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  1. There’s a default setting in pixinsight that opens raw files in pure raw which means they’re mono. I can’t remember where it is but I’ll look this evening if no one else comes to the rescue. You can either debayer them & colour correct etc to add colour back into the image, or change the setting so the image opens in a sort of coloured raw file. Edit The setting is in Format Explorer, Dslr-format, edit preferences. Select the rgb image
  2. That looks very good. I used a wixey before I setup the Nexus Push-To system which I now use on both my 10” & 16”. My wixey solution wasn’t as sophisticated as yours, I only used it on the altitude which was a great help over nothing. However the Nexus is much more accurate than the wixey. The scope doesn’t need to be level and I track the movement of the scope on the sky safari screen on my IPad. No problems seeing it in the dark using the iPads colour filter to create a night vision mode on all apps.
  3. A cheap aid to finding things is a Wixey angle gauge. It will help you get the correct altitude which you can look up in your Iphone app. https://www.machine-dro.co.uk/wixey-digital-angle-gauge-with-magnetic-base.html A more accurate & complete aid is to fit two encoders and use Astro Devices Nexus http://www.astrodevices.com/Products/Nexus/Nexus.html
  4. Eye relief for glasses wearers

    I have an astigmatism so I usually use a Televue Dioptrx with my glasses off. I have one and just fit it to whatever eyepiece I’m using. It does fit some non televue eyepieces as well I hear but you’d need to check. It also uses up a bit of the eye relief so it might not work with all 100° eyepieces with tight eye relief. Eg I can just about see the whole fov with my 13mm ethos (eye relief 15mm), & my 26mm Nagler (eye relief 16mm), with the eye guard down, but it was no good with a 100° Explore Scientific eyepiece I tried once which had 14mm eye relief. However with my little frac I wear my specs using either the 24mm panoptic or 9mm DeLite.
  5. New puppy naming challenge

    Spirit - one of the Mars Rovers
  6. For sale my William Optics 10x50 ED for £160 plus £12.98 UK delivery. (Parcel Force signed for 48 hours covered for £100). They are in excellent condition.
  7. I made a secondary heater for my 10”. A bit like this. http://www.dewbuster.com/heaters-330ohm-resistors.html I’m not a diy person so it’s not too difficult. And surprisingly it works very well. Here’s a pic. Wires run along the spider veins. The copper & resisters are bare on mine, it was quite a tight fit but I managed to squeeze them behind the secondary without removing it which was very pleasing.
  8. Night at the Breckland Observatory Site

    Nice report Neil. The observatory doesn’t look as if it’s too far to go either.
  9. Just had a bit more fun with the 8x42s. Conditions are very poor, the Sky is clear but very milky, can’t make out much with the naked eye so I’ve been lying back in a garden chair concentrating on cassiopeia. Using the square in the asterism “Cassiopeia’s Chair”, I could easily quickly get my bearings. I love the owl cluster in a scope so first looked for that. By placing Ruchbah, Navi & Shedar in left field it was easy to confirm the sighting. I could only see the two bright eyes of the owl, which looked like one star, but because of the overall view there was no mistaking it. After this success I decided to try M103, so moving slightly down, and using similar tactics I placed Ruchbah and Segin in the same fov & low and behold there it was, exactly where it should be. A quite large faint dusty patch. What was even more surprising was I could also see Ngc 663, which was a larger dusty patch. I eventually confirmed this to myself by reference to the trail of 4 stars just above it. I really like these bins!
  10. I haven’t had very dark skies yet so maybe that’s the difference, & Auriga is still not that high in the evening. Andromeda is certainly very nice The 10x50’s are the William Optics ED so very good optically as well but I didn’t compare them side by side on the same nights.
  11. I’ve often read 10x50’s are the ideal binocular size providing a good balance of weight, aperture & magnification. I’ve had my 10x50’s for a long time now and they’ve given me some great views. However I’d often craved for a wider fov whilst scanning constellations, just a little bit extra to put the view into more context, so I recently bought some Victory 8x42’s with a 7.8° Fov. I’ve now used them a handful of times & I’m really enjoying them. For such a relatively small difference in fov they provide a surprisingly different experience. I can’t quite see as many DSO’s, but I can still see the likes of M13, M15 & M38 (but not M36, so far anyway), or maybe the other way around. My light pollution made DSO’s quite difficult to see in my 10x50’s anyway, so I’ve come to enjoy the star clusters and patterns across the sky with binoculars. With this in mind I can now see nearly all of Lyra, and more of some of the fainter constellations that are not visible to me naked eye, but with a good magnification and optical quality. It is much easier for example to pick out Delphinus and Equuleus and to hop between star groups whilst maintaining my bearings. M15 is easy to pinpoint as I can just triangulate from Enif & Delta Equ. Something new the other evening was the Circlet just South of Pegasus and whole head of Draco. I also had some stars visible in the same field as the full moon, I don’t remember this with the 10x50’s. Although I haven’t had them long, I think 8x42’s are going to be much better for me than 10x50’s.
  12. An hour using both eyes

    Nice read John. I've been out with my 8x42's following a downpour this evening as well. I couldn't recognise anywhere near as many dso's as you but there were a couple of overlaps.
  13. My only solar image with the little tak fs60. Here's my mercury transit with the 1.7 extender at f10 using my canon 450 on the star adventurer.
  14. I don't think you lose aperture when extending but maybe I'm mistaken? The extender inserts into the OTA and increases the focal length from 355mm to 600mm. I do use the tak field flattener but I'm not an experienced imager so not qualified to advise I'm afraid. I also use it with the extender although I must confess I'm not sure whether I should or not. Most of my imaging has been of the moon wth it. I bought it from Ian King who I'm sure would give good advice if you were interested. Its a very versatile setup, I've been considering on and off getting the 76mm objective upgrade at some point as well. So it can be converted to a 76mm refractor although I'm not sure the Sky Adventurer would be able to handle that. On the negative side I have read comments that the blue signal is not quite right, or maybe as good as it should be, for deep Sky imaging. I think it was Olly that pointed this out.
  15. Don't know what your budget is but the star adventurer easily carries my tak fs60CB. Its also ok when I add the extender which converts it from an f5.9 to f10.