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  1. Happens to me whenever I point a camera at the night sky. When attempting to capture Perseids, it was planes: 2, satellites: 4, meteors: 0
  2. That's a nice one, and beats my attempts. 300+ 20 second shots, saw two and captured none This came up a lot on Facebook. I suspect quite a few people were quietly disappointed
  3. I can't say anything about the scope, but that's definitely a horror mount! Wonder how long the wheels lasted with all that weight on top
  4. nikon

    It's not a good idea to do that due to the different voltages. If the camera batteries can't last all night, then it might be a good idea to get an inverter, which provides a 12 volt DC cigarette adaptor to 240 volt AC three pin conversion. Something like this http://www.halfords.com/technology/mobile-phone-accessories/multisockets/ring-mp120-compact-inverter or a jump starter battery that has one built in http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/garage-equipment/battery-chargers-jump-starters/halfords-jump-starter-with-usb-socket-inverter-and-tyre-inflator
  5. I've started preparing, just in case!
  6. Star Diary-Pitfalls and Craters

    Clouds are the bane of our hobby, but the things we get to see on clear nights make it all worthwhile You may not have noticed, but you captured the Lunar X in your first and fourth photos. It appears on the terminator about a third of the way up from the bottom in the first photo. It's a clar-obusur effect that's only visible for a couple of hours each lunar month. There's also a V shape visible around the same time, but it looks like you were a little early for it. There is more information about the Lunar X, including some photos so you can see what you are looking for on http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/Lunar+X Glad you've got Hershel sorted. Nothing more frustrating that having a clear night and nothing to view it through!
  7. Stressed Out or Stress Doubt?

    I misread that as freak tomatoes! I blame eating dinner and not paying enough attention But if freak tomatoes really were a weather condition, you could guarantee that they'd happen during an imaging session
  8. Flocking - makes a difference !!!

    Doesn't seem to bad doing it this way. It certainly looks like it makes an improvement with daytime use, and would probably help with the edge of view problem you mentioned
  9. I hope I'm not the only one who has done this...

    I haven't done this with astro gear so far as I haven't yet headed out to a dark sky site, but with my history I'm likely to leave the scope behind! I do things like forgetting to take the birthday present for a birthday visit to family, the card for my niece's wedding, the camera but not the rest of the kit for photographing an event, and my waterproof coat when holidaying in Dublin in the 'dry' season. Best that when I take my stuff out I make a list and check everything 37 times, just to be sure :-P
  10. It's not likely to be mag -10. Apparently closer to -3.6 and not constantly either. From what I've read it's not actually that big, so shouldn't really be any more of a problem for us than the ISS is. There have been a couple of threads about it And IFL Science has some more details, and in less dramatic terms than the other links http://www.iflscience.com/space/a-russian-mission-to-create-a-new-star-will-launch-in-two-weeks/
  11. SynscanInit 2

    Glad you've got it working. You do enter pretty much what it says on the app onto the handset. Fortunately the handset retains the entered coordinates, so you rarely have to change those unless you've taken your scope out to a different site. Usually only the time and date needs setting, and daylight savings when the clocks change. The polar finder isn't really useful for an alt-az mount. It's more for equatorial mounts that need to be polar aligned and shows the position of Polaris in respect to the true PA point.
  12. Flocking - makes a difference !!!

    It might be worth looking at other possible causes before you consider flocking a mak, especially if you are not confident about stripping down and reassembling it, or doing anything permanent. The innards are more complex than those of a newt. One thing to look at would be the eyepieces, as some are internally blackened, and some are not.
  13. Astronomy on a Cloudy Night

    I'm currently cursing the rain! Clear Outside is saying that my next expected clear night isn't until Sunday
  14. Best Aids For Astro - Any To Add?

    Knowledge, experience, patience, a couple of dark sky sites, and good a good set of thermals for winter observing!
  15. Something I found useful for autumn and winter observing was dew shields for the finder scope as mine seems to mist up rather quick. You can make them easily from an old mousemat The supplied 10mm eyepiece isn't great, so replacing that is a good idea. BSTs are good for the price, and you can get two and still stay within budget Knowing where to find things in the sky is essential, along with knowing what it's possible to view. The book, Turn Left At Orion, is recommended, as is Stellarium. Stellarium is free on the PC, and quite cheap on a tablet. There is no need to rush to buy accessories, gaining knowledge and experience is a better way to start