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  1. Lovely and clear here last night. Setup about 10pm - it was still light, but when the darkness came it was a pleasure to be outside on a balmy night. Of course today it's wall to wall cloud with rain predicted. Got to grab it when you can and thank God it's starting to get darker earlier.
  2. Well done. Image looks amazing and it must have been beautiful seeing the real thing.
  3. I'm not sure about the chapel, but I wouldn't mind the Obsy.
  4. Hi Ray and welcome to SGL. Good to hear you are taking a interest in all things Astro again. Enjoy your new scope and Happy Stargazing.
  5. Hi Dave, all of the above, but your DSLR comes with a EOS disk for remote camera control.
  6. Hi Rene and a warm welcome to SGL. You have come to the right place for advice and assistance, there are some very knowledgeable people on here. Happy Stargazing with your new scope.
  7. Good images. I also like the Saturn and Jupiter images. Well done.
  8. Well done Mark, a very good capture and image processing.
  9. Hi Peanut and a warm welcome to SGL from a fellow photography to AP convert. I bought my kit with the same goal in mind that you have and I tried to 'future proof' it so that I wouldn't have to change it to something different in the long term. I noticed Oldpink suggested guiding as well. Really to get to that you need to decide if you want to do Planetary or Deep Space work. If it's Planetary it's a fairly fast shutter speed, so you don't need it. DSO is another ball game. I shoot DSO up to 60 seconds without guiding, after that you will need it. Some free software you will need includes St
  10. Great image Sara, as usual. Is it just me, or does it look like a head with horns and fire coming out of the top of it - Dante's Inferno perhaps ?
  11. Reproduction and diversity are the driving forces of Nature. I wonder whether the next step in the Grand scheme of things is the expansion of the human race by colonizing other planets. From an ape like animal, homo sapien developed to become technologically advanced enough to explore the Solar System around him and then perhaps advanced enough to inhabit those Worlds in the future. It could be Nature's way of ensuring life will flourish no matter what conditions exist elsewhere.
  12. Cracking image Sara, as usual you always show us something different and very well imaged. Looking forward to perhaps seeing this as a RGB?
  13. I think "it's life Jim, but not as we know it". And I think Spock was probably right. What amazes me is why do we always assume that life WILL be as we know it - we may not even recognise it even if it was standing in front of us. One thing is for certain the Universe/Multiverses are vast and beyond our imagination and life could be everywhere. I think a planet that produces the diverse nature that we have here cannot be alone.
  14. Hi Dave and a warm welcome to SGL. It's not so bad been in the swinging 60's bracket - just means we need to get a move on and get everything observed/imaged quicker Happy Stargazing and enjoy your new kit.
  15. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. Great to hear you have a telescope already and you should get good dark skies on the moors. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  16. I wonder why in an expanding Universe time is explained in linear form. If the Universe is expanding does that not mean time is expanding in the same way, therefore the Universe is expanding at the same rate as time? If this is the case, does it not mean that the future (and all atoms) have not been created yet and and for want of a better analogy 'the future is a big black nothingness in front of us and in all directions?
  17. Hi and a warm welcome to you and your son. It's always pleasing to hear when children also get involved at an early age and that in itself can lead to a lifelong interest in Astronomy - if not a career! Happy Stargazing, enjoy your Astro journey and prepare to be amazed.
  18. Nice image and good that you got it in such a short frame.
  19. Hi and a warm welcome from me. While you are getting to grips with your kit try a free download called Stellarium. It will get you familiar with the night sky and help you plan what you want to observe. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  20. Hi and I echo the advice above. I use this setup and even added Ascompad to operate the focuser from indoors - much easier and warmer too.
  21. Hi Curt and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing.
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