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Dixie

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  1. I see Atik is offering a cut-price deal on its own branded narrowband filters when bought with a camera. Does anyone have experience with these filters? Are they rebranded Chinese ones? Baader perhaps? Cheers Rich
  2. Very good narrowband sensor. I've used the 460 for quite a few years.
  3. We are staging another five night camp under the darkest skies in England from 6 to 11 March. Kielder Campsite is the venue in Northumberland International Dark Sky Park where improvement works over the past 5 years have transformed the campsite, with better drainage, purpose built warm room open 24/7, and more hard standings. The pitch fee is all you pay and talks and drinks reception are all free, together with good company and a great mix from across the UK. We currently have a small number of hard standing pitches with electric left so if the event sounds appealing please get in touch asap. Email richard@richarddarn.com You can also check out the event at kielderforeststarcamp.org and check out James Mackay's great time-lapse tribute to starry Border skies.
  4. Met Office and BBC both telling me I'm enjoying clear skies at the moment - noop: I can barely see the moon. 10/10ths cloud. Oh hum. Time to write the winter off.
  5. Yes I'd have to agree... it's one of the worst winters I can remember from the point of view of clear skies. When it has been clear the conditions have been pretty much rubbish. I'm doing a dark sky survey at the moment in the north of England and meter rreadings are well below where they should be . Actually way short of what I was getting in August. Just too much moisture in the air and not cold enough to dry them out with frost.
  6. The apps are often pretty unreliable - I've no idea how they can get even current conditions so badly wrong, let alone predict anything in the future. These days I stick with the video forecasts by the met. Such a frustrating few months - really poor spell in my part of the world.
  7. Weather for me over the last three new moon periods has been hopeless. Hardly a clear night worth mentioning. Looking at the 10 day forecast by the Met Office they are promising more cloud throughout the period. I'm afraid the weather is in a complete rut. Knew I would pay for all those clear - if very short - summer nights.
  8. I'll be there. Never missed the Autumn one. Thence to Kielder.......
  9. I've been using the ZWO 120 for a good year and I'm trying out a loaned Lodestar X2 - my set up is OAG and 2.2 metre focal length. The Lodestar virtually always picks up a guidestar - the ZWO not quite as much so I end up moving the target a wee bit. I'll probably buy the Lodestar. It also fits in the barrel of the OAG guide port so I can get it nearer the prism.
  10. I've got one of those too and had it since 1990. It's especially good as a solar scope with a filter. You can get an adapter to use 1.25" accessories if it comes with old Japanese 0.9" visual back.
  11. I never fail to see plenty of guides stars with my DMK618 and 60mm finder. Not sure an upgrade will gain you much. Chip is pretty sensitive.
  12. Polemaster is very accurate - at least on my set up. I use a C14 on an EQ8 and any worries about getting a good PA to image at almost 2.3 metres have been banished. Polemaster says it can get within 30 arc secs. Generally Phd drift assistant will report something around 1 arc minute.
  13. Oddly I was just thinking about my swap from Prolific to FTDI based cables (thanks to Keyspan and Astronomiser) last night. Since I did i have not lost one connection - a regular occurrence before.
  14. Thanks to everybody who came along to a pretty spectacular 26th starcamp. We will be doing it again this October. Bookings for that open in the next couple of days. Richard
  15. And here's a pithy reminder of the frustrations of imaging in the field from Stu (Atkinson). But the final result is often worth it!
  16. Quite a few changes Mark - all positive. Big new warm room, refurbished toilets, better drainage, more hard stands, and full time dark sky friendly lighting outside of our event dates. Looking forward to meeting everyone next week. Pix Stu Atkinson.
  17. The good news is the dark sky friendly lighting is a permanent fixture so astronomy is doable all year round!
  18. All hard standings are now booked for Kielder Spring 22 - 27 March but we have some tent pitches left. All the information you need is at kielderforeststarcamp.org You can come earlier, or stay later. If you don't know the event it's based over five nights on Kielder Campsite in the darkest part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Lots of cash has been spent on the site with more hard standing, dark sky friendly lighting, 24/7 large warm room, new toilet block and improved drainage. We welcome experienced observers and novices. The main day is at Kielder Castle on Saturday 25 March and is FREE to everyone. We'll have talks on exo-planets, remote observatories and more, plus astro boot sale. Runs between 11am to 4pm. Last year we had a lovely aurora on the last night of the event. Pix Stu Atkinson. If you can join us we'd love to see you.
  19. Ray Do you plan on possibly getting a heavier scope at some point in the future? R
  20. Skyris cable straight into laptop using one usb port. Separate cable linking the laptop with the mount using another USB port (via the handset - it plugs in the bottom using a telephone type connector. Handset plugged into mount as per normal. R
  21. On the pull down menu there should be a mount option for Celestron. See attached screen grab from my computer. You will need to download the ASCOM software that gets everything speaking to each other. Download the 6.2 ASCOM Platform here http://www.ascom-standards.org/ And then download the Celestron Unified Telescope Drive which you can find by clicking on downloads tab and then the telescope tab (left hand column.
  22. Select Windows WDM style webcam under the camera option - that's the one for DMK/Skyris. To connect the mount so it talks with PHD you'll need PC cable like this http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/accessories/cables/nexstar-rs-232-cable and a Serial to USB adapter. Then you are on your way.
  23. What mount are you using? You need to establish a link between the mount and the laptop, which is easy done.
  24. Really nice pix - very ghostly. If you get the chance try a 13mm ethos visually with the scope. I borrowed one at Kielder and it blew my socks off on M31. Enjoy your scope -- I suspect you'll have it for a long time.
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