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About RikM

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  1. Bring and Buy sale?

    positively encouraged
  2. SGL Starparty Scopes?

    250px Dob and a couple of DSLRs
  3. Bring and Buy sale?

    Saturday morning
  4. Pleiades and Merope Nebula

    I am fairly sure I've seen nebulosity in the Pleiades with my 10" Dob from darkest North Devon a few years ago. The open cluster is one of my favourite targets. There is a tiny triangle of stars near the centre like little diamonds. Gorgeous.
  5. Sorry for the extremely tardy post. I've been busy. During the eclipse I was on a business trip to Pensilvania, so couldn't really take any kit with me. Therefore, this was shot handheld with a 7D mkII and 70-200mm zoom with 2x tele-extender and a bit of Baader solar film on the front. As someone handily pointed out elsewhere, it is your standard "banana on a blackboard" shot, but I'm pleased to have got anything really
  6. Which eyepiece do you REALLY use most?

    My Pentax XW 14mm is my most used. It's either medium power in the Dob or nice and wide in the Pronto.
  7. Aperture fever or common sense???

    A 10" is the ideal size for me. The skywatcher solid tube 12" seems huge in comparison and the flextube version or lighter weight OOUK telescope were out of budget. I live in an estate on the south side of Gloucester, but on a good night there is plenty to be seen.
  8. That's a great idea for mounting. I love my QuikFinders. They are, for me, the only essential piece of kit beyond telescope and eyepieces.
  9. Hi from Gloucestershire, UK

    Welcome to SGL. It good to see another local on board
  10. Canon 7D mk2 imaging

    I use a Yongnuo intervalometer.
  11. Busy...please wait

    Yes. Exactly this. 'Long exposure noise reduction' is enabled. If you are taking singe exposures, you may as well leave it on if it gives good results. If you are taking multiple exposures and stacking them. Turn it off and take a set of dark frames at the end of your run.
  12. AZ 4 help

    Exactly the same with mine. I just tighten the centre bolt up as well. The handled does attach at an odd angle, so getting the thread started can be a bit awkward. The AZ4 is a nice mount though
  13. A good testament to your sky as well as your guiding I'd have a horrible white (orange) out in luminance after 20 min
  14. Focal lengths

    With a DSLR, f/7 is pretty slow, yes. Due to their relatively low sensitivity and high noise, DSLR's really benefit from f/5 or faster. You can certainly take images with an f/7 scope but it will take a while.
  15. Webcam vs. DSLR?

    A huge DSLR sensor is a waste of processing power on an object that only covers a few hundred pixels in the middle of the frame.