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  1. An awesome amount of Stars, I would find difficultly in finding my way around as there are so many.
  2. Beautiful, must try and catch them in the morning - weather pending!!
  3. Hi Dave and welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing.
  4. Great image and processing skills. Well done.
  5. Sandancer10


    Hi and welcome to SGL. No doubt someone from your area will post good viewing sites for you, or you could join your local Astro club and they may arrange outings. Happy Stargazing with your new kit and enjoy your Astro journey.
  6. Update - well I'm out of hospital and nursing one extremely sore knee. Trying to get some sleep, but no way it's going to let me so here I am trying to catch up on the last few days. I looked longingly at my kit in the corner of the conservatory today, but it won't be making any appearances outside for weeks yet. I'll have to take up knitting or something to pass the time, meanwhile my lovely view of Andromeda is moving away from my darkest viewing position.
  7. Hi Rich and thanks for the tip on bino's. Just out of interest I lived beside Lannion, Brittany, near the Rose Granite Coast for 2 years. An absouletly beautiful place and the 'seeing' was amazing there. Lucky you - I wish I had that now.
  8. I already did a couple of years ago before I became seriously interested in Astronomy!! I saw a wave cloud formation and didn't know what it was so I joined and posted the image to them. Apparently it was very high atmospheric cloud and the top was falling forward due to ice - an interesting sight, but nowhere near seeing another Galaxy .
  9. Having seen the forecast - cloud/clear until 11 then clear on 2 different forecasts why then I am still waiting for the cloud to disappear an hour and half later . This is my last night for Stargazing as I am having an operation on my knee on Saturday and won't be able to carry/setup my kit around for about 2 months - so I am really mad To cap it all off I setup at 10pm and have been messing around with camera settings for Astrototilla and PHD. Now that's all sorted - except for my Philips SNC900 which I can't get to work through Astrototilla. I'll give it another half hour to clear then call it a night.
  10. Hi John, and a warm welcome to SGL. Sounds like you have got a good array of scopes and kit there, and good to hear your wife shares your interest. Looking forward to seeing you around and contributing to the Lounge. Happy Stargazing.
  11. Hi and welcome to SGL. Sounds like you have the ideal spot for observing/Astro photography so kit up wisely. The best advice I can think to give you is to decide where your main interest lies and research that side to make a decision on kit. If budget isn't an issue (and it doesn't sound like it is) try to future proof your setup as you will find you can quickly outgrow your kit. For imaging you will need: Planetary - basic tripod or alt/az mount, DSLR or webcam. You don't even need a scope. DSO - Sturdy equatorial mount, usually at least the next one up to whatever comes as standard with your scope. Scope needs to be short focal length, say F5 for faster exposures. With good Polar alignment your DSLR should be able to track for 60 secs without guiding, which is another steep learning curve. The CCD can be either mono or OSC (one shot colour). The mono needs a filter wheel and RGB filters plus any extra HA Olll etc filters you decide to buy. I decided on the OSC for ease, but I will upgrade to mono maybe next year. There is an awful lot to learn, but well worth it and this is a wonderful hobby. Happy Stargazing.
  12. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  13. Really nice capture and good processing skills. Well done.
  14. Hi Christ and a warm welcome to SGL.
  15. Hi Steve and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  16. I bought the kit in my signature especially for AP. I decided to go in at the deep end and concentrate on DSO. I have to be honest and say it wasn't easy, but the upside is you can look at your own work and get immense pleasure. If it was easy/cheap would it be so enjoyable - probably not. My kit has cost me about £2,000 so far, without the DSLR. As Ronin said you can start off with a relatively cheap webcam and try the Solar System first. It really depends on what you are interested in photographing and your budget. Good luck in whichever direction you choose and happy Stargazing.
  17. FAB-U-LOUS Somewhere in the dim and distance future I would love to be able to post something like this. Well done.
  18. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing
  19. Hi and welcome to SGL. It would be interesting to know the name of the Star on your image. Happy Stargazing.
  20. I finally made the decision that humping my kit in and out doors was too much, so I contacted a local hut maker and thought I had it sussed for a new obsy. I told him I needed a 5 x 5 x 5.6in high hut to put my scope in permanently and he came up with a good floor plan, but he said he needed to come out to check the location and make sure it would fit. I thought great, this is it sorted at last. He came out and said the location was no good being just slightly over the height of my kitchen window as the lifting mechanism would need to go on the wall and there is nowhere else suitable in the garden . So, I thought right I could put a hatch in my garage roof and poke the scope through there, but I'm still waiting to find out if 1) it can be done and 2) if it can be guaranteed to be watertight afterwards, and of course the cost. Meanwhile it's back to carrying my kit in and out of the house. Maybe I should move house?
  21. Hi Martin and a warm welcome to SGL. Good to see you have already acquired your kit, so Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  22. Well thats 3 striking images in one post. I don't know whether to be blown away by the Solar images or your setup!! Come to think - it's all very impressive.
  23. Really good capture and processing with good contrast detail. Well done.
  24. Hi and welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
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