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About StormAurora

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    Astronomy, astrophotography, anything space related. My wonderful dogs and music.
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  1. StormAurora


    Hello and welcome ? Our weather in the south is matching yours this year! Hope you get clear skies soon. Enjoy ?
  2. StormAurora


    Hello and welcome. It's great to meet people with such passion for our wonderful hobby ? This is the best place for support and advice. Enjoy.
  3. Awesome! Cheers for your help guys ? Runs quickly to set up scope
  4. Anyone know when the next transits of moons are due? Looking forward to seeing one. Many thanks ?
  5. Hello Dave, welcome. Very envious of your dark skies ? Hope you get the advice you need here, I'm sure you will. Have fun and enjoy.
  6. Hello and welcome. I love Stellarium and also use Star Walk on the play store, it's got great info and is very beautiful to look at ? Hope you enjoy your new hobby and that the clouds will part for you!
  7. Thanks for your help everyone. I'll let you know how it goes next time.
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    Hello and welcome ? I'm sure someone will advise you on eyepieces. Have fun!
  9. I have read the FAQ thread and manual and as far as I can see, I'm doing everything correctly. I first line up N leg, then make sure mount is level. I only have the mount and tripod at this point. I then use polarscope to place Polaris where it should be for the time I'm setting up. Then i put the counterweights on and the ota. Then i balance the tube, then I recheck Polaris is still in the correct position. Then i make sure tube is in home position. Then i start the synscan, enter time, date etc and do a 2 star alignment. Usually the first star is way off, so i move it to the star manually, center it and then when it goes to the second star it is usually pretty much on target. Then off i go. However if the object isn't in the center of the fov, after the alignment and I move it to the center with the keypad, the next object I send it to is not in fov! It's so frustrating. I appreciate your help and advice very much. All the best.
  10. You lucky things! Barn owls, now that is a treat ? I did see Ganymede emerge from Jupiter. However never realised it was a transit as I was using my 70mm scope! Darn!! It was still great to see. Also saw a pretty cool crater near the terminator that resembled a watch face ? with an hour hand! Also a group of mountains below Sinus Iridium. Thanks for all your help.
  11. Wow thanks, great suggestions. I'll look up some doubles to chase. Enjoy tonight everyone, cheers.
  12. Any suggestions for what I can observe and image tonight with the moon being so bright? I found it very difficult last night with the sky brightness. Don't want to waste a rare clear sky ? Thanks in advance.
  13. Hi yearofthegoat, Thanks for your reply. I usually do the polar alignment before I turn on the synscan. Then I carry out the two star alignment but it's always way off. I move it manually to the first star and center it using the keypad, then it tends to get the second star in the fov. I am familiar with most of the constellations, luckily. I do find it quite frustrating to be honest and end up spending more time resetting it all than imaging! ? I'm hoping I will get used to it over the coming months. Thanks again.
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