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by cgdtaylor
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging met
Replies: 11
Views: 5518

Re: MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging

Thanks Brian - I will look at that.
by cgdtaylor
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging met
Replies: 11
Views: 5518

Re: MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging

I also have the ASI 120MC and should use it more.

Are there any useful projects to be done with the 'whole sky' wide angle lens supplied with the camera?

Regards - Graham
by cgdtaylor
Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Bradford Remote Telescope - Future?
Replies: 2
Views: 3836

Re: Bradford Remote Telescope - Future?

The following message has appeared today (26 Oct 15) on the Users Forum and is an update from BRT staff: the cancellation of the subscription means that as long as the telescope continues to work you will be able to use the telescope without charge. We are currently in the process of moving the base...
by cgdtaylor
Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: GPS? Navigators return to the sextant and the stars
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

Re: GPS? Navigators return to the sextant and the stars

i believe Royal Navy Officers are still taught celestial navigation for the very reasons you cited. However, having once navigated ocean passage using it for about 3000 miles, I would not really wish to do it again even though I was about 25 miles out at the end. My arithmetic isn't that great!
by cgdtaylor
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Bradford Remote Telescope - Future?
Replies: 2
Views: 3836

Re: Bradford Remote Telescope - Future?

Further to my last, a check on the BRT forum finds a message from the telescope's staff to another subscriber saying that he might have access after his current month's subscription is up.

Doesn't sound too hopeful for this excellent resource.
by cgdtaylor
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Bradford Remote Telescope - Future?
Replies: 2
Views: 3836

Bradford Remote Telescope - Future?

As an avid user of the BRT, I was surprised to receive an email tonight telling me that my future subscriptions had been cancelled. I then went onto their website and found this enigmatic statement: If you are a paying subscriber to the telescope you may have noticed we have cancelled your PayPal re...
by cgdtaylor
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Moon Imaging - First Attempt
Replies: 4
Views: 4384

Re: Moon Imaging - First Attempt

Many thanks for a comment on the Venus image. I tried my 120MC a few nights ago on some deep space objects; the results were a failure. Not least I don't think I was anywhere near in focus. I then was about to have another go at the Moon when the PC's battery gave up the ghost. Thanks for the tip of...
by cgdtaylor
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Moon Imaging - First Attempt
Replies: 4
Views: 4384

Re: Moon Imaging - First Attempt

Hi Brian Many thanks for the advice and will try these changes to settings. There seems so many variables between Sharpcap, Registax and Photoshop! I did try imaging Venus yesterday with, I think, a little more success. The image attached had a longer run (30 sec) and had more images to stack (aroun...
by cgdtaylor
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Total Eclpse of the Moon 2015 Sept 28
Replies: 2
Views: 1541

Re: Total Eclpse of the Moon 2015 Sept 28

That's a grand image.

Conditions were also hazy here on Tayside with a layer of high level cloud; in addition, a mist was coming in at the time of totality. I took a series of images with an Olympus E410 but still look through them before sharing.
by cgdtaylor
Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Moon Imaging - First Attempt
Replies: 4
Views: 4384

Moon Imaging - First Attempt

In preparation for last night's lunar eclipse I tried imaging the Moon with my recently purchased ASI 120 MC. Conditions were not ideal with the Moon veiled in a light layer of high level cloud. My focusing may also not been as good as it could be and, of course, it was a full Moon. Telescope used w...
by cgdtaylor
Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: ring nebula
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Re: ring nebula

For information, I attach an image of the Ring Nebula I took using the Bradford Remote Telescope. Needless to say it looked nothing like this in my scope!
by cgdtaylor
Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Visual Satellite Observing
Topic: Historical - Apollo 12 en route to the Moon
Replies: 3
Views: 3679

Re: Historical - Apollo 12 en route to the Moon

hi Peter Thanks for the link to a very fascinating article. I was a teenager back then and quite frankly we thought that moon flights would just continue. Needless to say we hadn't grasped the cost which was apparently 4% of US tax revenue. Still, it is a shame there seems no concrete plans to retur...
by cgdtaylor
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Morning Spectacle
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

Re: Morning Spectacle

Grand view of Venus this morning (0455 ut) here on Tayside.

This made up for last night when the seeing seemed poor and then the scope steamed up in a very heavy dew.
by cgdtaylor
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: ring nebula
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Re: ring nebula

Hi Brian

No neither could I.

To me it was fairly uniform grey disc appearing a little out of focus (it wasn't) - rather like a drop mark on the eyepiece.
by cgdtaylor
Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Future Learn
Replies: 1
Views: 1336

Re: Future Learn

Hi Thanks for the information. Edx also is running some excellent courses at the moment. One is on the Solar System and the site also has a more advanced self-paced series on astrophysics and cosmology. Coursera is about to start an superb and quite advanced course called 'Analysing the Universe' on...