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  1. Hi All I have the opputunity to get a new Canon 1100d. I have a 350D at the moment and i`m getting some good results. Can anyone please advise me if it is worth going ahead with the upgrade.
  2. okay thats a Bahtinov Mask made, taken a couple of hours but hopefully it will be worth it. Only one small problem and thats the weather which isn`t great at all tonight. look forwards to the next clear night so i can try it out.
  3. i`ll remember that after my next purchase of a new mount , well once i`ve saved up enough for one. Thanks again guys .
  4. wow Quatermas, that is outstanding. I have a EQ3 mount with fitted twin motor control. However i am having problems with keeping on an object however i think that is down to the set up of the scope. I haven`t got a polar scope fitted however there is a port on the mount for one. I have been using a compass to set the mount to North. I have been advised to us te main tube to find the pole star and set up that way. Using the advice you have given me i will try a few timed shots when it has stopped snowing which it is tonight and i`ll post them on here if they are any good. Many thanks to you and to Peter also.
  5. This is my first attempt at M42 using my Canon 350D directly connected to the focuser on my Skywatcher 150. It was a single shot and hasn`t been stacked.
  6. I do polar alignments as best i can with a compass. maybe need a polar scope to sit within the mount as there is a fixing for one. I really think i need to strip the whole thing down and start again with the mount and tube. Thank you so much for the advice and believe me i will take it all onboard and hopefully you should see the fruits of my labour on here soon
  7. I have been taking images with my 6" skywatcher mounted on a twin motorised EQ3 mount. I am having trouble keeping the object in the center on the scope. I have tried to move the counter weights and the tube up and down the tube rings but i am having trouble getting the right balance. Is there a easy or easier way that i can set the scope up so that i can keep a good tracking going. i am managing to take objects under 20 secs but strugling over that.
  8. Has anyone had any success with a Canon DSLR direcrtly connected to a scope foruser with a teleconverter fitted between.
  9. Hi All I have a canon 350D which attached to my Skywatcher 150P using a 2" T mount on a twin axis motor mount. I am happy with the results but i have a question. Is it possible to place a 1.4 teleconvertor between the camera and the scope eyepiece?, Will it make any noticable difference. I would quite like to have a bash at Jupiter.
  10. Here are my first two images taken from videos using my MS Lifecam fitted with just a IR filter and stacked with RegiStax 5.1
  11. Ok small change here and that being i have been able to convert a wmv webcam stream to a avi stream now even if it does have the web site address and how much it is to buy a copy of the software across it lol. My next problem appears to be that when i try and upload the avi file onto Registax i get an error message,it reads "failed to start AVI decompression,codec:XVIDvids" The big problem seems to be that my lifecam only uploads images as wmv format and not one of the formats which works with Registax V5 which i got with this months Sky at Night. best regards
  12. I`ve downloaded it but i will not allow me to download wmv files so i cannot convert them to avi`s. But many thanks for the link. best regards
  13. thanks guys but they appear to both want to be bought and i can only use them as long as they print a message in the middle of the image to convert. I shall keep looking till i find one and will still take sugestions. best regards
  14. Hi guys can anyone put me onto a good cheap or freeware convertor which will change my Lifecam wmv images to avi,mpg or mpeg files so i can us Registax. The couple i`ve downloaded from the web say they are free but they are not. However if someone knows how to change the Lifecam files being wmv files that would help to. best regards
  15. Ok i have read this tread from start to finish and i have to say i`m no expert in computer sotfware or hard ware for that matter. However i have completed the mod and i`ve tried it out on two nights. The first night wasn`t great as i had issues with the dual Tracking system on my tripod however on Saturday night i got that sorted and produces four videos of Jupiter. I took three with the cam attached to the skywatcher focuser and one with the barlow fitted. It was a misty night and i was struggling to get a good image of the planet but i did get a nice moon formation in the footage taken. Since then i have finally found the camera adjustment section that Gary discribed in his acticle and have now set all the settings to the ones discribed. however i have reset the Auto setting on the Exsposure as discribed in this tread and the brightness to 160. The mean question is where do i find the Frame speed that everyone keeps quoting. I am still using the Lifecam software provided to take the images as this is where i`ve made the adjustments. The videos are opening as window media files. I have VLC media player on my laptop and PMB sony player and windows media player as well Deput Video capture software. Is it in these programs where you change the Codec settings. Do i have to download a particullar software like Huffyue and us that when opened to see what the cam is seeing. I realise this my seem trivial to must but i`m sorry to say it is hard work for me. I hope you can help as i`m having real fun with this new addition to my scope. If theres anyone out there who can help and would reather chat one to one then i`m on Facebook as Michael walton. You`ll know it`s me as i`ve got a image of the moon on my profile page. i also have the two videos on there but i could post them here if i knew how best regards
