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About mikeyj1

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  • Birthday 25/04/62

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    Astronomy, Astro-photography, Photography, Camping and Caravaning
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    Gloucestershire, UK

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  1. Whats the difference between this time of year and light pollution? wouldn't Ha be a good option as it's less sensitive to light pollution?
  2. Definitely the 130p skywatcher of those two. it also works for astrophotography, whereas the astromaster wouldnt achieve focus with my dslr (not enough inward travel of the focuser) I also found the astromaster focuser to be sloppy compared to the SW one on my old 150p
  3. I see you changed up from the SW 10" to the orion 12" Mike, hows that going? cheers Mike
  4. Nice! Very close on the 'Lunar X' if I am not mistaken? What camera were you using? Mike
  5. Amazing, thanks!
  6. 1. Backyard EOS (paid) or Digicamcontrol (free) with astrophoto module or of course SGP pro.. 2. DSS for DSO and Registax for Planetary 3. Lightroom (even DSS does well, for being free, but Gimp would be a better option i guess)
  7. Saw this advertised on ABS, interesting if a bit expensive... The Zangaro 8 portable Newtonian for lightweight mounts
  8. wow, your not having a great start! finderscope and polarscope can both be aligned during the daylight hours, much easier.. (sorry if i am telling you things you already know here..) Basic setup: Level tripod, mount and balance scope, polar align, (make sure you know the orientation of the polestar to the reticle). Start with scope at home position (facing north, 'weights down') - at least i have to do that with my AZ-EQ6. take time to get that right on the first setup, and put the setting circles to zero ready for next time. Set Timesite info including Lat/Long/Time/Date for your location (I struggle with this on Celestron controller, as it doesnt always show you the lat/long on setup) Two star alignment should be ok for pointing accuracy, but a three star alignment gets rid of 'Cone Error' (long axis of scope not matching RA axis) and make them in different quadrants of sky for better accuracy. Use a 10mm eyepiece for more accurate centering, with a reticule if you have it. Check the handset for PA error when finished, needs to be less than 1 degree in both axis. i have seen mixed reports on the AVX, but it should still be better than my old CG5, which was pretty good! In the end you should get the GOTO to show you objects in a 20mm EP cheers Mike
  9. Lol, i had the same scope and did the same to the mount...then bought a goto...or two... and just bought another EQ5 with motors... Why you may ask..? Well Goto takes a time to setup (at least an EQ does). It still doesn't find everything, and then you spend more time on alignment. not easy to just loosen the clutches and more around, you have to slew (slowly!). You are always thinking about power and batteries! My EQ3-2 just needed facing north (after setting the Lat once for the garden), and i was off. The EQ5 is much the same, but can autoguide if i really want to.. and learn more about the sky. ..but dont let me put you off.. i also love my goto and for astrophotography, its much easier to find a star to focus on then slew back to the fuzzy you cant see with your eyes ;-) Mike
  10. Fantastic image Fernando, Congrats!
  11. Dion on Astronomyshed used a microsoft lifecam in a tube produced by i think he made two versions, one as a non focusing camera for planetary, and one where the lens was left on to create the camera that fits a 1.25" eyepiece. i have been considering this also, but even though i have the camera, i dont have the motivation at the moment You can get them on ebay quite regularly Mike
  12. Nice image Mark, and really appreciate the technical data you include about how it was made
  13. Pm sent
  14. Are you including the tube rings dobbie?
  15. beautiful! I would love to do anything close to that in the future!