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About clarkpm4242

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  1. AstroTrac 360

    You can submit questions via the website. Looks like in 2 axis mode a ball head can be mounted on the DEC 'circle' with all the holes. This is where the RA arm is attached to the wedge. Cannot see anyway to do it as a single axis mount though... ...Paul P.S. It will take a PoleMaster with an adapter...
  2. AstroTrac 360

    Will a PoleMaster fit..? It does seem to be a stunning piece of kit... ...the price made me gasp though. Cheers Paul
  3. Roaming Through the Globular's

    Nice one!! A dark location at 21.5 I've managed 5053 with a 60mm frac on several occasions. Using a low magnification it doesn't resolve. The nearby star just looks like it has some haze attached compared to similar stars in the FOV. Aye, the drive home can be very tiring and trying!!! Cheers, Paul.
  4. Android on a laptop(x86) ?

    The simpler answer may be to ask around if anyone has an 'old' smartphone/tablet from which they have upgraded? Use without a SIM. The small screens are OK with practise. I am very, very short sighted and manage to star hop using Sky Safari on an average sized Samsung A3 (also with a free screen filter app) Good luck, Paul.
  5. No filter used. Wasn't looking for it. Just became apparent as I swept about after looking for M78. Cheers
  6. I observed the bright portion of the loop near M78 using Canon 15*50 IS binoculars. This was from the Elan Valley in mid Wales on Monday. Very dark and transparent. Have observed it quite a few times using wide field combinations. Good luck Paul
  7. Hi Sam It certainly was different, a 3 foot snow drift where we usually set up the telescopes! Also managed some observing with binoculars Paul
  8. Time lapse last Monday whilst stuck up a hillside behind snow drifts... ...Canon 7D MkII, Sigma 16mm. Turn up the volume cheers, Paul.
  9. I use Lightroom 6... ...has batch preprocessing as well. Paul
  10. For 'normal' astrophotography. I use the aformentioned free Deep Sky Stacker and Adobe Photoshop CS2, old s/w free from Adobe - https://www.pcsteps.com/10474-download-photoshop-download-free-adobe/ For start trails I use StarStax - free. For time lapse I use Adobe Lightroom 6, ~£120. Paul
  11. Liking the M51! I frequently find deep images are too colourful for my taste. This is just colourful enough. Nice one. Paul
  12. Vacations August or September?

    Longer nights in September!
  13. https://www.iau.org/public/themes/discoveries/ IAU (edit; beaten to it...)
  14. Darker version is my preference. Though I always view astro images in subdued lighting. Nice images! Paul.