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  1. Thats great - it gives me a starting point - i realise a lot of experimentation is needed. Cheers mate !
  2. What a great programme - using on mac via bootcamp... Ive been searching the net but can't find info on LX mode in Sharpcap. DO I need to use it? what does it do? I use a Microsoft Life Cam Studio and am about to mod a Logitech C615 - do i need to do anything to the camera? Thanks
  3. I hadn't thought of that .... great idea... prevents the frustration setting in too )
  4. So after 8 days of waiting it seemed clear enough to venture out with the new scope and mount (first goto one). I'd done as much set up as I could in the house following 'Astronomyshed's' you tube videos. If nothing else it taught me basic set-up - just about managed to polar align... balanced etc . So I finally put power to the mount 1. How can you dim the red light when looking through the polar scope? Polaris was only just visible! Then started synscan set-up. Entered all the basic info and went to do a 2 star align. I chose Regulus and Pollux to start. First attempt - scope didn't move anywhere - Fixed this by making sure mount was switched on before synscan controller Second, third and fourth attempts: although it moved roughly in the right longitude area it was pointing approx 10 degrees below the horizon! As I tried at least 3 times I'm certain I entered info correctly.. Having decided to give up for the night I then went to Park the scope.... it ended up pointing Northwest about 20 degrees above the horizon. Been scratching my head as to what I may have done... any ideas? Thanks
  5. Welcome to the site! I've only been on just over a week and have already learnt so much - including how supportive everyone is (thanks folks) - the forums contain such a wealth of invaluable advice. Stopped me feeling so stupid asking obvious questions Pete
  6. I should perhaps add I live on a farm in Suffolk (uk) so have pretty dark skies...
  7. This maybe a naive question ( I realise the number of variables that can affect things - and making general assumptions such as setting my polar alignment correctly etc) but in the hope of clear skies... Im starting out with a Nikon D5000 DSLR + Quattro 10" f/4 + NEQ6 Synscan mount. Please could someone give a range of basic camera settings (Exposure time - bulb setting / Aperture / iso) for... 1) Moon 2) Planets 3) Sun (using Mylar film) As regards DSO's presumably as long as alignment is correct there is no such thing as too long an exposure? I'd hate disappointment to dampen my enthusiasm... although with my investment in the kit i've just upgraded to thats unlikely! ALSO I have a modded MS Lifecam Studio and will experiment with various software packages (both Win and MacOSX) but again are there basic settings I should look out for ... e.g. where should saturation level be? Thanks for the help in anticipation Pete
  8. Last night was a false alarm :((( ... managed a quick naked-eye glimpse of the moon and Jupiter at 9pm as cloud started breaking up - waited until 2.00am but my optimism was dashed as the cloud thickened. New scope still in the box! :((

  9. Just heard It is supposed to be a clear night tonight !!! AT last a chance to try my Quattro 10" f/4... only waited 8 days since it arrived

  10. Feeling stupid this morning... spent a very frustrating hour trying to set up my NEQ6 polar scope before I came on here and discovered there was a hole in the RA shaft too see through...Can't believe I was so stupid

    1. allcart


      You're not the first.

    2. Luke


      I've tried to look through the polar scope a few times for a good few minutes before realising I haven't extended the shaft :D

  11. PGA-64

    photo 2

    I've had 4" and 6" - I think its more the mount that scares me lol
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  13. PGA-64

    photo 2

    From the album: Sundries

  14. PGA-64

    New telescope / mount

    From the album: Sundries

    somewhat bigger than I envisaged...
  15. So telescope is finally on the mount. Feels like I've built a boat in the house and now it won't fit through the door lol.

    1. Stargazer33
    2. PGA-64


      Need to dig out the step ladder too LOL

  16. Great images - never even thought about trying my phone! once this cloud clears..... Pete
  17. I've just been watching youtube videos and am now more confused than ever... Please can someone explain or point me to a guide as regards the difference between Dark / Bias / Flat frames and how to achieve these with both a DSLR (Nikon D5000) and a webcam? Thanks in advance
  18. Why when you have new kit to test does the cloud and rain roll in?

    1. emadmoussa


      What kind of assumption is that?! :D

    2. ronin


      All astronomical equipment is sent in a dehydrated state - to save on weight and volume and so keep the shipping cost low. The clouds are required in order to rehydrate the items you purchased to the correct size in order to function correctly. Usually 4-5 days of cloud and general atmospheric moisture is required, however larget items can need a week or two.

    3. JimmyC


      because cloud.

  19. Cool thank you - I'll look at Nebulosity. The elation I understand - I was so pleased with my first attempts
  20. Just got a Skywatch Quattro 10" f/4 in order to further my imaging interest. Does anyone use a Mac for imaging? I'm having a lot of trouble finding suitable software for both capture / camera control / processing. I'm only just getting started but frustration is taking the edge off my enthusiasm. I use a Nikon D5000 DSLR and wanted live capture / MS Life Cam Studio webcam (definitely a Windows only solution I think for this). I had hoped to process / stack in Photoshop CS5 but the machine tells me you can't stack in the 64-bit version?????!?? Any help greatly appreciated
  21. Hi Everyone - just joined SGL. Pleased to find an area specific forum - I'm based near Southwold. Lived here 4 years, having moved from London and the comparatively dark skies have re-awakened my hobby. Received my new 'scope yesterday and needless to say the cloud rolled in last night!
  22. Thanks for the encouragement... they are not perfect... but then I am a perfectionist lol
  23. PGA-64

    Hello from Suffolk

    think I should have added this....
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