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  1. Just for info 9 months on its still going strong. You have to be wise and keep the HD clean, get rid of old vers of windows etc. BYE trial and eos movie record is giving 10 - 12 fps. Stellarium is fine. Managed to share it on network so can see the vid directory on my old trusty desktop pc (XP). Bit scratched but £39! Haven't done much scoping, bit of a boring year for planets in my preferred direction.
  2. Interesting and thanks. Price seems to have plummeted, cheap enough to just have as an astro tool. T
  3. Hi I've been looking for one of these for ages. So thought I'd share it. A remote way of capturing / viewing live view from a canon, light portable and low cost. I found a Windows 10 tablet from Ebuyer for £39. Works great with EOS movie record and got Stellerium on it as well. Seems well made and has a grippy rubberised case. Getting 20 - 25 fps. Wifi, blue tooth and a sd card slot. A cheap solution for me. Tom
  4. Hi Cheers for that. I tiddled around for about an hour on registax, kind of trial by error approach. Will have another try tonight if it stays clear. Tom
  5. Hi Another attempt at the ISS. This time Canon 100d and 1200mm which actually is a 200 f4 with a 2x and 3x on it. Managed to bang off 50 frames when it was directly over head. What you get is a tiny little dot in the frame. (Currently given up trying to track it with the scope). Pipp to crop them all and then stack. First image is what I got from the stack of 50 drizzled at 3x, lots of CR which I got rid of by stretching the red away, then to B&W and play with registrax a lot. Result is second image. The lens is a very old M42 Pentacon 200mm but has very good optics, the teleconverter stack leaves a lot to be desired even for the £10 they cost me! So f24 1200mm @ 3200 ISO, 50 frames: half at 1/1000 half at 1/1600. I'm pretty pleased with the result. Please feel free to grab the png and play with the wavelets. Tom
  6. 3 years later ... it's stil in use and as good as new! Tom
  7. Hi. There's also free Canon remote and something called DLSR Controller for Androids. Now, what I really want is a budding Android programmer to produce an app that records the live view feed onto my HTC? That would be extremel very useful. Tom
  8. I found it easy. I made a laser colombmator myself but most of the time just use dust cap with a small hole in it to check. What seems to upset it is if you undo the rings and rotate the tube, other than that it stays set up well. Don't forget to let it cool if it's cold out side! And hope you get as much fun from it as I have. Tom
  9. Got it in one. Basically into anything that works on the kettle principle and is smelly and oily! Models or full size. Luv 5's and 8fs, (FX:yawn)... I understand! Keeps me busy when the skys cloudy! Attachment browser: d10_1.jpg by black5f - RC Groups Tom
  10. No probs, I was going to get a PL, but out of stock, glad I got the P, the PLs nearly 4ft long. P seems to cope with the mag needed for the planets and nice and wide and bright for fainter things. If I had the cash (and space!) I'd have a big long mak and a big reflector, on big goto mounts, but I don't. I don't even have a simple motor drive, just a wooden tripod, all hand guided. I am saving for a goto mount! This though is a single frame, unprocessed, un cropped with the SW 150P, 10mm EP and the 2x on a canon dlsr, conditions were very good but it's what you can get on a budget with a little patience. Jupiter | Flickr - Photo Sharing! Tom
  11. Hi, Some DLSR "snaps" on a 150P, hand guided, no motors, with a canon. Not fantastic but cheap! moon | Flickr - Photo Sharing! jupiter | Flickr - Photo Sharing! moon_2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! Jupiter | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
  12. I have a 150P, very very pleased for what i want, not too big and very capable, lot of bang for the bucks. FLO I can recommend, friendly, quick, good price. etc. Good on the phone, lots of advice. For the planets you will use the 10mm plus 2x. These give very good eye viewing, don't get me wrong, perfectly good but you may want to gete a half decent contrasty 5mm to really bring the details out if viewing condition let you. The mirror will take it. Tom
  13. I have a 150P, think it's pretty awsome for the bucks! Got a Baader at Xmas that shows up the EPs but then it cost nearly as much as the whole SW package. Very satisfied with mine. Tom
  14. Stellarium a good start (free) and does all seeable satalites and is good for ISS. Stary night backyard costs but does very good inner and outer SS simulations.
  15. Hi. What make of DLSR? The flange to sensor distance varies, Canon EOS is quite short (and large diameter so you can use lots of different lenses via adapters. Nikon is one of the longest and wil not take many other lenses as you can't get to infinity. It's only 2.5 mm different, but one of the biggest short commings of the Nikon mount re asto stuff. Eyepiece projection? (Without spending huge quantities of money!) Is there something in the way that you could get a friendly friend with a lathe to turn off? Tom
  16. Looks just like mine! Being into model steam engines as well, we have a saying. "Wot sorts the men from the boys is the size of their toys!" BTW, a Black5 is a very handsome locomotive based on kettle technology!
  17. Had same decision, went for Canon because.... 1. Can get a cheap cable release, IR remotes on the front of the camera no good (on cheaper cameras). 2. Shortest mount (flange) to "film" plane distance, Nikon is one of the longest and can't infinity focus on many non nikon lenses. I have a lot of old (but very good) lenses I wanted to use and also wanted the little extra flexibility on focus on the scope. Also, the EOS mount is very very wide, wider than M42, wider than a lot of bayonets. And there are many adapters for a lot of lenses. 3. Canon software like live view is free. Not biased and was going to get a Nikon but... the Canon EOS mount seems to have been designed around flexibility, the Nikon to be difficult? Nikon lenses can be fitted to an EOS as can M42, contax Leica, Minolta, Ricoh and Pentax k, etc, all pretty cheap these days.
  18. Very helpful, great to get some scale. Comparative size of mount vs scope useful as well as I'm thinking of saving for a HEQ5. I remember looking at a 150pl and thinking blimy, it's just over 4ft long! Really useful to get some scale though. Why don't online scope shops show some scale, would be very useful? PS No one else has mentioned so I will cuz I can, "quite heavy build"... not a very accurate description of youself!
  19. Although I like to watch during showers, the best I have seen are just those chance things. The best one was many years ago, couldn't sleep, drew curtains and just watched. Amazing fireball, not your normal quick straight streek but slowing and clearly falling to earth in a curve, small flash and gone. A real sense of perspective to see the last seconds of a billion year old space rock! Wonderful aren't they!
  20. I have one, very happy, and it never shouts at me or wants to change channel ;-)
  21. Hi. I have exactly the same set up, 150P. I wanted a shorter FL EP and eventually (after lots of ums and r's) plumbed for a Baader hyperion 5mm. It's expensive but, knocks the spots off the 10mm/barlow in terms of contrast and detail. Jupiter just lights up and I don't regret the purchase! I find 150x is about the limit with the seeing around me (rural but fields have a lot of heat haze even in winter) but gives me the option to go to 3.2 (234x) with an extra ring (£7) for the few days a year the atmosphere will let me, and it's only a few. Mostly, any more power than 150x, the image degrades dramatically. Don't think though you can just chop and change betwen 5 and 3.2 during a session, it's not that slick to add the ring and changing in the cold can introduce condensation. Im very pleased with the Baader. Tom.
  22. After several late nights / early morns and thousands of frames with only half a dozen looking anything like a planet (the rest cloud or mist or LP or atmospheric blurr), I think you image is pretty good!
  23. £15 today.... £20 next week.... £xx the week after, but still = happy. Live to work or work to live? This is no dress rehersal, it's all you get!
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