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pcardinal42

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About pcardinal42

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  1. I had a night of no wind, weighed down the center of my tripod, and used the app on my phone to take the pictures. 28 lights and darks, F1.8, 10", ISO 400, and stacked in sequator. The raws were much more stable. I appreciate all the advice.
  2. It is this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KP473Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I didn't splurge on it so maybe I need to do my usual buy once cry once
  3. Guess I should've mentioned that I use a 2" delay for the shutter. So whatever vibrations should have rested but I have set up the remote settings for my phone for the next time.
  4. Guess I should've mentioned that I use a 2" delay for the shutter. So whatever vibrations should have rested but I have set up the remote settings for my phone for the next time.
  5. Thanks for the quick reply. The stars in the entire field were all jacked up but I'll try your recommendation. Yes they are, I used to work on them and they are one of my favorite aircraft.
  6. How do you tell if you have a bad lens? I have a Sony A7 II and am using a 50mm 1.8. I was just trying to take a shot of Orion, all manual settings and I tried multiple f stops from 1.8 - 3.5, ISO from 400 - 1600, exposure times no greater than 10" - 2", and using live view to focus on a bright star and get it as sharp as possible. All the stars in the picture look like they have wings. I am shooting from a tripod and it was a little windy last night so maybe that is what it is. I'm trying to get some pics uploaded but having trouble. Any tips or suggestions are helpful.
  7. Thank you so much. I figured out they were some kind of solar filter but wasn't about to go point it at the sun right away. I put the assembly in the first picture together and that does fit in the extensions but when I measure it and try to fit my 1.25" eyepieces they just sit flush with the extensions. It seems to be a very custom set. As far as selling the coronographs, it may be something I'm interested down the road as I have never used one before nor do I know too much about them and I love looking at the sun. I have three total but one of the metal cones is not on the glass disc like the other two are so that would need to be fixed. Sadly I'm not in an area of Japan where I can easily take this somewhere and have it looked at. I've tried every combination of extension, my diagonal, and straight 2" and 1.25" EPs but nothing works so I'll have to get the above mentioned products. I have three scopes but one mount right now so I'm trying to use the same diagonal for two refractors. I'm also going to have to find a way to mount the scope on my Atlas EQ-G
  8. Originally posted in need help with equipment but no replies so hopefully it gets more traction here. So today I came into a great deal on a Takahashi FC-100 for $80. Yep, I couldn't believe it. I get it home and try to put my 2" accessories and diagonal to find the scope opening is too big, measuring at 2.75". Some of the other stuff in the photos I have no idea what they are and I have a whole brochure page I need to get translated. Any help is appreciated. I'm looking at a Baader Takahashi Adapter M72/68 and that seems to be what I need but maybe not because 68 mm = 2.66" so maybe that is wrong. Looks like these may be some solar lenses also. Will be used for visual as I do not have the talent and am not currently in a good location for photography.
  9. So today I came into a great deal on a Takahashi FC-100 for $80. Yep, I couldn't believe it. I get it home and try to put my 2" accessories and diagonal to find the scope opening is too big, measuring at 2.75". Some of the other stuff in the photos I have no idea what they are and I have a whole brochure page I need to get translated. Any help is appreciated. I'm looking at a Baader Takahashi Adapter M72/68 and that seems to be what I need but maybe not because 68 mm = 2.66" so maybe that is wrong. Looks like these may be some solar lenses also. Will be used for visual as I do not have the talent and am not currently in a good location for photography.
  10. Definitly go look at it! This looks to be a Meade 2120, 10" SCT. Depending on the year it was produced (late 80's) that is either an LX 5 or 6 drive. Make sure everything turns on and functions, put the controller in sidereal and place your ear on the mount drive, you should hear a faint humming. That spotting scope has an illuminated reticle and is pretty good quality. For $300 I would buy this even if the coating was bad and needed to be worked on.
  11. Yes that is what I meant. Well glad to see that I'm not the only one out there. I just kinda thought I was crazy.
  12. Anyone else view the moon during the day? If the moon is more than full it is way to bright to view at night even with a moon filter. Am I the only one that views the moon in the evening before dusk or right after dawn?
  13. I'm planning on getting one as soon as funds allow it. Going to defork an old Meade 2120 and mount it on the LX80
  14. I asked this same question on another forum. It didn't quite the responses but the only response posted this lenght. http://www.davidpaulgreen.com/tec.html I opened two of them and put both scopes in to see how the same eyepieces differed with magnification and FOV. Pretty helpful in my opinion.
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