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hadyn42

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About hadyn42

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    http://www.iomastronomy.org/

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  • Gender
    Male
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    Motorbikes, Fishing and of course Astronomy
  • Location
    Isle of Man
  1. Hello All After having a very successful Stargazing weekend in Ballaugh last year we have decided to have another event this year! Just to let you all know that the IOM Astronomical Society are having a Stargazing Event at Ballaugh Campsite in the North of the island. The dates are Friday 14th September until noon on Monday 17th September 2018. If anyone is interested and requires further details please email myself and Mark: starcamp@iomastronomy.org Link to campsite: https://ballamoarcampsite.im/ Link to ferry: https://www.steam-packet.com/ The event will be attended by island residents and visitors to our island. We are currently working on an itinerary which will be posted here in due course. We have a guest speaker from the bigger island who is coming over to camp and do various astronomy related talks! There will be a large marquee setup on site (15mtrs x 9mtrs) where talks demonstrations etc will take place. We have a guest speaker coming over from the bigger island to partake in the event and do some astronomy related lectures as well. Link to event: http://www.iomastronomy.org/starparty/ If you double click the poster on the left hand side of the webpage the poster will expand its self or words to that effect! Best regards and clear skies! Mark and Hadyn - IOMAS
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    SGL 2018 SP Bookings

    Hello Dave The food was very good indeed and so was the company! Regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    SkyWatcher Synscan WiFi Adapter

    Hello Nick Hows things with you? Are you managing to keep away from your dentist. Please can you tell me the make and model number of the tablet if possible? Best regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    Galloway Spring Gathering 2018

    Hello All We hope you all had a safe trip home Guys? Thank you all for your company, we both enjoyed meeting up with you all for another great GSP event at Drumroamin. Thanks to Mike, Lesley and the rest of you folk who arranged this Spring 2018 event, also to Damian and Dai who showed us some great views through their Dobs. I will never forget the views of M13 amongst other many other objects through those big telescopes! Thank you to Adrian too for running us to and fro from the Wigton hide and various other trips out.... We arrived home this morning just before 6am and we have unloaded the van, had lunch and now back at being retired Looking forward to meeting up again in the Autumn! Best regards, Christina and Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    SGL 2018 SP Bookings

    Hello All. Christina and I are booked at Lucksall as from the Friday and leaving on the Tuesday morning. Looking forward to meeting up with old friends and making new ones too.... We are both at Galloway at the moment and enjoying the company and of course some dark skies! Best regards, Christina and Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    Skywatcher evostar 72 ed

    Well done Davy I hope all goes well for you. I have been thinking of getting one of those scopes, but can't seem to find the weight of it. I was thinking of mounting it on my SW AZ Gti, but I think it could be a wee bit heavy for it Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
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    Galloway Spring Gathering 2018

    Hello Mike Thanks for the message. Christina and I are keeping well thanks, we hope you are keeping well and warm too? Not heard anything from Adrian for ages, not seen any posts from him either. I tried ringing him Christmas time, but no answer. I don't even know has he signed up the GSP this month either? Take care, hope to see you in just over two weeks time. Best regards, Christina and Hadyn - IOM
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    Galloway Spring Gathering 2018

    Hello Guys We hope that you are all surviving these Winter conditions and getting some viewing and imaging done? It was a very good here last weekend, we had two great clear nights on the Saturday and Sunday. Our society had quite a few of our island residents at our stargazing events in the South of the island. Even with the Moon nearly in all its glory, a good time was had by all. We must have had about 150 islanders viewing the night skies even though the the temperatures were below -1 degrees C. I am sorry but I have got to ask this question guys, has anyone heard of how Lesley's campsite is coping with these cold and snowy conditions please? Christina and I are hoping all goes well for the event and we should be on the site on Monday afternoon (19/03/18) for the whole week if everything goes well... Best regards, Christina and Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    ZWO ASI224 First Light EAA

    Hello Cuivenion Very nice images indeed, well done! I have just ordered the SW 130 PDS about 30 minutes ago and look forward to using it in due course. I bought the ZWO 224mc about eight months ago and never got round to using it as yet. I think that we get the same weather as you as we are just across the pond from you? Regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    Advice Using PD Colour Camera

    Hello Matt I don't know if these settings will help you out with your PD camera and SCT, I use these settings on my ED80 and they work quite well. Here you go: PD COLOUR ASTRO VIDEO CAMERA (modified Huviron) RECOMMENDED SETTINGS For Deep Sky Imaging Exposure Menu Lens: Manual, E Shutter: 1/50sec AGC: LOW SENSE-UP: 128x, 256x, 512x or 1024x Backlight: OFF 3D-DNR: HIGH Day & Night Menu D&N Mode: COLOR Burst: OFF Smart IR: OFF Image Adjust Menu Mirror: OFF Gamma: USER: 0.30 or 0.35 LSC: OFF Special Menu Title: OFF Communication: OFF DPC: OFF Factory Set: NO All other settings can be left at their default values. For Bright Objects (eg Sun, Moon, Planets) Settings are the same as above, except - Exposure Menu Lens: Manual, E Shutter: 1/50sec or less AGC: OFF SENSE-UP: OFF Image Adjust Menu Gamma: USER: 1.00, or a little less. Best regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    Skywatcher ed finder guider scope

    Hello Davey Thanks for the info. Just like to say that I have been to the Galloway Stargazing event three times now and find that the folk there are great fun, but must warn you if you go that there's normally about 10 to 12 different vintages of Whisky to sample and there is lots of debates over astronomy and the whisky too. There is a good sized club room there with a telly and enough room for a good party, ha, ha. I bought a secondhand ZWO 224mc camera last year and not even used it as yet and for Christmas I bought a SW AZ Gti mount and it has only been in action once this year as yet! Please try and get along to Drumroamin campsite, my wife and I arrive there on Monday 19th March and leave on the following Monday. Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
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    Skywatcher ed finder guider scope

    Hello Davy Been looking at the scope too for VA too. Are you heading to Galloway in March? Best regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
  13. Hello Guys Can anyone recommend a suitable Andriod Tablet in the 8" to 10" please? There seems to be lots of Andriod tablets about, but between reading between the lines not all of these tablets have the various hardware built-in to enable compass and various tilt functions on board, but not all are suitable for Skysafari. Please can I have some ideas on this if possible? I already have an Ipad2 with Skysafari 5 software which I use, but I would really like to try the Andriod version on an Andriod tablet in the very near future. Best regards, Hadyn - Isle of Man
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    SW AZ - Gti mount firmware update??

    Hello Peter Thank you very much indeed for your reply. Very good instructions indeed. Sorry if I wasted your time Peter, just this moment extracted the loader and firmware software and seen the instructions there... Thanks again. Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
  15. Hello All Just opened the box with with my new SW AZ Gti mount and set it up in the lounge last night to test it out. I was using a power lead from my 13.8 volt PSU and all was working well. I was using my Ipad2 with the Synscan app and followed all the instructions posted on this forum. I was using the pro version of the app, it seems like a "great little grab and go mount" I even tried out my HEQ5 pro handset which worked well too. Not tried the Skysafari app on my Ipad2 as I know that there are some problems there... I was just wondering how do I find out what firmware the mount is using at the moment to see if it needs updating? I have downloaded the relevant firmware (Version 3.10 - dated Oct 17, 2017) If anyone can help me please in how to update the firmware etc it would be gratefully appreciated, thank you? Best regards, Hadyn - IOM
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