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  1. Ok, many of you are probably using the superior BackyardEOS or APT, but maybe the free EOS Camera Movie Record program does have a few users for planetary photography. In any case, I tried it on a Windows Tablet to avoid carrying a laptop and it worked fine, but its buttons were tiny. It is open-source though, so I made the buttons bigger for me and perhaps somebody else might like it that way. If so, you can get it here (I will try to keep it updated as Canon supports newer cameras in their SDK). And when cheap Windows tablets start using something faster than an Atom (and not cost an arm and a leg like Surface et al), perhaps nobody will have to carry a laptop
  2. Hi guys, Tonight i am piggy backing my DSLR/Lens combo on top of the frac for the first time, i've just been out and balanced everything. I can see that the biggest problem i am going to have is lack of control over the 2nd DSLR. Usually i use APT via remote desktop to control my DSLR from in my living room. But as far as i know APT doesnt offer dual camera control. I've done a few searches and nothing at all is popping up about a way to do this and i should add that i only have the one imaging laptop so cant use a separate laptop for control. Anybody have any experience with this?
  3. Hello everyone! I have recently been looking into deep-sky imaging, and related equipment. My telescope is a SW200p, and I already have an unmodded Canon EOS 1100D, but I've been thinking about moving into the world of CCD deep-sky imaging. My budget is approx. £500, and at that budget, the best I could get in terms of deep-sky CCDs is the Atik Titan (Mono). However, I was wondering whether I would get any major improvements over my DSLR, and whether it'd be the best use for my money. Here is what I know... Pros: Mono camera has capability of being used for luminance, and can use a variety of filters, as is not limited by RGB colours.I already have a filter wheel, so that is not a problem.Cooled CCD means less noiseLooks like it's a good option for fainter planets, with high sensitivity, and the potential for moderately high frameratesMore sensitive than most DSLRsCons: Much smaller number of pixels (and FOV width) than a DSLR - would need a very large mosaic for an object like M42Expensive!!Also, I couldn't help but compare it to the next models up, which happen to be twice the price (the 420L seems to be the next one up - £800!!). Would it be dramatically better to save up until next Christmas to buy something so expensive?! Any advice would be really welcomed! David
  4. Hi all I've been using the qhy5l-ii as a guide camera and have been impressed by it's sensitivity. So I'm wondering if it might be usable for imaging - I'm thinking of the more distant star clusters and also galaxies. Has anyone tried? I suspect it might be rather noisy for single-frame long exposures. Has anyone tried cooling it? (the spec says it's ok down to -30 C). It does have a maximum exposure time of 10mins which could be limiting but it would be a lot faster than my 1100d and I can only get max 5min exposures with that cos of the local lp. It also has the advantage of being relatively cheap! Any thoughts? Cheers Louise
  5. todd8137

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    Hi all was out last night the 9th and was just viewing around 21:30 seeing was brill so a bit of moon as Jupiter was bounce ing all over the place try in to get focus with the rgb was terrible , That said I pointed at the moon ,and the boil was evident and I ran a few test vids could not get tight focus Here's the kit C9.25" sct Dmk 21 mono Ir 740mn pass filter Cgem on pier 30fps Average 1200 frames best 90% stacked
  6. The Moon was nice and clear over Norfolk this evening (a pleasant change, yes!!) So i got the tripod out and got a few shots off Took with a Canon EOS 60D and a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM with a 2x Extender Cropped in Paint Shop Pro
  7. Hi all, I recently applied to test a new as yet unreleased version of the QHY5-II camera. It is a 1/3 inch 1.2 megapixel camera available in mono and colour (I have the colour version) for planetary and guiding use. It arrived yesterday and, although I haven't tried it properly in anger, I have a few initial thoughts. Installation of the drivers was straight forward and, with a restart of the PC I was getting images. I had hoped to get an image of Jupiter but sadly cloud stopped play The camera itself comes packaged in a metal box and is a nice anodised aluminum cased unit with a separate locking ring. The camera is 1.25" in diameter and therefore can be used as an eyepiece would be used. This is good news for me personally as I want to try it directly in a PST without the need of a barlow to gain focus. The small lanyard is so you can secure it to something solid as it could slide into the OTA of a Newt say and land on the mirror! The rear of the camera has the USB connection, an ST4 port for guiding and a tiny red LED. The QE for this colour camera is slightly better than the original mono QHY5. I look forward to testing out on Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon. I will post some images as soon as I have them. Regards, Lee
  8. Hi all, Sorry if this has already been covered but I have just got a beginner scope with a standard eyepiece fitting. I would like to capture some basic images of the moon , jupiter, saturn and any other good easy objects that you can recommend. Perhaps a galaxy or cluster. Anyway I am stuck as where to start and would appreciate any help and advice regarding the easiest method to get good basic results. I have heard you can use digital cameras, DLSR cameras and even webcams but where do I start? How do I even attach a camera to my scope and how would I do this without losing the magnifaction, if the camera is in place of the eye piece? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Richard
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