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cardigan wearer

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  1. When you decide what you might like to buy, keep an eye on astronomy buy and sell uk and on the used for sale area in this forum. If you catch the bug you can spend an awful lot of money! Welcome
  2. I agree with the wd40 seeping into where you dont want it to go. Put some sewing machine oil (its very thin) on a piece of thin card and dab it in the tiny gap you can get with the focuser unscrewed as far as possible, screw it back in and keep screwing in out in out see if it gradually comes a bit further each time
  3. Lukeskywatcher and Beerme I have to say Monarch Airline were fantastic, the have a "special Requests" dept that dealt with everything to enable us to fly. We packed all the medical stuff in one suitcase, there is no limit on how much weight you take for disabled aids and medical supplies with them. We actually brought an empty suitcase back inside another one because we used up the whole suitcase of meds! Liz is fed specialist liquid feed with a tube that is permanently placed in her neck and goes straight to her heart, 4 of these plus the pump, plus all the sterile packs etc. It took every bit of her strength and courage to make this trip it can be done, just go for it. All the connections to the hotel were mini buses with a full wheelchair lift. We kitted out the wheelchair with wheel blades and they certainly transform the wheel chair, was so easy to use on compact snow. Your welcome to PM me if you want details
  4. I had decided not to take a DSLR because you never have the right lens or filter or tripod and spend so long to get a perfect picture you miss the experience of just enjoying the moment. And when ever something happens the camera is not with you. I now rely solely on my Samsung S7 now, it has near instant focus, but still has pro options for taking all settings off auto and set manually. When ever I get WiFi they automatically float up to the cloud (Amazon photo app). Later when we rest and watch some TV at home though an Amazon fire stick the screen saver is set to use the most recent pictures from our Amazon photo account. Videos do the same and are in HD quality the picture look amazing on a 55" LED TV. I like this set up because I always have my phone with me and take more chance pictures than I ever did with a DSLR. We both upload to the same account so can see each others pictures straight away, quality is more than adequate on a big TV, best of all they are all backed up. I have lost so many photos through hard drive failures previously. We would both like to thank everybody that has contributed to this thread, thank you for your kind words.
  5. Over the xmas break we started looking to book, it was much cheaper early January then the later towards the end of February the cost of flights was increasing every week. I would say if you want to go the first week in January is idea. We went on the 17th and the sun rising at 10.30 and setting at 3pm it barley cleared the horizon so it looked like sunrise sunset colours all day. I am so used to looking at Polaris and seeing it at about 35 degrees seeing it right overhead, makes you realise how far North you are. If we get a chance we will go again so many things we would have liked to do. You need a week minimum and its tiring even for a fit person as your up most of the night looking at Aurora then physical activities in the day. With so many layers of clothes, and the resort provides proper polar wear suits inc gloves and boots its hard to move with that lot on. We were told Santa was having a Caribbean holiday as he had worked so hard at Xmas, so I didnt get to see him even though I have been a good boy.
  6. Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, Kitilla. The list of activities available was amazing. Ice hole fishing, reindeer trekking, husky sledging, sauna plunging, night trekking, the list was endless. Food was lovely wildboar and reindeer on the menu from their own farm. They went out of their way to make sure Liz could get about in her wheelchair, and Monarch Airline could not have done anymore for us.
  7. We were only there for 4 days and saw the Aurora the second and third night. First time it was very strong and bright, the camera settings need some tinkering to get right, but you dont want to take your gloves off for too long. Minus 20 Celsius and the wind. I was going to do the sauna thing where you run out naked and jump in the lake though an ice hole. When they started cutting the hole through 1 metre of ice with a large Sthil chainsaw, I just when for tea instead.
  8. Just printed out the first of the moon pictures above, on glossy photo paper in best quality hard to believe looking at it that a phone with its tiny lens can give so much quality the black around the moon is stunning.
