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So I originally planned to go to a good vantage point from the top of Pendle hill, watch out for witches whilst there. It is a local and well known Lancastrian landmark. However my wife is recovering from hospital treatment and so I didn't want to leave her so made do much closer to home.
A short drive (2 minutes) took me to a place aside the motorway slip road but with a clear-ish view of the setting planets. I was only use 10x30 bins so the view was not particularly well defined but still impressive when considering distances and such.
Anyway it is in the bag but would like to do better if at all possible.
If the skies are more obliging tomorrow I may venture out with the EEVA set up and grab some data, however the forecast is not so good.
The Great Conjunction
who else waiting for the Great Conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter in 21 December 2020
Click here to watch
Many years since I last used the free EOSMovieRec software, to make high quality uncompressed 5X LiveView AVIs, so I dug it out for the Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction.
Working out how to use it was a bit of a struggle, but here's how:
It seems you must switch on your camera BEFORE opening MovieRec.
There are various versions, I used the 0.3.3 Beta x64 version on my Win 7 x64 Bit. Laptop, it also worked on my W10 x64 Tower PC.
1. Install the software.
2. Plug in and switch on your camera in M Mode.
3. Run MovieRec.
4. Double Click the icon top left with three dots in it, to create a Folder to store the AVIs in.
5. To record video, click on the "Write!" button, to stop, click on "Write!" again.
6. Or set a record duration by ticking the "Time Timer" box, and selecting a duration in the adjacent box.
7. The software doesn't seem to shut down cleanly, so I used "Task Manager" and "Stop Task"
Fingers crossed for good weather !
EDIT: Looks like each time you open MovieRec, you need to go back to the Folder you created in step 4, and Save again, or you get a "Can't Record" Message.
The software has a few bugs it seems.....
Did some tests on a distant Landmark this morning (clearish skies !), and looks like 5X may be too much "magnification" for my setup, so will record on 1X, and take normal" Raws as well.
Hi. Complete newbie to the hobby here. Just purchased a Meade Lightbridge 130 for my daughter as an upgrade to her Skywatcher Infinity 76. I'd like for her to see the rings of Saturn sometime with her new scope. Would getting a better lens improve her chances of a good view of the rings of Saturn? And if so, what lens would you recommend. Thank you