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Everything posted by adder001

  1. Thats impressive for a phone camera. Did you use any zoom? I notice that the note 9 has a 2x optical zoom. I wonder what the results would be like on a really dark cloudless sky, I bet Andromeda would be quite good.
  2. Thanks for your reply, thats really inspiring I am imagining what I could do by using multiple exposures and stacking. definitely looking at getting one although the Samsung S20 ultra looks good as well
  3. Hi Everyone, Not posted for a long time due to not having any gear but still keep popping in checking whats going on because once you have the bug it never leaves I think. Anyway its almost time for my phone upgrade and I have been looking at the specs of the Huawei P30 pro, the main interesting thing is that it has a lens that can go upto 5 x optical which according to the literature that makes it 125mm focal length equivalent and it also is capable of shooting raw and has a maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds also F3.4. Also the price remains the same on my contract so it feels like a free astronomy tool as well as something that I use anyway. Now I know this is like comparing a Ferrari to a Robin Reliant but I remember when I still had my canon 1300D I got some pretty good images of Andromeda, M42 and all the easy big DSO targets at about 150 to 200mm standard kit lens about F6 as well I think and that was only on a EQ2 mount that was motor driving on RA only, also my polar alignment wasnt brilliant either I just used drift as best as I could because with an EQ2 as there is no polar scope. So I was wondering what would be possible with this tiny phone camera. I realise that the lens is tiny and so is the sensor when compared to the DSLR that I used to have but I have been excited by some of the pics that people have taken of the milky way and constellations etc but I wonder if things like Andromeda and Orion nebula would be possible even if only tiny. I was thinking I moght get a cheap tripod or even a bean bag to rest the phone on and see what I can get using short exposures and stacking
  4. That is amazing, you have even got the horse head in there. I've been trying to get that for ages. 2 questions is your sky really dark and 2nd can you confirm that your exposure time was multiple 4 second exposures? If it was I am totally inspired to have another go myself when I finally get my gear again.
  5. Thanks for your replies but I don't like the idea of second hand, I never have. I know that's fussy but you just never know. (That's probably why I'm always skint). I really only want new with warranty etc., So that's why these caught my eye because they just fit my budget
  6. Hi folks, I am trying to get back into this again after a horrible few months where I reluctantly had to sell my gear. (The bug never leaves you). This time I am on a tighter budget than before but I am looking for another dslr for astrophotography. I used to have the canon eos1300d with a 300mm lens which was great. They don't make that any more but there is a eos4000d 18mp aps c sensor which seems similar to my old one and then a slightly more expensive 2000d which has 24mp aps c sensor. The 2000d seems on the face of it to be a better camera as it has a metal lens ring rather than plastic and a few other bells and whistles but I was wondering if it would be better for astrophotography having 24mp on the same sensor or stick with the 18mp on the same sensor(I am thinking less noise maybe?). If there would be virtually no difference in photo quality then I would opt for the cheaper one but if it makes a big difference d then I might push the boat out and get the 2000d. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  7. Canon EOS 1300D , Comes with lenses 18-55mm and 75-300mm zoom and strap. Also Remote control shutter/intervalometer for creating self portrait or time lapse etc. Non Smoking Household. perfect condition, kept in case when not in use. £300 REDUCED Location Bolton, North West England. Collection or I can do local delivery in person. I would prefer this as postage would be expensive also the risk of damage in transit. If needed then I estimate around £15 due to size and amount of items if sent by courier.
  8. Skywatcher Skymax 127 Synscan AZ GOTO Barlow Lens (1.25") 6x30 Finderscope 90° Star Diagonal (1.25”)- Repaired SynScan AZ GoTo Computerised Alt-Azimuth HD Go-To Mount with Handset Stainless Steel Tripod with Accessory Tray Extras ------ Skywatcher WiFi Adapter (This is so you can use your mobile phone for control to control the scope instead of the handset) Celestron Powertank with cable & charging plug T Adappter & Ring for Canon 1300D Camera Meade 8- 24 Zoom lens Bahtinov mask x 2, One for telescope and a small one for canon camera lens L Bracket for attaching a camera to the mount rather than piggybacking onto the scope Plastic carry case for lenses masks etc. Diy Solar filter using Baader Solar Film Turn Left at Orion Book and The Sky at Night paperback Patrick Moore This telescope and accessories are only 6 month old and I have only used it 3 times, so it is like brand new except for the star diagonal which has been repaired. Powertank was bought at christmas and has only been charged once The star diagonal got dropped and the silver insert (the bit that you put the eyepiece into) that screws into it became slightly loose in the threads so I repaired it by putting superglue on the threads and screwing it back in. It is held solid now and no glue is visible and all the eyepieces fit perfectly. All instruction manuals and tools still in bag. Non Smoking Household £400 ono reduced Location Bolton, North West England. Collection or I can do local delivery in person. I would prefer this as postage would be expensive also the risk of damage in transit. If needed then I estimate around £15 due to size and amount of items if sent by courier.
