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Langy

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About Langy

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  • Birthday 29/08/69

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  • Interests
    IT, Photography, Astronomy and Geocaching.
    Oh plus gadgets.
  • Location
    Carlisle, Cumbria, UK
  1. I've created a small compilation of videos of the Night Sky from my small back garden, Living in a small town with light pollution it's quite surprising on what you can see and even more surprising on how much the GoPro will pick up. I hope you like the video. https://youtu.be/X8putZYMnU8
  2. GoPro Astro Photography

    Yes I was very surprised by how good the results were. I don't think that I could get anything as well exposed with my EOS300D, certainly the 3 mm lens works great in these situations. Roy, I don;t think that they would be so good through the scope as the lens is only 3mm. I've already posted a couple more videos on the channel for showing daytime time lapse and slow motion. I do have a project in mind of taking some images around where I live at night, made up from stills and video where I also hope to capture the night sky in certain places. If I do get something done then I will post it back. Thanks for the comments, most appreciated.
  3. It's been quite some time since I've been out with the telescope but regular viewings with the naked eye have still took place over the last few months. I've just purchased a GoPro Hero 4 Silver and decided to give it a go last night for a bit of Astro Photography. The camera was just sat outside my back door on a Gorillapod and left to run for a couple of hours taking 30 second exposures. I was amazed as to how much it had captured. http://youtu.be/19RiC0DMoX4
  4. Thursday 19 February 2015

    It's been quite a few months now since I've been out for any serious sessions with the Telescope. However the bad habit of smoking does get me outside on a regular basis where naked eye observing was regularly taking place during those months. My latest purchase is a GoPro Hero 4 Silver. Working in IT and having a love of gadgets the camera has opened up a lot of opportunities which also include using it for a bit of Astro Photography. I only purchased the camera a few days ago and the forecast was goof for some clear skies during the evening. Leaving the GoPro in its waterproof housing the camera was mounted onto a Gorillapod and just sat on the decking outside my back door. The light in my back garden was very poor in not being able to see very much of what was around on the floor. I set the camera to take 30 second exposures constantly where over the 2 hours it recorded 240 images. When I started viewing the images I was absolutely amazed as to how much detail it had picked up in my garden as well as picking up the movement of the sky. The amount of stars captured was also quite a surprise. A well worth purchase where I hope to produce a lot more images similar to these but in some better locations. http://youtu.be/19RiC0DMoX4
  5. A Low Cost RA Stepper for Small Telescopes

    This is something that I would love to have a go at, but my main issue is the gearing and putting it together. I have no problem with the microcontroller and programming as I play around with the Arduino controllers a lot and can program in various languages. If I can get hold of all the parts then I'd certainly give it a go. Paul
  6. lake district

    Just North East away from the lakes, about 10 miles east of Carlisle is Geltsdale RSPB site just been granted a Night Sky location as far as I'm aware. I've been to the car park there a couple of times. http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/g/geltsdale/ Inside the district itself, there must be lots of places, but seeing anywhere near the horizon must be difficult due to the large hills. I would say a drive around the upper hills would also be of benefit.
  7. Hi and welcome to SGL. I'm still very new myself but think I can add a little which may be of use. Firstly the 130EQ will be far better than the 114EQ. Wider aperture and the 114 also has an additional lens under the EP which may cause you problems in the long run. For it's money the 130EQ is pretty good. However there are some bad points with it which takes a patient person to overcome them. As mentioned the RDF is very poor, took mine off and replaced for just over £30 with a Rigel which is far superior. Secondly the mount is a little wobbly. As said patience is required but if used carefully can give many hours of pleasure. If I had waited and put another £50 to my budget then I would probably have bought a different scope. However from a lot of peoples advice I would have ended up with one that is a non EQ mount and even though the 130 is wobbly it still serves me better for what I want than a non EQ mount would have even been able to manage. I know you wand to by your other half a scope and why not, but for a follow up or even for yourself the bins will be a better long term investment. I bought the Olympus DPS 10x50 for £50. These come out more than the scope and also get used when I do get the scope out. Plus they can be used for daytime and taken anywhere any time. I sometimes mount mine on a tripod with a £6 bracket for when I want to share a view or just want them steadier. If your othe rhalf just likes to sit back and watch the stars then the bins would be ideal as laying on the floor on on a recliner is an ideal place with them making for steadier viewing. In then end the more money you spend the better quality you will get. If you only ever want purely viewing with no AP then go for a widest aperture possible with a reasonably steady mount. Expect to pay for extras on top as almost every scope will require additional EPs as the stock ones are not always up to it. Also which I don't think has been mentioned yet, look for a local club / society as they often have event evenings and you can go along and see other scopes. However when you meet the serious members or those who have been going for a while their scopes will probably be well above your budget. Good luck! Let us know how you get on.
  8. Well I've had a busy couple of weeks with work and other things so been well away from the forums and hobby in general, which as we've had such poor skies I haven't missed to much. Last month I created a post for March objects here, what do us beginners have to spot this month in April? Jupiter is still nice and high in the sky and can clearly be seen for most of the night. Mars is now rising earlier but still low in the sky. Saturn is about too, however I still haven't had a clear night to even get the chance to see this so it will be my first time. With moving into April, the clocks have changed and the evenings are staying lighter meaning Orion is already getting lower in the sky by the time it gets dark. Do you have a suggestion of an easy object to see this month for a beginner? If you can think of more than one perhaps pick different directions in the sky to help out people with restricted views. Naked Eye viewing or reasonable bins for viewing would be preferred as items to use, after all these are supposed to be easy objects to find for a beginner. Looking forward to seeing the suggestions as last month produced some good ones with some good feedback from likewise beginners.
  9. Buying my First Scope - 130EQ MD?

