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About Stridor

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    Astronomy / 'fair weather' cycling / birdwatching & wildlife
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    Ashford, Kent, UK

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  1. It`s still for sale; sorry, I`ve been on holiday.
  2. Altair GP-camera ARO130M mono camera....... unused £95.00 Altair Astro 60 Mini guider with auto guider web cam focuser, tube rings & multi purpose base..... unused £95.00
  3. 1) Altair GP-Cam ARO130M mono camera …………..Never used £95 2) Altair Astro 60 Mini Guider with Autoguider webcam focuser, tube rings and multi purpose base ………………...never used £95 3) Dew Tape for Autoguider………….never used £10SOLD
  4. I agree completely, I wish I could get a darker background but I always seem to suffer with a ‘grey / Black ‘ background!?
  5. I imaged this last night. It was 30 x 30 second Lights, plus Darks and Bias. It was unguided so I’m quite pleased with the result.
  6. Now Xmas/New year out of the way; I`m keen to get this `cigar lighter` problem sorted. I am highlighting my ignorance here but I'm still not totally sure how and where to fit in the XLR connectors/Aviation plugs. At the moment I have a Leisure battery; to this via crocodile clips I attach a double `Cigar lighter` (for Mount & Dew heater) . The Cigar lighter connectors from the Skywatcher mount and dew heater that push into the double adaptor are of course `fused`; does the Skywatcher plug and the double cigar adaptor from the battery all get discarded and simply replaced with a 2-pin xlr type connector (where does a fuse now go)? How do I then connect to the dew heater? I'm sure this is all very obvious to most but I don't want to make an error and cause a further problem.
  7. What device/s do you recommend as an alternative, as I do use the cigarette lighter type quite a lot!
  8. I still haven't mastered getting rid of the little squiggly hot pixel streaks in my images, but this was done the other night; 20 x 30 secs + 15 Darks & 15 Lights., unguided. At first I was disappointed a little with the result, but I think it`s growing on me now. Ideally it wants cropping, but then of course I`d loose some vital components! It`s still a bit of steep learning curve, but good fun.
  9. I probably use my 32mm 80% of the time; the 24mm Panoptic 10%; the 13mm Nagler 5%, and the others in the remaining 5%! (Unless I`m looking at the Moon; which isn't very often.)
  10. I have an Altair GP Cam ARO130 Mono + Altair 60mm Guide scope. (Ironically it is just getting in the way at the moment not and serving any useful function!)
  11. I have been dabbling in a bit of astrophotography on and off over the past year; I have now acquired a guide camera and scope, but alas PHD is a mystery; just a grey `mush` as an image so I have given that up for the time being and are therefore persisting with unguided imaging with its inherent drawbacks!! First time out 2 nights ago and I had a try at part of the Veil Nebula in Cygnus; I wasn`t wholly on target , and did exposures of 20 x 15secs, 15 x 25 secs & 10 x 30 secs + Darks & Bias. Camera: Canon 600D (Mod) ISO 800. It was then clear last night as well so had another session. This time I think it was a step too far with my current set-up; I attempted the Crescent Nebula. As it was near the Zenith I went for slightly longer exposures, 20 x 20 secs, 23 x 30 secs, 10 x 40 secs, 5 x 50 secs + Darks and Bias. Canon 600D @ ISO 1600. Apart from going for something I considered pretty difficult, I think my processing could have been better! Comments/Advice very welcome.
  12. I`ve tried a couple of times over the past few years to update the Firmware, but each time I get so far then I am unable to proceed and complete, so it has never been done!
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