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  1. Saw 30 last night betweem 10:30pm and 01:30am. About 10 of these were WOW but gave up when the DSLR had dew forming on the front element and the fact that I had to get up at 6am for work. Caught none with the DSLR, either they were out of the FOV or they happened between exposures; typical. Will it be any good tonight as it's past its peak?
  2. Geno

    Hello from Cyprus

    Welcome to the forum. Where in Cyprus are you. I live in Akrotiri near Limassol
  3. Thanks for the info Steve, Yes there is a lot more to budget for on both systems after the initial outlay. I just read that ideally you need 2 tripod heads to use with the Polarie. I think it would be fine with a DSLR and a light wide lens but it looks like it would be at it's limit with a full frame DSLR and a F2.8 zoom lens let alone a small refractor. The Astrotrac looks like the way to go for me but that could change by the time the funds are available after I have fixed the car
  4. And she only needs one handbag
  5. Thanks for the all the info Peter,. Have to admit I did look at the EQ3-Pro as it could then double as a grab-and-go for when I eventually buy a small refractor, but then I am getting less portable. The Vixen and Ioptron appealed to me because I could throw it into the camera bag or glove box for impromtu widefield imaging when we get lost in the middle of Cyprus somewhere (which we often do). I think I will have to look more into the Astrotrac as it seems like a nice bit of kit and then work out exactly what other kit I will need from there.
  6. Probably a bit late but I read somewhere last week about the 600 rule which is basicly 600 divided by the focal length of your lens so your Samyang should get you about 42 secs before star trailing starts to appear. To be safe some people suggest a 500 rule so my 24mm ended up with an exposure of 20 secs. I did attempt 25 secs but was not happy with the small amount of trailing that started to appear. High ISO noise on the 6D is supposed to be comparable with the 5dMk3 so I found an ISO of 3200 works well, and a sturdy tripod, mirror lock up and use a wireless/remote trigger.
  7. The Astrotrac certainly looks good but I am a bit confused with all the options. i.e. you have the main Astrotrac then do you need to buy the compact head, wedge, vixen saddle and polar scope. If so it then becomes a much more expensive option than the other two.
  8. The 5DMk3 is an amazing camera in a lot of ways especially the low noise high ISO, which is one of the main reasons I bought it; with astrophotography in the back of my mind. That filter looks good but if I am going to get into the widefield stuff then I am needing a wider, faster prime (maybe Samyang 14mm) and I am looking into either the Astrotrac, Vixen Polarie or the Ioptron Startracker? as the EQ6 is a bit of a beast to lug to obscure places.
  9. Thanks all. After a poor attempt the night before at my favourite shipwreck due to light pollution, I knew this would be a dark site and was well happy to find th MW between these small cliffs
  10. Finally got to a dark site and captured this. Canon 5dMk3, F/4, 20s, ISO 3200 Milky Way (1 of 1) by Geno33, on Flickr
  11. Are astronomers the only people to wish the summer to end? Still got a couple of months of summer in Cyprus, but at least it gets dark earlier.
  12. Yes, noticed not a lot has changed. I take it tv delos are new ep's from Televue. That application looks really good, will have to give that a try. Connected the laptop to the mount yesterday and surprisingly everything worked straight away. Eqmod, PHD, APT, Sharpcap, CdC, 5Dmk3, QHY5 and SPC900 and even my cheap joypad for controlling the mount. Either I was lucky or I haven't forgot everything. Forgot to mention I had to change jobs as well and that was before the financial crisis hit, but at least I jumped before I was pushed.
  13. Just looked at a planishpere, couple of nice globulars in Hercules - M13, M92
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