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  1. This was taken at 20:37 in the dusk. It went hazy here after that, and the sky wasn't really any good for observing or imaging And I'm beginning to understand the addiction. I'm currently processing an attempt to photograph the Milky Way from my light polluted back garden. I'm on my eighth attempt, and it's getting better each time
  2. Despite saying I'm an observer, not an imager, I find myself increasingly drawn to trying things. And I wanted to see how my new Nikon D3400 would perform through the dob on the moon. Couldn't quite capture some of the details I saw visually, but overall it's pleasing Taken at ISO 800, shutter 1/320th second, processing in RawTherapee
  3. Sounds like you got some bargains there My brother recently picked up a pair of Japanese Glanz binoculars for £7 at a local car boot which he's said are good. You might be thinking of Zenit rather than Zenith for the Russian connection. I had a Zenit E when I was younger https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenit_(camera)
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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/
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I'm currently cursing the rain! Clear Outside is saying that my next expected clear night isn't until Sunday
  16. Knowledge, experience, patience, a couple of dark sky sites, and good a good set of thermals for winter observing!
  17. 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
  18. Thanks. That was more by luck than judgement as the photos were only experimental ones from my mak 127 run through AS!3, with a quick stretch in GIMP for contrast
  19. I didn't think that I'd captured the V, but thanks to your image and annotation I now know I did. Now I have to work on getting my images up to your standard! Went for a slightly different approach to orientation as mine didn't look right to me. Next time I'll try to get it earlier, especially as the Q shaped crater has a rough edge that for a short period casts some fantastic long shadows along the crater floor
  20. I'd heard of it before, but didn't know it was going to be visible tonight. Spotted it when I was having a look at the moon just after I set up. It's bright and nicely defined. Clear enough to elicit an expletive too Just seen this thread during a pause for foods. Now the sky is clearing properly I'm going to have a longer session
  21. Glad you've got it sorted now. Have fun!
  22. Thanks Tim. When the sky clears again, I'll do a proper multishot one with stacking in AS!2. The mak 127 seems to pull out a little more detail on the craters than the 200p dob Live view is a switch rather than a button. It's on the back, just off the top right of the screen. I don't know if there were multiple versions of the D3100 with some omitting the live view switch though. I've pulled this from the manual on the Nikon site
  23. Glad to hear you are getting there I've got a clear sky at the moment, which wasn't forecast, so I'm making the most of it and trying the moon shots myself. This is from about 9.25 this evening in the twilight. To focus, I used live view and not the viewfinder, so I could zoom in and get it into reasonably sharp focus (for anyone with a similar camera who has never tried it, that's the Lv switch, and the + and - buttons on the left). Once I got focus I zoomed out again to reposition, then used the 10 second timer. The camera was setup as 1/320th of a second, ISO 1600, but this can be varied for exposure. I shot in camera raw mode and only performed rough processing and de-noising in RawTherapee. My exposure and processing are a bit off, but it shows that it can be done
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