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Mr niall

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  1. Oh, well thats put a spanner to my plans then! I had high hopes for the "comet registration" mode in DSS. Looks like its done something though. I suppose a composite is possible? But then you'd have a big smear where your comet was supposed to be on your star layer and your comet layer would obviously be too small to overlay over the top. This challenge could be one for the sketchers!
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    46P_Wirtanen 07/12/2018

    Very cool great shot
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    Omegon MiniTrack LX2 Tracking DSLR Mount

    Hi Peter thanks for the link. My goal at the moment is 60 secs at 50mm, if I can get that to work then will think about 60 secs at 100 which I’m led to believe is plausible but perhaps pushing the envelope. Maybe 30 secs would be a more realistic target! I’m plagued with terrible LP to the south and west so 30 secs may be the max either way!
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    Omegon MiniTrack LX2 Tracking DSLR Mount

    No I reckon at least 45 minute exposures. May have to step the ISO down from 800 to 400
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    Omegon MiniTrack LX2 Tracking DSLR Mount

    Its arrived.... Came via UPS in a box easily big enough for a HEQ5 head... And it was nicely packaged in a slightly smaller box inside that. Comes with a drinking straw (or polar finding sight tube, I cant decide) and a rather substantial piece of metal that serves only as an adaptor for swapping over the 1/4 or 3/8 head. Its a little bit bigger than I expected and feels really substantial and heavy in the hand. All nice metal construction and certainly looks the business. But doesn't really come with any literature or instructions - had to download these from the omegon website (although in fairness there is an excellent suite of supporting literature that is generally very engaging and useful) I still have absolutely no idea how the little tension spring thingies at the bottom work, despite the diagrams. Hopefully it'll be clearer in practise. And yes, the little timer really does sound exactly like an egg timer and yes it really really does have a little egg timer buzzer thing when it runs out. Cracking! (pun intented). Obviously with it being Britain, first light will no doubt be sometime around March.... But I am determined to catch 46p even if it means hiring a helicopter to get above the perma clouds. More to follow
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    I’ve watched that a few times. It’s really good. But having said that I don’t really agree with the point he’s making about accuracy. If your aim is simply finding stuff then I think they work great. I was using a skymax 90 on a tabletop EQ1 in this fashion for about 8 months and saw M13, M2, M11, M15, the double cluster and many others for the first time just using this method - so it cant be that bad!
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    Yeah, they can be a bit vague on an eq1 or 2 but for brighter stuff it’s actually quite fun zooming around with just a piece of paper and some numbers to direct you (if you like that sort of thing!)
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    Devon Newbie

    Hello there, and welcome.
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    200p/EQ-5 Battering Ram

    Oh... that’s how they work! Well that’s embarrassing, I’ve been putting them on that other swingy thing.
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    It’s probably easiest to check YouTube for alignment tips - it’s easier to watch than explain! Setting circles; Not quite, you need to know a few of the brighter stars in the sky and learn their coordinates. Then you find one of them through the scope, adjust the rings to match the coordinates, and then you can move your scope around to whatever target you are looking for.
  11. Nothing really pal - the fundamentals are the same. You’ll get field rotation but DSS will fix that. I find the images aren’t quite as sharp looking - and you need to crop at least 10% off the edges but with some practice and dedication you’ll get cracking results. honestly, I’ve said it before but “astrophotography on the go” is an absolute belter book and would suit your needs perfectly.
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    Omegon MiniTrack LX2 Tracking DSLR Mount

    Just pulled the trigger on one of these. Determined to get some shots of 46p, especially after the 21p debarcle... Details to follow. If my calculations are right should get at least 45mins unguided at 1200mm. Or something
  13. If it were me, I'd probably try and steer you away from GOTO telescopes for the following reasons: 1. Price - they're squeezing your budget a little too far. 2. They can require a bit of setup (I'd call this faff, but some would call this fun, your mileage may vary haha), that may be offputting to a younger observer. With your budget I would suggest the biggest bang for your buck is probably a skywatcher heritage 130p or a skywatcher skyliner 150p. Both are crazy value for money and very easy to setup. The 150 is much bigger - but the 130p is a great compromise as it is super portable and quick to setup. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-skyliner-150p-dobsonian.html Or another option completely is: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/heritage/skywatcher-heritage-90-virtuoso.html This is quite cool as it is very compact and sort of has tracking but if you invest another £59 you can get the synscan wifi dongle that gives you full goto through your lenovo tablet. The scope itself has a smaller aperture (so you'll see less) but the maksutov design is super compact and a bit of a lunar / planetary specialist. Thie thing you have to consider too is that the planets have no pretty much disappeared until about June / July so you may need to concentrate on other things in the interim anyway! In terms of software there is loads - Stellarium is free and works on a pc. Sky Safari is available at various price points and is great for tablets. Its way outside your budget but something like the Skywatcher AZGTI with a 130p reflector is very cool because it allows complete control with your tablet and can actually be interfaced with Sky Safari to kind of "drive round" the sky (but yes is over budget and does require a bit of setup). Photography - no not off piste at all; but getting good photo's from pointing a camera down an eyepiece is notoriously difficult and often disappointing with the exception of the moon. You may need to limit your expectations slightly with your budget. Books - get a copy of Turn Left at Orion - the best best best all round beginners astronomy book without exception.
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    How do you keep data organised?

    Yes I'd considered that - luckily though I'm getting my hands on a personal laptop this week rather than using the familyone so that should cause a few less arguments! Do you not find you have rogue copies of stuff floating around though? Like file uploads and that sort of thing? Or maybe thats just me!
  15. Hello there i was wondering if anyone had any top tips for keeping all your data organised? I wouldn’t describe myself as particularly untidy but by the time I’ve got from memory card to laptop to DSS to photoshop to Lightroom to online storage(!) Im getting a bit lost! one thing that particularly annoys is the new adobe creative cloud seems to be backing up and saving things I don’t want it to. I think one of the biggest issues is I’m not very disciplined (or brave??) and am ending up with multiple incarnations of a slightly tweaked finished product and not knowing which one is which! Also I haven’t really landed on a naming convention I’m happy with for files - something succinct but still detailed and useful. Anybody use the big photo sharing sites - Flickr... that sort of thing? A.N

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