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About Adaaam75

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  1. As I understand it they make aligning and reasonably accurate tracking much easier to achieve hence the cost and demand i guess. I'm in agreement with you BF79 as I'm obviously doing something wrong and do tend to just "aim" at easy to find objects for now, but will not be one of those guys that gives up, I know I'm inputting data in wrong or not polar aligning properly however I'm moving soon and with my new polarscope and pier to be installed I'm hoping once I actually get it right I won't need a Starsense, but never say never, running the cost of one past the missus is a challenge in its own right so if I can avoid the need I will.....
  2. Hi guys, Having had difficulty in aligning and never actually managing to get my AVX to track to the standard I know it can, is the Celestron StarSense gadget the answer? I know I can align my scope accurately if I put the effort in and having moved last year I’ve been unable to have my mount fixed on a pier so I’m seriously considering this piece of kit as an easier way to align and to motivate me to get out more often. Please share your thoughts..... Adaaam75
  3. Here is my plan b in build phase guys. Almost there! Pier courtesy of a very kind brother in law minus cost of materials!
  4. Ooooh update! Who'd have thought I'd be lucky enough to have a brother in law who can weld! £200 all in. Cost of steel and powder coating. Just need the time to install it now and I'm set.
  5. All I have t do now is wait for my pier to be delivered to complete the obs, I will then paint and sort the floor out! Watch this space....
  6. I then cracked on with the rolling roof rebuilding the roof from scratch. The hardest part was aligning the wheels in the runners, I'm not a mechanical engineer! The roof weighs approx 100 kgs but is designed to not bow and only took two of us to lift t up. The wheels are nylon castors that roll along on metal troughs the entire length of the runners, with a slight decline to allow water to roll out the ends when it rains. The back of the roof has marine material that drops down to protect the gap and simply flaps up over the top when I roll the roof off.
  7. Hi guys, I thought it was about time I posted the progress of my shed conversion observatory. I've decided to post my observatory project from the start to where I am now including the failed flip lid design and it has been an unsurprisingly long road with what feels like some wasted spends on the flip top design but I am almost there. I was lucky enough to have two good sized sheds in our garden and as we only needed one my wife had already conceded the second as my future observatory. The foundations are good as is the quality of the build with thick solid T&G panels and handy double doors. I am also blessed with a 360 degree view of the night sky with only the first 5 degrees of the horizon blocked by my bungalow and a few trees in the distance. The flip top design would work as demonstrated by other members had I chosen to use a material other than wood for the roof (or rebuilt the roof with a lighter wood construction) however I wanted to maintain the natural look in my garden and chose wood with felt. The overall design was great, water tight and mechanically sound however to lift each half of the roof took some effort due to the weight (50-60kgs) and when it swung past the 90 degree angle the chains were under too much stress to “catch it” going the other way. The same principle applied when I was closing it again. There were work arounds but I decided to go back to the drawing board and chose the popular rolling roof design. Here are the flip lid shots I took including the 8 firedoor hinges used and the water tight overlap for the roof split.
  8. Was able to get out the following night though. Hoping to get a clear night as in to capture the waxing crescent before it's a full moon again!
  9. What clear skies??? A week of planning for my first observing night in 2 weeks and reported cloudless cold night skies all night only to be ruined by a surprise blanket of white!!! I'm hitting Netflix for a couple of hours but I'm not hopeful. #typical
  10. Granted and if love to have the spare cash to get a semi decent entry CCD however i already have everything i need to try in my 550D and if i can zcheive similar imaged to PeterCPC above I'll be stoked!
  11. Couple of examples on this website.....http://www.astropix.com/gdpi/index.html
  12. Agreed however my DSLR has a video cropped option that along with the correct software can achieve similar results to a webcam.
  13. That's great advice. I think if I were to put all the advice I've read from different sites and forums i'd have everything I need however i'd love a book that covers everything, as it seems "A guide to planetary DSLR imaging" is. Unfortunately as mentioned this is only available on CD and only importable from America at £48 + £10 postage and VAT if stopped through customs. Not worth it. APT and Backyard EOS are user friendly and allow my Canon footage to be directly compatible with Registax. I am more interested in the practicalities and hardware side of things along with camera settings etc.
  14. Hi guys, I have a Canon D550 (T2i) which by pure fluke seems to be one of the few Canon cameras which is ideal for imaging planets using the video recording cropped 640 video size frames setting. I've read up on techniques etc but if really like a book as a reference to read up further on the subject but am finding most are either dedicated to deep space objects with a full guided set up or only have a small chapter and is more aimed towards the set up than any techniques etc. I have found the e-book A guide to DSLR planetary imaging by Jerry Lodriguss and it seems exactly what i want but it is only avaiable from the US and costs over £50 before VAT is calculated. Not paying that. The other consideration is Every photon counts which is highly rated on here but again I'm concerned on how much if the content will actually be focused on planetary imaging with a DSLR. Any input and opinion will be extremely welcome. Adaaam75 I have a Canon 550D with a Celestron 9.25SCT on an AVX mount (including adaptors!).
  15. Okay mate, let me throw my Sky Watcher 130p in the mix! F6.5 with my Canon 550d attached and mounted on my AVX mount. Would that still need decent autoguiding or can I take short shots and stack them? OR, what would I need in terms of suitable autoguiding? I do have a 9 x 50 finderscope and a Celestron 70 travel scope. Mixed views on whether these can be used as a finder scope. But what camera would be sufficient?
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