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by dazcaz
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: M42 and T 2 mounts
Replies: 5
Views: 4081

Tamron made the Adaptall system of lenses that, in theory, could fit any camera just by changing the adapter to one that suits your body. They are responsible for the T2 or T-mount adapters. As you say the pitch is different to that on the M42 lenses. This is annoying, but it was probably a way of m...
by dazcaz
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Celestron Nextsar 102GT (F10)
Replies: 3
Views: 1531

Thanks, I had read these but they don't really go into how decent the scope is. the one review that does go into a bit of detail is typed by someone who doesn't have a return key and is very hard to read :) I think he gives a good review. I'd rather someone on here who can type give a report. :) I'm...
by dazcaz
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Celestron Nextsar 102GT (F10)
Replies: 3
Views: 1531

Celestron Nextsar 102GT (F10)

I see that Costco are selling the Celestron 102GT (1000mm F10 version) for 155 quid. Anyone tried one of these? The reason I ask is that I'm becoming a "ask Darren he'll know what telescope to buy" sort of person. Neighbours and friends come and ask me what to buy for not a lot of money. I point the...
by dazcaz
Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: taking photos
Replies: 4
Views: 2767

The fuji s3200 has quite a large lens so unless this comes off you might have a problem connecting it to the 'scope. Look for a camera with a small lens sticking out of the front... This will be easier to connect to the 'scope using a digiscoping adapter. These adapaters hold the bolt to the camera ...
by dazcaz
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Magnification
Replies: 58
Views: 30031

On my 4" refractor, I get great views of Jupiter at 200X. On my 8" reflector the view at 200X is not as detailed. On my 5" Mak 200X is quite nice, but the refractor beats it. The mak has a FL of 1500mm. the other two are 1000mm. I find that planets like Jupiter are too bright for wide aperture newts...
by dazcaz
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Movie Naval Binoculars
Replies: 1
Views: 1135

It's the same with radios in movies. All too often we see HF (shortwave) transmitters talking to VHF hand held radios. We also get people on walkie talkie type radios interrupting one another. The wrong antennas and all sort of other inaccuracies. They spend millions "researching" these films but fa...
by dazcaz
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Google Sky Map as a finder?
Replies: 0
Views: 1113

Google Sky Map as a finder?

Sitting here at home hugging the radiator to try and get warm, I got playing with Google Sky Map. I find this a really useful tool for telling me what I'm looking at. It got me thinking, would it be possible to use GSM as a finder scope? Fix the phone to the scope by some adjustable method and use i...
by dazcaz
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: solar observing
Replies: 24
Views: 16660

Holy S***!!!!! OK point taken! :)

For most of us full aperture isn't necessary, but for some every inch counts :)
The typical dedicated solar scope is only a couple of inches across.

I'll stick with trying the smaller aperture idea... looks a bit cheaper and less easy to damage :)
by dazcaz
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: solar observing
Replies: 24
Views: 16660

An easy option that I was shown but yet to implement is to not use a full aperture filter but use the cap that comes with the scope. These usually have a smaller aperture with a removable cover. Take a piece of solar film and stick this inside the cap over this aperture. Make sure it's stuck very we...
by dazcaz
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Double cluster in Perseus... First time!
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

Double cluster in Perseus... First time!

My wife, son and I have just spent the evening with a bunch of very nice people from the Cardiff Astro Society at one of their observing sites. A decent collection of telescopes and very nice, friendly and helpful people. First light of the night for my 4" refractor was Jupiter. Stunning banding gre...
by dazcaz
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: laser pens
Replies: 14
Views: 3007

The two colour one is cheaper than the single colour green one :)
I bought he dual colour even though I doubt I'll ever use the red :)
by dazcaz
Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: telescope shopping
Replies: 3
Views: 2580

Peter, I have the Explorer 200P on an HEQ5 mount and it is simply stunning! It is quite large, and the mount is very heavy, so be sure you have somewhere to keep it safely. As Brian said, the HEQ5 is the minimum for this 'scope. Anything less will struggle. The 200 is not a 5 minute 'scope. It can t...
by dazcaz
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: What's hot at the moment.
Replies: 6
Views: 1334

I'm with David on this... A decent dark sky. I would also like a bit more sky to see, as my observable "window" is quite small, but at least it's in a decent direction :) So I guess my dream bit of kit would be a house in the middle of nowhere, with enough land for a purpose built observatory and en...
by dazcaz
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Help for Mac users?
Replies: 9
Views: 4009

andywills wrote: If you go down the windows route, try virtualbox which lets you run windows within osx
I'd pull my own teeth out before I run Windows on a Mac :)

Search long enough and a FREE Mac version of whatever you need turns up :)
by dazcaz
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Help for Mac users?
Replies: 9
Views: 4009

I have managed to get KIS to track and stack... The only problem now is getting the resultant image saved in a format I can use. It Saves in PICT format and my MBpro won't open them :( So near yet so far. It's a half decent image from an old video I shot ages back. It's nothing compared to some of t...