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  1. Bit of a longshot, does anyone have a Primaluce Eagle 3 + cables going for sale. I am toying between this option or an Intel NUC/Pegasus Pocket Powerbox to automate my observatory. Thanks in advance and a Happy New Year. Steve MIG Observatory
  2. Looking for an Intel NUC, minimum of i3 processor, 8 gig ram, 120SSD, 5 USB ports and WiFi (these are minimum specs). Might also consider the fanless models with dual WiFi antennas. Also looking for the Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox or similar device with multiple 12volt outputs and possibly a variable voltage o/p to feed power to my DSLR. Many thanks for reading and a Happy New Year. Steve Muston Imaging Group
  3. Thank you, just swapped it this morning I'm afraid. Steve
  4. Happy Christmas A quick question on the Prima Luce Eagle range of astro computers please. Can it control multiple cameras simultaneously ? I have 2x DSLR's which I would like to run with Backyard EOS and an ASI178MC that I would like to run with Sharpcap. I have done a little googling to try and find a multiple camera setup but struggling to see confirmation that it can. I had considered other solutions from other vendors and indeed the basic Prima Luce Eagle Core and I only see 1x DSLR and/or 1x CCD/CMOS and in some instances, the latter can only be used as a guide scope. If the Eagle S or Eagle 3 are unable to fulfil this role I might have to go to the Intel Nuc and Pegasus Pocket Powerbox solution instead. Thanks for your help, this is the final stage for remoting my observatory Steve
  5. Any interest at all before I stick these on Fleabay ?
  6. Now priced to sell ... he says hopefully Take both scopes and all accessories for £500 or the Celestron C8 + accs for £450 collected from North Yorks. May be interested in a p/ex for either of the items mentioned in the post above or a decent refractor for imaging (SkyWatcher Equinox or similar) + cash adjustment Steve
  7. I forgot to mention on the "part exchange" front. I am also looking for an Intel NUC and a Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox - for remoting my observatory.
  8. Celestron C8 and extra's as listed above now reduced £50 ..... £500 (or might consider a trade for a decent refractor - Equinox or similar as I am going the imaging route rather than visual)
  9. Celestron C8 XLT + extras and SkyWatcher Star Travel 80 (ST80) I have a Celestron C8 with XLT Starbrite coatings. Will include the full length base plate, both visual and imaging backs, scope rings, front 8" end cap and the finder scope with it. No box I'm afraid. Optics are good and clean, focal length is huge - 2300mm from memory. This lot would cost close to £1300 new and one with less spec went for £750 on fleabay recently. Might be interested in a part exchange or will let it go for £450 collection only. Also, I have a SkyWatcher Star Traveler 80 - good optics, used as a guide scope - just the scope itself (does not include the barlow in the photo) - now including dovetail bar and scope rings looking at around £50 for it. I have decided to save up for another refractor, WO, Equinox or even toward an Esprit. However, I would also consider p/ex for an Intel NUC and/or Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox. Please excuse some of the colours - I used my astro modded 6D which was in the observatory so the "nice" purple is actually black !! Both these are collection only.
  10. Does anyone on here use the above filter in their setup and if so, what are your thoughts ? It is currently on special offer and I'm struggling (against the "bank of wife") to justify spending £200 for the EOS XL CLS-CCD. I have a full spectrum modified Canon 6D and looking to put this on the end of the nosepiece into a SkyWatcher Equinox refractor. Also considering putting my Ikharos field flattener in the optical path but that now might not work with full frame. I have looked at a few photos on Astrobin and I must admit, it looks pretty good but is it really a bargain or a near miss ? Steve
  11. oh wow, thanks Carole and everyone - those are brilliant ideas
  12. I have a leaky Sky ShedPod at the usual two spots that a few others have been experiencing (ie at the hinges). Followed a few suggestions and put some neoprene strips along the edge and even put silicone around the area to form a "dam/run-off" but I do live in Yorkshire and get some very wet weather Does anyone know of "covers" that might go over the dome, got to be neat'ish or "her ladyship" will kill me !! I have seen photo's of some home brew solutions but could not find an email address to chase up. Steve
  13. Hi, I am about to take delivery of a full spectrum modified Canon 6D and know it will require a UV/IR cut filter. I had considered the XL size clip filter but think I will go with the 2" screw in filter instead but I am stuck between 3 filters at varying prices ! IDAS LPS D1 Altair Astro Premium CLS-CCD UV/IR Astronomik CLS-CCD I will be imaging both emission nebulas and galaxies and because of the latter I have ruled out both Duo and Tri band filters. I will probably save up for a set of narrowband filters at a later stage ... once the bruises have healed over after the "bank of wife" found out I require a filter in addition ! The cheaper Altair Astro (half the cost) immediately springs to mind but I do not know if this works with a full spectrum modified DSLR (full frame). I do want to avoid vignetting if possible. Many thanks in advance, Steve Muston Imaging Group
  14. Thanks Jon, responded. Order now placed with Juan - thank you very much David and others for your guidance on this Steve
