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Neil Mack

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  1. I like number three there particularly. Given Saturn's low altitude you've done well to get any result. I've got the same camera, and am itching to have a go at imaging Saturn, but I'm another 3 degrees north of you (and the planet therefore three degrees lower) and that doesn't make it easy, even to see it! Good luck, Neil
  2. Thanks, Gavster I shall investigate further ..... cheers, Neil
  3. Which model Manfrotto case is that? GLWTS.
  4. Tremendous posting. It will be repay me to get to grips with the software, and evolve an orderly workflow. At the moment I'm like a chimp at the controls of the USS Enterprise, jabbing at sliders and invoking controls just to see whether the result looks more or less like a "proper" image. Thanks for your help.
  5. Although the air is steadier tonight, and the midges are leaving me alone, I don't think this represents an improvement on the previous one. How long a sequence is optimal for Jupiter? Presumably "optimal" will depend on focal length (just over 2000mm in my case)? And how many frames should I be asking the Pipp software to select out? I'm guessing that will depend on seeing conditions, but is there a sensible minimum number of frames to be worth stacking? And what have I done to give the planet a raggedy edge? Any pointers or suggestions gratefully received!
  6. Thanks Geof. That's kind. I really have to wait till Jupiter crosses the meridian, because to the east of me lies the water, which often seems to bring special seeing problems of its own! All the same I was surprised how much a four inch refractor could reveal with a lot of help from software. The original .avi "movie" didn't look at all promising. I'm certainly impressed by the ZWO ASI120MC - it seems a great little camera for the money. I shall investigate WinJupos. I wish you steady seeing too. Neil
  7. Final attempt of the evening - complete with free satellite. I don't think Damian Peach or Christopher Go have much to be worried about.
  8. Apologies for asking a question that must have been asked a thosand times before - but where can I find a simple step by step guide to capturing and processing a planetary image? The bright shiny red ZWO camera arrived today , and I have got it talking to FireCapture on the laptop, and even making a short movie. The movie is monochrome (the camera label assures me it's colour) but I mustn't quibble. But then what happens? Does SharpCap sort and stack the frames? I crave simplicity, and (preferably) written answers (on one side of a postcard). Can anyone point me in the right direction?
  9. Can you bolt the Tak clamshell directly to the Ercole mount, after removing the dovetail clamp? Tak uses a 35mm spacing for bolting its clamshells, the same spacing as on many Vixen clamps, and on two Teleoptic mounts I have used. Removing the dovetail clamp and bar removes a source of weakness, and moves the scope a few mm toward the centre of gravity of the mount.
  10. Looking for a 6mm eyepiece for planetary and double star stuff. Instinct and habitat would generally make me go for the orthoscopic; but there are good reports of the SLV, and its high eye relief might be welcome in a short focus eyepiece. John Huntley's review suggested that the Vixen 6mm compared very favourably to the BGO 6mm, and the general view is that the Fujiyama and BGO ortho ranges are similar in quality. But has anyone actually directly compared the Vixen and Fujiyama?
  11. Scary, and wonderful in equal measure. I did take its picture. All I have to do now is find the print ........
  12. The Astro-Physics 180mm f/9. I used to paddle across a damp lawn and heave the thing onto an Astro-Physics AP900 which sat on a very clever tall tripod which (I think) Rob Miller had made. The killer wasn't the weight, but the high mounting position - that's a long tube, with the weight all at one end. One winter it never got taken out at all. So I traded it for a smaller model. I miss that 7 inch still, or at least the views it gave. But I don't miss that moment of fear when the tube first landed on the saddle and the whole thing shook, nor do I miss staggering in at 2 a.m. with the thin
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