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    Astronomy & entry level astrophtography, general photography , knitting, hunting and fishing when I can.
    Laughing at myself and FOOD! Let's not forget good food!
    Pretty much retired (not retarded) from the work world.
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  1. SunBear

    Novice Experiments

    These are just a collection of lunar shots taken with my cellphone, a Samsung Galaxy S4. with an adapter attached to our Zhumell Z12 Dob. They have been enhanced by Google+ so you can see we've put a whole lot of work and money into this (sarcasm). We are not wealthy but we ARE enthusiastic! Gradually, If I stay alive long enough and we come into some cash, we might venture out a bit further into this hobby.
  2. The tin foil idea sounds great! I will definitely try it. Cheap and easy to come by materials are where it's at. Thanks for the input.
  3. I know you guys over there in the UK don't get too much intense Sun compared to us over here in Arizona, but do you have any recommendations as to what to do about the heat issues using a black optical tube in midday Sun?
  4. Thanks a lot for the info! Would you recommend monochromatic or color and why?
  5. Hi, I'm thinking of getting into entry level CCD imaging however I'm on a really tight budget. Have any of you folks had experience with this particular cam? Fits the current budget but will I be disappointed with performance? As I said, the key words here are "entry level"! It will be used with a 12" Dobsonian scope. Thanks for any info. Product link: http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/astroimaging-cameras/neximage-5-solar-system-imager-%285mp%29
  6. It is clearly a Conehead....from France, peering down your OTA.
  7. Very nice! You're well ahead of me.
  8. Here in the desert, I allow 30 minutes to go from 75 degrees inside to over 100 degrees outside. I also use the the primary fan.
  9. We have 2 of these. Best bang for the buck. http://hqrp.com/led-lighting/flashlights.html
  10. Ok. Am I correct in assuming that the resulting image should be de-saturated or should it be left red? My reasoning was that any contrast improvement would remain in the de-saturated image much the same as using a red filter with black and white film. Not sure if it is the same principle.
  11. This afocal image of Clavius was taken a few days ago from the back yard. The original was MUCH smaller. Eyepiece was a 12.5mm PLossl with a green filter. Cropped in GIMP and 100% de-saturated. A bit grainy due to an over zealous attempt a sharpening. Any comments on the filter choice? Don't laugh! I KNOW it looks like rubbish!
  12. If you guys think you have viewing problems, take a look at this view looking SE from my backyard. Lol! This is pretty much what I've got unless I feel like loading a 5' 75 lb scope in the truck bed and driving 30 miles out of town! I can't believe the light pollution doesn't interfere more with an aperture this large.
  13. Congratulations! You should be proud! I'm doing it the same way you are and I haven't been able to image Saturn yet. Keep it up, it only gets better from here!
  14. Thanks for the input, Pat. I wasn't sure whether they would be useful or not. Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
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