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Everything posted by Sandancer10

  1. Sandancer10

    Hi guys & gals

    Hi and welcome from a fellow photographer and AP novice. You are certainly in the right place here, I got loads of help and still do. I'm just at the 'seen and photographed my first Galaxy' stage and was completely blown away. Happy Star hunting.
  2. Hi, I got a 5mtr repeater USB cable from Astronomiser and it works well, although not cheap. You can add them together to get up to 20 meters in total.
  3. I have an app on my Ipad called Exoplanet and it updates every time they find anything. I have my favourites selected to the habitable zone (as we know it) and when I am more experienced at AP will try and find the host star, not sure which catalogue they may be listed in though.
  4. Thanks for that Nigel, but it is a Pro mount and came complete with the Polarscope. You're right though, SW seem to just put the thing together and don't allow seem to align it properly. Hence I just use the outer reticule. I hope though that when the AP club meets again for a workshop someone more experienced can put it right. Brenda
  5. For me, the weight and setup is important as carrying a heavy scope and mount is not an option, so I am happy with my small scope. However, I have just ordered a Barlow and can't wait to see the difference that makes.
  6. Very, very beautiful. Gives me hope to improve.
  7. I know, it was a stupid thing to do, but somebody at the Astro Club told me to take the lens off and move it manually. How do you put the shims in?
  8. Hi Nigel I'm having exactly the same problem with my factory fitted SW Polar Scope. When I set the head of the tripod to the home position the small reticule is about 8pm instead of 6pm. I tried to change it by wearing a rubber glove (as someone at the Astro Club said they had tried to change theirs and ended up with a finger print on the reticule). anyway, I ended up with some sort of sticky stuff (which must be a protecter or something) on the glove and a lovely blur on the reticule. So, I cleaned it with a J cloth and that seemed to clear it. Now I am wary of touching it, although I have been told that when the head is straight and in the home position the small circle should point South with the counter weight pointing straight down. Then you find the HA of Polaris and using the scale showing on the end of the Polar Scope turn it tothe correct degree. That should turn the reticule to the correct position. For me, I am not using the small reticule and just putting Polaris on the edge of the large circle in the correct HA position. Hope this helps.
  9. These are fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Thanks for that Carol, and I'll have a go at Deepsky. Yes, my DSLR is the one in my signature as I have come to Astrophotography from my love of photography. It's not bad as camera's go, but I don't think I'll have it converted as I also use it for my photography work generally. I am however interested in trying my IR camera on the Moon as think the high contrast will be good for that. We just need some clear skies now. Brenda
  11. Can just jump in here and ask a question "is the reason I am getting a magenta sky when I stack in Registax because I don't have any flats or darks to include in the processing? What I can't understand is that some of the pictures I shot had black backgrounds to the stars, so why didn't this come through on the final stack. Last night was the first time I tried Astrophotography and I was blown away when I saw the Orion Nebula on my laptop. I worked on one image through Photoshop and the colour seemed fine. I got the reds and blues etc, but when I tried to use Registax everything went magenta. Help please!!
  12. Moon picture missed from initial post - that's what you get for being a clever clogs lol.
  13. Well 1 month on from the starting blocks, and after a lot of frustration in aligning the Polar Scope, I have managed to photograph the Moon, Jupiter, Mars and the Orion Nebula, albeit with baby steps. I am delighted to have achieved all this in what I consider is a very short space of time with no experience, brand new kit and software. I also managed to sit with my laptop in the warmth of my conservatory whilst doing all this. Eventually I will buy a CCD camera, but for now my trusty DSLR will do. I have attached one of the pictures of the Moon, no stacking just a bit of tweaking in Photoshop. It may not be wonderful but it's not bad for my first outing, I think. Now I have the bug I wonder whatever did I do before all of this!!
  14. Hi Mark Some beautiful images there. I have been thinking of getting a CCD and looking over the merits of black & white vs colour. The B&W definately gives more detail, but I was wondering if in post production you could get more out of a colour picture by layering a b&w image created in Photoshop and changing the blending mode. Which RGB filters and carousel would you recommend if I decided to go the b&w route. Thanks Brenda
  15. Hi Louis Can I ask you about your 9x50 finder scope as I am thinking of getting one. I have a 6x30 standard finder that came with my SW 150PDS, but I am having a lottoo problems with alignment as I am also a beginner. If the subject star is slightly off I can't seem to get it into the FOV, as everything is upside down and the wrong way round. Does the right angle help much and is there much difference in the 50mm. I also found out that my Polar scope is out of whack so that doesn't help either. Brenda
  16. Hi Jannis, just checked your IR picture and it is a bit blurry, but seems to give detail. I use Photoshop CS6 and I would bring this into a RGB picture using copy command on a new layer. If you then use overlay or screen or any of the other blending modes that let both layers be seen. If the image is too strong you can drop the percentage of the IR layer until you get the effect you want. This method is also good for bringing out the contrast for any photo. Hope this helps. Incidentally, I have just come back from my local Astronomical meeting and we were discussing deep sky IR photography and it seems a couple of people are interested in this. Brenda
  17. Makes you realise how tiny we really are, and that's from just our backyard in the scheme of things.
  18. Hi Jannis, I read with interest your comments about IR photography and deep sky objects. I have a dedicated IR camera which I use for normal photography as I love the effects you can get using this medium. I thought that IR was not possible for AP as every post I read someone seems to be using IR filters to block it out. I have wondered whether it's possible to get extra detail from nebula etc with this type of AP although I havn't tried it yet. I took my first shots of the Moon recently using my DSLR (Canon 600D) straight through the focusser and I was pleased with the result, but I think the Moon must be a good candidate for IR due to the high contrast. Have you any IR pictures you can flag up of deep sky as I would be very interested to see them. Brenda
  19. Hi David and welcome to the club. You're in the right place for good advice, the members have helped me a lot.
  20. Hi Jason and welcome to the club. You have some nice skies and plenty of stars to look at down there - enjoy.
  21. Hi Mike, welcome to SGL. I am a fellow photographer, but I am extremely interested in combining my two passions - the heavens and photography. I am just setting out on AP as well. Enjoy your retirement.
  22. Welcome Henry, you seem to have the perfect spot for viewing there.
  23. Absolutely beautiful, and that's a WIP? Can't wait to see it finished.
  24. Another problem sorted - Stellarium works the telescope like a dream and my DSLR also connected to my laptop. All we need now is clear skies to get some AP done.
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