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About oldpink

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  1. I passed my RAE back in the 80's when I was playing around with the old CB's but fell away from it when I started using computers and the internet but recently I have got back into the radio bug primarily on 70cm, 2m and 10m for now but I have been looking ad SDR and realised it could be used for radio astronomy as I live in Scotland with massive LP issues it plays havoc with my imaging and time I can spend doing astronomy I've looked at a few tutorials and it looks like something I can do but I'd need a dish that I hope I can mount on my NEQ6 mount for tracking solar or directional observing I plan on buying a good SDR transceiver as I plan to use it to transmit as well as I have a decent antenna system then I understand you need a few line amplifiers and an initial LNA to up the signal then and some sort of power inserter before the SDR then appropriate software to decode the signals any info on getting started appreciated
  2. had some decent time over the 29th and 30th April with a full moon and almost full I used the ASI 120 MC on the ED 80 using sharpcap 3 running 2000 - 3000 frame captures with a 480 x 480 frame at approx 60 FPS took 50 captures on the 29th and 35 on the 30th processed in Registax and tinkered with in PS6 24 frames were used to create each of the mosaics, on the 29th I had a shade from cloud over the top left of the image but the 30th was totally clear
  3. spent a few hours setting up and balancing the rig mounted the ED 80 as a guide scope / secondary imaging / solar scope had to add the extender to the ES to get prime focus and the wedge to the ED for the same reason used a pylon 2 miles a way to align the scopes and orientate the camera's now all I need is clear skies
  4. with the sale of my SW200 and Heq5 mount sorted out (going to a friend) I upgraded it for the Explore Scientific 210 Newt and the ES Coma corrector to match and a dew heater (for the winter) also has a cooling fan fitted to keep the primary cool bought privately from a member of SGL for a very good price and even got some clear skies tonight (not a lot) with enough gaps to get the camera on and get a few images and I'm well impressed with it next move is to mount my ED80 piggyback for solar and even as a guide scope (overkill) and general second scope so looks like my small SW80 will be redundant
  5. took a while but tonight I got my last 2 planets I had not observed before Neptune was easy sitting next to Mars Uranus slightly harder but got it also Venus and Mars tonight, makes standing in the cold worth while
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34173423 may take time to tricle down but looks interesting
  7. no setup, manually tracking in high winds and fast moving clouds will upload a PNG once I convert it solar3.TIF
  8. and some decent ones around the maximum all in all very happy both scopes worked well, even had the local workers over for a peek will post more later but these are some I have cropped
  9. been double checking all equipment for tomorrow my 80 will be set up to image with the canon mounted using BYEOS mix of video and imaging on the big mount the 200 will set up for visual on the EQ5 most likely in manual mode ( I plan to track the moon as there is no setting to track the sun using the handset) both have Baader filters and I have some friends coming round as well the most stupid question I had last week was "Do you think you will get a clear night to see the Eclipse" and this was from someone I considered to be quite intelligent up till that point
  10. yeah just read up on it pity its up in the high end CCD territory
  11. had a great day some shots edited in PS
  12. at this time of year with the sun being low it never really gets out above the treeline in front of me but today for the first time in months I managed to catch it just above the trees and do some white light imaging about 500 frames, AS!2 - registax for wavelets, cropped in Ps CS 6
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