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astro_dog

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  1. Thank you very much for your reply. It helped me out cheers
  2. Hi, I have been using this star tracker with a camera attached to a ball head, its very simple to setup and use. Im very happy with it. Now excuse my lack of knowledge. But today i mounted a small telescope and was unsure how i would move the telescope to point it where i wanted it to look. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Matt
  3. bring on the darkness! signed!
  4. thanks for all the replies guys! now i just need a few clear nights to put your advice to the test, and hopefully get some better images.
  5. hope everyones gettin clear skies! I got my hands on a phillips spc900nc and was wondering what the manification of the cam is: i.e equilavent to using what mm eyepiece. Also is there any way to increase the magnification and reduce it. I have a 3x antares barlow that is up ok up to a point when used for visual observing, but when coupled with the webcam, it is difficult to focus and seems to less light through, the gain is turned right up, but the image is still darker. Can u use barlows with cam effectively? Is 3x pushing the limits of my scope skymax127 f.l 1500m. Are there any simple ways to increase and decrease the mags when using a webcam? Any advice pls
  6. I managed to find one of these cameras. I really want to modify it for longer exposures. Is this link what i have to do? Philips SPC900NC uncovered Has anyone done this, if so where do you find the parts? Or even better is there anyone nearby prepared to help me? Its a little daunting, i dont want to wreck my camera. Is it even worth doing it on my setup? skymax127 on nextstar slt. Im not wanting to produce expert results, just to catalogue my sights and cross the targets off my list. will it pick any dso,s up for me if i can successfully mod it? Also can i use a focal reducer with it. And do these reducers work ok when srewed to your eyepieces, or do they detract from quality of image when used this way. my 32mm ep doesnt give a wide enough view for some targets. I was considering a 40mm but if i a reducer would work on my cam and eyepieces i will just buy that. any tips anyone?
  7. I spent an hour last night trying to take a picture of saturn through my eyepiece with a cheap compact camera. celestron slt90 mak focal length 1250mm 10mm eyepiece after about 50 goes i got an ok one! this is not a bad represntation of what you should be able to see with your scope. you may see it slightly smaller through your ep, but should be similar, maybe brighter with you having more aperture. Its my first ever pic of a planet! hope you get yours working nicely soon!
  8. SKYWATCHER SKYLINER 200mm/1200mm PARABOLIC DOBSONIAN | eBay this looks ok if your in the north of england. this is what i would have got as my first scope if i could start again! you have plenty of storage!
  9. I posted this in beginners advice but thought this may be a better place to ask. I'm thinking of starting imaging some planets and solar system images with a webcam. I have been recommended by quite a few ppl to get the Philips SPC900NC. I have heard this can be modified to do longer exposures. If so does anyone know if this can be done to the latest version of the cam and how? Can your average person do it, and will it be adequate to capture some dso's aswell with this mod. Can anyone tell me the purpose of the amp glow mod? any other cheap contenders for solar system imaging that can capture dso's aswell. max budget £250-£300. hoping to spend much less. moon with my mobile phone:headbang:
  10. saturn is my wow planet too. its crazy! Its beautiful! Its mesmorising! Ive stared at it for hrs at times, to my wifes despair!
  11. I'm thinking of starting imaging some planets and solar system images with a webcam. I have been recommended by quite a few ppl to get the Philips SPC900NC. I have heard this can be modified to do longer exposures. If so does anyone know if this can be done to the latest version of the cam and how? Can your average person do it, and will it be adequate to capture some dso's aswell with this mod. Can anyone tell me the purpose of the amp glow mod? any other cheap contenders for solar system imaging that can capture dso's aswell. max budget £250-£300. hoping to spend much less. moon with my mobile phone:headbang:
  12. thanks for all the replies. I'm very confused now! I'm no closer to deciding on where to start! The mintron cameras and the phillips sound like a good start as they seem reasonably priced. Do i need proccesing software? i noticed the mintron comes with some software, is this adequate to start? regarding the focal ratio, would a reducer make my scope better for imaging? If the cloud ever leaves derby i'd probably pluck up the courage to buy something rather than just dreaming about it!
  13. i own a symax 127 on a celestron slt mount. Is it possible to do any deep sky imaging on this setup? If so does anyone have any tips on the best equipment to get started on a budget. I dont want to spend a fortune as i dont have much photographic experience. Is a reasonably priced Dlsr the best bet? If this wasnt the best for dso imaging, i was possibly thinking of getting the neximage planetary imaging package, in the hope this would be a cheap way of getting started imaging something while i save for more equipment. Has anyone used it? any good? I know i probably need a better mount and other equipment, but i dont want to get until i at least have some idea of what i'm doing. All i have done so far is piggybacked a compact for lunar images. Any tips would be appreciated, thanks
  14. what equipment did you use, to take the shots and process them? they are amazing!
  15. thanks for all your posts guys. Ive only been doin this a cpl of years. Its interesting using this forum, i've made four posts now and i've been very impressed with all the responses since joining, i feel its advancing my knowledge much faster than struggling for solutions alone. Thanks to everyone thats replied! @brumtaffy : your image is inspiring as its taken with the same scope. I was just wondering about your phillips lx, is that a webcam? I tried to google it, but couldnt find any info. I thought webcams could only be used for planetary stuff, and you say you were using alt az? I really want to start imaging using a similar setup, skymax 127 on a nexstar slt mount. can i get decent results on this setup without spending much more money? If i only need a better camera or decent webcam , i would be over the moon, as having started doing a little reading on astrophotography, i am saving for better equipment. Maybe i dont need it though, as you seem to be doin just fine. Any tips would be appreciated, i'm not after winning any photography awards, it would be nice to just capture what i find and see where it goes from there.
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