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Everything posted by Portech7

  1. Perfect. I asked because I already have one, so that's great
  2. Hi Quick question, with goto etc, does anyone use a car booster pack (with relevant 12v, USB etc sockets) instead of the branded power tanks? Cheers
  3. Hi I've decided to go for the ZWO ASI 120MC-S USB 3.0 Colour Camera. Slightly more than I wanted to pay but after much research it appears a really good starter. I also like the idea of the 150 degree wide angle lens it comes with as it can be placed outside pointing up to the sky and image above without the scope, so I found this a nice point which I didn't initially consider, but can definitely see me using it a lot. Cheers for all the guidance and comments as your experience really does help the novice astronomers out.
  4. Hi all Just looking on line and seen this T7 camera, think its a copy of the ZWO as mentioned by vernmid. Spec copied in below:CMOS chips: Aptina AR0130CSCMOS Size: 1 / 3 in. Effective pixels quantity: 1280*960 Astronomy requirement is fast, full real output, much longer exposure, these three elements, high resolution can not be achieved. Pixel size: 3.75umFocusing range 20 mm to infinity Depth of field: 50 mm to infinity Scintillation control: 50 hz or 60 hz Readout type: Progressive Scan Shutter: Electronic rolling shutter Exposure time: 20us-1minSensitivity: 2.7 / LUX. The SEC (under the condition of 550 nm green lighting)Scintillation control: 50 hz or 60 hzSoftware compatibility support: Windows98, WindowsME, Windows, Windows xp, Windows 7,Windows 8, win10 and Mac OS, Linux.Single frame capture storage formats: BMP, FITS, RAWDynamic capture storage format: AVIWorking temperature: - 5 ° 60 °Storage temperature: - 20 ° 60 °Working humidity: 20% RH 80% RHStore humidity: 20% RH 95% RHPower consumption: < 0.5 WMaximum frame rate: 1280X960@35FPS 1280X720@46FPS 1280X600@55FPS 1280X400@80FPS 960X960@46FPS 1024X768@54FPS 1024X600@69FPS 1024X400@101FPS 800X800@66FPS 800X640@82FPS 800X512@102FPS 800X400@108FPS 800X320@158FPS 640X560@98FPS 640X480@113FPS 512X440@123FPS 512X400@135FPS 480X320@165FPS 320X240@215FPS 2X2Bin:640X480@35FPS5FPS
  5. I do like the idea and ease of use I've read with the ZWO etc. It maybe the best thing to start from, I can always progress as time goes. Thanks for the help all
  6. I'm Bridgend area. I'll keep looking, there are others out there, in fact its quite a busy market for second hand cameras so I'm sure something will turn up.
  7. I've found a Canon 10D which comes with the remote shutter switch, charger, battery and a few other bits, for £99+£8 shipping. Is this worth trying?
  8. Hi All I'm sure this is a very popular topic, so please excuse me for asking again if it is I'm really wanting to start getting into astrophotography and I am unsure what type of camera is best to go for. I have around £100 to work with which I know isn't much in the whole scheme of things but its what I have. I might be able to stretch to a little more if its worth the extra. I have a standard digital camera which I've managed to take reasonably good images of the moon (mounted to eyepiece), but I'd like something which is a bit more all purpose, so reasonable deep sky and also planetary, if possible, if not at least good planetary. I'm also in the process of reading 'Making Every Photon Count' to gain further knowledge but I thought I'd ask advice too. I'd also prefer something which doesn't require a masters degree to understand I've heard good things about Celestrons Neximage and ZWOs etc for planetary. Maybe I should start here to gain experience, then expand into deep sky imaging as I progress and learn. I'm probably asking too much with the budget and my lack of experience, but any advice welcomed My scope is a SW Explorer 150P on an EQ3-2 mount. I have installed an auto focuser (found this to be a great upgrade for observing, to help limit vibration), will be getting tracking motors too. It may not be the most elaborate set-up, but I've had great planetary views and some awe inspiring deep sky views with it, so it would be good to see what I can photograph (If possible).
