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by dazcaz
Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Skywatcher 6" 150 Dobsonian
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

Steve what a fantastic, useful post.

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Those pics saved about 4 trees worth of paper.

Any chance of doing the same but for the Explorer 200 :)

Darren
by dazcaz
Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First pics through Explorer 200
Replies: 6
Views: 1707

First pics through Explorer 200

As it was a lovely clear evening, I thought I'd have a practice with my new toy. I practiced setting it up and taking it down a few times and then the sky was dark enough to play. I pointed at the Moon. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t262/dazcaz/DSC_5400.jpg http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t2...
by dazcaz
Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Radio Waves
Replies: 1
Views: 1055

Knowing a little about wireless, I reckon that the portable dish was just a prop. I'm sure that it is possible though. Most radio astronomy is done listening to 1420MHz, this is the resonant frequency of hydrogen apparently... It's a bit more complex than that, but it's way beyond me. The good news ...
by dazcaz
Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Finder scope
Replies: 2
Views: 1328

Focussing on infinity.... it won't focus on stars!!!! Stars are just cirular blurs of light. Not definition.... Stop the presses!!!! I've been and had another fiddle. It appears that I was turning the wrong bit :) I was turning the knurled ring and not the end "Turret". This is what happen...
by dazcaz
Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:38 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: First night with new toy
Replies: 9
Views: 2406

First night with new toy

My shiny new SW exporer 200 on an HEQ5 mount has arrived! I manged to get it set up and positioned in my garden. Not having polar aligned it (First night I just wanna play) I used it manually. Not an easy task :) Anyway. The first thing I pointed it at was M42. Using the 25mm wide field eyepiece it ...
by dazcaz
Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:19 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Finder scope
Replies: 2
Views: 1328

Finder scope

Hooray!!!!! My explores 200 HEQ5 has arrived!!!! Thanks Steve!!!! I spent all evening setting it up. Not too difficult at all considering I was terrified of dropping it :) Now it's in the garden I can't focus the finder scope. I have it nicely centered and aligned with the main scope but It's blurry...
by dazcaz
Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A certain Transit from a few years back
Replies: 1
Views: 907

A certain Transit from a few years back

A few years back I set this up in my tiny garden. A small but useful bird watching scope, a tripod and a shoe box. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t262/dazcaz/transsetup.jpg This was the resulting image, projected onto the shoe box. The box had a nice texture to it which gives a feeling of dimens...
by dazcaz
Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Medium format astro-photography
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Hi Darren I once had a Bronica ETRs, and I would think that the image circle produced by the scope is not really large enough to go to the trouble of doing this. Yes, this is what I thought might be the case. I would take several 30 second images with the D-100 and stack them in some free software ...
by dazcaz
Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Camcorder as an imaging device
Replies: 1
Views: 898

Camcorder as an imaging device

I have a JVC GM-MG505 camcorder. It has 3 off 1/4" 1.33meg CCDs to grab the image. Methinks this would be very nice as a pic grabber. Is it possible to use a camcorder as a pic grabber? I know that webcams can be used but they usually only have tiny pinhole lenses. My camera has a very nice len...
by dazcaz
Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Darren's attempt at Lunar eclipse March 2007
Replies: 1
Views: 1429

Darren's attempt at Lunar eclipse March 2007

Sorry. Yet another's moon pic. My first attempt at astrophotography. Nikon D-100, 400MM F5.6 lens, Benbow tripod with ball and socket head. Spot metered for the dark area and then overexposed by about 4 stops. No image processing. Straight out of the camera. Darren http://i162.photobucket.com/albums...
by dazcaz
Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Eenie meenie minee mo
Replies: 23
Views: 8251

Hi Darren - I certainly agree with Stewart. An excellent choice, and an excellent mount, especially for photography - Oh how I wish I'd had another £300 in the coffers when I bought ours, as now it'll cost me another £450 just to get an HEQ5 mount for my "paltry" 130mm! :mrgreen: You'll...
by dazcaz
Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Eenie meenie minee mo
Replies: 23
Views: 8251

Good news! I have ordered the Explorer 200 HEQ5 from Steve at FLO. I'll let you know when it arrives.... I've just seen the weather forcast.... I won't be using my shiny new 'scope for a while :( Oh well, it'll give me time to play with it and learn a little about it. At last I'll have a 'scope wort...
by dazcaz
Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Is it just my imagination?
Replies: 49
Views: 15817

Maintenance Technician at the same place a Praesepe by the sound of it?
It's a small world!

Darren
by dazcaz
Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: polar alignment and setting circles
Replies: 6
Views: 2165

What 'scope did you decide on in the end, Darren ? Drum roll....... The explorer 200 on the HEQ5 I've seen the EQ5 version. It's HUGE but I think I can find somewhere to keep it. Getting it stored safely in the motorhome will be fun :), but I've started clearing a space to store it in the radio sha...
by dazcaz
Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Medium format astro-photography
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Medium format astro-photography

I'm soon to be getting an Explorer 200 on an HEQ5 mount. One of the main reasons for chosing this 'scope and mount is I want to have fun with astro-photograhy. I had a great time with the lunar eclipse, and I had a play with non tracking long exposure shots of apparently empty sky. These longe expos...