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Uranium235

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  1. Unexpected clear sky! Noooo idea what to go for.

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    2. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Nasty - I hope you get it sorted swiftly.

    3. Coco

      Coco

      Opticstar stock them £99. ;)

    4. Coco

      Coco

      Opticstar stock them £99. ;)

  2. Its a good sky out there tonight... fill yer boots! (with photons)

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    2. Ibbo!

      Ibbo!

      redone the calibration, checked cables and swore at it

      should do the trick

       

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Dont forget to shake your fist at it...lol.. "work.. or else!"

    4. Ibbo!

      Ibbo!

      I would kick the pier buts its 8" solid concrete and about 7 foot high - well the boit you can see is

       

  3. Guiding tonite! Star71 making belated return to the night sky.

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    2. Ibbo!

      Ibbo!

      and i'm binning them :blink:

      next option is stick the 12 " dob on the mount and try that

       

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Might be an impossible ask without really fast optics. Unless you go with the dob + binning idea.  Well, thats me done for the night... time to crawl into bed...lol.

    4. Ibbo!

      Ibbo!

      there is a glimmer

       

  4. Guiding tonite!

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    2. Coco

      Coco

      Well the stars are not going anywhere so there is always next year, glad i'm not trying to make a living from it..

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Yeah, it'l be ok Guy. Thats the beauty of the Universe, always unchanging (well... mostly!).

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Groan.... here come the fireworks...

  5. Guiding tonite!

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    2. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Yes, I sorted the Star 71, though I haven't tested it, but it was obviously wobbly and is now solid, so will be fine. The new altair scope has replaced the old SW 80ED. It seems lovely and the autofocus is working well, pausing guiding while running it and everything is fine when starting up again. So, happy days!

      What you on?

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Im cooking up an "ultra pelcian"... 8 solid hours of Ha to really give it the beans. Just running the data through Ps now.... its looking really clean.

    4. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Beautiful - nothing beats loads and loads of data. It also makes it much easier to process. I look forward to seeing the finished bird!

  6. Ok... thats enough Summer now, can we have our darkness back please!

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    2. xtreemchaos

      xtreemchaos

      ive had a word up stairs but he or she is too bissy watching big brother.

    3. Luke

      Luke

      Well I am quite enjoying my solar sessions at breakfast before work! Look forward to seeing Orion again, though!

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      I guess the only good thing to come out of this time of year is a bumper crop of strawberries - im going to try my hand at wine making this year =P

  7. Hmmm... Altair have put their 80/480 up by £100. So its gone from "perhaps", to "not worth it" IMO.

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    2. emadmoussa

      emadmoussa

      Even if they were the same price I would go for TS, not quite impressed by AA service. Just can't grasp why the would make this steep jump..!!

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Call me cynical... but its Christmas soon, perhaps that is why ;)

    4. emadmoussa

      emadmoussa

      wouldn't be surprised!

  8. Guiding tonite!

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      omg... thats a new level of stupid! Forgot to PA and didnt notice for 45min... doh!

    3. tingting44

      tingting44

      DOH! lol, what was your PHD graph like...

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      a bit zig-zaggy in dec, no wonder why!

  9. Ok, who has been buying astro kit?! Its absolutely lashing down outside (got soaked!)

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    2. cutepetgroomer

      cutepetgroomer

      Not a star in sight here, nor planet.. Thinking bout getting eyepieces though

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Perhaps tonight there will be a clear slot between weather fronts. Might be a case of "grab & go".

    4. Luke

      Luke

      Sorry, some filters for planets!

  10. Guiding tonite!

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Ahhh... but Ha gathered under these conditions is very good indeed ;)

      Might try for some Lum later on if its still clear - got to finish the OIII first.

    3. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Absolutely, the darker the better for everything, but my theory is that it's good to have some 25-75% Moon Ha targets and proper dark skies are best for L/R/G/B/OIII/SII subs... It's L tonight.

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Good luck mate, shooting anything in particular?

  11. Forecast says clear, Sat24 says otherwise... loads of high level fluff.

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      It turned alright! Another pane done in Cygnus, I need at least one more but im not sure if I have the legs for another late one... we'll see!

    3. Daniel-K

      Daniel-K

      your not caving ROB! suck it up son and get out!

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      lol.... ok, drink more coffee! :D

       

  12. Enough of the cloud already! Been out just once in the last month.

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Got a chocolate sponge cake in mind =P Already got the ingredients, bar the topping.

    3. nightfisher

      nightfisher

      out once in last month, lucky you, cant remember last time i got scope out

    4. goose35

      goose35

      1 hour with bins in the last month here

  13. Hang on to your pants.... WO Star 71 incoming!

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    2. Alien 13

      Alien 13

      The Star 71 has a very tasty 350mm FL its a perfect bridge between camera lenses and small scopes methinks

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Yeah :) I did the maths on this and it should work out to be faster than a binned 130 over large areas. It should even make the DSLR look good!

    4. martin_h

      martin_h

      You will like it, I have the TS version, works like a dream.