  9. Most of the pictures used a 10 second exposure, not having a tripod I patted some snow about to make a firm camera stand at ground level. White balance to incandescent and a 5 second shutter delay to allow time to sit the phone down. Did the whole tourist thing with a husky driven sledge too, Liz wrapped in reindeer skins and me at the back on the anchor. Thank you for the kind comments.
  10. As I have mentioned my wife is not too well and one of her bucket list wishes was to see the Aurora Borealis . When I released some of my pension funds for the new scope I took enough so I could take her to Finish Lapland. 2 weeks ago we flew out of London Gatwick for our adventure. It was beautiful. The night sky was so amazingly black, with stars right down to the horizon. My wife is pretty cool with astro stuff and easily picked out Orion and said what is the green smudge pointing to The Orion Nebula. When we get a clear dark night I will be helping her see this though the scope, better be quick or it will in December, Orion is creeping towards the west pretty quick. Sharing a few images with you all taken with a Galaxy S7 no processing.
  11. No post processing with these images! so I cant wait now until I get another viewing session to try out the Zwo camera, Then try my hand at taking subs and stacking and some post processing, its raining again though!
  12. After 2 weeks of rain, I finally got to try star sense, and the replaced items. Star sense works its magic while I go inside for a tea. Come back out to the scope select GoTo "moon" and she slews round perfectly, and again with Venus was in view with the 36mm EP. Starsense then calibrated and a new auto align. Accurate enough without putting ref points in as I was keen to do some viewing. Already learning that I need stronger ND filter as the moon was blindingly bright, in fact put your hand above the EP about 6" away and the projection onto your hand is like a torch light. Also managed to try the WiFi using my phone, that functions very well. I had read do not use the hand controller and the App together use one or the other, I had no problems and could easily use either. This will allow me to set up outside get the camera working then come in and control over WiFi. I might buy an Amazon Fire Tablet to use solely with the scope, anybody with experience of that combination love to hear your views Put the illuminated reticule in and centered on a carter, 5 mins later and it was still centered in the cross hairs so the mount is tracking lovely. clouds started building so I snapped a few pictures with a Samsung Galaxy hand held over the 36mm Hyperion EP. Second picture is using the 10mm Hyperion. Moon was nearly straight above me and seeing was pretty good. Not long after this I packed up as the sea mist started to roll in.
  13. A quick google. Birdforum.net advises not to use them. And google say permanently closed. There is a repairer in Sussex, google search "binocular repairers"
  14. Thank you all especially Oddsocks for your detailed reply. I just spent the afternoon finding my way around Firecapture using their excellent tutorials
  15. Maybe asked before some where. sorry if it has I have a ZWO 120mc which can be used for guiding OR imagining. My question is why the OR is there a technical reason why you can not use the camera for both at the same time? Is it not possible for a soft ware hack to read the live image and feedback guide information to the mount? Maybe I have mis understood (likely) but as there is apparently never a dumb question be gentle with me
  16. please post a picture of the donkey repellant ! welcome This must be the first forum I have been on that doesnt have a post your dog thread
  17. Next clear night I will be using Starsense, next cloudy evening I will be assembling the mount inside and having a learning session (no longer called play!) with the WiFi dongle. Question, experience please in how to connect either bluetooth or wifi or USB to the LAN. I want to use my ZWO camera with the scope controlled from laptop or tablet (can do that bit) but I want the ZWO image on my widescreen TV (smart TV) with android box, which is in my wifes specialist adapted room, she is now very disabled. But wants to share my interest and also view the magnificent sights this setup can deliver. To be able to remotely slew the scope over WiFi and view the image remotely would be a dream come true for her, also gives me a reason (excuse?) to build an observatory.
