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  1. Hi Phil, Another North Walian! Congrats on the new scope, it's not a bad bit of gear
  2. Hi Paul, The article linked by IanL on your other thread: Seems to suggest a lower iso, however I haven't tried this yet myself, that would require a clear night! I do plan on trying this at the next opportunity, but I think the results will be much lower in detail when using a 300m lens, especially since mine has a max aperture of 5.6 at 300mm!
  3. Ha ha, no problem, and the answer, too many! My mum has the baby for two days a week, I generally get about 16 hours done then, and then I try to get another 10 throughout the week. Last night for example, kids in bed, crack on with my assignment. Dont believe anyone who says that you can work at your own pace, there are deadlines! Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the oppurtunity, I don't have either the time or the money to go to a bricks and mortar uni, but in some respects it's harder studying alone. Part of the reason I joined here recently was the fact that I don't have anyone to talk
  4. Not too far for you either, I'm probably going to get the train. Get a chance to do some reading!
  5. I recieved an email this morning from my local astro society forwarded from someone at Liverpool JMU regarding MAD: http://www.astro.ljmu.ac.uk/mad/ I thought it looked quite interesting so I bought a ticket this morning. Is anybody else planning on going?
  6. But any more than 1.3 seconds will start to show trails. Rule of 600 : 600/(focal length x crop factor) = longest exposure time before trails With both of our cameras there is a crop factor of 1.6 so: 600/(300x1.6)=1.25 This is why I kept my frames to 1.3s. Just need to collect more data, more frames!
  7. That was all new to me, and an interesting article too, thanks for sharing!
  8. Hi Paul Nice work! I did the very same a couple of days ago, albeit with a 550d, using a 300mm lens. I don't have a programmable shutter release so I was stood clicking away with a wired remote shutter release! I got about 70 lights, 25 darks and 20 bias frames, shot at 1.3s, f5.6 iso 1600-3200. After stacking and a bit of adjustment later and I got this As you can see they are very similar, and if that was your first attempt then I think you will have great success in the future!
  9. Hi! I too use a 130 newtonian and a Canon 550d, you can get some decent results with some patience! I assume you're using a t-ring and adapter to connect the camera, just to you're aware I had to buy an adapter with a 2x barlow element as the foccuser wouldn't allow my camera to get close enought to the secondary mirror. If you connect your camera and find you can't focus on anything, this is why. Just thought I'd let you know in advance so you don't panic like I did! And as others have said, SkEye is a good free app on Android. Maybe get a planisphere too, or take a look in one of the astron
  10. Hi Steve, I'm pretty new here, but welcome nonetheless! You're not that far from me, I'm near Llandudno.... And those clouds you've arranged, you can keep them! Ryan
  11. Tried uploading it here but it shrank for some reason! So here's a link to it on Flickrhttp://flic.kr/p/jrwrzhRyan
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  13. Ha ha, it's all good! Glad you're up and running
  14. No worries, the astronomy cast podcast is excellent, definatley worth checking out
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