  9. Yes you are correct in that if it is too bright then indeed all you see is a bright red light. But once it is dimmed then there is just enough red light to light the markings but not enough to obscure the stars(some do still get drowned out even by that small ammountnof light) but polaris and other bright-ish stars are visible through it. Another thing that I found is that if you have the red lightnon the side then you get an uneven illumination and it ia a little harder to get the balance between lighting the markings and seeing the stars through it
  10. Yep. Thats the one I got and it works perfectly
  11. Make sure you get the proper skywatcher cable or one that has ftdi chipset otherwise you could flatten your handset while trying to update the firmware. I know from bitter experience. I bought a cheap one from fleabay and while it appeared to work initially once the firmware started to update it kept failing at 5%. Once this happens the handset does not boot and you can not go back. I thought that I had killed my handset after only owning it for about 2 weeks. After doing much reading I discovered that this is common with cheap converter cable so I bought the official skywatcher cable which was quite expensive but at least it worked and my handset was revived.
  12. Some great tips there. Thanks everyone for your replies. I will use them
  13. Hi Folks, I have been happily using my new skywatcher skymax 127 on a synscan az goto mount and a question occured to me when going through the alignment procedure. Does the time between centering the first star in the eyepiece and aligning the second star matter. The reason that I ask is that sometimes the accuracy of the goto differs slightly and I am wondering could it be due to me being too slow to find the next star. I am good with constellation identifying but the star names I only know a few of the major ones such as vega, betelgeuse etc., so I have to rely on a star chart to pick a suitable star which takes maybe about an extra minute. I am wondering if the mount does not keep the 1st star centred due to setup not being fully complete at this point and obviously the earth is still rotating so the star will drift and then the reference point of this star is now not centered when aligning to the 2nd star. Everything else is always the same as I have already marked the ground where I put the tripod so it goes in the same place every time and levelled it with a spirit level. The power is supplied with a skywatcher powertank so I know its not a battery power problem and all the information is correct such as time/date, elevation, lat/long etc. It isnt massively out, so far everything I have requested has been in the FOV of my 25mm eyepiece but its just something that I wondered and also whether I could improve things. cheers
  14. I am now the proud owner of a Skywatcher 127 mak with a synscan Az mount and I love it. I have only used it once (last night) and what a massive difference when looking at the moon compared to my 90mm mak. The difference is unbelievable, the brightness is actually dazzling(definitely need my moon filter now) and the detail is much improved. I didnt spend a great deal of time getting it super leve(I just wanted to start looking through it)l, I just used the bubble level that is built into the tripod leg and it seemed to track ok, but not perfectly - I think it needs perfect levelling from what I have read. But even with that quick setup I told it to slew to Andromeda and Orion nebula as they are relatively easy to spot in a telescope and it found them quite easily and yes a major difference again, Orion especially I could easily make out the shapes and contrast. I have already made my solar filter using baadar solar film which I also got as a christmas pressy although not used it yet. I am going to mount my camera to an L bracket and attach it directly to the mount and see what I can get. I bet 10 seconds would be achieveable at about 200mm looking at the above pic of M42 and that was through the scope. So all in all very very pleased
  15. Hi There, I thought that I could set stellarium with whatever settings that I wanted and then when I click save settings it would keep everything like that but it only seems to work with some items and not others but yes I would like it if I could check the navigation stars icon on the bottom toolbar and then it would stay checked so next time I load stellarium the navigation stars are visible. Thanks
  16. Hi There, Thanks for your reply but I cant see how to do it. Is there a menu option that I have missed. The only one that I can find is in the configuration window and save settings and then also in that same window is the plugins where I find the navigation stars and I can tick load at startup and then configure it and save but none of these work. I have to manually check the navigation stars icon every time once stellarium is reloaded. Thanks
  17. Hi Folks, I have had to reinstall stellarium recently due to it behaving rather strangely. Everything seems to be ok now after re-install but I wanted to add the navigation stars plugin to my setup which I added and configured to load at startup. They all appear and everything is fine but the next time I reload stellarium the navigation stars are not showing and I have to switch them on again. I have tried going into the main menu option tab and clicking save settings and also pressing F2 but it still does not save my current setup. It just loads the same as always and I have to change everything again. Has nybody experienced this or anything like it, could it be a bug or am I missing something really easy. Thanks
  18. I would love to get the horsehead even close to that. My biggest problem is to my south are 3 football pitches with lights as well as usual LP. I have been trying to get this target from my back garden since last year, but nothing as good as that. This is my latest attempt and thats with a star adventurer with 200mm lens, 30 second subs x 60. I definitely need to goto a dark site but I cant find anywhere suitable or anywhere that I would be happy/safe with my astro gear out.
  19. I think my decision is made - The skywatcher it is. Already thinking about powertanks and rs232 cables to control it from stellarium. (Theres always something to spend my money on ). Thanks everyone for your input
  20. Thats really good for 8 second, even some colour showing there. Is that your camera connected to your telescope through the T adapter, if so then thats amazing at that focal length. Thanks for sharing
  21. Has anybody any info about taking pics with this setup eg both through the scope using prime focus or just using the mount and a dslr with a lens(200mm) for example, what length of exposure would be possible. Cheers
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