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  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. 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 bac
  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. 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 ca
  5. 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. 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 carefull
  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 cha
  9. 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
  10. 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 usua
  11. The best i could do was 20mm out at 6 metres Sent from my Windows Phone 8X by HTC using Tapatalk
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. It has to be something either on / in the lens or on the chip.
  16. Not knowing much about it, but if you stick each one on a separate layer then I would have thought that adjusting the opacity may do it. Might also need to specify how they are layered, someone should be able to help better, but to give an area to look at.
  17. Yes the exposure control is way over the top. As suggested drop it off until it is barely visible and slowly increase levels. I struggle with a 130EQ and xBox live webcam but I've seen some great images with the SPC, so hopefully your cam is better than my cheap one.
  18. A vendor or manufacturer will only promote what kit they deal with, it's in their interest. I would say you need to think about what you want from the hobby, decide on a absolute maximum budget and bounce it around the forum for all the possibilities. From there you can then whittle it down by comparing the suggestions and several people will be able to advise. Yes looking at the kit itself will be of benefit. However when you go buy a car do you go and test drive everyone? No because you do your research first and get opinions etc.
  19. Yes I find and view it easily enough with 10x50 bins.
  20. Very nice. The top image does look far more natural as the bottom has that funny colour glow. However as I've always said it's your image and how you interpret it. Neither are wrong in that view. Well done.
  21. You've caught it well. On Sunday night I managed 45 seconds and stacked with a 75mm lens. Here is what I got just to give you a comparison. Camera was sat ontop of my scope with a cheap MD to track.
  22. Having a photographic background can be of great benefit, especially if you've worked with low light conditions a lot. So you would know more about working in AP conditions than most who start at it. As to your question on DOF, the distances are so great that they key thing is just getting focus. Just imagine you are at the coast with a nice big 500mm lens or bigger and trying to get pictures of a yacht race a couple of miles out to sea. All those yachts are so far out and that lens as a very narrow focus point. Focus on one of them and they are all in focus even though they could be quite a d
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