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  1. Many thanks for the links you guys. Re: swapping the camera - I can't do that as it was bought a month ago and is sitting in a cupboard until I retire in a few months time. I do know though that it comes with 'View NX Image processing' Nikon software - whatever that might be...... Roy.
  2. To say I'm a novice is still a vast over exaggeration.... I have a Sky watcher 130 Goto and a Nikon D3100coming up as a retirement present. I downloaded Registax and thought I'd have a 'trial run' using my little Olympus Camedia on the moon. I took around a dozen shots, each were around 3 secs long, using a remote on a tripod. My problem though (and I'm NOT looking for good results - just a CLUE as to 'how to do it') is that I can't find a Registax tutorial that looks ANYTHING like the version of Registax I downloaded! I have R.6 with the latest update. (6.1) The only tut I can find has screenshots and descriptions that bear NO resemblance to R6.1..... Basically, HOW do I use it!!!! As I've said, I have no illusions of even a remotely good pic of the moon - I just want to find out HOW to use R for the future. Roy.
  3. Hello there.... I'm a newbie here so no baffling talk please....... I have both pieces of kit and would like to have a go at taking some images. First, what do I need to connect the camera to the scope, and where can I get it??? Also, what can I realistically expect with this setup? I don't want to waste time trying to get Hubble-images of the edge of the universe! (Joking aside...) The camera has video capability so will this be of any use in DS pictures or am I restricted to our Solar system? Roy.
  4. [quote I'm not sure why they put that smaller cap on the big cap, but a lot of members have used it to turn it into a home made solar filter, because with viewing the sun there is such a thing as 'too much aperture', so using the small cap bit for that gives better viewing. DON'T use it to look at the Sun!!!! You still need a solar filter unless you're fed up having eyeballs that work! Roy
  5. Lets be realistic..... The Android app currently out there isn't genuine, and is very POOR! It doesn't work on the MAJORITY of Android stuff. Wait for the 'real' Android app (if ever!) or stick to your computer. Roy..
  6. I have the same (I think) scope - Skywatcher 130 Goto. Saturn was crystal clear last night using the supplied 10mm and 2 x Barlow. Maybe I was lucky and got decent ones from the budget eyepiece maker. You should see Saturn very clearly, with the rings. In 'laymans' terms, it looked about 7-8mm across in the eyepiece! Small, but fantastic. Jupiter is around the same size. Mars is an orange 'spot' about 2-3mm across. I know my sizing isn't technical, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what I can see with the same setup. As someone said though, get Stellarium just to make sure you really were looking at Saturn. It's really easy to find right now after around 11.00pm. Roy.
  7. I have a SW 130 Goto and saw Saturn yesterday - first time - amazing. (See my other post) HOWEVER..... It was somewhat small. I could see it clearly, and the rings, but no sign of Cassini. The focus was razor sharp and the image was really bright. I used a 10mm and a 2 x Barlow. I know 'upping' the mag makes the image more dim and harder to focus, but as Saturn was so incredibly bright anyway, would a 3 x Barlow, or a 6mm eyepiece, or even more in some way, actually work? I'd love to see Saturn a bit bigger, with a bit of Cassini if poss, without getting a bigger scope just yet - I've only had this one three months. (My first scope) Roy.
  8. I saw Saturn tonight! First time, and it was amazing. I've got a SW 130 Goto and used a 10mm plus 2 x Barlow. Crystal clear and bright but quite small. Sadly, couldn't make out the Cassini division, but awesome all the same. Alignment on my Goto???? Aaaarrrggghhhh. Last time I used it, I did the brightest star method. (I think!) Took 2 minutes, worked brilliantly. This time???? I spent an AGE and it was rubbish. Luckily I knew where Saturn was, so I could find it easily. What was I doing wrong????? I know I'm a newbie, but this kind of hassle puts me off trying again on a chilly evening. I'm sure on my last setup, I centred on the first object, chose a second, the 'scope went to it on its own, and BANG! It WORKED. This time??? No chance! Finally, probably a STUPID question, but are we 'daylight saving' at present? Yes? - No? Roy.
  9. I have a Skywatcher 130 Goto and I've seen the whirlpool through it fairly well (if quite small). It was VERY dark, clear sky, and with averted vision, the 'whirl' was very clear. My Goto found it 3 or 4 times in the same eveining, but I haven't spotted it again since. Funnily enough, it's the good old Andromeda galaxy that eludes me most. Roy.
  10. Large cod and chips is nearly a tenner at a local chippy here. I can get a 2 - course carvery for less than that..... The biggest con though must be a Pizza. Ten quid for a circle of dough, a blob of ketchup and an ounce of cheese. You can get HUGE fresh Pizza's in Tescbury's for around £3.50
  11. Tazers are illegal in the UK..... However, you could replace one tripod leg with a baseball bat. If anyone asks, the proper one broke off...... Roy.
  12. I'm just wondering..... How can you see '3D' images of an object that's so incredibly far away? In reality, planets, stars etc look like flat 2D object anyway, seeing as our vision is based on two eyes only a few inches apart. To see any noticeable 3D effect on even the moon, your two eyes would have to be thousands of miles apart at the very least. Am I wrong here??? Roy.
  13. Many thanks all you guys. The book is on the way from Amazon....... Roy.
  14. I found it on my first nights viewing with my SW 130 Goto. I too saw a fuzzy oval, but with a bit of averted peeping, I'm sure I could see a vague spiral 'shadow' within.... Was I imagining it, or was I just lucky? Roy.
  15. I have a SkyWatcher 130 Goto and as yet, no camera, but I have NO IDEA what you all mean by 'flats' and so on..... HOW can a complete newbie learn the basics... I don't have a bottomless pit of money, but I would love to get into some DSO images at some stage. I know my telescope is fairly 'basic' but imaging is a real interest of mine, however limited I might be. Where do I go to learn in 'words of one syllable'? What (minimum but useable) camera? What books? Help? P.S.... The images on this forum amaze me, and I have NO IDEA what you are all on about when you point out errors/ways to improve - they look FANTASTIC to me!!! If I ever take any pictures like the ones here, I'll be chuffed to bits!!! Roy.
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