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Everything posted by Starlord19

  1. I try not to let work interfere with my outside interests as much as possible. We are only here once and I don't want to miss any opportunity to indulge my passions just because of work. For instance, last night i was out till 1am looking at the moon and Jupiter then got up again at 4am to look at mars and saturn and was still at work for 8! I was flippin tired dont get me wrong but it was worth it. I know that wouldn't be possible if I were self employed or a doctor but my office job is not exactly stressful.
  2. Thanks everyone. I thought it might be to do with reducing the aperture but it makes such a small opening that It didn't seem to make sense.
  3. I am still very new to this so please don't laugh! I have just bought a newt and was wondering what the small opening in the main lens cover was for? It has its own little lens cap, but is not mentioned in the instructions . Thanks, Mark.
  4. Hello everyone. Firstly I would like to apologise for posting without making a formal introduction, I am new to all of this! After buying a SW heritage 100 as an introduction to astronomy and getting hooked the first night just looking at the moon I decided to take the plunge and got a SW Skymax127 and haven't looked back. It's only been a few months but I think I may have a new lifelong hobby. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the people who have given advice and help already in helping to advance my knowledge and understanding of astronomy and the equipment needed. Now if only the skies in Wales would clear up...
  5. I recently made a dew shield from black card and it worked a treat. I used decent craft card from staples and coated the outside in sticky back plastic, blue peter style! By the end of the first nights use everything was wet with dew except the lens of my 127Mak which was clean and clear. However after about ten nights use it did start to bubble and warp so I threw it away and made another one! For price of 2 quid and 15 minutes work it couldn't have been better!
  6. I have exactly the same telescope as you and I have a ASI120MC these are some of the pictures I have got just as an example of what you can get. I would recommend this camera to anybody! However I have no experience of deep sky as I am new to this hobby!
  7. Thanks Steve. I'll have to read up on extension tubes.
  8. SNR, gamma, histogram... Seems like I have alot of learning to do. Thanks for all the answers though.
  9. Thanks for responding. I am not using the Barlow that came with the scope as I was led to believe that the quality of these are questionable so I upgraded to a much better one but to no avail.
  10. Apologies if this is a repeat but I am new here and not sure of the best place for my query. I am new to this hobby and have had my skymax 127 and asi120mc for about a month. I am pleased with my Barlow-less pics of Jupiter but when using the Barlow the colour and contrast look washed out and faded. Both images were taken with the same equipment on the same night, I tried various gain and exposure settings and had no joy. Am I missing something?
  11. Thanks very much Peter. Everyone seems really helpful and friendly, I've learnt so much already but have still only scratched the surface!
  12. I too have a blue moon image from 16/03/16. It is blue because it was taken in twilight as I was setting up for Jupiter aswell! ASI120MC with a Skymax 127..
  13. Hi everyone. I have already posted this elsewhere but may have been the wrong thread so I'm trying again. I am totally new to this hobby and I have had my Skymax127 and ASI120MC for about a month. I am really happy with my results so far without a Barlow however with the Barlow the colour and contrast look washed out and faded. I've tried various gain and exposure settings without much joy. Have I missed something?
  14. Thanks for the info, vlaiv. I will have to research snr because I think it is above my current knowledge level.
  15. I thought seeing might be the problem but it was fine for the smaller image. They were both taken on the same night with the same equipment.
  16. I'm totally new to this hobby and was hoping for some advice. I have had my skymax 127 and asi120mc for about a month and I think that this is my best image of Jupiter without a Barlow. (I know it's upside down!) When I use the 2x Barlow I get a decent image but the colour and contrast look washed out and faded. I've tried various gain and exposure settings and there is not alot of difference. Have I missed something.
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