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Knighty2112

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  1. Try tapping top left corner of screen in Skysafari and change from Horizon to one of the other tions, equatorial, eclipitc or galactic views. Might give you a bit more freedom in moving things around how you like.
  2. Hi and welcome. Enjoy the new scope when it finally arrives.
  3. Saw the comet, but very faint. Had to wobble the scope to clearly see something was there. M82 was much easier to spot, along with M81 of course too. Also nabbed M51 afterwards too, which showed well. Certainly darker skies would have brought the comet out more, but nice to see none the less.
  4. Nice capture. I got some shots earlier on too, but not a dramatic as yours is. Well done.
  5. Nice one John. May have a look for it in the next hour or so.
  6. Yeah, it is a little niggle, but a small cross to bare I think. I use Skysafari pro on both my iPad and iPhone. In general the iPad gets used a lot more for going backwards and forwards in time for Skyviews, so I get this problem much less than when using my iPhone. At least when you've got the position in time as you want it, you can then press the time button again to lose the menu so you can’t hit the now button again by mistake.
  7. Managed to see it with my 2 ‘fracs mounted on my Skytee2 mount, so kept pretty steady even during the strongest gusts of wind. Thankfully, clouds didn't spoil the show much, so got a good close up of Mercury in my Omni 120 with 2x Barlow and 5mm ep, and a nicer widefield view with my AA Ascent 80ed with 17mm ep which managed to show both Venus and Mercury in the same fov.
  8. Nice to see Mercury again. Managed to spot it in my binos the last evening, then through my ‘fracs this evening. :) 

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Is it nice to see it again. Going for the Mercury/Venus conjunction tonight!

    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      Yes, hopefully as long as the weather plays ball. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

  9. Venus will be blazing away in the west tonight. Be very east to spot as its so bright.
  10. I used to do a rough set up with my goto mount, then put a low power EP in the scope (20 or 32mm), set the mount to Venus, and just hunt around a little left, right, up, down etc and it would eventually pop in to view to home in on it to view/image.
  11. Most likely because you can’t reach focus with your camera’s, so you may need to have an extender in place in your focuser to achieve focus correctly. Test it out in the daytime focusing on something in the distance, and if you need an extender move the focuser to max out position, then carefully undo the camera so you can very carefully pull it back out of the focuser until you see you get focus OK on your camera/pc. Just be very carefull you have a hold of the camera always. Extenders can come in 1.25” or 2” sizes, of varying lengths like attached link shows. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-80mm-125-focus-extension-tube.html
  12. Sure you got the right one now? There is a RPI 4 model B available too now to add even more confusion, with up to 4GB memory!
  13. I’ve found my GSO 15A yellow filter works very well when viewing Venus. Also, when slight cloud cover goes in front it improves the views too. Tried quite a few filters on Venus, but 15A seems to work the best, at least for my eyes.
  14. Something like this would be nice and quick to set up, and be pretty light to. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/maksutov/sky-watcher-skymax-127-az5-deluxe.html
  15. Meant to say also that you can flip the view with the apps to match what you see through your scope, so that it matches the view in either a ‘frac, Newtonian scope or binos.
  16. If you’ve got a android or iPhone phone or tablet you can get a moon app that will show the phases and major craters. I use Moon Atlas or Moon Maps apps on my iPhone or iPad.
  17. I would have thought if it worked fine for two years that if the screws weren’t tight enough to hold either the idler or the motor that it would have shown up well before now? Anyway, hope you get up and working soon again.
  18. Hi Ciaran. Going well with the binos still. Heres’s some further info from Orion about the mount. I have a monopod too which I use for quick looks withthe binis, but the tripod is much better for longer more stable views of objects. https://uk.telescope.com/Orion-Paragon-Plus-Binocular-Mount-and-Tripod/p/109828.uts
  19. Hi Jas. I’ll take the 2nd lot the book on Jupiter and also the moon please for £12. Let me know how you want paying. Cheers, Gus
  20. Windy, and not far off a full moon, but got a good view of Uranus just north of the moon through my 120mm ‘frac and 5mm EP. Nice to see a planet again! :) 

    1. orion25

      orion25

      Do you do any imaging?

    2. Knighty2112

      Knighty2112

      A little planetary imaging now and again is all.

    3. orion25

      orion25

      I spent the better half of 2018 imaging Mars (and its dust storms). I'm warming up to my ASI224MC as I have been using the very capable Orion 5MP Solar System camera for planetary work. I'm gearing up for a better apparition in 2020, too!

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