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Kirscovitch last won the day on July 6 2014

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  1. Still a beautiful comet. Taken last night from my backyard around 20:30. I'm pretty sure the star is Ruchbah.
  2. I had a Telrad on my old Z10 and didn't really care for it. I can see having one for star hopping but just for GOTO alignment just a dot is all I need. I do use a laptop now for imaging. I run my 1100D with BYEOS. The AVX is not the beefiest mount so I was just going to get the smaller 50mm Orion mini guider and was thinking the dual finder bracket would be the way to go to mount the guider and finder on my C6N. I don't think I would need the guider on the Mak.
  3. So time to spend some hard earned money again. Which also brings up the question of what should I spend it on? I've been in astronomy now since November of 2013. Started with a 130SLT and it got me hooked. Before a year was up I moved up to a 6" newt on an AVX. Got a DSLR and moved into imaging. So now I am ready to get a few upgrades or accessories or whatever you want to call it and here's what I'm thinking of getting. 1) Need to up my exposure lengths but can't afford weight. Going to pick up an Orion Mini Guider package. 2) A new, sturdier red dot finder. 3) A dual finder bracket so I can mount the red dot and guider on one bracket. 4) A new OTA. A 127Mak for planetary viewing and imaging. There might be a few tweaks in the order. The autoguider is top choice so that will likely stay but I may opt out of the rest and break the budget by a little bit to get an 8" Intelliscope. I miss visual astronomy and would give me something to do while the AVX is busy imaging. But I also really want the Mak for planetary stuff. This is the worst part of astronomy. Picking gear, the right gear, and keeping a budget. Any thoughts???
  4. Was looking at the Orion Intelliscopes. They are a customized DOB. You get to pick and choose a bunch of options. Just wondering if anyone has ever used one. How well does the "push to" system work? I had a 10" DOB for about 6 months and though I had some amazing views with it, I could never get the hang of star hopping and never had much success finding DSO's. If this system would work it would be nice for a quick setup and give me something to do while my other rig is imaging.
  5. Thanks for the kind words and advice. Dave, I made a home made full aperture filter to use with my regular equipment. C6N on AVX with unmodded 1100D.
  6. My first feeble attempt at imaging the sun. Home made filter with Thousand Oaks solar film. Forecast called for mostly clear skies but ended up mostly cloudy. Ended up taking individual subs when the sun hit a thin patch of clouds. Love some of the solar pics on this forum and would appreciate any advice.
  7. On average nights I don't usually pay attention to the temp. I'm going out regardless. Once my beer starts freezing I pay attention.
  8. Last winter I was out many a night in -20F. Coldest though was for the opposition of Jupiter. It was around -30F.
  9. Been thinking about getting this little scope. Very small and portable but looks pretty promising for planetary and lunar visual and possible imaging. Also considering using it for a spotting scope while sighting in rifles. Maybe be able to use it as a long telephoto lens as it has T-ring threads on the focuser. Main use would probably attach to the AVX for a planetary scope. I put the specs into Stellarium and it appears that I would get some nice views of the moon as well as planets compared to my C6N. The C90 is 90x1250mm and the C6N is 150x750.
  10. Been almost a year since I got my first scope and became a member of SGL. Been a great ride so far and instead of losing a little bit of interest and getting bored with it, I am totally addicted and get out every night that even looks like it might clear off. After a few months of visual sessions I started out with a webcam and started taking images of the moon. Then got my VX and DSLR and have been having a blast imaging some DSO's. Lately I've been thinking about some solar imaging. Just more opportunity to take the scope out instead of waiting till dark. I've been looking around at some of the full aperture filters out on the market and they seem awful pricey. Then I found this and thought I could make my own filter and save some money. http://www.amazon.com/Solar-Filter-Telescopes-Binoculars-Cameras/dp/B00DS7S52W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415253453&sr=8-1&keywords=solar+filter+sheet I am well aware of the dangers of pointing a telescope at the sun without proper filters and was wondering if anyone uses this on their scopes or if there is something better I should be looking at for around the same price. Thanks in advance for any tips or tricks or other information you can provide. Clear Skies!!!
  11. Aperture is as you said, the width of the scope. The wider the aperture, the more light it collects. Magnification is figured out by dividing the focal length of the scope by the length of the eyepiece you're using. For example a scope with a focal length of 750mm and an eyepiece of 25mm gives you a magnification of 30.
  12. Agree with above. The other night I set out to image 42 and totaly blew out the trapezium section with 120 second subs at ISO of 1600. I will be watch..ing this thread closely to see what other tips emerge...
  13. I'm not even sure where to start with this. Thinking this might be the right forum but I don't know. I have been friends with a gentleman on Facebook for about 2 years now. He became friends with me back when I was into paranormal investigations or "ghost hunts". Then I got into astronomy and he has been a huge fan of what I have been doing. He seems really into astronomy and in awe of the night sky. He is also partially disabled and has been diagnosed with MS. I would like nothing more than to share my views of the night sky with him but here lies my issue; I live in Wisconsin USA and he lives in Melksham UK. I was just wondering since SGL is based in the UK and a lot of the members are from the UK, would it be possible to set him up with one of you to give him some views through your scope? I think transportation would be the biggest issue as it sounds like he can't drive so someone might have to make the trip to him. He has been very supportive to me and I just wish I could give something back. If he lived in the states I would most certainly drive to wherever he is to let him view some of the best night targets. I don't even really know where to go with this. I suppose if someone is willing to meet with him they could message me and I could set it up from there. I appreciate everyone's time in reading this and would love if we can make this work.
  14. Thanks! Yea the running man is there but I still don't know why they call it that. I can't make it out
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