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  1. Aenima

    orion nebula

    From the album: The next step.

  2. rain clouds more rain more clouds etc

  3. Great info - thank you for posting Was trying to figure out the best combination of scope camera and barlow to use for planets.. haven't really used the SCT much so still theory at this point.
  4. No its pretty simple i just have trouble doing it lol I still not sure whether the optimal pixel/focal length is the 'maximum' or just the best match results wise..? Something like that. i'm figuring out if the actual scope is performing properly (and collimated), regarding C8's in general.
  5. My camera is a toss-up between the ASI120MC and the Lu070m (icx424al) The scopes are those in my signature if its any use I knew for visual purposes the magnification is way too high, esp for the SCT - but for imaging its not quite so extreme. There are formulas and such that apply but my maths is awful
  6. Thank you, yes the 3x was quite a jump up - i have seen the 5x used with SCT's generally and was unsure of its design being different from barlows. I wonder what kind of situation the 5x powermate can be used?
  7. Hi, Can anyone tell me whether a C8 will accept a 5xpowermate for planetary imaging? I have seen a number of great images with similar combinations to the above, and recently tried 3x barlow with the C8 and it seemed to be pushing the scope a bit, but ive no idea whether the scope can handle 5x easily or whether its depending on seeing conditions being good. etc. The actual scope is in need of better colimation so that might be a factor affecting the test using 3x barlow. Any ideas hugely welcome
  8. I have heard that bright moonlight or similar objects can have a slight effect on camera sensors but it doesnt seem to get brought up much as far as i'm aware. Faint objects like nebula shouldn't be a problem though. As for luminance the usual filter is the IR-cut (sometimes IR/UV cut) and that is mostly to keep infra-red from affecting the sharpness due to it coming to focus slightly differently to visible wavelengths, but if your camera doesn't already have a IR filter over the sensor - many do - the issue mostly concerns refractors and other glass elements, newtonians i believe dont suffer as much if any problems from it. Hope this helps, with luck someone should be along who has experience in the matter Regards, Aenima
  9. finally getting my grubby mits on a tv powermate - ready for Jupiter's return

  10. few clear hours early this evening here in south west :)

    1. WaveSoarer


      I was just nipped out to put the bins out for collection tomorrow and I noticed it was clear too. A bit late to get setup now sadly.

  11. Just thought i'd mention comet jaques is a great photo opportunity in the lower half of cassiopiea right now. just passing through the heart nebula ic1805 A set of 60sec exposures will do it just fine. good luck with the search
  12. I got hold of the g3 colour, if its any use i can post back here with some images once its running. First impression is: much rather have an atik but will take forever to save enough money...... so..... yeah, orion g3 it is!
  13. Collimating it will be the next thing to learn, its not as bad as it sounds at first dont worry, it'll be a doddle once you get the hang of it
  14. Good point, its always a good idea to leave it somewhere warm and dry after use, esp if there is a lot of dew in the air. You want to avoid trapping any moisture so for a while after bring the scope in wait an hour before putting the cap on the scope so the moisture can freely evaporate.
  15. It will be fine as long as you keep the dust out, you can use the cap supplied and maybe a cover like a plastic sheet or something. Main two things to watch out for are dust and moisture. CLEAR SKIES. Aenima
  16. Aenima

    jupiter 4th 5 2014

    From the album: 2013/2014 planetary

    ZWO ASI120MC 3x barlow 200p

    © Aenima

  17. Aenima

    2013/2014 planetary

    New year, new barlow, new AVI files to stack...
  18. wow old thread here, as arioch says there's useful info glad its being helpful to someone else as i definitely learned a few things - in general SGL is great for information, grateful to have received so much advice here regards
  19. Aenima


    Hi stargazing, A lot of recommendations for the 200p! The good thing there is that whether you go for the EQ (tracks the sky in an arc to precisely follow an object) or the 'push n pull' manual dobson mount - the actual optics will be the same. I still get good use out of my 200p two years down the line. Its versatile enough - provided you can carry it outside and find a good place to use it, and will show good detail on the moon and larger planets, while having enough aperture (light grasp) as an 8inch to pick up star clusters, brighter planetary nebula like the ring and dumbell nebulas, and a reasonable amount of the faint galaxies. While the faint fuzzy objects will be exactly that, faint and fuzzy - you won't see colour or complex detail - these things only show up in photographs and really really giant scopes. The deep sky objects are always going to be challenging even with the more expensive set-ups, but as far as picking them out and recognising what they are goes, the 200p does seem to be quite good in that respect. As for photography, unfortunately the idea will be very tempting especially after a couple of observing sessions when the possibilities of capturing what you see on camera become evident. Good news is the EQ5 / 200p combo can do pretty well given the right circumstances but be prepared to need several other bits of equipment - besides the actual camera - and a steep learning curve. The 200p is quite heavy for the EQ5 mount and if photography is a big part of your plan the 150pds (6inch) would be a better choice while not being much different in its visual capability, giving similar views to the 8inch but not weighing too heavily on the mount so as to hinder the smooth tracking. Goto is another expensive but useful addition. However the dual axis motors can be attached a lot cheaper and then a laptop can be hooked up to give you a certain amount of control - obviously the setting is important as its a lot to set up in a dark field. A garden or patio will be great though. Hope some of this is helpful. As mentioned already, this forum is a very good place to learn chat and throw ideas about. All the best, clear skies and welcome to SGL. regards Aenima
  20. Aenima

    saturn 15th

    From the album: 2013/2014 planetary

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    From the album: 2013/2014 planetary

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    From the album: 2013/2014 planetary

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