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  1. Lunar Horn

    Looks like the gnarled upper of a Parrot's Beak. Not being disrespectful Craig, It's a great shot. I wish it well in the Comp.
  2. Nobody is Going to Believe Me!

    I can sense the emotion in you as you wandered around the sky taking in all the wonders you drank in through your eyepieces. One can almost feel transported into another dimension as your mind wrestles with the enormity of what is filling the immense void out there. Your experience as you explained it, is worthy of being a must read for all, as an inspirational reason why Astronomy can be a huge boost for the Soul. Thanks for sharing that superb account of your experience Alex, and so eloquently written too.
  3. A Background Moon

    You have merged two Images then?
  4. Enjoy your new telescope, you made a good choice, the 8" Newtonian has been respected by most amateurs for many years, and will prove quite adequate for your observation of many targets, planetary and galactic. Any refinements to what you already have, will become apparent to you as your skills progress. Be aware of a possible infection that may affect you later though. Many have suffered this deadly bug, it is commonly known as Aperture Fever, where the desire for a larger unit becomes intense. In the meantime, make use of the fine instrument you have now 😀. Best Wishes.
  5. You must be a very experienced amateur astronomer indeed to have produced this at your first attempt at Astro. Photography. I'm sure many of our fledgling members would be very interested in your methods employed in creating this wonderful Image. The skies must have been very kind to you
  6. Can it be true?

    Couldn't agree more Olly. The man had better things to do than contemplate death, therefore there was no space in his head to accommodate Gloom and Doom thought. He thwarted the Grim Reaper's attempts for many years.
  7. Wow!

    Upside down isn't It? And over exaggerated. Purty just the same.
  8. Sirius and other bright stellar objects near the horizon will display colours due to atmospheric dispersion. your telescope will see them too, and pass them to your eye, they are not caused by any anomaly in your mirror. That's a large image of Sirius .
  9. Anyone heard of Grant Mitchell in Dorset??

    There are many unscrupulous people these days, who's sole intent is to steal from the unwary. You've suspected something odd here, albeit through his name, which is synonymous with a TV show. Nevertheless, your Spidey senses have alerted you, so you should proceed carefully, and heed, and.explore many of the actions suggested by the guys in this thread. On no account send goods before you are absolutely certain the guy is genuine, and ways to do that have been suggested here.
  10. 150P-DS for luna imaging

    Ah! My apologies, I overlooked the full disc requirement. You could go mosaic though 😀. Just kidding matey.
  11. 150P-DS for luna imaging

    Would a 2.5x Powermate not help Jules? Take it up to f12.5 ?
  12. sharp cap

    Hi Barry, this forum may be of help to you, it seems others have the same anomaly. https://forums.sharpcap.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=654
  13. Anyone into astro. photography would out of common sense, choose an equatorial mount for the job. In my early days in AP, my Newton 12" f6 telescope I equipped with Setting circles, 10 inches in diameter, and carefully scribed with the Hours and Minute divisions, RA. and Degrees and Minutes Dec. for both Right Ascension, and Declination. It was arranged so the RA circle could be slipped, independently but allowed to move with the driven worm wheel at Sidereal Rate. A local meridian fixed pointer over the RA circle would indicate local sidereal, or star time. Locating any star of known Right Ascension would provide that time, also it's Declination. Both circles would be set to those coordinate, and by leaving the Stepper Drive motor running, a RA Circle pointer fixed to the polar shaft, would service the East side of the mount, and another the West side. Once set on a star's known Declination, and Right Ascension, It was then simple to Index any object in the sky by finding it's RA. and Dec. from an atlas or Book. These were the things you needed to do, to make object location easier way back in my early days as an Observer and erstwhile Imager (Not very good results unfortunately. Film was OK, but I was no David Malin) Sometimes the sought after object would be in the FOV first time, but many times a little shunt back and forward with N S E W buttons was needed to bring it into view. I certainly refute the claim Equatorial Mounts are a pain, on the contrary, they are very desirable. Up and Down, and left and right are fine for general observing , but unless an Alt Az. mount can be adapted for equatorial use, it is not ideal for long exposure Imaging.
  14. Clavius/Tycho 25-02-18

    A 1 Captures John. Who couldn't love the Moon with details this sharp. Exciting place for sure, and I'd go today if the Nasa invitation came .
  15. The 8.75" f/6.7 Mirror Grind

    400# is a tenacious, but a very good grit for tackling small pits. Unless you have craters left over from bubble breakthroughs it should clean up small pits for you. Persevere with it, it will get you where you need to be. Post above by Rusted is very good advice too.