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  1. I've tried the LX mode check box but that forces the slider into a maximum position and doesn't allow it to be moved. I think the webcam needs to be modified for LX mode and mine isn't. I'll have a look for driver updates now. Thank you.
  2. Hello there, I've been out of the game for quite a while now due to studying and a career change. I've recently been getting my scope out and have found that I am having to relearn everything because it's been so long. Anyway, I've set up my SPC900N webcam with sharpcap v3.2 and have noticed that I have discrete exposure settings which are .0610 ms, 0.122 ms, 0.244 ms, 0.488 ms, 0.977 ms, 1.95 ms, 3.91 ms, 7.81 ms, 15.6 ms, 31.3 ms and 62.5 ms. Is this normal? It would be nice to have a bit more control over the exposure so if anyone could tell me about a setting that I've missed somewhere to allow gradual exposure changes that would be great. Thank you. Regards Brian
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    On the NASA website it says that it will take 16 months to send back the 10 years worth of data that it has collected so far. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-three-billion-mile-journey-to-pluto-reaches-historic-encounter Amazing pictures though. I can't wait to see more. Regards Brian
  4. There is also this http://www.thegreatcourses.co.uk/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=1810 There's no qualification at the end of it. But, if your only aim is to have the knowledge then £155 is money well spent in my book. This is a very good course.
  5. The open university is very good. I'm doing a degree in natural sciences, taking the physics route. Luckily I managed to get the transitional fees which means that I get to pay the original prices before the government thought it was a good idea to raise fees. This means it will cost me around £6000 over six years to complete my degree. If I were to start now without the transitional fees it would cost over £21,000! But if you live in Scotland or Wales then you can continue to study at the original prices. The good thing with the OU is that you can open a budgeting account where you can pay for your fees via a monthly direct debit. It's well worth it though and even more so if you live in Scotland or Wales.
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    365 Astronomy

    So, having recently sold my flat in the city and moving to darker skies in the peak district, I had some money left over from the sale which was begging to be used on an upgrade. For some time I have wanted to upgrade to a celestron C11. I was originally going to purchase one from another supplier but after recieving no call back on a price despite leaving numerous messages, I decided to take my business elsewhere. After doing a quick price comparrison on google I came across 365 astronomy. I telephone them, who to my delight, answered the phone straightaway. I had a great conversation with the owner, Zoltan, who was very helpful and accomodating. Zolton took my order and also agreed to fit the extra dovetail I purchased free of charge. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with 365 astronomy and I will definately be using them again. Oh, and as a bonus, my C11 arrived the very next day! How's that for a speedy service?! Brian
  7. I thought this might be of interest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22292129
  8. Ah! Very good! I was thinking of passsing it off as my image captured with an SPC900N stacked in registax with a bit more detail brought out in photoshop.
  9. Hello All, I was just reading this bbc article about curiosity and then noticed the photo. Take a look and see if you can figure out how this was taken. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20345011 Regards Brian
  10. Hello there, At some point in the future I'm hoping to get my scope guided for astrophotography and I was just curious about some finer details. I was wondering if a scope is guided is there still a need for the mount to be accurately polar alligned? My thinking is that if the mount is almost alligned but maybe slightly out, won't the guided tracking compensate for the error and keep everything tracked without any star trails occuring. Regards Brian
  11. I've been wondering about distilled vs de-ionised water for a while now. Anyway, I took the plunge and cleaned my primary as I accidently spat all over it when I tried to blow a piece of dust off. I couldn't find distilled water anywhere but there was loads of de-ionised water. My thoughts are that using distilled water ensures no deposits are left to dry on the mirror caused by ions in normal tap water (hardwater). So anyway, I thought sod it I'm going to de-ionised water. At the end of the day I want water with a property that ensures no water spots are left on my primary. I'm not really bothered if the water was distilled or de-ionised but just want to be assured that it doesn't contain any cation/anions such as calcium, iron, chloride, sulfate etc. Anyway, jobs a good un as I've now cleaned my mirror and rinsed with de-ionised water and it's totally spotless and I'm very pleased with the results. So in my very humble opinion I would have to say that although there is a difference in the process by which distilled water and de-ionised water are produced, I believe they both are pure enough to do the job of rinsing a mirror without leaving any deposits behind. If anyone knows any different then I would be glad to hear. Regards Brian
  12. Right, I've been on youtube, checked out a tutorial on dso tweaking in photoshop. Here's my latest attempt to bring out a bit more detail. I decided not to crop it so much this time too.
  13. Thanks everyone for the kind comments. I'm very impressed with tweaking that Dave and Squeaky have done! That's amazing and from the jpeg that I converted it to to put on this this forum! I know what I can aim for now with regard to processing. I need to get practising this skill a little more. I took the image from a place called shell island in Wales, where I went at the weekend. The skies are pretty dark but I don't get the opportunity to go there very often. It was quite coudy too but know I've learnt that you don't need perfectly clear skies for imaging. Just wait for the breaks to appear and then snap away! RIght, I'm gonna go and find some tutorials on processing now. Thanks!
  14. Well, this is my first ever attempt at imaging other than planetary with a web cam. I used a canon 300D along with the equipment listed in my signature. I took 8 lights at 60 seconds each, 10 darks and 10 bias frames. I ran them through deep sky stacker and got this. To be honest, I can't really tell if there if this image is an improvement over any of the individual files. If anything, the stacked image appeared to come out darker! Is this normally the case? Brian
  15. I've just finished flocking my scope and during the process whilst removing all the bit and bobs, noticed that my primary mirror had quite a lot of dust on it. I removed as much as could with an air blower and replaced it without any further cleaning. It's now made me rethink how I store it. I normally stand it up with the primary mirror on the floor. My thinking behind this was that I didn't want it to be stood up being top heavy. The only problem is that over months of it being stored like this, dust has somehow managed to get in despite the dust cover always being on. I've now decided to store it stood up with the primary at the top in an attempt stop this happening any further. I was just wondering how other people store their Newtonians and have they experienced similar problems. Thanks Brian
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