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icrusoe

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  1. From here http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140919200653
  2. My setup does Zenith all night long: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/177978-new-70-bin-setup/
  3. My search has ended quite successfully! For those still looking for a good trigger style ball grip for their bins I have found the ultimate replacement. Mike's photo (on ebay) have increased all of their prices and no longer were willing to ship to North America. I found this instead http://www.ebay.ca/i...1#ht_5908wt_926 Shipped from Seoul Korea and got to my front door in Ottawa, Ontario Canada in exactly 12 days. $50CAD and "free shipping". I was extremely surprised. They packed it very nicely and provided a tracking number 15 minutes after I paid for the item. Here are some images for those interested: In the third picture you can see a handy little safety lock so you can't accidentely dismount your bins/camera. I also found this gem of a monopod for $20 locally. Best buy sells them brand new for $30 - I've seen a few on here. I mounted up my 15x70 skymaster bins and the new trigger grip and it was rock solid even extended to the total max height of 81 inches (includes the standard 4" plastic Skymaster chimney mount, the trigger grip and all lengths of the monopod extended). Definitely great purchases all around. So for those looking for inexpensive alternatives you can't go wrong with a setup similar to mine. A note on fit and finish: fit is perfect. All the threads are of quality metals and there is a tension adjuster for the trigger action. I find the softest setting makes tracking across the night sky smooth as silk, even with my heavy-ish 15x70's. Finish, apart from some minor paint bubbling seen here everything is tip top. Should get many years of use.
  4. A whack of image downloads and 66 views! I must've stumped everyone
  5. The link above is a quick jpeg. I just found out now you need 200 posts to edit a post so apologies for these replies.
  6. Hey guys, I've attached my best attempt so far at a processed image of the Trio in Leo. I did the aligning and stacking/colour combine in Maxim and did some minor level/curve and layer mask work in PS. I can't seem to get the sharpness/colour pop I see in many of the images of the trio on google - maybe this is due to my low number of exposures, especially the low luminance? I have not cropped the image for framing yet. Any suggestions would be great! Telescope http://www.itelescop...t/telescope-t16 I've attached the TIFF files: LRGB with median stacking of the separate subs. I can attach the calibrated and non-calibrated's also. iTelescope automatically calibrates the images so I've been using the calibrated images. Sub details: Image1:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-023607-R-BIN2-E-120-001.fit (120 seconds) Image2:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-023842-R-BIN2-E-120-002.fit (120 seconds) Image3:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-024118-R-BIN2-E-120-003.fit (120 seconds) Image4:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-024355-V-BIN2-E-120-001.fit (120 seconds) Image5:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-024631-V-BIN2-E-120-002.fit (120 seconds) Image6:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-024908-V-BIN2-E-120-003.fit (120 seconds) Image7:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-025519-Luminance-BIN1-E-120-001.fit (120 seconds) Image8:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-025824-Luminance-BIN1-E-120-002.fit (120 seconds) Image9:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-030129-Luminance-BIN1-E-120-003.fit (120 seconds) Image10:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-031216-B-BIN2-W-120-001.fit (120 seconds) Image11:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-031452-B-BIN2-W-120-002.fit (120 seconds) Image12:T16-crusoe-m66-20130209-031728-B-BIN2-W-120-003.fit (120 seconds) m66Group1X-RGBdelta.tiff m66Group12-Rmedianstack.tiff m66Group13-Gmedianstack.tiff m66Group14-Bmedianstack.tiff m66Group15-Lmedianstackfoxtrot.tiff
  7. Thanks for all of the insight guys, much appreciated. I wish NA had as many astronomy related retailers as UK/EU seem to have. My hunt for a tripod still continues!
  8. Ahh right, the bending over even hurts my back at age 26 lol and that was after 15 min looking through a 10" dob. I'm going to shoot for at least a 70inch(1778mm) tripod.
  9. There is a Celestron EQ mount, the basic one, for sale locally. Anyone ever use bino's on an EQ mount?
  10. Hmm, the Redsnapper RS283 without any head is 55GBP....and 55GBP shipping to Canada yeeeesh. Anyone know of any similar tripods that are of similar quality? I've looked at the Horizon 8115 but again, mainly only available in the UK.
  11. Wow that's great! And amazing prices too! Thanks for that link I just bought one
  12. Hey guys, found this great thread from 2010 http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/79860-celestron-skymaster-15x70-tripod/page__st__20 I just got a pair of the Celestron 15x70's and want a solid setup for viewing. Tripod is key as I do the hunting and the gf does the looking once I've found what we want to look at - so a monopod is out of the running. I'm looking at this tripod http://www.redsnapperuk.com/camera-accessories/RS-283___RSH-61_Ball_Head.html#nogo I really like the look/use of the Triton Ballhead Grip http://www.telescope-service.com/tripods/start/tripodsstart.html#Joystick but when I follow the link to their online store looks like they don't carry it anymore. Google wasn't much help either. Any help would be great
  13. I think I'll be joining the DSO snobbery club as well! 9/10 when searching for DSO's in light pollution I just end up getting frustrated and annoyed and pack it in after a 20 minute session!
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