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  1. Tingting44

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    Evening mate, oh very nice scope! its crazy how much detail you can get with them decicated scopes compared to white light, not that im knocking white light :)

    Snap! house moves really seem to put AP on hold doesnt it, ive been moved in near on 6 months now i think, but still not got the energy to get everything out of the loft and get motivated again :( i must do soon as its a waste with these dark months :(

    aww sorry to hear the eclipse was a no go, it was tremendous to watch, here are some future ones to make you feel better lol
    http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/list.html

    Thanks for your kind comments on my ISS shot, its a totally different ball game imaging that beast compared to deep space and our local system planets, must try again some time with a bigger focal length, i just kept it in my telrads FOV and i got a lot of usable subs, i totally recommend the telrad for ISS imaging, even some people might suggest a finder scope, but i get on great with the telrad

    VERY nice images mate, the detail in your solar shots are 2nd to none! they are awesome! and again amazing Jupiter, you have some real nice definition in the banding, and a nice crisp half moon to top it off, excellent! look forward to seeing much more of your images thats for sure! :)
     
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      Sorry for the delayed response but it's been a busy week.

      I love the Ha scope, even when solar minimum kicks in there should still be lots to see. It's really the only scope I have managed to set up at the moment as I need a new base plate for my new focuser on the newt so I haven't been motivated enough to sort that out.

      We have talked about heading to the US for the total solar eclipse in 2017 but can't say for sure if it will happen, I would love to though.

      This was my go at the ISS, only tried once but must have another crack at it. Tough in a 6" scope though. I found it quite difficult using the finder scope.
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      Thanks for the nice comments too. I still consider myself a learner but am starting to see real development in my images. Just need to get out more now.

      This is maybe my best of Saturn

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      Mars is a bit tricky though.
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        not bad for the ISS first attempt, you need a hell of a short shutter time to get as little motion blur as possible, you had any more chances to try mate?

        that would be an awesome trip to view the solar eclipse in 2017 :)

        loving your saturn and mars, you got some real nice detail showing on mars, much better than my attempts, and good work on nailing the cassini division.

        i must have had my QHY5L-ii for a year now and ive still not tried to image jupiter with it, im looking forward to seeing how much more detail can be pulled out on jupiter with this mono camera compared to my SPC900
         
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          Hi all, its been what feels like a life time since ive had my scope out imaging.....saturday night we had about an hour gap in cloud, so i got my heq5 out in the garden, i could not be bothered getting the scope and laptop out or with the long winded setup and getting guiding going etc, so i thought why dont i just image with the DSLR?.........lol, this was the first time ive tried imaging with the dslr with a lens on and it was a nice change i can tell you, within 5 mins i was setup and polar aligned, but then i found out my shutter release is playing up and would not take shots automatically so i had to manually keep the shutter open which was a pain, but none the less i loved it and got a couple images im happy with which i was not expecting at all for a quick setup and rushed polar alignment lol.....

          (both shots identical) - HEQ5 - Canon 7D, nifty fifty stopped down to f2.8, ISO200, 121 second exposure (1 single sub), i cant wait to test this combo out at my dark site in the forest with a lot of subs! [​IMG]

           
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            I've just bought the Seymour Solar glass filter for my 9.25 scope but so far the weather has been so bad the Sun has disappeared.:gaah::heehee:
             
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              I have a canon mount for my humble ( not huble ) scope, now I have a new canon 100D I may give it a go when the rain stops here.
               
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                All our scopes are humble, Jimcub, no matter how fancy or gadget covered they are.:dunno::heehee: As is one of the amateur astronomers sayings...."The best scope to have is the one you have got" What makes me humble is seeing what is out there with a scope of whatever size or technical "superiority" .........then I know how insignificant I am!!:hate-shocked::snork:
                 
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                  You guys would love it here at night it's pitch black as all street lights are out at midnight. We have to use torches to move around after that time. :)

                  We also have an observatory here.
                   
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                      Not the biggest of observatories but enough for the island. A short video of where it's located below.

                       
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                        If it's got dark skies then it's a great observatory...big or small:love30::phew:
                         
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                          so its you to blame for all this bad weather buying your fancy astro bits lol

                          hope you get first light soon tho buddy
                           
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                            You might be right there, tingting, as I've just won the auction on e-Bay for a mint condition Meade LX200 12 inch scope:dunno::heehee:. That one is the end of the Rainbow for me and is definitely the last bit of kit for the Dome,[when it arrives], which I can use for DSO, the 9.25 for imaging and the Mak 180 for planetary.:coffee:
                             
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                              Ah sounds like heaven! I can only dream of an obsy one day......
                               
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                                Well, tingting if you're ever in my area, you're more than welcome to have a look at it all when it's all installed and finished.....along with a mug of tea or coffee.
                                I'm hoping to travel to Warwickshire on Thursday to pick up the scope and:cry3:pay for it.:heehee: The LX200 OTA comes on a huge and heavy fork along with a GOTO mount but, to be honest, I only want the OTA. So, with the help and advice of the members on Cloudy Nights, I intend to de-fork it, put a dovetail plate on the tube, and use it on the NEQ6. I'll probably put the computerised LX200 mount and fork on e-bay to see if it will sell and get some money back.:heehee:

                                Well, keep that dream.........because you just never know!!:thumbsup::dunno::heehee:
                                 
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