Search found 233 matches

by dazcaz
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 2
Views: 965

I have the 127 and it's a cracking little scope. It tracks OK but it won't give to trail-less images if you go over about 1 minute exposure. It's more designed to keep an object in view rather than keep it in the same place. As for the T mount... From what I can gather, and from my limited experienc...
by dazcaz
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Help for Mac users?
Replies: 9
Views: 4009

Thanks Brian. I downloaded keith's Image Stacker a month or two ago but I can't get any joy out of it. I cannot get it to stabilise on the subject as it moves in the frame of the movie. it separates out the frames but when I stack them I just a feint smudge down the finished frame. I need an idiots ...
by dazcaz
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Help for Mac users?
Replies: 9
Views: 4009

Help for Mac users?

Following on from the earlier webcam question can I ask.... What is out there for Mac users? When I used to have Windows machines I used any old web cam or digital camera, Registax and a program (I forget the name now) that chopped up AVI files into individual frames, or at least converted video to ...
by dazcaz
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Northern Lights
Replies: 18
Views: 2447

Really stupid question....
How does one get Ceefax these days? Is it still on analogue?
We're all digital here in Wales :)
by dazcaz
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: laser pens
Replies: 14
Views: 3007

I have just bought a dual laser "pen" from Maplin. Both red and green lasers for 25 quid. http://www.maplin.co.uk/dual-green-and-red-laser-pointer-340845 It seems to be of decent quality and the green laser is as bright as my old green laser pointer that cost me almost double a few years back. There...
by dazcaz
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: HEQ5 duel axis drives
Replies: 5
Views: 2534

John,
I am thinking of upgrading my HEQ5. How easy was the mod?
I see the kit for around 300 quid... Very tempting, but I'm afraid of knackering my mount :)

Is it worth it? Is it easy?
by dazcaz
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Help my friend
Replies: 5
Views: 1815

My main worry with the flextube is that it's not very long so the eyepiece will be quite low on a dob mount. My friend says that if it is he will build a collapsible table for it. As I said he's quite clever. Has has a workshop. If he's not building home brew ham radio kit, he's knocking something u...
by dazcaz
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Had a busy day
Replies: 2
Views: 772

One of the things that struck me was the the number of people who said "I've always wanted a telescope but never got one". Stargazing live has given them the push to either go out and buy one, or find out more about where to get one. Quite a few people said that they bough cheap 'scopes from Amazon ...
by dazcaz
Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Had a busy day
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Had a busy day

I spent the day at my works "Stargazing Live" event. I took along my 4" refractor and also had my works 4" newt and 5" Mak. I work for a science centre. We, myself and colleague Amanda, spent the day talking to the public about telescopes and astronomy in general. The 3 scopes and Stellarium proved ...
by dazcaz
Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Help my friend
Replies: 5
Views: 1815

It seems that he has settled on the Flextube. He is more worried about the storage than anything else :)

I don't know if he's ordered it yet, but It will do him. Not my choice, but it fits his needs.

His can get around OK, his knees are knackered but he's fit enough :)
by dazcaz
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Help my friend
Replies: 5
Views: 1815

Help my friend

A year or so ago, I showed an old friend what Saturn looks like through my little Skywatcher Skymax 127. We were in a field in the middle of nowhere. The Skymax is my travel scope. What he saw blew his mind and he's talked about it ever since. He's getting on a bit, but is still very much with it, a...
by dazcaz
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Io and Europa
Replies: 2
Views: 741

Io and Europa

Great view of Jupiter tonight, and very nice to see Io and Europa right next to one another. At first, I though it was a reflection or similar in the eyepiece, but no, it was the two moons almost touching. Great to see. Jupiter's bands were very nice. Well defined and great colour. Quite decent skie...
by dazcaz
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: Canon Powershot cameras.
Replies: 10
Views: 7658

I've owned a few canon compacts over the years. An A70 and an A95 Both of these were great cameras but both suffered from the dreaded error message that the lens was stuck. The usual "fixes" worked for a bit, but eventually the cameras went into my knackered camera collection. I used both of these c...
by dazcaz
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Complete Novice - But enthusiastic learner!
Replies: 12
Views: 4983

Jan, I live in Cardiff. I am not the World's greatest astronomer by a very big stick, but I am willing to help you if wish. I'm in Splott, but don't let that put you off :) Two of my scopes are easily travel-able. If you look at a star through a 'scope you will only see a pin prick. Looking at Jupit...
by dazcaz
Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 3206

If you have a smartphone download Google Sky Map. Point your phone at the sky and it will tell you what you are looking at. it will also tell you what else is around. Very useful Also, on you computer, download Stellarium. This give you a planetarium on you laptop. Tell it where you are and you will...