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  1. I'm new to auto guiding too and originally thought of using my ST80, but I found it too heavy on the mount. I bought the QHY5-ii and 9 x 50 SW finderscope and after 2 weeks of trying I finally managed to get focus. I even took my kit to the Astro club and they spent 2 hours trying to no avail. So I would say even though you may find you can't focus it may come right if you fiddle with it long enough.
  2. This seems really interesting and I will ring them in the morning, but I'm also looking at anything that doesn't look conspicuous and attracts the wrong sort of attention.
  3. Hi Graham Did you do any more research on this Obsy? I'm seriously looking to get a permanent setup and thought this might be the answer. As you know I live on the Coast road and a conventional dome would draw too much attention. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as always. Brenda
  4. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  5. Hi Alec and a warm welcome to SGL. Sounds like you have got a lovely spot there - enjoy and Happy Stargazing.
  6. Looks like Sunday night here might be a possibility - well that's what my app says anyway. It's been that long since we have had clear skies I've nearly forgotten how to set my kit up
  7. Taken on 5 October 2014 using SW 150PDS and 600D. 45x60 sec subs - 20 darks Processed in DSS & Photoshop
  8. Sorry to hear you have a problem with light pollution. I use a LP filter, but also my garden overlooks the North Sea so I normally do have good viewing.
  9. Taken on 2 October 2014 with SW150PDS and unmodded Canon 600D, 30 x 60sec subs
  10. Well what a difference 2 months makes, I'm finally recovering from my knee op and now able to get back to my AP. Tonight was beautiful and clear and the first night I have been able to carry my gear outside and setup and I am delighted with the result. I bought a QHY5-ii as a guide camera and having been checking settings while I couldn't get outside, tonight was first time I was able to use PHD and after initial teething problems it worked like a dream. I photographed M31 and M45 and am really pleased with the result. Will post the results after processing.
  11. A beautiful image, well worth the effort.
  12. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. Good image, well done. Happy Stargazing.
  13. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. It's a bit daunting when you first start Astronomy as there are so many things to learn, but it looks like you have made a good start with 'Turn Left at Orion'. Enjoy your scope and Happy Stargazing.
  14. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. Well done for building your own telescope and I hope you enjoy your Astro journey. Happy Stargazing.
  15. Hi Ben and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  16. Very good capture and imaging Martin. Well done.
  17. A very good first attempt and I would have been pleased with that for my first go. I saw Orion for the first time last night, as it was as clear as a bell here, but unfortunately due to an operation on my knee I won't be able to image for about another 4 weeks. It's very frustrating . Anyway, keep up the good work and hope to see more.
  18. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. How lucky are you with the Apollo connection and living in Florida, close to KSC. I was there in 2006 and saw Atlantis on the pad, but missed the launch as it was put back due to weather . Good to have you aboard and Happy Stargazing.
  19. Hi Greg and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing.
  20. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. Hope all goes well with your observatory. Happy Stargazing.
  21. Hi Ruud and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing.
  22. Sandancer10


    Hi Craig and welcome to SGL. As glowjet says colour is usually reserved for imaging as your eye cannot gather enough light to see in colour. It's similar to a dimly lit room you can only see grey, but put the light on and everything is in colour. This is where Astrophotography comes into its own because of the long shutter speed it gathers lots of photons, hence colour. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
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