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Everything posted by NightSky_Wanderer

  1. Thanks thats really useful. Do you have any tips when using a ccd?
  2. Thanks, I'm thinking i will stick to planetary imaging for now. Would you suggest anything other accessories for such imaging to help me improve?
  3. So a ccd would be useless with my scope? What scope would you suggest? Thanks
  4. I was thinking colour, but if you would recommend otherwise.
  5. Hi, So i been doing some astrophotography with my Canon and would like to progress onto a CCD. I was just wondering if anyone would be able to advise on the best on for my budget, scope. Budget - £250 - £300 Scope - Skywatcher skymax 127 on the syncscan az goto mount. Hardware - Macbook Air running El Capitain Thank you Adz
  6. Thanks James that makes a lot of sense. I imagined having to do a whole song and dance for polar alignment.
  7. If I were to get the EQ mount are the motors easy to attach? I dont wanna end up breaking the mount. I also found on another thread about the kit to make the mount goto compatible AstroEQ its called. Also when browsing other threads on here I read about people having difficulty with polar alignment. Is it hard? and whats the purpose of it? Would i still do the 3 star alignment like i do at the mo? Sorry for all the silly questions.
  8. Thanks for your replies so far. Cheers, I totaly forgot about looking on ebay. That might be the way. Looks good and a nice price too. I had looked at eq mounts after reading up on astrophotography but didn't really know what to go for.
  9. Hi all, So I dropped my mount off with one of the guys from Altair Astro (he lives in the same village as me) something was up with the motors i think. This is the old scope. Anyway Im preparing for the worst, that I will need to get a new one. But Im in a bit of a dilemma.......... Do i replace it with the same one or upgrade ready for future scopes? I haven't had to much experience with the scope as i only got my first one 4 months ago and the mount started going wrong not long after (it was second hand). Although Im new at this i have taken my first steps towards photography (pics in a previous post). I also like the goto mounts. I would say Im looking to spend no more that £500 although i just brought a car so the cheaper the better. Any suggestion and advice would be great. Adam
  10. Thanks for everyones feed back. i found out i can connect the camera directly to my mac for a live feed of what Im imaging which should make things easier. I plan to get back out there when i get my mount sorted out.
  11. HI Sorry for not reply for the last few days but i managed to take a look inside the mount couldn't see anything stuck so i took a short video of what the gear is doing. Not sure where to upload to so you can have a look. Any suggestions? Thanks Adam
  12. I will try that tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion. Yes Thats the one....... I cant turn the mount left and right but i can move the scope up and down.
  13. Hi, Well i noticed this the last couple of times when using my scope. When using the hand controller to point the scope the mount struggles to move and lets out a low whining sound. There has also been times that it has stopped working altogether, but other time when it works like normal. Now i have check the powertank and that is all charged, i have also checked to make sure the scope is properly balanced on the mount, which it is. I got the scope for christmas secondhand ,i believe the mount is a AZ GoTo Computerised Alt-Azimuth HD Go-To Mount. Does anyone know what is wrong? Is my mount dying on me? Thanks for any help and advice you can give. Adam
  14. The camera i used was a Canon 500D with my SW Skymax 127 and yes they are single frame exposures. For the second picture i used a 2x Barlow lens. Thanks jambouk for the advice i will try that next time the skies are clear although look at the time it doesn't look like it will be dark till very late. When imaging planets do i need filters or anything to help with capturing detail?
  15. Hi all, When out with the scope looking at the moon i thought i would try my hand at imaging. I knew enough to of purchased the adaptors and that i needed to shoot in manual mode. So below is a couple of the pictures unprocessed apart from converting from RAW to Jpeg. What do you think? And do you have any advice for next time? Thank you Adam
  16. Hi Well i have been out with my scope a handful of times since i got it for Christmas but tonight was the first time I was able to get it all set up and 2 star aligned successfully. I was over the moon when I selected Jupiter and it proceeded to slew to the object, I was even happier when I looked through the eyepiece and it was near as damn it in the centre. I was happy with the view but remembered the Baader Moon & Starlight filter i brought so i took out the 30mm Vixen npl and attached the filter and was blown away to see Jupiter and 4 Moons I was so happy that i pulled out my phone to call Mum out to see the view (yes i still live at home) only for the skies to cloud over and pelt me and my equipment with hail stones. I jumped up took off my scarf and covered the scope the best i could quickly shut the EP case and legged it inside to find something more substantial to bring the scope in under. Although the session was ruined by the hail I am still delighted that i managed to get a good view of Jupiter even though the moon was so bright, think that filter was well worth the money. Adam Over & Out
  17. Managed to get out last night to try out my new eyepieces although by time i had everything ready to go the skies decided they would cloud over I was not a happy trooper
  18. Right so based on the advice and experiences above I went for the vixen npl 8mm and the 18mm BCO. I will post letting you know how I get on. Thanks for all your help.
  19. thanks for all your help and advice so far! I was thinking of going for the 10mm & 25mm Vixen NPL. What are your thoughts? Also should upgrade my Barlow and if so can anyone suggest a good one? Thanking you in advance
  20. Thanks for your help so far. I manually slewed it to the 1st star the second went in the complete opposite direction.
  21. I put in the location I was at. Which was my home coordinates.
  22. Im pretty sure I am entering the date and location correctly and I got a power pack (I cant be doing with fiddling with batteries). Does it have to be in a starting position before beginning?
  23. Hi So i tried to do a 2 star alignment tonight, I managed to do the first star fine but when it was slewing to the second star it went in completly the wrong direction and settled on a tree. What am i doing wrong? Thanks Adam
  24. Hi all, Was wondering if you helpful people could give me some advice on upgrading my eyepieces that came with my scope. I have a Super 10mm & 25mm and 2x Barlow lens. I recently brought a Vixen NPL 30mm which is so much clearer than they above. I'm not sure if thats because its a lower zoom or if its because its better than the standard lens or are they just dirty? Anyway should I go for the same make as the 30mm or should i try something different? Thanks
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