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  1. furrysocks2

    January New Moon Spotting

    A delicate sighting earlier - was picking my daughter up from her nursery and the park had an unobstructed view to the SW. I'd checked setting times a few days ago for yesterday and today so I new the rough window I had. I realised the time and looked across - took a bit of hunting but there she was in plain sight - slender, but glinting through the fading sunset. I shared it with a couple of bystanders. I'd never have thought to look if it wasn't for this thread, thanks!
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    8.5" f/7.6 mirror set (two available)

    The 48mm has been recoated and never used. The 43mm has been recoated and used. £25 and £20 shipped, respectively?
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    8.5" f/7.6 mirror set (two available)

    @Marci choice between 43mm of 48mm minor axis...?
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    8.5" f/7.6 mirror set (two available)

    Hi, Marci. Yes, I do. Both were re-coated at the same time. One has never been used. The other has but is still in good condition. I can give you the dimensions if you like, they're each very slightly different from one another. Matt.
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    8.5" f/7.6 mirror set (two available)

    Hi, yes I do. They're still assembled in the scope, you're welcome to take the whole scope for the same price. I also have a Revelation 12" dob OTA if it's any use to you.
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    Meteor detection - is my kit suitable?

    Thanks, both. I'm looking at two designs in https://www.britastro.org/radio/projects/Antennas_for_meteor_radar.pdf, and also trying to find my antennae book. Had the receiver sitting on the shelf and frequency range was ok. Shame. SDR was going to be the next option.
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    Meteor detection - is my kit suitable?

    Thanks - I'd read that. I think it's "half AM" or something, but I it's not something I understand.
  8. I'm up in Fife and considering making a yagi and connecting to a receiver I've got - a wee experiment with my son and something to do. I've got a few questions, I wondered if anyone can help me. I've got solid aluminium rod, I think 10mm but will check (I was making a table football table a while back and these are left over). I read I might have to adjust length and spacing, but result would be larger bandwidth. Any comment? The receiver I have has AM, NFM and WFM - is it suitable? It will do the graves frequency, but can only detune in 5kHz increments - I'm assuming result will just be a higher pitch, but still within range of a sound card for processing? Should I be able to get results, or is the above a non-starter and should I rethink?
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    Today’s APOD

    I think that link will change to another pic tomorrow, this one should always take you there... https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap181025.html I love looking at that pic - it draws you in. Unimaginable scale!
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    Guide Scope/Guide Camera FOV Question

    Sensor Size: 1/3" diagonal (4.8x3.6mm) Pixel size microns: 3.75x3.75 um Resolution in pixels: 1280x960 BST 50mm mini guide scope (f3.2) 162mm F.L Either... Image scale (arc-seconds/mm) = 206265 / Focal Length (mm) = 206265 / 162mm = 1273.24 arc-seconds/mm Field of view = 4.8x3.6mm * 1273.24 arc-seconds/mm = 6112x4584 arc-seconds = ~1.7x1.27 degrees or... Image scale (arc-seconds/px) = 206.265 * Pixel Size (um) / Focal Length (mm). = (206.265 * 3.75um) / 162mm = 4.775 arc-seconds/pixel Field of view = 1280x960px * 4.775 arc-seconds/pixel = 6112x4584 arc-seconds = ~1.7x1.27 degrees
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    Adaptive Digital Pixel Binning

    I don't know how useful it is to be honest, compared with a simple histogram stretch for example. Laptop is most definitely dead. What a pain! I might buy a cheaper model of the same, and swap in my processor etc. Sorry I didn't get copies of the files to you sooner.
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    Adaptive Digital Pixel Binning

    No worries. I would, but I'm afraid that my laptop has just this last hour died... keyboard kinda half worked but not enough to put in my password. Now won't power on. Sorry!
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    Screw on macro lens as webcam objective?

    Picked up a cheap 52mm set for just over £10, so I'll soon find out. Various 52mm IR filters available, though I'll try my 1.25" filter first. Achromatic close-up filters exist, Raynox, Sigma, etc.
  14. Ever in search of silly things to try with inadequate cameras... I've got 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 inch sensors, all mono and nothing particularly special. I've been playing around with a 50mm CCTV lens which is giving me about 5 degrees fov on one of them. I enjoyed imaging the moon on my big dob at 1635mm focal length, but it's cumbersome and a lot of work. The 50mm has never been pointed at the moon but there's little point. I was looking around at c-mount lenses of longer focal lengths but could go simpler. I stumbled across screw on macro lenses, which often come as sets of +1, +2, +4 and +10 diopter. I understand the focal length is 1000/diopter, so 1000mm, 500mm, 250mm and 100mm, respectively. They are also available at various diameters, 67mm, 72mm, etc... and cheap. I guess these are single element, and never intended to be used alone. Chromatic aberration might not be an issue if I were to image, for example through a ZWO 850nm bandpass filter. I guess the longer the focal length and the smaller the sensor, the more likely I am to get a flat image? I've seen kits with a few ND filters, lens hood, carrying pouch, etc for £20 or so, or single lenses for just a few quid. So I'm wondering what would happen sticking one of these in front of a sensor. Dunno - anyone got any comments?
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    The "No EQ" DSO Challenge!

    The graphs are on the "Drift Graph" tab in SharpCap's live stacking. Pretty minimalist set up, yes!
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