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Everything posted by Phil-lost!

  1. Your in the right place there, not much chance in chester!
  2. The first pass of the iss is before the docking, the second one is after, remember to wave!
  3. Hi there, Ive got a nikon d5000 and the tilting screen is a godsend for imaging. I also used to use my 200p on an eq5 and i did have to throw about half the subs away. Have you considered the 130pds? Some stunning images on here and probably be ok on an eq5.
  4. This is the original size, not very sharp along the left edge!
  5. This is the original size, not very sharp along the left edge!
  6. Thanks happy-kat, I used a nikon 35mm 1.8 set at 2.8. Its cropped quite a bit. I picked up an old nikon 50mm 1.8 e series lens from around 1980 for £20, be interesting to compare the 2 lenses when I get a chance.
  7. Got home from work last thursday around midnight and the skies were actually clear! Too late to set the scope up so I stuck the camera out on its own and took 65 x 6 sec lights, 20 darks and 20 bias. Quite pleased with how it turned out, I think I can see a hint of horse head but could just be noise.
  8. Thanks for all the nice comments, I think it was about 40 x 1 min subs but cant quite remember now, I actually stacked the subs about a month ago. Looking forward to these clouds going away so I can get back out there!
  9. Thanks for the advice folks, much happier with this one.
  10. Thanks all, and thanks for the advice, I'll have a play with the colour when I get a chance, I did think it looked a bit green.
  11. Had a go a while ago with my reflector, this is with the ed80. Still a lot to learn but im really pleased with this.
  12. Don't have a dob myself but I saw this the other day and thought it might be a good observing stool. http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/tools/workshop-tools/garage-and-workshop/seats/?538775001&0&t5_517
  13. I use mine to guide, lots of chromatic aberration im afraid.
  14. I think as soon as you switch it to north or south the mount will track at 1x speed, thats what my eq5 does anyway.
  15. Thanks for the tips, I thought I'd got all the detail out but your versions much better. I think this is the start of a long learning curve!
  16. I made the mistake of buying a 2.5mm eyepiece to go with my first scope because the instruction manual said that was the maximum it was capable of, yes it gave a big image but it was so blurred it looked like the scope was out of focus and its sat in a cupboard ever since. I found a better quality eyepiece made more difference, bst starguider in my case.
  17. Take a look here, it was a big help to me when i got my scope. http://www.12dstring.me.uk/fovcalc.php
  18. Thanks, I forgot to mention they were processed in startools,
  19. Well I finally managed to get out with the 80ED i bought at the start of the summer (stupid time to buy, I know) and took a couple of quick test images. Only about 20 subs each with 2 darks and rough polar alignment I was shocked how easy it was to focus, and the focuser held the camera perfectly (I know some people have had problems with this). Can't wait for the next clear night now!
  20. Had a night out with the scope earlier in the week and had a nightmare guiding but think I know what was wrong (me being lazy basically!) managed to salvage some subs and I'm quite happy with the results considering. Also its my first real go at using startools, any advise very welcome.
  21. Just me being lazy then! I just plonked the mount down roughly facing north while looking at the sun in the afternoon and left it where it was for the evening, lesson learned! thanks for all the replys.
  22. I've finally managed to make it out for a night of imaging but Im not having much luck with the synguider. I only did a rough polar alignment as I assumed the guider would keep things on track, would this be the cause of the problem? The synguider locked onto a star and said guiding but I still got trailing. Oh well, all good practice I suppose.
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