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  1. You're right in saying that you would first find an object that you know the co-ordinates for, and then changing the dials to match. However, when I first got my scope I tried to make use of the RA and DEC dials, but soon found that they weren't really accurate enough to put an object in the FOV of the telescope. Much better off learning the constellations and star hopping HTH Dean
  2. Not sure if this application has been mentioned before but I found it when I was looking for an online Stellarium like program. It's not as advanced as Stellarium but pretty useful when you're just starting out and good for checking when constellations, the moon and various planets are going to be in view (especially handy when at work if you can't install your own software ). Interactive night sky map - AstroViewer Dean
  3. Have to agree with Beulah's comment, the image of the street being lit up like that is just plain ridiculous. Surely crime can't be so bad that we need to make night look like day? I'm not an expert on these things but it must have a negative impact not only on animals but also humans - I'm sure there's a reason why we sleep at night when it's dark. If they install these in my area I think it's going to be time to find another country to live in which isn't so paranoid and scared that they think the only way to be safe at night is to light up the entire country (sorry for the rant but that im
  4. Thanks for posting this. Looks quite interesting and the equations near the middle should help me work out my FOV.
  5. Here's my first two attempts at getting Jupiter with my modified MS Lifecam. Pretty pleased with the results considering it was my first real try and I had to focus the webcam whilst looking through the sitting room window to my monitor Not too sure about the colours but think I've managed to get a bit of detail. I've just bought an SPC900NC & Baader UV/IR filter, so will have to give them a go and see if that's any better. I think I can see some more late nights coming up Any tips or comments much appreciated, Dean
  6. Had the same problem with my eq-1 mount, but found there is an easy way to improve how much movement there is on the RA axis. Firstly if you remove the plastic cap from the end of the RA axis where it is attached to the mount head (shown in attached picture). Looking in this tube you should then be able to see a nut and bolt. All I did was to tighten this a little bit and it vastly reduced the movement on the RA axis (although don't do it too tight, otherwise you'll not be able to move it at all ) Regards, Dean
  7. Thanks Philip, one LH20W added to my list of bits and bobs to order from Maplin I've already got an adaptor for the webcam but will keep that tip in mind for the future! Cheers Dean
  8. Phillip, Great pictures, should be a real help when I attempt this modification on the weekend. Was just wondering though, when you recommended using a cheap plastic box to re-house it in, what size should I be getting? Thanks
  9. Hi Milkyjoe, Glad to hear you got it working, hope you have more joy with your imaging Dean
  10. As has been already stated above, completely ignore the setting circles. So long as you can see Jupiter just point your scope at it and forget about the numbers on the setting circles as you don't need them. I always tighten the screws pretty well, but make sure when attaching it to the RA worm shaft that you don't push the connector on too far, otherwise the screw doesn't quite line up with the flat notch (resulting in the motor slipping and the mount not tracking). You can try getting the motor working properly in the daytime. Set it all up and point the telescope at a stationary object, l
  11. Hi Richard, No worries When I say rotate your scope I mean rotate about the RA axis, once you've polar aligned your scope don't move the mount head itself. Try the link below which shows animations of how to move an EQ mount to various positions:- Astronomy Boy: Animated Equatorial Mount Tutorial If the mount isn't tracking, even when set at full speed, then you need to make sure that the little screw that attaches the drive to the RA axis is screwed down tight on the flat bit of it (might need to rotate the axis when fitting the drive). A bahtinov mask is a mask that you put on the end of t
  12. Hi Richard, Don’t despair, I’ve recently got into a bit of imaging myself and have had exactly the same problems with my eq-1 mount - but there are ways around it. When lining up your scope with Jupiter, don’t worry about the RA and DEC co-ordinates just rotate your scope until you have Jupiter in view. You can rotate this either right or left, whichever gives you the most clearance from the motor drive. Next comes the tricky bit – trying to get Jupiter to stay centred in the field of view. If you have the same motor as me, then there is a little dial you can turn to adjust the speed of the mo
  13. Thanks for all your nice comments - good to see there's a few of us in the North East! Look forward to getting to know you all Dean
  14. Hi Xmal, Thanks for the tip, I've been wanting to go over to Kielder for a while now but unfortunately I haven't got a car Might have to see if I can persuade my friend to have a drive over one night. Dean
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