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  1. My first M31 looked just like that.. except it had no colour and you couldn't see the dust lanes, but apart from that it was just like it. well done Dean, its a keeper.
  2. Very clear over my house. Got the meteor cam running.
  3. Definitely NO. Those filters are designed for enhancing views the Ha regions of dso's, NOT the sun. Do not attempt to use one of these filters to look at the sun. Blindness will surely occur in an instant. To view the sun in white light you need Baader solar film, or a Herschel wedge. These will reduce the light and heat generated by the sun to harmless levels for observing. To view the sun in Ha you need a dedicated Ha solarscope which has all the necessary etalon filters and blocking filters built in.
  4. That's a nice looking setup Liquid360. What type of filter have you decided to use?? Baader solar film or a Herschel wedge. If you are going to use your setup as it is, then any scope or finder that has NO solar filter fitted, must have the objective end covered. Pointing any open ended scope directly at the sun with NO solar filter in the optical train will destroy the eyepiece or camera chip. If you are viewing/ imaging through the SV, then keep the Tak objective covered.
  5. Nice results Chris. You may be feeling a little smug now, but just wait till the winter months when its really dark and cold. Then you will be feeling incredibly smug. I see nothing wrong in a bit of post processing on the final image that you want to save for posterity. Its all good.
  6. Have you got a link to the 12v heater/thermostats Michael.
  7. The fov would be almost the same as you would get in your 6MM Radian Kerry. Not exactly, but very near. A 5mm Radian would be just a slightly better match. Monitor size and resolution doesn't matter. You see what you see. The only major difference is that the monitor image will be rectangular and have more in the corners. The view through the ep will be circular, but the object of your affection will appear to be the same size.
  8. Yes , would have liked to have seen that myself. good catch Michael.
  9. What lens are you using Michael.
  10. Great job Michael. the second one is a beauty.
  11. Nice job Laurie. Good to see a bit of colour.
  12. I had one just like that last night. I could have sworn that I somehow recorded it backwards. lol
  13. That's interesting Mick, I didn't fair too badly imaging the left side to avoid the moon glow. I would have tried the more Eastern fov if not for the moon. Just a bit of patchy cloud here now. Cam is running so I hope it clears after midnight when I get a good view of the radiant.
  14. Thanks for having a look Nigel. You should have popped in for a chat. I was online until about 3am so I saw a few bright ones on the screen. Then found all the faint ones when reviewing the captures. It was quite a good night. Maybe the weather gods will clear the sky tonight so that I can get some more.
  15. As this was supposed to be the peak evening I don't suppose it can get better. The weather doesn't look like it will. At least I had a couple of decent nights. Last night was cut short by clouds at about 3.30am. here is my captures from last night. maybe with a slightly wider fov I would have got more. https://flic.kr/p/oGS7Mx
  16. I have a live broadcast running in case anyone has clouds but might like to watch. http://www.uvlog.com/channel/view/-amateur-solar-astronomy-4259
  17. Another bright one through cephus just before 11pm. Didn't quite capture it as I hadn't pressed start in my software. Doh!
  18. Cracking job Dan. It was as much as I could do to get it on the meteor cam. Mine didn't look nothing like that. Awesome stuff.
  19. ND5 is safer for visual. You would probably find ND3.8 a bit bright on the old eyes. ND3.8 is better for imaging as surprisingly, you need the extra light. No problems at all with heat buildup. The filter rejects almost all of the energy of the sun so no heat gets through. Early morning or later in the afternoon are cooler, but this is for the benefit of less thermal currents and steadier seeing. Nothing to do with sensors and heat. I have imaged for 9hrs solid and suffered no damage whatsoever to my cams.
  20. Feel sorry for you OldPink I check the radar pics daily and you always seem to have a blanket over you. Tonight looks to be no exception. Doesn't look too bad for me though, although the sun is shining and it is raining at the same time at the moment.
  21. I settled on a sensitivity of 66 last night due to fast clouds causing continuous recording. There is a feature in my cam to eliminate hot and dead pixels.(very handy, as I had 2 dozen of the little blighters) I'm using a fairly low gain setting, and a senseup setting of x8 for faster integrations. (smoother video) The cam will go up to x512. I then use a high contrast and tweak the brightness to get a reasonable dark sky. I think this may help Handyavi to see stuff quicker, although why it never picked up the brightest one, I don't know. The most annoying thing I have found is that when it re
  22. hi Chris, I am using HandyAvi for captures. Finding the right sensitivity setting has been a bit of a trial as clouds and planes cause havoc, but I think I am getting there. I'm also using a cctv video cam in a diy housing. \some details can be seen here. http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/121275-diy-all-sky-cam/?p=2381875
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