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  1. Yes, that would be good - just for me to see what a big difference it could make
  2. When it comes to photo editing, I am a novice (usually take bike racing photos & no editing) but will have a play around with it to see what improvements can be made - thank you
  3. I take it you meant that you may hijack my earlier post asking for advice These are absolutely awesome and tack sharp, which is what I'm after this time in Tromso. It was sooooooooooooooo windy (a bit like yesterday & today) with gusts exceeding 60/70mph and horizontal snow between clear bits that I'm sure some of that affected the camera's stability. Pity you're not planning your next trip in 4 weeks time - you could've been my tutor - but any other advice/tips greatly received. Stunning - bet you're pleased as punch
  4. Thanks, James, that makes complete sense and I'll try that
  5. Hi James F - it's a SKYMAX-102 SynScanTM AZ GOTO 102MM (4") F/1300 COMPUTERISED MAKSUTOV-CASSEGRAIN - no problems aligning and slewing to particular objects - saw lots of cool stuff but 1st time I tried some photos Cantab: the scope was on target with Jupiter & 4 moons clearly visble in a 25mm eyepiece, then a 10mm eyepiece - I'm pretty sure it was a focusing issue, as 1 out of the 6 images did image the scope (black spot in white circle). Must admit I got a better shot on Xmas day with my 70-300mm zoom, handheld after focusing on the full moon
  6. Thanks for all your replies - any excuse for sitting in the sun is always good
  7. Hi all This is one of the shots I took of the Aurora Borealis in Reykjavik last March (full moon) - Nikon D3000 on a tripod with Aperture priority, 18-55mm VR zoom lens set at 18mm. F3.5 manually focused to a tadge just before infinity, ISO 800 and exposure of around 1-2 secs. It was extremely windy (it blew someone's big tripod & heavy camera over), so the tripod was set short and I had to stabilise, so I'm not sure whether the picture not being tack sharp was down to me or the conditions! I am off to Tromso at the beginning of March (timed for around the new moon) and will be taking the
  8. Hello I know it's only February and there's lots of dark, clear nights to look forward to (I hope) but I'd like to do some solar observations when summer comes around (if we get to see the sun this year through the rain!!!) What's the best, budget solar filters to use? I'm not looking to spend huge amounts, but I don't want to scrimp either. Thanks
  9. Thanks, both . The D3000 doesn't have live view, so I'll try with the other one (D7000) as that does. I didn't want to use the 'big' camera - a bit nervous of leaving the innards exposed. I can also shoot video with the D7000, so I'll have a go on Thursday when it's sposed to be clear.
  10. Tried to photograph Jupiter this evening and failed miserably> I have a Skywatcher 102 and can find and focus on many objects using eyepieces and Barlow Lens combinations. As soon as I set up the DSLR (Nikon D3000) with T-ring + 2XBarlow lens directly into the diagonal, set the camera to manual and used a remote shutter release, I got absolutely nothing - totally black exposures despite varying exposure lengths! I can't figure out what's wrong - Jupiter & 4 moons pin sharp in the eyepiece but no luck on camera - help, please????
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