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  1. Ah yes, date format. I may have made that mistake as well! Cheers
  2. Thanks. I run everything off a Powertank so no issue with power. I think I was rushing last weekend and didn't have the correct time zone adjustment for daylight saving. Thanks for the help.
  3. Evening All I have managed to get out a few times in recent weeks and am getting the hang of the scope. Managed some pictures of Jupiter last weekend. I need to get a new star pointer as the Celestron supplied one is a bit temperamental and fancy something a bit better if anyone can recommend anything. Main question is probably a very simple and daft one! Once I have auto-aligned the scope using the Sky Align software and then guided to something such as Jupiter, will the scope continue to stay with the target and track it as best it can or does it only do the initial 'find' and then needs me to be re-point every so often? I ask because I couldn't get it to align last week, I was rushing a bit because of cloud coverage so I think I had the time-zone incorrect as it was pointing at the wrong part of the sky. I manually found Jupiter but had to keep manually driving to hold onto it. Thanks for the continued help. Simon
  4. Thanks, good to see some raw images and post processed images. Gives me an idea of what I expect to see. Many thanks for the help.
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  6. My first Moon Photo, hope I've posted it right! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205562558692674&set=a.1868111151867.109155.1513729386&type=1&theater
  7. Thanks Guys. Was cloudy last night so couldn't get out. I was a bit worried that I had gone for the wrong camera with the Canon seeming to be the favourite choice for most people. Sure with some perseverance, I will get some great pictures. Lots of practise needed and thanks for the help.
  8. Hi All After a number of months of inactivity, I've managed to get out with the scope and camera to play over Christmas. I managed to see the International Space Station using just my own eyes and also through the camera and managed to take a few basic shots! Was great to see it under great conditions. A combination of work and a horrible neighbour with a halogen floodlight permanently on at nights has frustrated my efforts. Plus, as ever, the weather! Its been pretty cold lately but some great nights with loads of stars so hoping to get some work in before real work again in the New Year! I've decided, for the moment, to concentrate on the use of my Nikon D5100 with a tripod to see what images I can take and then process using stacking software. Was out early this morning (4am) and took some photos but couldn't seem to get anything to pickup on the camera. I'm basically in play mode with ISO settings, etc and was after a little guidance. My camera is a Nikon D5100 and I have a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18 - 300mm lens, an AF-S 28mm Prime Lens and the standard Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18 - 55mm lens that came with the camera. I am using the Prime lens for my early efforts. I am playing around with ISO settings around 800 to 1200 and multiple exposures from 30 sec to 60 sec. Using Manual mode on the camera and a remote shutter control. I was wondering how good the pictures are likely to be when viewed immediately on the camera as a saved image or how much you just have to wait for in post processing and stacking? I want to ensure that I am getting good data and know roughly how good I should be able to see straight away. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I want to play and get the hang of it before I take some trips out to somewhere much darker and away from annoying neighbours! Thanks Simon
  9. Thanks everyone, good to see a friendly bunch!
  10. Yep, just tried camera in daylight with fast exposure (0.001) and it reacts to the light change so at least its working! Guess I just need to have a right good play with it. I will use the moon as a start point if its in the right place tonight. It does have a guide port which I assume I can connect to the telescope at some point for auto-guiding. Thanks
  11. Thanks Dave. Ill try that out. It might be the exposure setting. We had a really clear night last night but just couldn't get anything working. Having read up a bit today, it may be that I was not fully aligned as well. Ive heard the field of view for the camera might be quite tight so maybe a focal reducer will help. Will let you know how I get on, so far, it looks clear outside!
  12. Hi First time astronomer and I have a Celestron 8SE with Celestron Lens Kit. I also have a Atik Titan colour CCD and a Nikon D5100 DLSR with 18-55 lens and a 28mm prime lens. I wondered if anyone had any advice on lens or attachments which would benefit me? Focal Reducers, etc?I also really struggled last night with the Atik software and couldn't get it to show anything from the scope. I lined up on Jupiter using my diagonal and standard 25mm lens but when I swapped this for the Atik Titan camera and followed the instructions to get first exposure, I got nothing, just a black screen.Am I doing something wrong? Do I need a lens adaptor or should the camera work straight off with the scope. I am attaching it straight in the back and wondering if I need a lens in between the camera and scope somehow?Doing lots of research but keen to get some guidance. It might be that I am just expecting too much from what is going to be a steep learning curve! Simon
  13. Thanks Everyone! Was always my intention to get into it and wanted to start well with decent kit!
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