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  1. Stacking is great, if you can use it! Meteor hunters are left out in the cold here. Mostly all of my shots are wide angle deep field single shots, and sometimes I catch a meteor. Why I would want more streaks throughout my images baffles! I would prefer a sky free of all such space trash, but rarely get what I want, so I settle for what I can get. Nothing has changed, just rich folk doin a thing because they can.
  2. Johninderby, I have given much thought to the sun funnel design, and it is appealing. A simple scope, if all metal and glass, is best so as to not melt down during solar observations. I have my scope all set up and ready to go at a moment’s notice, and my work goes on, but thunderstorms are causing me havoc. It’s raining right now, no not hard but raining. My solar observations, and all else, may have to wait a day, or more.
  3. ...or project your image and be done with filters and such. Dangerous if not done properly! Worked a treat during the eclipse of 2017 here in the USA. I plan on doing it bigger and badder than ever before for the 2024 eclipse, and may project the image on to the side of my house! I have a fist surface mirror, and need little else, to make my house a projector screen. Experiments go on, with both my tracker and my EQM 35 Pro. I want ALL the light I can get coming out of the ep.
  4. Exactly, and thank you! That visible part of the spectrum is what concerns me. I see no reason to let Hubble just burn up, mostly, on reentry. Especially so considering the tech available now as opposed to the date of Hubble’s first use (not on station, but actual use). We the people of the USA have a good deal invested, and it makes no sense at all to just throw it away, when the Hubble could be saved. I’d assume a very small portion of the costs above and beyond my current taxes on social security.
  5. scotty1, I understand LP and am highly sympathetic to your endeavors. My meteor efforts took most of one summer off, and LP was my main obstacle to success. I still captured meteor falls, but long/bright meteors barely registered. Good thing a short drive puts you in the dark. Some folk have to schedule time off work to enjoy such. Poor delusional owls! Retired old dude here, with no interest whatsoever in working for a paycheck again.
  6. Two heart attacks and a GIST induced small bowel resection have taken a step or so. Good thing I don’t need much to gaze at the sky. When that stops being fun I’ll stop doing it (sky watching). I imagine creeking older me sitting out at night, hell I went out with a broken ankle BEFORE surgery to fix!!
  7. Good work! I really should put together a series of meteor falls I captured with my iPhone. Your work inspires me to go put the phone out, but as usual, increasingly cloudy skies are expected, leading to rain off and on for a week, for us in the mid south USA.
  8. Understand that my barn door is made so as to have east/west and up/down pivots, which are made by moving nuts on curved 1/2” allthread rod against a hard point for each. I’ve posted a pict of it here before. It’s ran from an Arduino Nano, Easy Driver, some gears from a dead VCR, curved allthread 1/4”x20 and a stepper motor salvaged from a inkjet printer. I’ve posted my “no delay” code before, and uses 6 lines of instructions. After SEVERAL step speed adjustments I ended up able to do 5 minute plus wide angle “meteor hunt” shots almost as well as my iOptron SkyTracker Pro. The little iOptron i
  9. When I had my barn door in a permanent setup I used drift alignment to get mine real close to polar alignment. I fiddled with a scope on a rail and tried dozens of times to visually put Polaris where it needed to be, but only using the drift alignment method gave me nice sharp stars.
  10. I started attempting to capture meteor falls about 6 years ago with my iPhone 6 Plus running the app NightCap Camera (actually call NightCap Pro then). About 18 months ago that phone died and my service provider insurance replaced it, but with an iPhone 6s Plus. That little “s” really messed up the wide field shots. Apple hardware limited the open shutter time by 1/3, which makes meteor trains look like airplane strobes, and the camera has such tiny sensor dots/pixels it takes lightening to activate them. Faint little spark meteors I see just didn’t register on the sensor. While comet NEO
  11. Idea: Use the driver’s seat of a high end SUV, with adjustable positioning in several aspects, and most importantly a heating system for the back side. Rig up a joystick to make the seat follow your mount/eyepiece, throw a blanket over the lower half and lean into a long cold night. As long as the power held out. Sure, probably only feasible in an observatory proper, but wrecked vehicles have these oh-so-comfy seats crushed/ripped to shreds every day. Think about it. A seat that can track around, sort of, and has a backside warming function. Just cobble together some sort of base to mount
  12. From what I read the Webb will be an IR telescope, and that will in no way replace the part of the EM spectrum Hubble can gather.
  13. The article above implies the Webb will replace the Hubble. Isn’t the Webb a non visual wavelength telescope?
  14. About 30 meters from my front door. We live far out in the forest in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas, USA. The nearest town is about 17.7 kilometers away, and it’s a tiny little burg. A sizable hill stands between us too. On those special nights it’s very dark here. Some nights starlight alone illuminates things well enough to walk around.
  15. Images like this highlights the need for a “wow” emoticon.
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