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lee g

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  1. Hi do you use a solar continuum filter with the Hercules wedge.
  2. That’s what I was hoping you would suggest mainly due to the price difference between the 1.25 and 2” filters. Thanks for sharing your knowledge
  3. I have a diagonal which is either 1.25” or 2” and my ep’s are the explore scientific 82°some are 2” some are 1.25 so I was wondering which size solar continuum filter I would need
  4. So I’ve ordered a skywatcher st 120 and plan to get a solar film filter as well as a solar continuum filter. Would it be better to use 1.25 or 2” ep so I know what size filter to get.
  5. So I’m still toying with the idea of getting one of the skywatcher startravel scopes to accompany my 8”sct. my question is would one of these give good views of the sun? If so what filter would work best and which scope would be best suited the 102 or the 120 thanks
  6. Or should I correct it to “ I mostly (dew) visual...
  7. I already have a screen up but due to the weird shape of the garden an observatory is a no no
  8. I currently have an f10 8”sct and observe under bortle 6 skies. My scope is great on bright objects but not so good at the dimmer dso’s such as galaxies. My question is would an 8” f5 reflector be a big improvement ie allow me to see more galaxies? I know dark skies would improve my view but I do all my observing from my back garden. many thanks for any input
  9. i have just purchased a 2" star diagonal for a refractor. My question is..... is there an adaptor i can buy which would allow me to connect this diagonal to my CPC sct. Thanks
  10. I really like the S@N presenters but would rather it was presented by passionate amateurs and focus more on observing the night sky ie techniques, what to observe, how to’s and equipment reviews. And less space flight news.
  11. Hi i already own an 8"sct and was thinking of buying a Sky-Watcher Startravel 120 (AZ3) as a quick setup grab and go. I mainly only do visual astronomy my question is would i benefit anything visually ? Is it worth the purchase or not. Thanks for any feedback
  12. apologies and thanks i think i was so pleased with myself and excited to share that i lost concentration
  13. So this is how it turned out after running it through Registax. I took it using my new Zwo asi224mc it took a bit of playing about with and reading a ton of posts and watching hours of video but I feel this looks half decent it’s definitely more detail than I ever managed with my webcam. Quite pleased I must say
  14. Ok so just to recap I have an 8” sct (cpc800) on alt az mount with no plans on changing to equatorial i also have a f6.3 focal reducer at my disposal I initially wanted to get into live video astronomy but that’s a bit out of my price range so thought I’d give planetary imaging ago which I already occasionally do with a modified webcam I would also be interested in some close up lunar imaging and possibly joining a program to monitor Transient Lunar Phenomena so it’s come down to these two cameras (ZWO ASI 224MC USB 3.0 Colour Camera or ZWO ASI 290MC USB 3.0 Colour Camera) which do you think would best suit my needs? it would also be a bonus if I could image or live stream at least some dso’s thanks for any help offered
  15. Lovely clear skies over Norwich last night the best views I’ve had of Mars. took this with a modified webcam 2 x Barlow on 8”sct this is my first attempt at mars
  16. Yeah I got a view clips on my phone but they really didn’t do it justice it’s always the same when you see something awesome you wish the whole world was there watching with you
  17. Got up at 2a.m. This morning to grab a look at mars and boy was it hot. I live in Norwich UK and I could see a constant flashing in the sky but I couldn’t see the source, so I crept upstairs to get a higher vantage point and there low in the south moving slowly east was a distant mass of slow moving cloud. It was honestly like something from The War of the worlds. At first I thought it was low cloud being illuminated by lights below as it was so impressive. There was no sound just a constant flashing. It was so impressive that I woke my wife and daughter and they were equally blown away by what could only have been a superb display of summer lightning or heat lightning. Mars was a treat but this was totally unexpected and the perfect accompaniment on a hot summer’s evening
  18. So I’m still looking at a camera to get into planetary imaging when I came across Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager so I was wondering how this compares to something like the ZWO ASI 224MC USB 3.0 Colour Camera. Also would either of these be suitable for my 8” sct
  19. Yeah clearly brings out more details thanks
  20. Wow yeah definitely an Improvement on all fronts cheers for that
  21. So whilst I’m still gathering info and funds before considering video astronomy I thought I might bide my time with a bit of planetary imaging. I have been recommended this camera ZWO ASI 120MC-S USB 3.0 and would like some opinions please I currently use a modified Philips webcam on my cpc800 on alt az mount would this camera be a big improvement?
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