  15. I have tried to contact Juan via the website as he has a used Canon 6D which I am looking at purchasing (subj to availability and shutter count). Juan, if you are reading this or if someone could tip him off I would be extremely grateful. Best wishes, Steve ps he may be on holiday
  16. I have just sold my Sony A7S astro modded and decided to stick with Canon primarily for conducting workshops and ease of teaching ... and it will make the remoting of the observatory a lot easier. Are there any top end Canon DSLR's for sale out there. I would consider a 6D (full spectrum). I have also seen a couple of cooled 6D cameras pop up from time to time but missed out in the past lol I have tried messaging a couple of specialised dealers that have new and used Canon 6D's on their webpage but not received any reply and not sure if they are trading any longer ? Many thanks for reading. Steve Muston Imaging Group (MIG)
  17. Hi Pankaj, I rewrote my website and need to upload this guide again short term. I will be rewriting several guides and creating new ones as I have acquired more cameras and software. I will try to find time this week. Once complete they will be here ... http://www.stevebb.com/astronomy/
  18. Camera is now sold - price was listed but might have been inadvertently removed in an edit. My apols.
  19. About time I updated this blog as a lot has happened over the last few years. I left my rental in Hackness after work offered me a permanent position. So I searched and found a lovely house with a 1/2 acre garden in a semi-rural area just outside of Filey. I have continued to deliver talks on Astrophotography to clubs & societies and general outreach including schools both at home and abroad. I was also privileged to present to Prof. Brian Cox, an awesome and genuine gentleman who's advice ("slim down your other hobbies and concentrate on astrophotography") where brought up in conversation with the "bank of wife" begging for permission to progress this hobby to the next level. Permissions were granted and work began on a pedestal in the back garden and a Sky Shedpod came up for sale in Manchester. It is amazing how many nice and decent people you meet in this hobby. The gentleman who sold me the obs invited his family around to help left the obs on the back of a flatbed. I could not believe how heavy the top section is. Of course the Sky Shedpod was too wide to fit down the side of the house so had to be lifted over a 7' fence (I'm getting too old for this lol). Eventually, we rebuilt and parked it on the pedestal, rotated into place, ducts for the electric were spot on (within the concrete). And most of the pod is shielded from the kitchen window so no hassle from the boss !! I have recently acquired a Skyfi and a modified Sony A7S to replace my Canon 450D. The latter I was exceptionally happy with together with Backyard EOS but I needed something a little more sensitive for the milky way. I replaced the WiFi range extenders and bought a MESH setup with one satellite which has increased the range into the garden. A signal test on my tablet is very encouraging so it looks like remoting is going to be possible. I have been asked if I could provide basic workshops and tutorials on astrophotography. Once I am happy with the setup and comfortable in using it (I am a little rusty), then I will begin with these. I cannot finish this blog entry without giving a shout out to York Astronomical Society (YAS). There are several members in this club that continue to offer help and provide inspiration. There will be a thank you BBQ organised when the nights become a little longer. Here are a few photos on the progress - need a better photo of the unsmiling "old git" though Best wishes, Steve
  20. Well, progress has not only been made, the observatory is almost ready for action. The next stage is to accurately polar align the mount. I have already placed a "wanted" advert for a QHY Polemaster as I am wanting the alignment to be perfect. I recently purchased a Skyfi + Sky Safari Plus and also a MESH WiFi network allowing remote coverage of the observatory. After delivering astrophotography talks locally, I have been asked to provide some workshops and tuition. Once I am happy with pointing accuracy and comfortable in object selection (I am rusty) I will be progressing with these. If anyone is interested and living around the Filey area then don't hesitate to drop me a pm. This is a hobby that needs to be shared and learning as a group is the best way to develop skills. Best wishes, Steve
  21. Bit of a longshot as I appreciate those that have this probably want to keep hold of it. However, just on the off chance someone is selling one of these, please let me know. Happy to swap / part exchange for a Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro tripod and extension tube + cash on top from me. Best wishes, Steve
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    Milky Way 4

    From the album: Imaging Challenge #15 - The Milky Way - Now Closed

    Taken on a remote volcanic island in the south atlantic 15 seconds at f/4 and iso 2500
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    Milky Way 3

    From the album: Imaging Challenge #15 - The Milky Way - Now Closed

    Taken on a remote volcanic island in the south atlantic using an unmodified Canon 5Dmkiii and the amazing Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens
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    Milky Way 2

    From the album: Imaging Challenge #15 - The Milky Way - Now Closed

    Taken on a remote volcanic island in the south atlantic
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