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  1. Don't trip over your tongue mr crow lol

    Neil, as you know, I totally respect your advice with regards imaging and i'll try the longer sessions, re the neo, I can't yet vouch 100% re any difference between using a neo and an IR, I will however when I find time shoot two identical jupes with same camera settings, same avi length and same registax settings but one with neo and one with just IR

    since using a different camera, it could well be that which had the effect, but the difference in colour was amazing and it shows most in the unbarlowed shot. Not only that but the unbarlowed one is a contender for my best ever unbarlowed jupiter re colour, sharpness and detail. But the tests will be run lol

  2. That moon on the x3 shot has honestly blown me away! I have NEVER seen a webcam image that's shown a jovian moon like that, and i also can't understand why it seems to have more colour saturation than the overal planet does, a processing quirk, atmospherics or what? I don't know? I do wish though that the x3 version had as much detail as the un barlowed one has the potential for.

  3. I took delivery of a nosepiecs and a baader neodymium filter this morning, I was determined to give this camera a try no matter what the conditions. I set up tonight, conditions were truly awful, looking at the perimeter of jupiter was like looking at extreme close up of the moon, the shimmering just wouldn't settle. I assumed my captures would be very poor.

    Whether down to the neo filter or the difference in camera I don't know, (previously toucam) but the colours seemed more vibrant. I dropped mag down to no barlow and the seeing conditions were drastically improved. So, I did a 90 second capture or two.

    I decided what the hell and went back to the x3 tal, the shimmer was still there but I decided to give it a go, also of note was that, for those who are familiar with watching the lappy screen, you get that odd 'wave' where it goes crisp and detailed, the 'waves' were very few and far between. Another observation was that the vibrancy of colour was less with the x3. Even so, i took a couple more 90 second avi's packed up and came in.

    Bear in mind here that last week i had a hard drive failure, Registax is just at bare instal, full default settings with no tweaks. I loaded them up and did my bit. Oh, another note of interest, the blue/red edge hazing was noticeably less, less than I've ever seen, I don't claim to know enough to even guess if it's the camera, the neo filter, or just conditions, just a point of note.

    So, without further ado, here are the results, one with no barlow, one with x3 tal



  4. That's a very neat controller Mel, and guess who hadn't thought of a grille. Is there not enough rioom to pop a hole in the ally and have the potentiometer built in so to speak?

    My idea was to make it just like yours but put possibly a switched pot in situ at the side of the fan, and also put a panel mount socket on there for the power lead to just plug in. In fact that way, no need for the switch, just pull the plug. Until i get a power tank of some sort i was also going to see how long the fan will run off a rechargeable PP3 battery and then if it's acceptable, fit one of these on the plate too :-

    5x PP3 9V Battery Holder Box with Flying Leads on eBay (end time 15-Sep-10 17:33:44 BST)


  5. What you can do, to get as close an align as possible with sharpcap, is if you download the latest version, it has a rotatable/movable reticule, if you look up drift aligning with a reticule it's actually not THAT hard. Well, if you've never done it, it's hard to get your head round, but once it 'snaps in' it's easy.


  6. Just looked on tescos site, theirs are 1500 hydrostatic thingummy, i know nowt about tents, so don't even know what that is, just saw em and thought i'd pass it on.

    Stop being so soft! Scott of the antarctic had an old bedsheet with 2 bamboo poles!

    and an anorak!

  7. I have an astigmatism which is corrected by my glasses, I never new I had it till the optician told me, but if you have one, you usually can't focus on horizontals & verticals at the same time. The tests are more modern now, but on the eye chart type thing it used to be like a semi circular fan made of straight black lines, and you couldn't focus on the whole thing at once.

    I use my glasses at the eyepiece but I don't particularly notice if I don't wear them, but if viewing with someone else it's better to keep them on or the focuser has to keep being adjusted for each person.

    Also, a point to bear in mind if you are short sighted, (like me) , especially if webcam imaging, when focusing up and watching a lappy screen, take glasses off, you tend to move in close to the lappy screen and keeping glasses on can have a detrimental effect to your focusing abilities.

  8. With an SPC900 you want to be looking at keeping same barlow in, run at 10 FPS, alter shutter speed and gain (leave gamma and brightness alone!) until you get a fair image, concentrate on focus, I mean REALLY be fussy about focus, then run for approx 90 seconds or 1000 frames. Then play with the registax.

  9. The impression I got from description so far isn't a tripod leveller like the ambubble thing, from the brief description I got, and my interpetation, is something about when setting up a fork mount, at some point you need to set the OTA dead level for something?

    I know it's vague but does anyone know?

    My knowledge of fork mounts could be written on a postage stamp, the front bit, in any white bits available.

  10. I've been asked by someone if I can get levellers made, I do have a good contact for that kind of thing but I'm not sure I understand what he wants, does anyone know what I'm talking about if I say:-

    it's for people using fork mounts and it's like an eyepiece fitting with a levelling bubble in it.

    ie you don't look through it, (I don't think) but it's 1.25 i assume, but has a bubble on the top.

    Does anyone have a clue what I'm on about?

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