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  1. Last night I did a full set up of my Skywatcher 80ED Pro, Celestron SLT computerised mount, SkyLink and SkyPortal on my Samsung Tab2. This together with my new Canon 1200d and clear sky gave me the opportunity to do some great observing and imaging. I did a lot of research and read lots of reviews of SkyLink, some good and some bad, but the new SkyPortal App persuaded me to take the plunge and buy a SkyLink... I am really impressed with the SkyLink wireless plug-in and SkyPortal App! I have no problem doing a 3 star alignment using the movement arrows on SkyPortal. My Tab2 has GPS to give a p
  2. Just managed to capture the huge sunspot as it disappears into the limb. Not seen the sun here for almost a week! Captured using my Skywatcher 80ED with Baader film and yellow filter. Canon 1200d camera.
  3. I have the SkyQ Link and SkyPortal App on my Android tablet. It works fine and does a 3 star alignment leaving the object in the middle of the eyepiece - great! Problem is that once aligned the tracking doesn't switch on. I am using a Celestron SLT mount and the app setting It is set to Sidereal. Anyone else had this problem? Maybe i've missed something to start the tracking. Steve
  4. After a lot of painstaking I managed to capture an image of the asteroid, but gosh was it feint! I took a series of images between 9.15pm and 9.30pm as the asteroid passed through the 'handle' of Ursa Major. I couldn't get my telescope to track fully, hence the star trails. The equipment I used was my Skywatcher 80ED Pro and Canon EOS 350d with a 30s exposure. The picture shows a feint 'streak' as the the asteroid passes. Not sure if this is the right place to send an image, but I guess you don't often image an asteroid :-) Steve
  5. An amazing guy! Sad news about Sir Patrick...he inspired me a lot when I was young and last night I even stayed up to watch Sky at Night. Patrick shares this sad day with the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17 and also the the same year as Neil Armstrong's death...
  6. My first attempt at taking photos of the Sun. These images of the Sun were taken late in the afternoon on 12th May with my Skywatcher 80ED Pro and the Baader Solar Filter that I made. The sunspots are amazing and you can also see some detail of the surface. I used the Canon EOS350d with a variety of manual settings to try to get the best result. The image in White light was taken with the camera set to 1/2000s and ISO 400. With the colour filter the settings were different. I also took some photos using the 2x and 3x Barlow lens, but with the camera I had to use them with the star diagonal fi
  7. Yesterday I made myself a Solar Filter for my Skywatcher 80ED Pro out of Baader AstroSolar Film and a round box that I bought at Hobbycraft. Here are the instructions for making one of your own: G4AQB ASTRO BLOG: April 2012 Now I am waiting for the rain to stop so that I can try it out!
  8. A beautiful sight of Venus and Pleiades together. I didn't take the scope outside, I took the photos with my Canon EOS350d with a 200mm zoom lens mounted on a tripod in my back garden. The last photo is a wide angle view showing some of the other star clusters. Steve
  9. Had a lovely night in the garden last night. Venus was beautiful, Jupiter quite low down. Mars high up. Took these images with my Skywatcher 80ED Pro and Philips Toucam Pro II. These are 2000 frames at 10 fps, stacked in Registax. Mars was quite difficult as it is small compared with Venus in the camera, but you can see the Polar regions. Steve
  10. I used the Startravel 80 for a while before buying a Skywatcher 80EDE Pro. It was a great little scope! I have some photos taken with the ST80 on my website. It may help you to decide. www.g4aqb.org.uk Steve
  11. I have a Skywatcher 130m and fitted a remote focus unit for this scope from a company that has now gone out of business. It really makes a difference when you have the webcam attached. How about this Joe...maybe it could be adapted for the Nextstar 130? Orion AccuFocus Electronic Focuser - SCS Astro Steve
  12. Thanks Rob and everyone for the advise and corrected images. I also took images of Jupiter at the same time, but no colours. I can see now how the atmospheric dispersion and not the scope that is causing the false colours. Thanks to Astroegg for reminding me about Noel Carboni's Astrotools. I used this on a previous computer so I must add this to PS. The image was about 2000 frames with a Philips Toucam Pro II and 3x Barlow, Stacked in Registax.
  13. On Monday I tried to image Venus with my Skywatcher 80ed pro and Philips Toucam Pro II. This was at about 5.30pm as Venus. I am pleased that I have captured Venus in all its glory shrouded in clouds I think the image could be improved if there was a way of getting rid of the 'false colours' on the image. I think maybe it is caused by the refractor telescope that I used. Does anyone know of a way of removing the false colour from my image with photoshop or other software? Steve
  14. Thanks for the info! I will try to experiment with the frame rates and gain so that I can keep to less than 2 mins. I'm pleased that i've managed to capture the GRS. Steve
  15. This image was taken with my Skywatcher 80ED Pro and Philips Toucam Pro webcam. About 3000 frames at 15fps stacked in Registax. I can't make out what the blur at the top left is. Is it the GRS?
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