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  1. Congratulations @John Your knowledge and enthusiasm are part of what makes SGL great! Keep up the good work mate. I look forward to reading more of you posts! Ant
  2. Happen to glance out of the window last night and saw a nice albeit low display, Tried to capture some images with the Canon, but its been so long that I couldn't really remember how to take manual pictures, and secondly couldn't find the tripod!!! This images was taken with my S10+ handheld, everything on auto. Amazing what these phones can do these days.
  3. Open to offers on the scope. Given up the hobby, so just want it gone really. Ant
  4. Hi all, I wonder if there is any interest in my SW ED80 with Baader Steel track focuser. Generally decent condition, a few little scratches on the tube (see pics). Comes with Alu case, red dot finder (batteries need replacing), dovetail (well used) and focusing mask. Looking for around £325? Open to sensible offers. Also have the matching 0.85 reducer, looking for around £150. Includes 2" adapter on one end and Canon adapter on the other. Will sell seperate once the scope goes. £450 for both? I'm not posting, so we'll need to meet up or buyer collects. Happy for cash or PayPal F&F. Ta Ant
  5. Selling up a load of surplus kit. This is my ASI120mini and skywatcher finder. I used this in conjunction with the ASIair, and it works remarkably well. Bought new from FLO a while back, https://www.firstlightoptics.com/startravel/sky-watcher-9x50-finder-adapter-zwo-asi120mm-bundle.html Looking for around £130, delivered. Not sure why the image on the box is wrong, that the box it came in.
  6. Damn, that's a nice image! Well done!!
  7. Fantastic, nice one! congratulations. Ant
  8. ha ha ha - that stayed on topic about 0 posts lol I have no clue how you may have got that. Looks kind of nice though
  9. When i sell something I ask what I want for the item. Its really quite simple. That is a condition of using our classified section. End off issue really. If you would prefer to use a 'proper' classified section as you put it, you clearly know the address for it. Please feel free. If you want to use ours put a price in the advert. Ant
  10. This was from a much earlier version of rhe forum software, these don't really exist anymore ant
  11. Thanks for a quick easy deal My recent purchases include a new (to me 500D), picked up for £90. Missing the mains charger - had to get a charger (£6 amazon). A rather nice camera lens dew strap, powered by 5v USB (i use a power tank to power). That was about £15ish. and lastly a new EQM-35, which when it arrived I was informed by Jane that one of the other mounts had to go... hence the sale to John above lol Ant
  12. Sold im afraid. Thanks John, tracking details sent over via PM. Ant
  13. Hi Geoff. Thanks mate. Sold to Goeff. Ant
  14. Thanks, no problem. I took a number of images with it. I actually won one of the early SGL POW (who remembers them?) With an M31 shot. I wonder if i still have that image anywhere...!
  15. I'm not doing solar anymore, made the move bask to Deep Sky...! But I have to say that this mount is nothing short of genius. I was extremely skeptical when I first heard what it did, but just like the ASIair - its bloody clever. Put the mount down, add scope. Turn on, and within about a minute it knows where it is, where the sun is and slews to the sun. The sun was never dead centre, but it was without fail ALWAYS in the field of view. I admit to be being stunned This is in very VERY good condition. New these are about £250. Looking for £170, including postage to the UK. Paypay(friends) please. Cheers Ant
  16. Hey all, This has sat in the case for a long time. I've been using my wifes 400D, and I've just bought a 500D. So the time has come to let someone else have this stepping stone into imaging. I've had since new (about 12 years? a real guess), bought from a Airport duty free electronics store, Hong Kong I think. Its old, but still works pretty good, the battery isn't the best, but I have a fake battery > ciggy socket adapter. Its been extended and again its old, but still works (I checked). There appear to be going for around the £40 - £50 mark on ebay, with one guy wanting £250 - ha ha! Looking for £25, and that'll include postage to the UK. Paypal (friends) please. Ant
  17. Welcome to SGL Steven. I have a fondness of Texas, have some astro friends there. I spent three weeks in Houston / Davis Mountains 30 years ago (damn thats a long time ago). Attended the TSP with some member of the Houston and Fort Bend Astro societies. Also observed from the Mcdonald Observatory. That was really good fun. Stay safe Ant
  18. Ha ha - I've also forgotten how to process images.... Ant
  19. Still seriously impressed with the ASIair, and the ASI120mini...! The EQ3 only has standard drives, but does have the enhanced handset with the ST4 port. I was always a big fan of the Lodestar, but I'll be honest and say that I've never seen so many stars available for guiding. Usually there was only a few to choose from, there are loads in that screen grab. While I didn't polar align properly, didn't focus properly and the framing could have been better lol This is the result of the ED80/400D, 33 x 30s and 2 x 300s. It wasn't dark enough for the 5 minute subs, but who cares, the stars are round What an amazing bit of kit. After months of many wasted nights, fighting with drivers / leads / windows / software... this just worked. OK the dSLR was just doing its stuff, I hadn't added this to the ASIair (not sure the 400D is compatible). But I will be testing that out in due course. Because the ASIair is controlled by an app, there is none of this focusing while trying to see the laptop screen - its there to hand, you instantly see affect that you're having. I got the finder focused in about 2 minutes. I had a couple of false starts with the guiding, but I think that was because the standard drives ont he EQ3 have a fair amount of backlash, and that needed to settle before the calibration and guiding. But I think it was 15 - 20 minutes from first touch - to guiding. Next time will be quicker as I know what I'm doing. Here is my M31. Ant
  20. Yes, i quite like that too ant
  21. Thanks guys. I have to say had a LOT of fun this weekend. Hope you all got to see the comet too. Ant
  22. Not a great evening with regard to the Comet, last night. It should have been better really as it was a little higher. But alas no, not for me. I think that there was a layer of high stuff around, because the sky was quite milky, and then some low cloud in the North took it out - so I moved to something else. But I did get one single 10s with the 400D on the ED80. Minimal processing as it was a single sub, but what processing I did do was probably too much! Chuffed to pieces to get even this Ant
  23. That is really nice Michael. I'm loving the detail in the tail. Lovely tight stars too. Ant
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