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PaulMakin

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About PaulMakin

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    Anything to do with the night sky; technology of all sorts, and interesting new ways to use it; gadgets, including building them myself
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    Glasgow
  1. Now THAT' S a good tip . I didn't realise you could lock focus until just now, when I checked! Paul
  2. Thanks, that sounds like a good start. Paul
  3. Thanks for that. Before tonight I hadn't heard of diffraction/focussing masks. A whole new world opens up!
  4. Thanks for the link, it's an interesting article. Paul
  5. I'm using a Nikon, which I've now discovered is not exactly ideal for astrophotography. I can't use APT, but I do have Sofortbild (http://www.sofortbildapp.com), which I think is similar - but for Nikons. I use live view, but it's difficult to use when the screen's almost totally dark! Thanks for the tip about 3 star alignment, that sounds like a good idea. Paul
  6. Yes, I'm using a motorised equatorial mount. The telescope's a Skywatcher 200, with motorised EQ5 mount. I'm using - or trying to use - a Nikon D5000 DSLR, with Live View available. The problem I've had is that when I find an object using the eyepiece (such as M57, which I was looking at), there aren't really any bright stars in the FOV. So when I replace the eyepiece with the camera, there's nothing to see on live view, so nothing to focus on. As durhamdave suggested, I'm going to try cranking up the ISO until I can see SOMETHING, then try focussing, then reduce the ISO again before opening the shutter.
  7. Not a bad idea. I'll try it, next time we have clear skies...some time never
  8. This sounds good, but then I have a problem - how do I find that faint object I want to image again, without taking the camera out and putting an eyepiece in, so ruining the focus? Aaagh...
  9. Fascinating! I'd never heard of them before. I'll investigate.
  10. Hi, I'm wondering whether or not to buy some filters, primarily aimed at observing nebulae and galaxies. There seems to be a few available. I've found: UHC Filters Light Pollution Filters H-Beta Filters O-III Narrowband Filters Can anyone give me some advice on where to start? Or do I just need to try all of these?
  11. Hi, I'm just trying to get started with imaging, and had my first serious session last night. Apart from getting the exposure right - way too many overexposures - which I suppose is just down to practice, my big problem is with focussing. Does anyone have any tips on this? I've tried looking through the viewfinder on the DSLR camera and focussing there, but things still come out blurred. Partly this is because the viewfinder is so small, and deciding if something's in focus is so difficult. Plus, everything's so faint, compared to looking through a normal eyepiece. I've also tried focussing using the LCD screen, but that seems hopeless - most of this time there's nothing there to even try and focus on. Can anyone give me some advice on this! Thanks, Paul
  12. I was so pleased to see this post. It's extremely clear and useful, thank you - not just the 'what', but the 'why' as well, which I really appreciate.
  13. PaulMakin

    Hi from Glasgow

    Hi Peter, Glad to welcome another member from Glasgow! Paul
  14. Hi, thanks for that, it's really helpful. I'll email. Paul
  15. Hi Murray, I'm Glasgow-based myself, and I've just joined today. Sorry to hear about your struggles, but I'm sure you'll get them sorted out. Like you, I've been suffering under the West of Scotland weather. Sometimes it can seem as if the thick grey cloud will never lift. But we've had a fair few beautifully clear nights recently, so here's hoping there'll be many more.
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