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  1. Thanks for the replies, I heard about this request third hand and I thought the good people on SGL would be able to confirm if it was genuine or not, looks like it is.
  2. Apparently NASA are trying to find out how many visual astronomers are looking up through telescopes world wide at any one time. They are going to mount some powerful lasers on satellites and aim them towards the earth through the atmosphere and are worried that they may accidentally damage an observer's eye sight. It sounds like a wind up to me, is it for real?
  3. Awesome! I had the Revell Saturn V when I was kid, when it was finished my dad put it on the sideboard (my mom was not best pleased) and the escape rocket nearly touched the ceiling! How I envy anybody who witnessed one lift off for real.
  4. That's some set up. Good to see a Mesu moving something like a proper payload aroundšŸ‘ Steve
  5. Sorry to see such a high spec well put together imaging rig up for sale. Needless to say if this had been around 3 years ago when I was getting back into the hobby I would have gone for it in second as in my humble opinion it's an absolute bargain. Also IMHO you cannot put a price on all that hard work that must have gone into making all the components function together as one. Good luck with the sale. Steve
  6. Thanks Olly, I certainly think your long and meticulous PA helps. On a temporary set up, my PA gets compromised if it doesn't play ball as I'm impatient to start imaging, with the inevitable detrimental effect on guiding. Roll on the permenant observatory.
  7. I'm afraid I don't have anything to add to the suggestions already made except I seem to recall the timing issue on the Sitech controller caused big jumps in RA only. On those mounts affected the updated software fixed the problem.
  8. Congratulations Olly, how come all your guide graphs are so flat? Is there something in the water (or air or rock)?
  9. Yes, a very nice few days at Eddington Lodge, great facilities, and for once I was fortunate with the weather with two superb clear nights. We also had no delays driving down and back to North Yorkshire which adds to the experience. Would certainly return. I still cannot get my head around remote imaging, I think I like watching the kit dew up too much to do it all from indoors....
  10. Don't forget the step ladders, I used two with Jon's big Dob.
  11. Like most people I started out with visual (age 14) with a Prinz 2.5" refractor, then left the hobby for a long time. 15 Years later when I got back into it a colleague at work gave me a copy of "The Cambridge Atlas of DSOs" by Jack Newton, all the photos were taken by Jack using his 15" (I think) Newtonian and a modified cold camera SLR. I was amazed and totally hooked on trying to emulate his photos. Two years on and after suffering masses of frustration I gave up again just as the digital revolution was taking off. 25 years later at the Third time of asking and with some cash to throw at it, I have once again set out to try and emulate the images being produced with the current technology, and I've learnt enough over the last 2 years to know I will never achieve an image that I'm totally satisfied with so there is the hook. But I will always do visual if only currently with binoculars or the naked eye. My recent look through a big Dob at a dark site did seriously impress me however, and I can totally understand how this experience can be more than enough to keep the visual only astronomers from moving into imaging.
  12. Indeed, everybody is good at 'Project Management' these days, now Apollo, that really was a Project.
  13. Nice image, I cannot frame all three galaxies on my current camera so it would be the Leo triplet (-1). My first Bahtinov mask was cut from cardboard and worked just as well as a later purchased laser cut version.
  14. Great image, lovely detail.
  15. Anybody who has seen my posts on SGL will know I have been well and truly seduced by the dark art of imaging. However, I have just spent 3 days (and 3 clear nights) at Eddington Lodge in Cornwall and have been introduced to the joys of a large aperture Dobsonian and finding objects by star hopping with a Telrad. I got stunning views of M81, M82, M51, the Leo Triplet, M13 and finished off with Jupiter. I must confess some of these objects I have only ever viewed previously on a PC screen. I really did get a buzz from both finding the objects myself and registering the ancient light with my own Bio photon detectors. PS I also did some imaging, and was blown away by the difference a proper dark sky makes, so I won't be selling my imaging set up any time soon.