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About Blazar

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  1. Shame to see our once busy forum not as active. I guess life has got in the way for many of us. Hopefully this year I can get all the scopes out a bit more...Anybody get any astro stuff for Xmas? I was after a few bits, but Santa was not on the same wavelength! Hope all the dodgers are well...
  2. Well done Knobby! Good to hear the shoulder is on the up (so to speak) as well
  3. haha yeah. I think having that chat made me step back and review what it was thats actually stopping me getting out (excluding the weather). I guess I just needed a chat
  4. Looks great. I really need a lighter weight rig....though what to go for...? I could go back to an AVX as well, but so many more options (and prices) out there at the moment. Should be able to pick up a second hand one I guess quite reasonable now.
  5. The weather is awful...and now heading back to work from the 17th. Lets try and get out at least once a month I say. I wanted to continue on the lunar and planetary, as well as try the guiding etc. Might need a new lighter mount. What's is the playing field now in terms of small mounts with good guiding. AVX or CGX or Ioptron?
  6. haha..bit late. Well 2019 is very quiet by the looks of it! When did you get the gpcam?
  7. I'm here every now and then....I demand we head out....will give you a ring tomorrow?
  8. Wow...sounds like a good holiday! We are alright. Knobby is on the mend, and we have got out a couple of times. Weather has been shocking though. any pictures from your travels?
  9. Cheers Knobby (and Mrs K ;-))....I will have a look at APT. I guess this is going to take a while to figure it all out. I think I might need to look at whats needed in terms of any other kit (filters etc) for the DSLR. Not sure I want to spend anything extra though a the moment, just use what I have access to to get it nailed is my current thought. So lets try and put a night in the next month?
  10. Hi guys, Not been around in a while..kind of lost my way a little (life getting in the way). To remedy this, I took it upon myself to force Knobby out (therefore forcing me out) to go and try to start looking at my pathway into DSO imaging. I do a lot of Lunar (favourite), planetary (2nd favourite) but DSO's have been on the back burner for a while. I had started to get the equipment together a year or so ago. I bought a WO star71, pole master etc, borrowed a DSLR (from my daughter)...but have never had the impetus to go out and use it all. I remedied that this past week....and found it to be quite an interesting path from a technical standpoint. Making sure the equipment functioned, setting up & configuring the alignments. choosing the targets, then configuring the camera, focusing etc. then planning the shoot. Obviously there were a few mistakes....as you would expect. The camera had been used previously for terrestrial imaging...and I forgot to change the format (so no RAW files for me)...a few other things as well. however this all leads to greater understanding (and the creation of a checklist in future). So the efforts from the nights imaging (and remember even though darks were taken, they were not much use with JPEGs)...i give you M45 & M31....my second attempt at this aspect of the hobby. These are around 13 light frames of 60 seconds each. Iso 800 for M31, ISO1600 for M45. Stacked in DSS (with no darks or other bias), then finished in photoshop. Taken on a Canon 600d mounted to a WO Star71. No guiding (something I really have to nail...) Maybe next year I will try again ? I also know now I need to practise my DSO processing skills....any advice greatly recieved.
  11. look whose in charge now ? need to put some new wallpaper up ?
  12. I still think we need it though...we will start getting more active again once the darker nights return I'm sure.
  13. Hi Ed. Yeah I got chatting to them last year about it. Its fairly good, with glow to the south (as you would expect), and a little from the north of the river. I have tried to get access to other areas, but that is ongoing. I have managed to email them in the morning, and travel out there. There must always be at least two of you, with either one or both of the persons signing the memorandum of understanding also present. She will also ask to be present the first time you go out there (usually). You will find that it is of course fenced off with a gate code. You must not allow anyone else to know the code, and also that sometimes there are other cars trying to get in there (youngsters)....so you must all enter and then the gate gets closed behind you. The site only has the road as hardstanding, otherwise you are on the dusty type 1 material. They have had electrical contractors on site recently hence the bright security lights.
  14. Yeah...that makes sense. Gives us a little bit more time to natter and perhaps still use the scopes ?
  15. Sorry to hear that Dan, but it appears everything has worked out! I will be off on holiday for a week or so, but if the weather co-operates then perhaps we can all get out again soon after. I can stop by and get Gary and then whomever else wants to join us can also turn up...:-) Yeah I was jealous of the aperture...still want a larger scope ?
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