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laser_jock99

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  1. Modern CCD cameras are very sensitive to incoming individual photons, couple that with a large aperture scope and it's remarkable what faint magnitudes can be reached. I attempted to image the same 'blank' area of sky used for the famous Hubble Deep Field Image. Using a 12" F4 fast Newtonian and Lodestar X2 camera, I was able to pick up the four main magnitude 21-22 galaxies in just 180 seconds.
  2. Great post- I'm enjoying the pictures so far! I'm curious if you can see any light pollution from the Cape Flattery Silica Mine ? It's about 20km due south of Lizard Island.
  3. Flexure can be problem on any scope- more so on Newtonians with thin metal tubes and heavy cameras hanging off at right angles. I'm a great believer in beefing-up the dovetail and tube rings to support the scope properly. Even my little 6" Newtonian benefits from a custom made, longer, stronger dovetail bar. No flexure here!
  4. Nice rig- look forward to seeing some more images.
  5. Thanks for sharing- rarely seen on UK forums due to it's low altitude. Needs a dark southern horizon to show well!
  6. Head over to Wales for some of the UK's darkest skies.
  7. Also been some nasty rain in Mid Wales last 24 hours. Observatory is fine - house is leaking though! Roads badly flooded- had an epic 8 hour 'road trip' to Shrewsbury and back yesterday. Clocked up 210 miles to find a way round it all......
  8. Nice to see this new Dark Sky Trail - the .pdf brochure can be downloaded here Milky Way as seen from the first location- Star Inn, Dylife.
  9. Another vote for skiing salopetes- plenty of second hand pairs around from people who go skiing just the once......
  10. Liking the narrow gauge railway at bottom of your garden- Talyllyn?
  11. Rain or cloud - my obsy now doubles as a radio shack. Lots of interesting signals out there.....
  12. Pozidrive screws are okay so long as you use size 3 (or larger). The smaller size 2 is prone to rounding off either the screw or the bit. Torx is good though too- but again, the larger sizes are better for this kind of work.
  13. Panorama from my observatory in Mid Wales Southern horizon- late summer evenings.
  14. Remember the Bow Street Tornado- just down the road?
  15. If it helps- I leave an EQ6 outside all year round on a permanent pier. It survives severe mountain conditions under a few layers of plastic bags and BBQ covers....
  16. Canon 40D - self modified to full spectrum sensitivity. Plenty on E-bay <£100. NGC7000 taken with GSO 8" F4 Newtonian telescope, 0.7x ASA Keller coma corrector/reducer, modifed Canon 40D full spectrum camera @ ISO1000. Stack of nine images totaling 38 minutes of exposure
  17. Nice. Worth sending to the campsite owners to see if they'll angle the light down a bit?
  18. North or Mid Wales- no too far from Brum. Llyn Peninsula is worth a look too. Brecon.....bit near the LP sources in the South
  19. Great project- wish I had access to a digger for my build. The gradient was too much to be safe though, I fear.
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