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  1. It was freezing cold last night; far too cold for an extended observing session. However, with Orion in the perfect position over the dells, I decided to try a little AP. Canon EOS 1300D (unmodified) 18-55mm kit lens F3.5 30 seconds ISO 160
  2. Thanks guys. I've been trying to shoot the Pleiades through my scope, but need an extender for the focuser. This is the first time I've managed to get them in a photograph.
  3. Now that one of the local farmers has moved his sheep out of the field next to our house, I took the opportunity to make use of a slightly less-restricted view (our garden has a large barn on one side and the house on the other, so isn't ideal). The view is to the South with Pen Hill in the bottom of the photograph. Focus isn't perfect as my lens doesn't have the little 'infinity' mark on it, so I had to use my best guess. This was a 30 second exposure with ISO at 3200 and aperture set to F4.5 (that's the widest my lens - the 18-55 zoom that came with the camera - will go to). I used Canon's own Digital Photo Professional 4 software for the editing process.
  4. Hi folks, decided to try my hand at photographing the Pleiades last night. I've got a Celestron T-adapter with 2x Barlow. With the camera attached to the scope, I found I was struggling to get a large enough FOV in the images. I unscrewed the Barlow, thinking that by reducing the magnification, I'd achieve the results I wanted. However, I couldn't get the stars in focus (not enough travel on the focuser). Can anyone offer any advice/suggestions?
  5. Feeling a little glum that heavy cloud had rolled in towards sunset, I was ecstatic to have a brief respite about an hour ago. I rushed out with my scope and my new DSLR (Canon EOS 1300D with 18-55mm zoom lens) and despite the rapidly falling temperatures and the rising full moon, I set about trying to photograph the night sky. I haven't got the necessary adapters to connect the camera to the scope's viewfinder, but bolted it onto mounting rings. The Pleiades were just rising above the barn next door and Cassiopeia was almost directly overhead. You'll notice that the focus is off in two of the images; I've since read online that the best way to solve that problem is to focus on a distant object during the day and then leave the camera set like that during the night time session. Oh well, at least I know for next time. Anyway, photos below. Hopefully next time will see some improvement in image quality and composition (these are the unadulterated versions because I don't yet have a handle on the stacking software, yet). N.B: These were shot in RAW, but converted to JPEG for uploading to the internet (I've yet to encounter a website that recognises RAW files).
  6. Superb! I'll check it out. Much obliged :-)
  7. Beautiful shot. Just got my first DSLR, so I'm hoping to get out there meself before too long. I may have missed it in the comments, but what format did you shoot in? (JPEG, RAW?)
  8. Hi folks, Got meself a DSLR and, if the weather plays ball, I'm hoping to get out tonight to shoot some star trails (the adapters haven't arrived for my scope, yet). Looking online, I've can't seem to find any stacking/editing software that supports RAW formats. Can anyone recommend some options? (I've downloaded Registax as that seems to be a very popular bit of kit)
  9. Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated. Tried photographing the moon earlier during a very brief break in the clouds. The moon was blurred as I was leaning out of my window and almost lost my balance whilst taking the photo! However, the camera did a bang up job of compensating for the light levels and, with a decent tripod (or piggy-backed in my scope), I'm confident I'll be getting some decent results in the future. (BTW, if anyone can recommend a decent make of tripod, that'd be grand - I'm playing a gig with the band next month and plan on using the camera to film some of the set...)
  10. Hi folks, I've finally bitten the bullet and bought meself a DSLR (Canon EOS 1300D). Whilst waiting for the first clear night, I thought I'd ask what software people recommend for AP - I've looked online and the range of options is, quite frankly, overwhelming. I'll be using the camera unmodded as I want to be able to use it for standard photography as well and I understand that modding prohibits this (though I'm happy to be corrected if this isn't the case).
  11. Yes, I did notice that a lot of astrophotographers seem to use Canon and especially the EOS range. It was my friend's photos that really turned me onto them, though (she does a lot of wildlife photography and even with an old and battered model, the photos are stunning!) Whilst we're on the subject, how do people find these cameras perform as they age?
  12. Hi folks, I'm doing some research in preparation for buying my first DSLR. A friend of mine has an old Canon EOS 1000 and has achieved some incredible photos with it. I've been looking at the EOS 1200 and the Nikon 3300D as they are in my budget. I was wondering what experience people had with either camera and which they would recommend (as well as AP and normal photography, I'm also looking at something that can shoot decent videos, though this isn't essential).
  13. Taking advantage of the summer weather (yes, folks, it's finally here!) I set up the scope and had a little look at the sun to see what I could see. Very excited to see three sunspots in close proximity, and quite large, too. However, two turned out to be clusters of smaller spots and even through a 25mm EP without any filters (other than the faithful Astrozap over the aperture), the umbrae were incredibly distinct. Even in simple white light, the sun is a beautiful and rewarding target for observation. I've left the scope set up and I'll be visiting it again later this afternoon. The only downside is that there are a few clouds and I even caught one on camera as it drifted between me and the sun. I've not played with the photos at all. I used a W58 filter to highlight a little extra detail, although I'm looking at purchasing a Skywatcher H-Alpha filter (it's described as for CCD only, but I can't see why I couldn't use it for straight visual work instead...)
  14. "Rising thermals"? Sounds like a medical complaint! ;-)
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