  18. Thank you all for your nice comments. I am very happy with my purchase and having time to finally pursue my passion and interest. I tried to setup Starsense and encountered an error on the hand controller. I read lots of comments about this in this and other forums the conculsion was to use CFM to reflash the firmware. This is where things when form worse to worser!! Celestron really need to update their website as te connection picture shows the hand controller with rj11 connector, my controller was mini usb? Ok it sort of all connects the same, but lots of conflicting posts, some say even with the usb type connector on the newer hand controllers you still need the correct driver on the laptop etc. I managed to corrupt the software in the mount as well as it loaded 2 and a half bits of 6 updates then stopped. Not wanting to damage anything it was off to Tring Astro in the morning. A 470 mile round trip, rising from my warm bed at 5am. Tring Astro were absolutely fantastic. Very welcoming and a tea after the 4 hour drive was spot on. Neil tested the mount handsets and starsense, showing me what he was doing and explaining everything. Upshot is he replaced everything that might be in question so new mount, hand controller, cables, starsense complete new box, power supplies. Then he opened all the boxes connected everything up and checked it worked so I did nt drive home and possible get the same thing again. Then he showed me how to connect up to re flash all the firmware using CFM. And re flashed every thing with latest versions. His wife (Jane?) demonstrated some dew heater systems with good recommendations, and the lovely new lithium power tank. Both of which are on my wish list for next birthday. Some more Tea and lots of chat with other customers, a play with a vast range of scopes, and a few new bits to buy (£200) and the long drive home. Thank you Neil and co. Very impressed with the family run Tring Astro, I know this site is sponsored by FLO who I have also brought lots of accessories from, so I hope I am allowed to mention another supplier on here.
  19. Still "playing" with setups so not even tried high magnification yet. I was worried that the C11 will be at the very top end of the mounts weight capability, I need not have been concerned it is rock solid. I am only using my decking as a temporary viewing area as its easy access straight out of my living room, will be set up on concrete pad in the lower garden eventually. I am using the Baader focuser for fine focus and it settles down after a few seconds. Even with an Astrozap dew shield which effectively doubles the tube length and it was pretty windy Thursday night.
  20. To help with a faster setup I have drilled three location holes in the decking so the tripod will sit back in the same spot, I can see Polaris just above the ridge of my house from here, and it is spot on level. Now I have done a polar align I dont need to alter the Dec so that should also go back into a close enough setting (until I get serious with AP). To quickly get a pretty close RA I have made a small clamp for a laser pointer. This I hope should fit in the mount in the same place each time, and I turn the RA on the mount screws until the pointer hits a marker on the house wall. In the picture you should see the green spot on the wall. Second night and this setup seemed to work pretty well and I just did a star align and go. Lots to do and try, get the starsense working next. Then a play with the Zwo camera and camera software when the weather keeps me indoors. Also got some filters coming for some solar photography so at least I can use my investment when its day light and warm (can justify the expense if I say investment). Where to build my observatory?
  21. Its a LOT bigger than it looks in the pictures on the websites when your choosing what to buy! The tripod is very well made and solid, I thought setting up on my decking would be a bad place long term as the old Meade wobbled like anything when I moved on the raised decking. Not this one it is heavy. Same with the Advanced mount, I wasnt sure if to go for this or the way more expensive CGEM II but this seem more than adequate for my needs it looks and feels very well built. The C11 tube is like a dustbin it is way way bigger than I though, I had toyed with the idea of the 9.25 but I know my cruel mind would play games and taunt me for ever saying you should have got the bigger one. The Badder Planetarium optics look and feel like they should cost more, and the few bits I have used so far are very pleasing indeed. Taken my time setting up getting the feel of balancing and the handset software aligning and stuff. Had a quick look at Venus and it tracks lovely keeping the centre of view while I went in had tea and biscuits and came back out still bang in the middle. I could see a nice crescent using the 36mm EP. A slew to the left an Orion Nebulae, wow. So I took a quick snap with my phone held afocal over the EP.
  22. Mount Celestron AVX OTA Celestron XLT C11 with fastar Celestron Starsense Baader Diamond 2 Inch Steeltrack SCT Focuser Baader ClickLock 2" DiElectric Star Diagonal Baader Planetarium Hyperion Aspheric Modular 36mm Eyepiece Baader Planetarium Hyperion Eyepieces Starter Set ZWO ASI120MC Colour 1/3" CMOS USB2.0 Camera with Autoguider Port Lots of bits and pieces various filters and stuff.
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