  9. Just cleaned my 150P primary mirror for the first time. Was worried, but it wasn't that bad and didn't take long either but being very careful is paramount. Nice and shiny now.
  10. Hi Ripochet, that confirms my thoughts as the 2" extension with the twist lock did work but I didn't like how far I had to rack it in to get focus. I'm still new to astronomy and learning as I go. I have found it very useful for collimation which is worth its money just for that purpose. Cheers
  11. Hi All Question, has anyone experienced any focusing problems with a 2"-1.25" twist lock adapter? On my SW Explorer 150P I removed the existing 1.25" adapter from the 2" focuser draw tube and replaced it with the new adapter and inserted my eyepiece, but I cannot seem to get focus any where along the travel. If I add a 2" extension I can get focus but then the draw tube goes too far towards the secondary mirror. Is this a common issue? I'm not too worried as it greatly helps centering for collimation, however I do see the benefits if I can get it to work. Any thoughts welcome. Cheers
  12. Think I just seen it pass again. Too faint to catch with my camera, but still amazing to see.
  13. https://www.spacex.com/webcast
  14. I'll be ready, getting the camera for it. Cheers upahill
  15. Yes, exactly that Penelope. The video which is on the link shared by upahill shows it well. The best video is further down the thread.
  16. Wow, I was lucky to see this then. It was an amazing sight.
  17. Hi All I was just looking at Vega and just left of it appeared a long line of bright objects (27/05/19 at around 00.04hrs). It was visible with the naked eye and it looked like a long line of bright dots, some brighter than others but it was travelling west to east. It looked like a flare or possibly something either burning up or skipping on our atmosphere. Any ideas please? Couldn't find anything on Stellarium etc. Wasn't planes etc. Cheers
  18. I found the moon to be extremely bright, almost painful to be honest. I tried the Meade 4000 series Moon filter ND96 and have not looked back. Found it improved surface details too. I think it is a personal thing though as you say. Hope this helps.
  19. Hi all Last night i was viewing M92 which was absolutely beautiful, but it did get me thinking if a UHC filter would prove beneficial. I dabble in a little basic astrophotography, but prefer to spend most my time viewing and learning the beautiful night sky. Any advice or experience with UHC filters is appreciated. Cheers All
  20. Just managed to use it. Fantastic, lost for words. Amazing viewing. ???????
  21. So the Astrofilm arrived today and I've made the solar filter using the main tube cap. Its not tightly stressed so should be good. I've sandwiched the film between two pieces of card with holes cut out a little larger that the hole in the cap. I then stuck this sandwich inside the dust cap. Should be well protected as I have the dust cap for the hole. Will check film prior to first use and have made a card to protect the cap as advised. Ignore the tape, its a reminder for me so I don't accidentally damage the film when taking g the cap off? Looking forward to next sunny day and thanks for all the advice ?
  22. Great viewing this evening. I was viewing Arcturus earlier on but at around 21.45hrs, I scanned slightly east and over to the Corona Borealis to look in on Alphekka as it was shinning bright, I also wanted to spend some time looking at Nusakan and the other stars in the group as there's a few pulsating, variable and double stars. I sat viewing for a few minutes when something bright shot speedily across my sight (think this was possibly NORAD 28649, Cartosat-1 looking on Stellarium). I decided to view Corona Borealis on the widest angle eyepiece I currently have (62 degree) as I am still quite new to astronomy and learning what equipment I might need as I go, but I wanted to see what else may pop into sight. I wasn't disappointed as in a very short time it seamed to turn into a shooting gallery. Again, looking at Stellarium, I believe some were artificial satellites etc, but there was one or two which I couldn't identify. They weren't planes crossing my view as I'm familiar with the flight paths near me, so I think they may have been the odd comet etc. Anyway, to cut a story short, I can't explain how great and awe inspiring it is to just sit down patiently, relax, focus my scope on a patch of sky and watch these wondrous and amazing sights unfold before my eyes. What a beautiful hobby to have ?
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