although fences and other houses do block out some of the sky). Set the scope up and aligned the RDF. Took in a few bright objects using that and then decided to 'SkyAlign' the scope (I'm a father to two children and a complete newb and although I'd love to be able to find objects on my own, I simply don't have the time). First attempt failed. Second attempt confirmed a match but something was wrong, in the object catalogue under 'Solar System' I was supposed to be able to see the Moon, Saturn and Mars...well the Moon was clearly not visible. Checked the scopes date and time settings...completely wrong! Reset the time and date, and realigned the scope, match confirmed. I then let it take me on a tour.... I've always wanted to see a galaxy 'with my own eyes' so let the scope point itself at Andromeda, I slipped in my lowest mag eyepiece, a 25mm plossl - and was instantly gratified with Andromeda, it appeared as a bluish smudge just above the centre of the view through my eyepiece. I then slewed to the Double Cluster...already I can tell that this is going to be one of my favourite sights, it really was breathtaking, the sheer number of stars in such close proximity was an amazing sight. After spending maybe ten to fifteen minutes looking at this I went back to Andromeda and switched to my 10mm plossl - after playing around with the focusser for what seemd to be ages I wasn't really able to resolve it and get a good view, tried cleaning the piece again but no luck. So although I am very pleased with my 'first light' I thought I would ask, why was I unable to get a good view through my higher mag eyepiece? I have a feeling my small scope may not be able to handle such a high mag? Please advise.
  4. Nigel, Thanks. Looks like I might be in luck. Will have to look into it in more detail tonight but at least it looks possible.
  5. Hi, I recently purchased an Acer Aspire One netbook. As an afterthought I was wondering if: 1) Anyone has one and has successfully installed Stellarium to it? I don't see a package for it in yum (it is a Unix machine, Linpus Lite). 2) If so, has been able to use it to control a GOTO scope, more specifically a Celestron Nexstar? Thanks in advance.
  6. Thanks Andrew, looks to be the right one. Now I just have to hope for the skies to clear!
  7. Just a quick one. The battery in my Starpointer has given up the ghost. Having removed the old one and then moving home I have lost the old one and have no idea what replacement battery to get. I know its a watch type battery about the size of a ten pence piece. Can somebody point me in the right direction?
  8. I have recently acquired a Celestron Nexstar 4SE. Due to cloudy skies i have been unable to do any viewing as yet, other than a little terrestrial when alligning its red dot finder. The scope comes with a Celestron E-Lux 26mm Plossl and already I'm thinking of expanding my 'set' of eyepieces. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I buy 1 or 2 seperate eyepieces and a 2x Barlow, and if so what sizes? Would a 4mm eyepiece be stretching the limits of what this scope can achieve? Any and all help much appreciated.
  9. Thanks for the warm welcome guys. Would love to meet up for the east Anglian meet and get some observing in, transport is a problem for me though, where is it held?
  10. Hello, New member from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. Received a cheapy telescope from the missus for Christmas which has rekindled my latent fascination with the night skies, and have just now bought myself a Celestron Nexstar 4SE. Should be good to ease me in I hope, hopefully I can then move onto some of the more intimadating instruments when I've absorbed some more knowledge. Looking forward to clear dark skies!
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