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  1. Exactly what I have done. Took some video files- converted to AVI. Unfortunately autostakkert looks ridiculously complicated once I opened it up. Will have to learn how to do it.
  2. Hi Craig. Had a go with Venus last night. Used 120x with 2x Barlow. Set it up with a smartphone adaptor and reduced the ISO to 50 and kept messing about with the shutter. At about 1/100 the brightness was taken away leaving a dull image which seemed to show the planet best. Is there anything else I can do to try and pick it up better?
  3. Nice image. I need some tips on Venus- my first attempt last night was awful.
  4. Im in NW Newcastle.. probably pretty easy to get to Kielder but never tried it yet. Not sure I could get the DOB in the car tho
  5. Was letting the cat in last night and WOW I was stunned with Mars... brightest ive ever seen it. I could even pick out the icecaps from a zoomed in SLR shot Not sure if Its high enough to get the scope on it mind.
  6. Thanks folks. Is it possible to take video and stack? Or would you take multiple shots?
  7. Ive seen some good stuff done with just a smartphone. I fancy trying this. Does anyone reccommend a good smartphone adaptor? I have an 8 inch Dob
  8. Thanks for that. Never thought of flares. Wouldnt the flares be a lot weaker coming from a smaller star? Would any atmosphere in the planets deflect the xrays?
  9. Thanks thats superb. Mind blowing stuff that we can tell exactly whats going on from trillions of miles away. Do you know if we can see this star from Earth with a small telescope or is it too faint?
  10. One day I thought it was a plane coming in to land. Ridiculous.
  11. Thanks all. Good stuff. It was visible tonight from our house all evening. It looked superb as it got down low on the horizon too. I can't ever remember seeing the hottest planet so bright.
  12. Just seen Venus in blue sky with the naked eye. Incredible. Is it at its brightest at the moment?
  13. Just been out. Only for 15 mins as the dew was bad and the clouds were starting to roll over. Missed the GRS but the bands were looking decent. Quick question on the moons.. how come Callisto was out of line with the rest of them? I thought they were always all in a line?
  14. Well thats no good. The scope is currently cooling.
  15. Good report. I saw the GRS (With colour too!) for the first time last night. Mindblowing.
  16. To echo others, The GRS was stunning last night. Highlight of my fledgling astronomy career. Amazed you could catch the swirl around it too.
  17. Was brilliant wasnt it? Amazed at seeing colour on a planet. Never thought my scope would be capable!! My fingers are warming up now and I best get to bed for a 6:30am start!
  18. First night out with the scope this year and WOW best one yet. Jupiter had been slowly coming over the trees at the back of the house over the last month and at 8pm I could already see it through the trees next to a stunning full moon so decided to wait until 11pm to get the scope out. Even better I checked my JoveMoons app and the GRS was due out at perfect time all evening! Lined up Jupiter (first time since the summer) and probably since the scope hadnt warmed up yet the disc was very blurry.. slowly but surely it got better and better until WOW GRS visible in all its glory and whats this? Colour!!? Bright orange in the spot. Yep first time in my life I was seeing planetary colour with my own eyes. Amazing. And the detail was so good you could even see the creamy-white circle around the spot. Blown away tonight. Anyone else see the GRS tonight?
  19. I got lucky with this. The garden chairs I have have quite high armrests. I can sit on one of these and its at a good height for the eyepiece. Not the most comfy but it does the job.
  20. You've got the bug. Yep i'm always amazed when its a clear night. No-one really quite lets it sink in what they are looking at- people are too caught up in their own lives on Earth. The big shame is the light pollution. I wish I lived in rural areas.
  21. Hi mate.. im a Wearsider living on Tyneside. Welcome.
  22. Thats incredible. Did I just imagine it though but isnt Jupiter back to the evening skies soon?
  23. Opened the curtains this morning to a crescent moon with Jupiter right next to it and Venus across the sky to the east. Lovely sight. Didnt catch Mars though but wasnt looking closely
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