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by The Bat
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever picture - Saturn
Replies: 19
Views: 3470

Sorry, in my excitement I completely neglected to annotate my picture in any way. This picture was taken on 20 March at 22:00 UT. I used a 2x Barlow. Stacking... well, I am not entirely sure what went on. I used Registax 4 because I wasn't sure what the situation was with Registax 5 (something about...
by The Bat
Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever picture - Saturn
Replies: 19
Views: 3470

Thanks for all the positive comments. I feel extremely chuffed! :D Yes, I did realise Titan was in the frame (admittedly, more by accident than judgement!). Almost requires some averted vision to see it! I even tried to point it out to my daughter when I was processing, but she couldn't see what I w...
by The Bat
Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: First ever picture - Saturn
Replies: 19
Views: 3470

First ever picture - Saturn

OK, it's fuzzy, I don't know what all the buttons are for in IC capture, I am not sure what I am doing in Registax... but I took it and I am proud of it! And it's recognisably Saturn, which is a bonus! http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3304/3431970095_71fa1f77ff.jpg As a first attempt I am not unhappy....
by The Bat
Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Laptops and dew
Replies: 7
Views: 3970

Thanks for the tips. I did wonder if the laptop's heat would prevent, or at least delay, the dew problem. Better to ask a silly question than to find out the hard way that I should have done something. For now, though, I have circumvented the problem by buying a 5 metre firewire extension, which mea...
by The Bat
Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Imaging Source camera nosepiece
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Forget this, I have answered my own question. Just found out that the front unscrews. I was a bit reluctant to unscrew anything, thinking things would start dropping out if I did. It would still be better if things came with instructions so that one didn't have to guess and risk ruining something. I...
by The Bat
Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Imaging Source camera nosepiece
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Imaging Source camera nosepiece

OK, dumb question here, but I am getting heartily fed up by the lack of intelligible instructions (or sometimes any instructions at all) that come with any piece of astronomical gadgetry. I have just bought an Imaging Source DFK21AF04.AS. It came with a nosepiece, but not a lot else, but after much ...
by The Bat
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Laptops and dew
Replies: 7
Views: 3970

Laptops and dew

Hi all I have just splashed out on my first piece of imaging equipment, an Imaging Source DFK firewire camera, hoping to make a start with some planetary imaging. Haven't had a chance to hook it up yet as I am still awaiting the right cables to connect it all up. I am totally new to imaging and have...
by The Bat
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Contrast
Replies: 6
Views: 2435

Thanks for the replies. I am under no illusions about seeing Hubble-esque images down the scope, but the impression I am getting is that what classes as a 'large scope' in Sky at Night magazine (>150mm SCT) is not quite large enough for seeing the kind of detail they tend to describe. If it's a limi...
by The Bat
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Contrast
Replies: 6
Views: 2435

Contrast

Hi, my name is Rachel and this is my first post on the forum. I have long had a passing interest in all things astronomical but have only been actively observing since April. Last December I just about knew about 4 constellations by sight, but after avidly devouring some stargazing guides that I was...