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  1. Hi Dan, I'm new to this and although I cannot offer you any advice on scopes or mounts I can say......... I'm delving straight in to astro video photography and so far the support from this site has been warm and welcoming, as a newbie its daunting with so many experts around. I'm struggling to get my laptop to talk to my camera but no one laughed, no one said I shouldn't be doing this yet, but what they did do was offer some useful advice and guidance and a few links and products to check out, nothing condescending at all, I feel I will learn heaps from these guys and I'm very grateful to them for the advice, I'm sure you will find a similar experience, be sure to check out the threads specifically for imaging. Regards Gary Parker
  2. welcome max, there are some threads dedicated to astro and video photography on here, the guys have given me some great advice so far. really nice people. enjoy Gary
  3. Hi Pete! i'm new here too and so far the members have been really kind and helpful, good luck with the new scope! Gary
  4. Hi Kerry, you are lucky to have some dark skies around norfolk, my first scope was a Tasco 60mm refractor I got it when I was around 8yrs old lol but gave me great views of the moon jupiter and saturn for such a small scope, I still have it to this day!! A good pair of binoculars is a must as this will help you become familiar with the sky and as they are light and simple you will find yourself gliding round the skies with ease whenever you feel like a quick observing session, patrick moore wrote an article on binocular astronomy which I found really good and filled with lots of things you can find with a simple pair of binos. i'm sure you could find it or references to it on google, I have a pair of 10x50 binoculars but I wish they were a bit bigger. I now have a dobsonian telescope which is a type of reflector. I think for your money a reflector will give you a better experience then a refractor as aperature is king but that's just my opinion, get as much advice as you can and maybe head along to a local star party and ask a few people if they wouldn't mind you taking a look through their scopes. Good luck Gary
  5. yes my BNC to USB has 8 leads, but I just assumed a BNC to USB regardless of how many cameras you can add should all work the same, but my assumption looks to be wrong, I've got a dazzle video converter I can try so I've just had to order a BNC to RCA adapter so I can connect it to the camera and ill see how that works, the only good thing from all this so far is I now have about 6 or 7 different video capture programmes on my laptop to try as each time a programme wouldn't find the camera I downloaded another lol!!
  6. Hi Karl, perfect! I have a dazzle in my computer box upstairs, Ive just ordered a BNC to RCA adapter, hopefully this will cure my problem Thank you for your responce Gary
  7. yes your'e correct sharpcap recognises the coverter cable as MVST01 but once selected all I get is a green screen. But I know the camera works as I get a picture on the laptop through MV360 app, Guess ill have to record off that app for now..... so frustrating
  8. Hi All, I'm looking for some assistance, I have a SCB2000 camera, I have purchased a BNC to USB converter cable, The camera works fine with MV360 which is the security software for the adapter cable, But i'm struggling to get any other astro-video software to recognize the camera I've tried sharpcap 2.7 I've tried astrocapture and ispy, but none of these are finding my camera, I can in most cases select the camera in the drop boxes but nothing comes up on the screen or the camera isnt compatible, is there a better way of connecting this camera to the laptop so these softwares can see the camera? I don't really want to install a BNC Pci/tv card in to my PC as i don't think its too practical to drag a PC out in to the garden every time, A laptop would be so much more convenient. I have taken the IR filter out of the camera and wired in a suitable powercable, I have the 1.25" tube screwed on to the camera so that can silde in to the scope, so I'm pretty much there, just stuck on camera to laptop connection. Many thanks in advance Regards Gary Parker
  9. ah a fellow west londoner, yes the horrid orange glow. grey sky by day and orange by night, almost took up radio astronomy lol!
  10. haha thanks for the advice steve, now i'm back to 50/50!
  11. ah excellent thank you.
  12. Hi Herbby, great read, you seem to be enjoying yourself, good luck with the astrophotgraphy, I tried wet roll film before DSLR's were popular and it was always exciting from the night of the shoot right up till the day I got the 1hr developing done in boots and came away with nothing haha. thank god for CCD's at least we can delete and reshoot. Gary.
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    Hi from Glasgow

    Hello Guy, welcome, from a fellow forum newbie
  14. ah yes chromatic aberration. I heard there maybe certain tools to minimise this? maybe a specifically designed eyepiece or filter? I cannot remember exactly but i'm sure I read about it somewhere maybe it was an article on apochromats although i'm not entirely familiar with that. I could sell my car and have both but my legs are not a fan of walking, If we had more then 1 or 2 cloudless nights a month then it may be worth it but until then..... I'll remain undecided on the scope route, although i'm 60/40 in favour of the refractor.
  15. it's strange as you say, normally scopes go from 8" to 10" but this for some odd reason is 8.75" darkstar dobsonian. good old ebay:) its done me well though over the last few years I only picked it up for 140 quid. I'm looking to upgrade within the next few months but i'm torn between 6" refractor or a 12" Dob. I have been researching for over 12 months now and still I cannot decide I love the sharpness of the refractor, planetary detail etc and portability but the blue/red diffraction hue (if thats what its called is off putting) at the same time I love a good lightbucket and observing deepsky. I read dobs are no good for astrophotography and refractors are no good for deepsky but Iv'e had some success imaging through my dob and my cousins 4" refractor is quite impressive for deepsky so i'm completely confused with which way to go.
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