    I have the 130EQ and do a lot of piggy back photography with my EOS 300D. The last image I took a couple of weeks ago was a wide field shot at 75mm which make it to an equilavent of 120mm digital at 45 second exposures. This was of the M81 / M82 area and after taking 20 lights along with the normal darks and bias images I was very pleased as to what I had recorded. For the lower areas of the sky, pleaides and beehive cluster I was shooting at around 20 seconds, all with the best manual Polar Alignment I could manage plus the MD is no where near precise. Basically any tracking you can make will increase your exposure times. If you still want to do wide field (piggy back) then for it's cheap price it can be done. I'm still experimenting and looking to see how far I really can push things. You can find here how I got on with my last attempts. At the end of the day you get what you pay for, but often or not budget equipment can actually produce more than people think. More money will give you better results.
  10. help for a newbie :-P

    Hi and welcome to SGL. I'm still new myself so can only comment on what I have used, which happens to be the 130EQ as mentioned earlier in the posts. The scope itself is solid, the 20mm EP is quite nice for a supplied EP, however the 10mm really is very poor and I soon bough myself a BST 8mm which when you take it out of the packaging you see the far superior build quality. I think the main problem with the 130EQ is the mount. However if you are patient (always very good in this hobby) and take your time adjusting it can work very well. If you decide on the 130EQ the one without the MD is usually at least £40 cheaper where you can buy the MD on line for about £34 and takes 10 minutes to fit. Having the MD does make life a lot easier, however still requires patience in changing the speed all the time. From what I've heard stick clear of the 114EQ as I believe they have an additional lens within the EP holder that will cause you a lot of hassles later. I've seen people give bad reviews of the 130EQ which mainly is because they have a scope 2 or 3 times the price, but I've also read posts where someone has compared the view with a far better scope next to one, both using the same EP and there was no difference. Also I've seen someone post an image of Jupiter using and SPC webcam which was just as good as the rest. If I had my time again buying a first scope I may well spend another £100 and go better, however the 130EQ is usable and can provide hours of enjoyment. Perhaps a nice set of binoculars may be your best option as a first purchase. I spend more time with my Olympus DSP 10x50 bins which only cost me £50 as they require no setting up and can be used anywhere. Especially ideal with our poor weather.
  11. The best i could do was 20mm out at 6 metres Sent from my Windows Phone 8X by HTC using Tapatalk
  12. Nice! Sent from my Windows Phone 8X by HTC using Tapatalk
  13. A phone GPS app is nowhere near as accurate as a dedicated GPSr. Even the normal ones that you can buy in a shop still have an accuracy at the best of around 8 feet. For proper accuracy you are talking about military grade which then gets into 4 figures plus. The one thing that even a GPSr needs before it gives a proper heading too is that it requires movement. So unless you are going to walk around with a unit you will not be even anywhere near accuracy.
  14. Glad it was as simple as the window, thought it was when I looked at both images. Don't feel stupid, look at the fun everyone has had in here. I think we found out who all the trekkies are! Just goes to show that people can be light hearted about it all and you still get some good advice.
  15. You are taking the picture from indoors by the looks of it. So I'd say it looks like something on the window or a reflection.
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