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  1. Have you got an exact time for this pic Davey. I had a clear night too and had a good view in your direction. I may have caught it with my meteor system.
  2. I agree that the handset plug is the Achilles heel of the cam. I would secure the handset cable to the cam as Johnno has suggested, rather than strap all the cables together. Once all the cables are strapped together, as Chris has done, you cannot disconnect the cam from the cables. I used RJ45 connectors and cat5 cable to extend my handset so that I could adjust the settings from inside the house. A 15mtre extension worked without problems.
  3. Restless neighbours, car headlights and streetlights are the main reason for mounting my cams on the roof,. and it does give a better view as well of course. There is really something quite pleasant about watching the night sky on a tv screen. Its often better than watching normal tv.
  4. If you ever have the opportunity to upgrade to the 910HX then go for it. Its way more sensitive than the 902 and is probably the best cam for meteors, occultations etc. looks great on a tv at 1/50sec and better at X2. It is as real time as you can get. I have a 4 cam meteor setup running with 910HX's and its awesome. Expensive...but still awesome. The handset can also be extended so that you can have full control from your observing chair in the house while the cam is outside. Pictures of my setup here. http://meteorobserver.proboards.com/thread/190/building-mousetrap?page=1&scrollTo=923
  5. Nothing makes me regret selling my Lunt 60 more than seeing your images Robin. I must stop looking. Lovely set of images Robin.
  6. They are already showing up. I've had 10 in the last 5 days on my west facing meteor cam. 5 of those were last night between 9.45pm and 1am. The sky is still dominated by sporadics, so still plenty to catch.
  7. Won't you have to find some way to enlarge or project the image. I've never done solar projection so just thinking out loud.
  8. That seems a good way to do it Shane. Focusing the sun shouldn't be a problem, and you won't burn anything.
  9. Oh that's a shame Kev. Having the ability to adjust the cam remotely and on the fly is a real bonus. I have 3 meteor cams enclosed in heated cctv housings mounted on my roof. If I didn't have remote control it would be a pain to adjust the settings. But having said that, I only use them for meteor capture now, so once set, I rarely have to touch them. When used for daylight sky monitoring or with a scope then the remote is very useful.
  10. Hi Kev, not sure if you are aware, but you can extend the handset control using cat5 data cable and a couple of cat5 extension extension sockets. It will allow full control of the camera from in the obs or indoors. I have extended mine by 20mtrs. http://meteorobserver.proboards.com/thread/171/another-watec-910hx-rc?page=1
  11. That's an interesting question, and one I have never really thought about. My ERF is in a threaded holder that used to screw onto the front of an ED80 so I automatically face it the right way as if I was using it on the ED80. So at the risk of showing my ignorance as well, I'll assume the ERF has an energy rejecting coating and that the coating is only on one side. So I would naturally assume that the coated side should face the sun and be first point of contact and deflect the energy before it goes any further. Still assuming the ERF is only coated one side, if it was faced the wrong way ro
  12. Not sure cutting anything from the tube of a newt would be wise.
  13. Its all done with Sonataco's 'UFO Capture' software. (no its not for ufo spotting. lol) Its not cheap, but combined with UFO Analyser and UFO Orbit, (both free) it does tons of things that I could not begin to tell you. Its just a brilliant bit of software for meteor capture and analysis. It really does add a new dimension to meteor capture. When its used with data from different cameras miles apart which capture the same meteors, it does even more. I have only just started using it and have only brushed the surface of its capabilities.
  14. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Samsung-Scb2000-Cctv-Camera-Honeywell-Lens-/141503811798 Going cheap darn, I missed your broadcast last night Karl. I was up till 3am catching meteors.
  15. Thanks guys. It was a lot of work. Its taken me 6hrs to process the results. I was hoping for amother shot tonight but the weather has gone back to normal.
  16. Well the results are in. 2 Watec 910HX cameras running. Cam1 2.6mm f1.0 lens facing SSW..FOV 117deg....582 meteors captured....459 are Geminids Cam2 6mm f0.8 lens facing NNW....FOV 53deg.....618 meteors captured....440 are Geminids. I have a slight overlap to the West so a small number of these may have been caught by both cams, but overall, a good result. Here are the meteor plots for both cams. The bright yellow bars are the meteors path. SSW cam. NNW cam.
  17. Just got in Martin??? You must be freezing. There were literally hundreds during the night. I hope you caught a few of the bright ones.
  18. I caught the same one although not in its entirety. Just a few degrees West and it would have been there.
  19. Been a great night down South and should stay clear till 4am. I have 2 Watec 910HX running in conjunction with UFO capture software. The count so far is almost 600 confirmed meteors detected. I'll process the captures later today and find out how many meteors were true Geminids. Still 3hrs of clear sky to go so the count should be more. Meteors falling like rain here. I even have multiple meteors on quite a few frames.
  20. Great result Phil, I'm waiting for shields to be fitted to my nuisance street light..
  21. I'm pretty sure there is an erf built into the quark, and I'm not sure of the qualities of the UV/IR, but the literature does state that an additional erf should be used on any scope over 80mm.
  22. There is no safety issue here, its just a case of removing the end cap from the Quark before inserting it in the scope. Maybe Daystar should just change the cap colour to red so that its more obvious.
  23. No Peter, considering that the meteor guys with coverage over the midlands, image in all the hours of darkness, I'm surprised no one caught it. I saw 2 terrific ones over head while out with the scope tonight., but never had the cam running.
  24. What were the sky conditions? no one on the meteor sites I frequent have mentioned seeing or capturing it.
  25. Such innovation. Wish I had thought of that when I done mine Always done mine in daylight, so no risk to me.
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