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About ngwillym

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  1. Robin has his own support forums now:- worth posting there too
  2. Forgot to mention the kit: Animations - Celestron SLT 102 with Quark chromoshpere and ASI1600MM cool with an ROI 2328 x1760 Stills - Opticstar Acsension 127 Apo, quark and ASI1600 , same ROI. Neil
  3. After a hiatus of over a year, I finally managed to dust off my Quark. Here are my first baby steps. I managed to catch a bit of the activity from AR2644, it was a lot quieter 30 mins later (animations), and some stills of AR2645, AR2648. Still got some white light stuff to process. And now of course I need to learn the dark arts of Solar processing. This is much harder than lunar/planetary work! and seems to take loads more disk space. A question for the experts - advice on animations, how long for each video (time or frames) and interval between them? thanks in advance Neil
  4. Ewan, Welcome back out of the darkness :-) I notice you are using a 152mm scope! What ERFs are you using (if any). I was thinking of sticking my Quark on the end of my 127mm Apo, so looking for any advice to avoid melting stuff. thanks in advance Neil
  5. Correct - LR does not support bmp files - you'll need to convert them
  6. Following the recent deforking of my Celestron C11 Nexstar GPS, the original fork mount/base, tripod and the Milburn wedge are now for sale Items are i) Milburn Deluxe wedge with keypad holder - 1" aluminium, powder coated black - built like a tank, - currently drilled to accept A Celestron C11 Nexstar GPS C11, but could be drilled for other SCT bases - see Its circa 2007 vintage and originally cost ~£500. Weighs ~ 50lbs ii) Celestron Field Tripod as supplied with the Nexstar 11 - 2003 vintage so showing some wear & tear - weighs ~20lb. I'll throw in a set of vibration suppression pads with this iii) Celestron Nexstar 11 Forks & base (no OTA - that's now on my EQ8) - 2003 vintage. it's showing its age - paint is flaking off the metal parts of the forks - complete with hand controller, RS232 programming cable and RS232 PC Control cable. The hand controller & motor controller firmware cannot be upgraded any further - versions are - Hand controller v2.2, motor controller v4.6. I only ever did planetary/lunar and video based DSO imaging - it was capable of ~10 second unguided exposures @f/5 for DSOs. Weighs ~35lbs Please see pics for detailed condition . Happy to provide further details if required All items were housed either in my home built observatory (2003 - 2007) or the replacement Pulsar dome - 2007 - present Prices:- Milburn Wedge - £150 Tripod - £50 Forks & Base - £75 or sensible offers. Payment - cash or paypal. Given the size and weight of these things - prefer 'collection only' or a '1/2 way meet with 100 miles' from the New Forest - as shipping would be extortionate but could be negotiated.
  7. thanks everyone - L subs it will be. And of course, if i do the L first at least I'll have something to build a monochrome image with. Neil
  8. Am I being a bit dim here, but if I'm taking my R, G, B subs all at full resolution of the camera - no binning - (cam is an ASI 1600MM-Cool), then I'm assuming that I don't need any L subs? My understanding is that I only need L sub if I'm binning the RGB to enhance the detail. Thanks in advance Neil
  9. I also think that there is a new astro society on Tenerife, so might be worth contacting them -
  10. Ditto - probably aimed at the US market ready for their eclipse later this year
  11. This was my life-saver:- - somewhere around 3rd or 4th post are pics and instructions
  12. With Sharpcap:- i) set the exposure required in the exposure window on right hand side, ii)then Select 'start capture' from menu, iii) then check 'single frame' button and check the 'capture a sequence' checkbox iv) set 'sequence length' =the number of frames you want to capture and 'interval between captures' = the delay between them v) press the 'start' button. hope this helps Neil
  13. SCTs benefit greatly from a dew shield (make out of a camping mat) and dew heater
  14. Thanks for the tips.