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    Rejuvenated childhood interest in Astronomy. Photography, cycling, classic rock.
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  1. Well the Russian lettering says 'BPV1' on the left and 'ZOMZ' on the right. (GCE Russian Grade A in 1976 don't you know.) I have seen BPV binoculars before from the 1930s.
  2. Anyone observed at Sutton Bank?

    I have mountain biked up there in the dark with my mates but have never taken my gear. Unfortunately the orange glow from Middlesborough is quite significant and I would have thought a bit of an issue really if looking NE. South as said above is towards the White Horse and Thirsk. I think in general its darker to the West of the A1 than East, say Masham/Bedale direction.
  3. Sol WL 05-09-17 full disk

    Dramatic detail John.
  4. Getting a solar image in focus

    Which DSLR model do you have? Try switching to video mode for both your focusing and capture. If its a Canon you can run it through EOS Utilities too.
  5. ZWO ASI174MM as a Guidecam sanity check...

    As Freddie says plus its a good pixel size compared to some for guiding. Not quite Lodestar size but I'd say good enough. I have never used mine for guiding but its great for Solar, Lunar (although my ASI290 is better for lunar) and spectroscopy with my SA100 grating.
  6. Guiding/Planetary camera

    Is that the case? I always use a 15m USB (2) cable with my ASI174 without any issue.
  7. Humidity per se shouldn't be an issue during the use of the scope. What is more critical is the Dew Point which I imagine is not so much of an issue at your location. Here in the UK, as the temperature drops rapidly at night we get issues when the dew point is reached and dew condenses on our equipment. I would take care storing the scope though taking steps to make sure it dries out after each session and maybe introduce a proprietary drying agent into the storage container. Hopefully somebody from your type of location can give first hand advice.
  8. Right a bit

    Is that a day or night capture?
  9. September 1, 2017: Disks and details in two bands

    Great detail in the ARs Michael. Excellent work. I didn't actually know that Ca-K would pick up prom action. You learn something every day.
  10. Killed my Canon 60Da

    Sorry to hear about these issues. I had one for a few years without a hitch. Must have been lucky.
  11. I would go Option 1 most definitely. You can add a scope later.
  12. Hi again. Your clear information deserves a long answer but I'm not too good at that. I will make some comments and let other fellow forum members add to it. 1) In your position I would for now ignore planets for a few reasons. A dedicated high frame rate planetary cam is best (although video mode on a DSLR can do quite well). Also you need to image at long.... focal lengths ( my planetary images are taken at up to 4+ metres). Finally, all the large planets at our latitude are poorly placed for some time. 2) I would start with the equipment you have using the 300mm lens and concentrate on M31 as your first target. You will learn a lot from doing this. That is exactly what I did with the 300mm f4 lens I owned. You can see the image on my flickr page. You can do this with a decent portable EQ mount such as the Star Adventurer but for future proofing you need to aim for an HEQ5 level mount and tripod.
  13. Altair Astro Pier

    I have one, and also use a frac and SCT upon it. I think the answer to your question though can be sought in your complete set up. I worked out the geometry to use such set ups before I poured the plinth and so got the height about right. That said I subsequently changed my mount to an AZ EQ6 GT. In Alt Az mode I find the addition of the EQ6 extension helps for visual sessions.
  14. Hi and welcome. You will receive good advice from this forum. First of all can you tell us what it is you wish to image? For example, the kit you already own can be put to use in wide field astrophotography with the addition of a decent mount, even a portable one. The choice of targets you wish to image will dictate the types of equipment you need to invest in and also the budget you need to spend. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime you may also wish to consider purchasing the book: 'Making Every Photon Count' by Steve Richards. It is available from FLO, the sponsors of this site, and other retailers. That would be a good first investment.