  16. Just ordered a MS Litecam so we`ll see what happens when i get it. But thanks guys.
  17. Okey i`ve just trawled through the postings but i have a question which may be silly. What model Lifecam is it as i`ve found three or four different types on Google. i may well have missed it on here somewhere. Thanks
  18. Is it worth getting as i don`t have a massive amount to spend but would rather spend £85 on a new cam than £80 on a Tourcam on ebay.
  19. i was looking in this months Sky at Night and they are mentioning the Pentaflex Digital Eyepiece. Can anyone let me know if they are a good buy and what kind of images they have recieved with them. I`ve got a skywatcher 150 and am looking for a web cam to work with my laptop which runs on Vista. If anyone has any other ideas then that would be welcome to. many thanks
  20. Was Looking at the SPC900nc but wondered how it sat on the scope?
  21. That's what I thought guys Many thanks
  22. Good evening folk. I have come in posession of a Philips PCVC820K/00 ToUcam II webcam.I have loaded it onto my Laptop which runs Vista and it works fairly well.The massive question is can i us it for astro work.I need a adaptor and thats not a problem but will it work or is it not fancy enough and only the ToUcam II Pro will do it. Don`t worry if i cannot use it as it was only a thought. Best regards
  23. Thanks for the heads up Peter on the web cam. I`ll try again to load up Stellarium if i can get rid of all the old sotfware i have installed on here. I find starry night is fine but i`ve seen Stellarium and it looks better. I`m not sure i will try again but may wait now until i get a new laptop. I`m still unsure about weather to get a new or second hand machine but after your posting Rob i am a little bit happier to go for one off ebay. I will however stick to one that isn`t Buy it Now . The nights are drawing out and up here we will soon be looking at nearly 24 hour day light so i`m also thinking i am running out of time but it may give me more choice. Saying that i would still like to get something sooner reather than later so i can practice and get use to the gear before i get the right conditions to use it. Thanks to all and am still open to any advice you guys can give. best regards
  24. Thanks guys for the replies. I tried to run Stellarium on this laptop but everytime i tried to run it my laptop crashed with a strange array of graphics across the screen. I also tried it on my old desktop in the garage which is on the net and it didn`t run either. I`m guessing it doesn`t run on XP service pack 3 or windows 98. I have Starry night on here already and i wonder if there is a conflict. I am so very torn about what to do with it. I can get a laptop with a 3GB ram and a 340GB harddrive from Tesco for about £340 with a 15" screen. But i`ll be using it outside. This is only a £100 more than a netbook. I was looking at two webcams on ebay but i was also looking at the post you put on Ant and got a bit worried i to would end up in the same way. How did you find the whole thing about buying on ebay Ant when it was quite alot of money, i get a bit nervous about it to be honest. Disition making isn`t one of my strong points when it comes to spending money .
  25. Ok guys i`m really needing some help with this one please. I`m looking to start web cam imaging and a very good friend was here last night and we were using his web cam on my Starwatcher 150 with great results. To this exstent i have dicided to take the plung and get both a web cam and a netbook to connect it to. The massive question is which do i go for. I have a fairly limited budget of £300 to get both. I have looked on here and on other sites as well as ebay, tecos, FLO and others and am just going around in circles. The main question is What is the best webcam below £100 and that is the best operating system to be used with a netbook or laptop. I still have to dicide wheather to bite the bullet and get a new computer which will be outside with me in the good old Scottish cold or buy a second hand one from Ebay which wouldn`t matter so much but would do the job.My friend was using a modified Philips ToUcam with Windows XP. I was told by him that these cams are now out of date although there were a couple on Ebay today. I realise that the choice has to be mine at the end of the day but any advice would be so very much apprecated. Many thanks......
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