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Black Knight

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  1. Great results James, I bet you're pleased. I know I would be - I can't do planets for love nor money!
  2. As a suburbanite, the few times that I've been to really dark sites I've found it quite disorienting being unable to readily find my way around the sky when there are simply so many stars on view. It always takes me a while to adjust and get my bearings. Can't see the wood for the trees sort-of-thing! At home with our light polluted skies it just seems so much easier to find my way around! I bet that was an amazing experience.
  3. I visited this place many years ago. Unbelievable almost surreal scenery, although I never got to see it at night. Which is a shame - it would have been a most memorable experience. Ah well, never mind
  4. Wonderful, in a bleak sort of way http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130429.html
  5. Honestly, reading the book could help you avoid expensive mistakes. For that alone it's worth the asking price!
  6. The best and most ideal method would be to attach the camera to the focuser directly. If you can do that you can use the scope at its natural focal length, and the advantage of having nothing in the way that will complicate things. Using a barlow is one workaround, although that will double your focal length (for a x2 barlow), effectively making your scope slower and also place greater demands on your guiding system. Another workaround would be to move the primary mirror up the tube towards the secondary using the collimation screws. This may work as well. Steves (Nephilim) suggestion of getting hold of a copy of Making Every Photon Count by our very own Steppenwolf (Steve Richards) is an an excellent idea, and is available from FLO. A wholeheartedly recommended read.
  7. The NEQ6 is a good mount, to be sure (I have one myself), but it is probably overkill for a 130P. And even second hand, it'll consume a fair chunk of your budget. An HEQ5 (or even an EQ5) would do the job just as well and be cheaper too. Although, if you were planning at some point to upgrade your scope, then I guess an NEQ6 becomes a good investment for the future. I've not owned a 130P, but I have heard there may be issues achieving focus with a camera. Have you used your DSLR successfullly on the 130P already? If you are thinking about guiding, then you'll need a scope to use with the guide camera. The Skywatcher ST80 (or one of its many variants) is very popular for this, as are 9x50 finderscopes modified for use as a guide scope. And of course you need a way of mounting both scopes, either side-by-side, or piggyback style. So, another dovetail bar and more tube rings (either fixed tube rings or guidescope rings), or a side by side dual mounting bar, depending on how you choose to do it. An EQMod cable is good if you plan to run the mount from a planetarium like CdC or Stellarium, but obviously you'd need a computer or laptop for this - not a problem I guess if you were planning to use a computer to manage the guiding and control the camera anyway. I don't know if you were planning to use software to manage the camera? Obviously there are Canons own tools which will do the job, but there are astro-oriented apps out there for Canon DSLRs, APT and BYEOS. I use APT and recommend it, and BYEOS comes highly recommended as well, although I've personally not used it. For guiding software, you could try PHD. Many people use it, and it's free. If you haven't tried attaching your Canon to your scope as yet, you'll need a T ring and a nose piece at the very least. But if you intend to try imaging with your 130P, I'd check that you can in fact achieve focus with the camera on your scope before you go very much further. Hope this helps.
  8. Brownie points are always good - you may need them at some point! . Many people post low res jpgs directly. It's a long time since I've done it, but I think the upload dialog box will tell you if they are too big. Hope your imaging session goes well
  9. Good stuff. Don't forget to post the results here
  10. That's amazing. There really is a website for everything isn't there!
  11. Hehehe, I've just had a look and apparently I'm stuck in the same field as you lot as well!
  12. I believe (although I may be wrong) that DSS2 refers to the second operational phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which ran from 2005 to 2008. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloan_Digital_Sky_Survey
  13. Yep, it is that! This just published ESA video shows this Hubble image (near-infrared) and Herschel image (far-infrared) together with images from Vista (near-infrared) and DSS2 (visible light). Beautiful
  14. Very nice indeed. Beware the lure of the Dark Side though .... it sucks you in and empties your wallet at the same time!
  15. Hubbles IR horsehead made into APOD today. I do love this image. Well, apart from the overly-spangly stars, that is! http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130422.html
  16. I'd have no problem with that either Qualia. The problem with Icke though is he actually believes the reptile thing!
  17. Very nice Martin, love those stars . And bonus points for the iridium flare as well!
  18. Very nice, well done:) Sent from my mobile using Tapatalk, so please excuse the speeling and granma!
  19. ... what Seiko says. You may find some forumites with more than 5 lines in their signature, but that's apparently a hangover from the old forum software.
  20. There may be a problem with your link. I got this from Kielder's twitter feed. I think this is the right link. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vlt---chile?utm_campaign=t.co&utm_source=13799159&utm_medium=social
  21. Great new images from Herschel and a 23rd birthday image from Hubble. The Hubble image has a wonderful sort of 3D effect. http://www.universetoday.com/101571/a-new-look-at-the-horsehead-nebula-for-hubbles-23rd-anniversary/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22217334
  22. I'm glad this is finally resolved. It must be a huge relief for you.
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