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SteveNickolls last won the day on December 11 2018

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  1. Hi Tim, a warm welcome to SGL and the hobby from a fellow Nottingham enthusiast. Your plan for observing and imaging the brighter planets is sound given the light pollution we have in the area though maybe at some date you will consider imaging using a Ha filter to do some DSO work. Enjoy the hobby and let's hope the weather is favourable, finger's crossed. Cheers, Steve
  2. Thanks once again Steve for your great monthly newsletter. Cheers, Steve
  3. Hi, if you haven't already seen this it is worth watching it may help you save time regarding exposure times- There's also a handy calculator here to input your own imaging site, camera and filter data-http://tools.sharpcap.co.uk/ Best to experiment with different values and see what actually works for you at your imaging location. Happy imaging. Cheers, Steve
  4. Hmm, it reads that around a dozen telescopes have already been built there, so what suddenly is the big problem I wonder? Thanks though for bringing this onto SGL for a 'heads up'. Regards, Steve
  5. Hi and thanks for posting. I'm really hoping that despite the number of these (and other organisation's) satellites that are due to go up into LEO the stacking software will remove them. My own interest is with wide field imaging so more satellites are to be expected in individual exposures. I have put a temporary hold on buying new gear to see how things go this season. In the UK we only get a relatively small number of clear night's for imaging, in the three years I've been imaging this has varied between 30 and 44 occasions each year. When a future cargo launch of satellites is launched we are likely to endure the initial train of satellites which if this coincides with a clear night has the chance to scupper that evening's work. This year Space X are meant to be launching 5 more of these satellite groups and have up to 12,000 satellites to place, that could mean 200 launches. I understood the craft have a lifespan of 5 years so to keep numbers of the constellation up continual launches will take place. This is just for Space X. I don't envisage changing my sport to imaging satellite trains. Time of course will tell. Best regards, Steve
  6. No No Yes Only exception was a lunar eclipse one time. Takes all sorts. Cheers, Steve
  7. Yes, just taken a couple for you- Fitting the adapter was a little fiddly, getting it sitting as flush as possible while tightening up the little internal grub screw was perhaps the most awkward part. I don't think I'll be removing the adaptor often if I can avoid it. The other thing I'll alter is to replace the very tight fitting top cap with a little plastic bag and elastic band. I also found I had to take off the mount's DEC clutch lever and re-position so it can be tightened with the iPolar in place. Cheers, Steve
  8. Well I've bitten the bullet and a day after ordering (thanks FLO) have my iPolar fitted into the top of my CG-5 mount's polar opening. The camera is recognised in Win 10 (64-bit) and the iPolar software has been installed on the laptop. Just need the cooperation of the fickle weather now to give it all a try out and to post comments. Cheers, Steve
  9. SteveNickolls

    Next Attempts at DSO's

    I have been imaging using my SkyWatcher Startravel 102mm refractor on a Go-To Synscan alt-az mount and Canon 600D DSLR since just before Christmas 2015. Having since read, "Astrophotography on the Go" by Joseph Ashley I have been inspired to use longer exposures, typically 30 seconds at ISO 1600 and to take more images per object (up to 200 light frames) weather permitting. I use Deep Sky Stacker to collate frames and subsequently process the master image using StarTools. I hope this album of images shows improvement upon my earlier attempts. Since April 2017 I have been using a SkyWatcher Star Adventurer (SA) mount on an old Celestron heavy duty tripod to image DSO's with my Canon DSLR. At Christmas 2017 I received a modified Canon 700D DSLR and an Astronomik clip-in Ha 12nm filter to complement my UHC filter. I am continually impressed by the accuracy of the little SA mount. In January of 2018 I began using my old CG-5 Go-To mount to take images and later swapped the original Celestron polar scope for an modern SkyWatcher type which has made polar alignment faster and more accurate.
  10. Good luck deciding. Nothing wrong with the 700D, it has a touch sensitive screen which is articulated. At the back of my mind I recall concern over the 650D model. Cheers, Steve
  11. Thanks for the heads up, will have a look at the product. Cheers, Steve
  12. Not sure on your particular model but there are 4 lens reviews here for Samyang 14mm lenses which might shed light on the design-https://www.lenstip.com/lenses_reviews.html Cheers, Steve
  13. That's brilliant So pleased for you. May I enquire what model DSLR you have and what functionality you have with the camera, that is are all the DSLR capabilities able to be used (e.g. 'Live View'). Good luck with your future imaging and don't forget to post your images. Best Regards, Steve
  14. Hi, some people on CN have reported partial success of sorts with some models but my understanding is more work is needed before all Canon DSLR's work fully functionally with the ASCOM driver, but you might be fortunate with your camera though the odds are probably against it right now. Cheers, Steve
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