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Aldebaran5

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About Aldebaran5

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    Playing guitar, photography and astronomy of course
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    51north -02west
  1. Aldebaran5

    First session in 84 days

    Welcome back. I have a very heavy cold at present but look forward to the evening when I can get the scope out again. So you not alone in in the desire not get back into the game. Keith
  2. Aldebaran5

    Stargazing

    I found the video very useful. even tho I have a GoTo scope I have often thought about using the setting circles to find objects. Mus try sometime Keith
  3. Aldebaran5

    Leo Triplet

    Now I wish I could do that. envious Keith
  4. The best sky I never saw, was when my wife and I travelled to France for 98 eclipse. My wife got up in the night to do,{well you know womans things). She beckoned me to come and have a look at the sky but I was tired from driving so stayed in our camp bed. I think maybe I will live to regret that moment. She said the sky was like Blackpool Illuminations and what a treat I missed. I think, as well, that there were 5 planets on view, doh.
  5. Aldebaran5

    Targets?

    I use the 'The Field Guide to Deep sky Objects' by Mike Inglis. It gives a yearly account of stars, double stars, Nebulae etc by monthly observation. I find this very informative as it also gives you the coordinates as well. It explains the best time to view the objects Keith
  6. Thanks for that guys, even I can now polar align more accurately. Do you need this accuracy if your using the sky mount with a camera? keith
  7. Aldebaran5

    Best Canon camera on a budget

    Hi Jim Waltman, here are a couple of pics with the camera attached to the telescope via an adapter Regards
  8. Aldebaran5

    Best Canon camera on a budget

    Hi Vacuum, I have a Sony a390 which, although is a good camera for every day use you need something on the lines of a Sony A6000. You can purchase an in camera intervalometer for time lapse photography. You can also buy adapters to fit on telescopes for much more enlargement. I am just about to set up ready for tonight viewing, which I haven't done for a while. I'll try and send a photo to you Regards
  9. Aldebaran5

    The Plough

    My first attempt at astro photography. Taken with a Sony A6000 and Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens. Problem was the moon was so bright.
  10. Aldebaran5

    Collimation of a SCT telescope

    When I had to collimate my Meade 8" SCT I waited til dusk and lined the scope with Polaris the Pole star. Once it was aligned I then switched off astro tracking and went to terrestrial, this way the scope wouldn't move from its pinpoint. It was then a case of defocusing the star until you could check the accuracy of the collimation. Cost: nothing Regards Keith
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    HDR astrophography

    Hi Umbilic, I would try this way. Take a pic of the highlights and then another of the dark areas and blend them in LR or photoshop. I use Elements 18 for any blending. Or try them in PhotoMatix which is a purpose software engine for HDR Photography. Regards Keith
  12. I think this is a Bridge camera which has an integrated lens so not a true DSLR. You can always try and piggy back the camera on the telescope to get our pictures and use the telescope for guidance.
  13. Aldebaran5

    Hello from England

    Welcome Dave, I am about to start on a project called Build me an Ark. With so much rain now it might gain some backing from the lottery fund. Seriously tho, that sounds like a nice bit of kit you have there. My humble 8" Meade lx90 is just enough for me and my location so here's to more clear nights for us all. Keith
  14. Aldebaran5

    Great session with 14 inches of aperture

    I too had a good viewing session last evening, The first for a long time. after carefully cleaning the mirror a few days ago it was well worth it. I managed to successfully align the scope to so I could go to any object. with a 17mm eyepiece, the sky was a joy to see. Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies, with Mars and double stars the targets, it was really a good viewing session. roll on some more.
  15. Aldebaran5

    Hello everyone

    Welcome Vixen, it seems that once you have the bug it stays
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