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Phil Fargaze

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  1. A weekend in March and a weekend in October are my usual dark sky trips. 2 hours (90 miles) up to Suffolk with the camping gear and I usually keep it simple with just the 10" dob. In normal times I would have been going this weekend. Going to really miss it, looking forward to the Autumn already!
  2. The event was negative for me from east of London. My predicted time was 20h 20m 58s with a tolerance of +- 2 seconds. I had high level cloud but the camera could still manage a decent view of Regulus. I`m aware of at least 20 other potential observers across Europe so if a positive result turns up I will post it on here.
  3. Don`t hang about do they. That was quite quick for a rocket roll out!
  4. Awesome view at the moment. SN10 being rolled out with SN9 in the background.
  5. I built myself a shed then decided I wanted an obsy so I turned it into a roll off. (see attached pic). Before I put in my C9.25 on a pillar mount I used the obsy with my 10" dob. I got round the high wall problem by making a frame about a metre high out of steel (it could be wood or whatever else) and placed the dob with its mount on that, making sure the roof could still close without hitting the scope. Because the dob eyepiece was now too high up to easily use, I built a raised floor around the frame so that I could comfortably reach the eyepiece. The dob wasn`t fully clear of the walls b
  6. According to this live feed here another launch attempt is in just under two hours (21:40 this eve)
  7. If I am doing EAA with my mono camera I like to go for difficult targets such as distant galaxies and galaxy clusters which would not normally show much colour and I know that I am getting as much detail as possible from a live image. So I am normally happy with the mono image I get. I have not tried EAA with a colour camera but I suspect it would be suited to the showpiece objects such as the Orion Nebula which would possibly bring out some of the colour it contains. I am thinking that your choice of colour of mono camera might depend on what you intend to view.
  8. I got my Orion XT10 intelliscope in 2005 and it is still going strong. I enjoy using it and get great views with deep sky and planets as well. It is simple to use and the object pointing is always accurate. I like it being a solid tube and it holds collimation very well. I haven't compared it to other similar scopes but I would recommend the intelliscope as a good buy.
  9. This method is kind of basic but it suits me at the moment. There is a very good web page I came across which helped me get set up and includes some warnings to heed to avoid any fried electrics etc and it goes on to describe the more advanced methods of connection. See here
  10. I have recently connected my Laptop to my HEQ5 Pro via this method. The black curled cable on the left goes to the mount. The grey cable comes out of the RJ-11 port on the handset to a serial plug. Then plugged into that is a USB to serial converter cable which connects to the laptop via the USB plug. I then run my planetarium programme, which in my case is redshift 8, to point the mount to objects displayed on the laptop. This can also be done via WiFi adaptor with my particular programme but I`m not sure which adaptor would be suitable.
  11. I`ve just come back from a short family break at Kelling Heath and it was as busy as what you would expect for the end of August bank holiday weekend. ( The weather wasn`t good but at least we were in a lodge!) The touring fields were full and the lodges and caravans were well populated as well. There is an entry barrier so that they can take party details. The weather improved for Sunday night and there was a singer in the bandstand and some visiting food vendors were parked up, so the square was full of families enjoying a normal night out. However current Covid restrictions obviously had an
  12. On my quest to visually view the northern Caldwell objects I came up against the challenge to view the Crescent Nebula (C27). From a dark site in Suffolk with my 10" dob I finally bagged it in Oct 2017 after a few attempts. Here is my log book entry:- "Very faint off circular transparent structure. Wasn`t sure if I was seeing all of it or part of it." 25mm eyepiece 48x OIII filter. Conditions were good and the site is really dark and I still struggled to see it, so I would consider it a tough target. It`s definitely going on my list to revisit this autumn.
  13. Regarding planets, you may find it easier to use a dedicated digital colour camera. I havn`t really had much progress with planets with the Watec myself, but give it a try and see what you think. However, I`m confident you will be impressed with it`s deep sky capabilities though.
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