  14. Erm... I can see little white dots in the sky and no clouds... how odd!

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    2. ronin

      ronin

      Einstein Moths. They occasionally eat small holes through the fabric of space-time and radiation from the CRB gets through. Space-Time is self reapairing so the holes disapper fairly fast.

    3. alan potts

      alan potts

      Dark Forces Rob

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Seriously, I wish this flamin' jet steam would sling its blummin hook, its just a non-stop conveyer belt of cloud!

  15. Guiding tonite!

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    2. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      It's clouded over again... That's it, I'm packing up and off to bed! Hope you're getting on better than me!

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      3am I packed up last night. Managed to get to the 6th pane before the guiding started to pack up - was just too tired to do anything about it though, really needed some zzzz's.

    4. PhotoGav
  16. Looks clear.... but it aint really. No good for imaging anyway!

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      lol :) I think theyre called eyepieces.... a certain amount of averted imagination is required ;)

       

    3. Ibbo!

      Ibbo!

      I am struggling to see any detail on mars expect polar cap- going to try an Hobgoblin filter

       

       

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      sounds like a plan mate! Its raining here so Im going to turn in, hopefully tomorrow night will bring something... although Summer skies arent usually the greatest for observing or imaging.

  17. Mulling over the prospect of a 130pds dual shooter... cheap, cheerful, but effective.

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    2. Coco

      Coco

      send me a drawing and I'll get some made on the CNc machine,,, oops sorry your too tight ...lol

       

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Its alright :) I have a plan, there is quite a bit of give in one on one of my dual bar saddles - so its possible to re-attach the saddle a bit skew-iff - probably just enough for it to point the 2nd telescope in the right direction (or close enough). No up/down adjustment required, its just left/right.

    4. Adam J

      Adam J

      I hope that you can get this working, would love to see a full report on it if you do as it is something I have considered from time to time myself. 

  18. Strewth! Six clear nights in a row (if I include up to Fri). Not sure I can take it!...lol.

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Out and guiding now. Its one of the few occasions where my scope is already cooler than the ambient temp...lol. No cooldown!

    3. Coco

      Coco

      Me too, did you see that meteor 5 mins ago!!

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Nah, missed that one! Must have had my head down at the time :)

  19. Guiding tonite!

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    2. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Excellent job! I'm beavering away at M101, gathering luminance. It's been a while, but things seem to be working. Fingers crossed it stays clear for a bit longer...

    3. Coco

      Coco

      did it go well?

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Sort of.... its the usual problem with DSLRs, the colour is never quite the same as you get with a CCD - even at ISO400 star colour suffers in exposures of 600s.

  20. Just had my first go at webcam assisted collimation, will see if it works tonight!

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      I used Al's collimation aid, and overlayed that from the preview screen in NeroVision. Turns out my secondary was too far up the tube.

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Despite collimation, there was some minor focuser tilt (probably from the weight of the camera), but Ive adjusted that out and the corners seem ok now - just rolling off some test subs on the Veil.

    4. tingting44

      tingting44

      Very interesting...

  21. Clear skies all evening?... yea right... my foot!

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    2. Ibbo!

      Ibbo!

      I have the 71 up and running now on 1499

      also being a slightly greedy chap have the C11 with reducer on NGC7662

       

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Heh :)  theres no kill like overkill

    4. Ibbo!
  22. Clear sky red alert for tonight!

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    2. Daniel-K

      Daniel-K

      blue sky here !

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      completely clear here now, bloomin cold too. Just topping up the new Rosette

    4. tingting44

      tingting44

      yup im heading out at about 3am to capture venus for when it pops up at around 5am :D

  23. GCSE week.... I might be a bit busy. Tissues, damp sponges and sick buckets on standby!

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    2. AstroGZ

      AstroGZ

      Best of luck!

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Hahaha thanks.... im not sitting the exam.. oh far worse than that! Im running the show! :) 830 candidates, 28 rooms, over two days. Then its all gotta be checked and bagged by 1pm, run forrest run!!!

    4. Psychobilly
  24. Guiding tonite!

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    2. goose35

      goose35

      yup same here

    3. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      I'll keep going until PHD boots me off, one more 600s sub perhaps.

    4. Coco

      Coco

      BLIMEY, you must hold the UK record for the most image time, I haven't been able to point a scope at a star for 8 months! seriously thinking of selling my imaging kit..

  25. By jove! I think ive solved the problem of newtonian flats without stray light!

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    2. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Will do a proper post when I have my examples to hand (would like to show before and after). Its probably the next best thing to a skyflat.

    3. Coco

      Coco

      Sounds logical, my light box is too bright, made from 30mm 300 x 300 x 300 polystyrene and illuminated from white LED's , I think I might spray over the LED's with some acrylic paint to dim them down... cost so far £7 :D

      Another idea was to use a white sphere over the end of the OTA, there is a white plastic globe in a local lamp shop that looks a good candidat, if I can cut it in half.... :P

    4. Uranium235

      Uranium235

      Have you ever had the same problem with Lum flats? Its like there is a circular reflection or something similar in the middle of the frame - which when subtracted from the lum data, is quite noticeable.

      The explorer range of newts does not have any baffles, and therefore is probably more prone to this problem - glad its sorted now becuase it means I can chase really dark stuff now.

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