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About ScribbleJ

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    Astronomy, astrophotography, camping, mounting biking. Being outdoors in the mountains.
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    Folsom, California
  1. I've been using Clear Skies Charts for about six months now and it has been spot on with predictions up to 32 hours. The color chart lets you see at a glance if it will be worthwhile to haul your gear out to a dark site. http://cleardarksky.com/csk/
  2. I have been using Orion's StarShoot G3 Monochrome CCD Camera and the Orion Camera Studio that they provide with it but I am not very satisfied with the software. It is not that stable and has other issues that make me wonder if a 10 y.o. kid testing his newly acquired coding skills developed it. So... I downloaded Nebulosity 4 and I have been trying to get it to work with the G3 using the ASCOM driver but I'm not quite sure where I'm going wrong. It seems to be connecting but, when I choose preview or any of the other action buttons to make the camera work I get the message "Error Setting Bin Mode". At times I also get a message that 'Nebulosity waited 30 seconds but didn't get anything from the camera'. All this makes me wonder if the camera is actually connecting at all. I know that the cable isn't the problem because I have been able to get a cheap Orion Planetary Imaging Camera to work with it just fine by choosing the WDM Webcam from the camera control selection list. I have installed the ASCOM driver from Orion's web site as well. There is also a choice for Orion StarShoot (Original) but it doesn't connect at all so I am at a complete loss as to what I am doing incorrect or where to go from here. I would appreciate it if anyone would give me some advice to get me going in the right direction.
  3. Thanks Russell. A big scope that I have been drooling over for a while is an 8" f/3.9 newt astrograph linked below. I've been watching Astromart for one also. Might be a bit too much over the weight capacity for imaging though but for observation I'm sure it will be fine. http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/Reflector-Telescopes/Reflector-Optical-Tube-Assemblies/Orion-8-f39-Newtonian-Astrograph-Reflector-Telescope/pc/1/c/11/sc/345/p/101450.uts
  4. Thanks damnut. I was also leaning towards Orion's EDT80T CF. It is about $400 more but still within range. http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/Refractor-Telescopes/Refractor-Telescopes-with-Premium-Optics/Orion-ED80T-CF-Triplet-Apochromatic-Refractor-Telescope/pc/1/c/10/sc/332/p/101422.uts?refineByCategoryId=332
  5. I currently own an Orion Apex 127 MCT. I love it! It's a great scope for planetary observations but I find it lacking in deep sky objects. Plus it isn't ideal for imaging either. So I'm looking for a refractor that I can use on my Orion Skyview Pro mount. (The weight capacity is 20 lbs.) Explore Scientific Bresser Messier 127 is in the price range that is within reach for me right now. My question is; what others think of this refractor as well as what their experience has been using it for deep sky observation and long exposure imaging. I intend on using it for as observation of deep sky objects and long exposure imaging that my MCT has a hard time seeing. Anything else you might add as well (i.e. suggestions for a similar scopes that are close to the $500 price range.) Thanks!
  6. Thanks for the warm welcome guys. It feels like home. Cheers!
  7. ScribbleJ

    Hi everyone

    Welcome Oblivion. I'm new here also. Good to see I'm not the only newbie here. ;-)
  8. Thanks for the warm welcome guys. I look forward to getting to know you all. I've only been doing AP for about two months but have been into astronomy for about five years and more seriously about two years. I started out with Stellerium just sitting on my balcony with an East to Southwesterly view. I sat many nights just identifying objects. I am really enjoying myself more each day with this hobby. So much more to learn so I read a lot. For now I'm waiting for clearer skies so I can go camping and get more time and practice in with my new EQ mount that listed in my OP.
  9. Hello everyone. My name is Calvin and I live in Folsom, CA. Eldorado National Forest is practically my backyard. It takes about an hour and a half to drive to my observation & AP session location but it is such a beautiful area that I don't mind the drive. It usually turns out to be an overnight camping trip too. (Gotta love the tent that fit the bed of my truck.) Currently my equipment consist of an old Meade 4500 reflector with an Orion SkyView Pro EQ mount and a SynScan handheld guide system. My plan is to get setup with a new telescope (possibly an Orion ED80T CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor) with an auto guider telescope. I have yet to make a firm choice though. I don't want to buy something I am not going to be happy with considering the cost but I'm fairly certain that will be what I go with next. In addition to that I use a Nikon D3300 with a T-Ring mount (or the tube ring piggyback option). I'm slowly acquiring the rest of the gear I need (i.e. laptop, filters and filter wheel, etc.) Anyway, I look forward to getting to know everyone here and hopefully learning a thing or two. Cheers Calvin
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