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matteboy

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  1. Charic, thank you for the reply! I AM NEVER MOVING AGAIN!!! Too many bloody forms! So that bit out of the way, I think a wooden protective box for the 'scope, which I can make, then put that inside of of those plastic lockable storage units on the patio. I do have a wooden shed but there a various points which daylight is shining through holes where someone before me has nailed the waterproofing felt on the roof!! Thus, the mower and old tins of paint will be residing in there! I am more worried about distortion through high temperature in the summer but I'm guessing I may be over-thinking it now! Much appreciated. Matt
  2. Hello everyone! Been away far too long... ...long story short: had flat, too much of a ball-ache to get gear downstairs into car-park and run everything off stupidly heavy leisure battery. Now moved, house with garden, patio and sky overhead, not much, but sky overhead! So would like to get all set back up, but... ...no room in house. Both 'scope and mount will have to live outside. So my question: Wooden shed or plastic? Don't want to risk anything going mouldy! Or distorted if summer heatwaves return! 8" Altair Newt' with HEQ-5 Pro mount. What advice can you offer? Much thankings in advance Matt
  3. matteboy

    Lunar Eclipse

    Starts about 01:10 Monday morning with maximum about 03:45, ending just after 6am. Should see blood red moon for about an hour and a half.
  4. Don't know if this helps on the apps you are using, but I spent hours once comparing the view through my polarscope and the view on an app, they never matched up, I started again and again, in short there was box I hadn't ticked which was 'scope view' and, once ticked, all looked the same, so I was aligned all along, by the time I realised my mistake and confirmed I was aligned the clouds had rolled in. If you're just starting with the EQ5 I would strongly recommend a guide on YouTube by Astronomy Shed, it was the first one I watched when it all finally 'clicked'. Once it all 'clicks' write yourself your own steps down and follow them next time, I forget which order to set things up, even now (usually six months gaps between 'scope outings!) so it really helps! Forgot about this as well... http://www.astro-baby.com/HEQ5/HEQ5-1.htm If no one has beaten me to it yet!
  5. Keep an eye on here and abs, especially closer to the time as 'due to unforeseen circumstances' cancellations do happen. I managed to get a great pitch last year when I had already got a pitch booked under the trees, I didn't have to pay any extra just transferred him the money, for the face value then turned up, said I'm on that pitch and the people at Kelling were fine with that. I did not manage to get any money back for the empty pitch I had going under the trees so just had to swallow the cost, was definitely worth it though for the better view. Check with the people at Kelling if you do go down that road, I did and they were fine with it, no extra fees etc. I'm stuck in trees again this time but will move on the Sunday when most people seem to vanish! If you're going the week beforehand then ignore that one! HTH Matt
  6. Thanks for the replies everyone! The ones above were all single exposures between 90 secs and 3 minutes, I was so surprised that they showed the colours in a relatively short exposure, Definitely want to try stacking some so the next night after I got 26 x one minute exposures of the dumbbell, particularly as there was a hint of red in the first attempt, the clouds came in for the night though hence only the 26! Upon checking the pictures some that were fine but there were a lot with little trails so think it was a little too breezy. I thought I'd try the best of the bunch, however, loading them into Registax killed the computer each time, the PC's so old now it can't send an email without crashing. I'll see if DSS has the effect. Now off to watch the tutorial! No way this lark is possible without forums and YouTube! Thanks again for the tips and nice comments! Matt
  7. Well chuffed with my first attempt at imaging a couple of my favourite objects to look at. Taken at Kelling Star Party with an unmodded Canon 450D. I must say thank you to John for the loan of the T adapter and remote shutter timer and especially for the help in setting the camera up correctly. I went for M57 first, as my goal was to get just a bit of colour in the doughnut, all expectations were surpassed when the image appeared on the camera screen, complete with the central star. I moved over to M31, M81 & M82, went to the Witch's Broom, proper faint but it's there! Finishing up with M27. No processing or autoguiding, just taken straight off the camera card. Hope you like them........
  8. I use one of these as an eyepiece case, useful because I have to transport all my gear downstairs and then walk to the car park so quite convenient being able to just chuck on your back, still being able to carry a scope, hence less trips up and down the stairs, happy days as not a keep-fit fan! Available here http://www.7dayshop.com/products/7dayshop-photographers-backpack-rucksack-camera-bag-for-digital-slr-cameras-black-7DAYSLRBACKPACK?utm_medium=email&utm_source=7dayshop.com+Limited&utm_campaign=4677258_2014-09-09-7DAYSLRBACKPACK&utm_content=7DAYSLRBACKPACKDESC&dm_i=18LS,2S8ZU,DLNS5H,A4JSI,1 I will just say the first one delivered had the zip break but the free replacement has lasted a good couple of years of heavy use and the zip's fine still. Holds all my EPs, power leads and hand controller, torches etc, and it has a zip pouch for some astro books. Thought I'd just share that with you...
  9. Pitch is 'tent only' cos of the trees, won't let me bring the motor home so will just have to put up with sleeping diagonally for a couple of nights then move to a better pitch on the Sunday, with the motor home, when most people have disappeared. They did say there's a few pitches that haven't been confirmed yet so might get lucky in getting a swap.
  10. Defo T373 I had paid for, just dug out the booking confirmation, I'll pop in at the weekend to check, I only live about ten minutes away. Thanks for the replies, I'll let you know what they say!
  11. This is the pitch, transit and a massive tent on it, maybe it hasn't got hook up or something, forgot to check, I'm gonna pop in again and ask. Failing that, ask on the day if anyone's cancelled. Either way hoping for clear skies this time.....
  12. Long shot I know, but does anyone want to swap their pitch so I can bring a motor home? T373 is on the red field and is only for tents, didn't have the motor home when I booked it. Check the map on the Kelling Heath website and if you're interested let me know. The pitch is near some trees from memory but can't remember exactly. It's booked to arrive Friday 26th, for 3 nights departing on the Monday. If I remember I'll go and check it out tomorrow to see what the pitch is like and post a pic. I have put down on their cancellation list but not holding much hope for that happening as way down the list! Either way not long now so see you all soon...
  13. Definite yes on the leisure battery, I bought a 110ah one, from a caravan place and it should last for ages! You do not want to be carrying it too far though unless, of course, you're training for world's strongest man! As mentioned above you really want a long slow drain, a normal car battery needs to give massive amps in a short period of time to turn an engine over, same with the 'jump-packs' but the leisure batteries are designed to run TVs and fridges in caravans so should be good for supplying a long reliable continuous power at low amps. A good charger is a good investment too, helps if you run the battery too low. They do need to be charged after every use, but I think that applies to any of the power supplies you can use.
  14. Having the same issue, going to get the NEQ6 extension bar, should fit ok hopefully, gives you some extra manoeuvre for heavy eyepieces and a Telrad. That's the plan anyway! Anyone else tried the bar with the HEQ5 rather than the NEQ6? Just thinking as Skywatcher weights are around £30 each and bar less than £15 which, if my maths is any good, should give you the effect of doubling the weight, roughly, for half the money, still using your existing weights?
  15. Thanks for the replies guys, another little bit figured out
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