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  1. It was good to read your report Ian. I have tried to split Izar a couple of times, as when you read about this double in some guides, it suggests it is easy for a small to mid sized 'scope. I tried twice this Spring using my LX90 and a 13mm EP (x154) to no avail - now I know that it needs a much higher magnoification to split, I will try again using my 9mm EP (x222). Thanks for the report. Tom
  2. Good ebay buy. I think I know the USA person, he sells a lot of good Meade stuff from his little canyon in Arizona.
  3. Life's a beach, isn't it. Pity there's no liquid oceans, bang goes another dream. Tom
  4. Great Newt and dog WH. Stroke the newt and pat thge dog for us over here. Must be good to have a friendly snuffle or two at an all night observing session - and I don't mean from Astro Soc friends. Tom
  5. Hi Mark, Great first post. The Revelation Dobs are greating good reviews. A friend of mine has the 10" and it is an excellent scope. Tom
  6. Hi Robin, Got your PM and rushed over to look at the images. M13 is looking good - next step is to gradually increase the exposure time to see if you can get more detail - but without sacrificing detail to the tracking errors - always a balancing act. Then download Registax and stack The image of Jupiter is about as good as I find I can get, focusing through the 350D is a pig - also the pixel size is so large in comparison to the image size - so really hard to get detail. Great first shots - you must be really pleased. Tom
  7. Got out for an hour or so last Friday evening. It wasn't really dark enough for anything apart from Saturn and Jupiter until about 11.30pm. Had to be back in the car by midnight as I had an hours drive home from the "Darkish" skies site 45 miles south of Glasgow. So I quickly put the DSLR on the back of the LX90, and ran off about 10x40 second exposures at prime focus. Got home at 1am and had a look - not very impressed. But as it was rainy tonight I Registaxed the best 6 and sharpened a bit in photoshop. Here is the result - not great, but I guess it gives you the idea of M13 and a hurried session. Tom
  8. Another option (if your French is up to scratch) is "La Maisson de l'Astronomie" in Paris (just round the corner from the Hotel de Ville). A great shop in the centre of the city - the staff are friendly (some speak a little English) and helpful. They stock the Rigel Quickfinder - I bought mine there, when I was on holiday 2 years ago. I always drop in to this shop if I am in Paris (which isn't often enough). You can get them on the net, and order that way - which might be easier than a 'phone call if your French is a bit ropey. Prices are the same as the UK. Tom
  9. Great photo Naz .... but they do say that southern France is nice in the Summer ... less sunlight at midnight. Tom
  10. Great Ant, Congrats on the "grab n' go". Looking forward to a first observing report and that first image-should be superb for those wide field shots. Tom
  11. It poured with rain here last night. Cloudy tonight. So litle chance of going out. Tom (Glasgow)
  12. So perhaps I should do what I usually do. Spend the money on a Latte and sticky bun, sit down in Borders and read the magazine. Then put it back on the shelf. Seem to remember I got ribbed about being too tight fisted last time Tom
  13. I got interested in Astronomy by reading Isaac Asimov's "Guide to Science" when I was about 13. I got a crappy 60mm refractor when I was 16 and spent a couple of years exhausting its possibilities. Then University, work, marriage etc intervened and I only took up astronomy again 3 years ago (25 year gap). I still remember that WOW ! factor when I first saw Jupiter and then Saturn all those years ago - It isn't something you forget. I amn't sure what the first DSO I saw was, probably M42 - But I do remember getting very frustrated when I failed repeatedly to find M57 in my suburban light polluted skies, through my 60mm refractor. It was the first DSO I went to when I got my LX90 a few years ago - the feeling of pleasure it gave me to see that elusive fuzzy - fantastic. Tom
  14. I see what you mean Ian, the exposure time needs to be cut to 10-25%, I suspect. It will be interesting to see what you get after a few more exposure times. I haven't yet managed to get a DSO quite the way I want. Although the Galaxy Camera has been either off line or playing up a bit over the last 10 days. Tom
  15. How do you know that Naz, did you buy a set? Presumably for research purposes only..... 8) Tom
  16. I have an AStronomik CLS filter and it certainly reduces the light pollution. But everything has a blue caste to it. If you want to do some imaging, you can get a Borg (Hutech) light pollution filter. The are specially made to keep the colour balance the same as just looking without a filter. SCS Astro sell them. They are hideously expensive, but a dedicated imager I know swears by them. Tom
  17. I have an AStronomik CLS filter and it certainly reduces the light pollution. But everything has a blue caste to it. If you want to do some imaging, you can get a Borg (Hutech) light pollution filter. The are specially made to keep the colour balance the same as just looking without a filter. SCS Astro sell them. They are hideously expensive, but a dedicated imager I know swears ny them. Tom
  18. Ian, Are you using RGB, none or other filters? They can sometimes make a big difference in exposure time. Tom
  19. Sounds like some good "tweaks" there. Let us know if the flocking has made a difference. Tom
  20. Hi Ian, I have had about a dozen or so images taken. M81, M81, Saturn, Jupiter, Moon etc - there does seem to be a bit of "hit and miss" about the whole process. One night an image can seem pretty good, the next night someone takes the same image and it is awful, but same exposure, filter etc. I guess the main problem for us is that we can't take a couple of test shots, see how they turn out (due to conditions at that time/night), then, having found the right combination of exposure time, filters etc, go straight ahead and take 20 or so shots immediately. If we could do that, then very rapidly we would get some good DSO images. Having said that, it is fun to see what can be done (at a distance - as it were). We can also image DSOs that are simply too low on our horizon, or that we don't get dark enough skies for in mid summer. I was out last night, and it was still not a really dark sky at 11.45pm (sky was dark grey, not black - so DSOs had little contrast against the background). I think that the BRT is a great idea, and am looking forward to continuing to use it, especially as it can only get better, as beta testing continues. Tom
  21. I agree with Naz, a really good image, considering Jupiter's position. Tom
  22. Good post Naz, glad you got out, it has been bad weather for you for ages. Pity about the owl - always another time. Tom
  23. Albireo380

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    Hi Anthony, a pretty helpful bunch here. Tom
  24. Jessops do a range of aluminium camera accessory cases the cases are aluminium, not the cameras - smarty (foam cubes inside - so cut out EP shapes and slot in). The range runs from £20-£40 and the smallest one holds about 10 EPs. The next size up is what I use - it costs about £30 and holds my binoviewer, 2 pairs of EPs, then my range of 8 other EPs + 3 filters. (Yes I know - I am an EP collector - they are just so nice and shiny to handle, and each one gives me a slightly different view - I love them all !!!). The cases are robust, have a carry handle and shoulder strap. Tom
  25. Arthur is right - I have struggled to image Saturn or Mars using a DSLR - simply too small an image - even when using a barlow for negative projection (also becomes a focussing nightmare). DSO's do come out quite well though. I haven't yet dipped my toe in the webcam water, that is next on my "imaging adventure" list. I am looking longingly at the new Phillips 900NC webcam (basically a Toucam mk3) - and wondering if I ought to get one over the Summer, install the software on the office laptop, and take it for some wee imaging trips to dark skies next Autumn. I'm sure the boss wont mind his laptop being used for something useful now and then Best of luck Tom
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