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by Phil73805
Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Jupiter, July 3rd, UK
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Pete, the quality of your images never ceases to amaze me!

Phil
by Phil73805
Tue May 22, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Your help and advice please on telescope purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 2487

Hi Jeff and welcome to the forum! I have recently bought my first serious telescope, returned it and bought something else. So I thought I might share some of that experience in the hope it might help. I chose to buy the William Optics Megrez 110mm apo refractor on an HEQ5 heavy duty motorised mount...
by Phil73805
Wed May 16, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: CaK Sun - May 16th
Replies: 4
Views: 2332

Fantastic shot! Would you mind describing how you got the shot? Camera, mounting,exposure etc?

Phil
by Phil73805
Tue May 15, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: 2nd telescope advice (upgrade from Celestron 90EQ)
Replies: 34
Views: 11529

Congratulations on the new scope! A fantastic choice I think. Yes it's big and heavy but the views it provides will give more than enough incentive to get it out there. Oh and by the way I know a good chiropracter :lol: Please do let us know about your first light experience.

Phil
by Phil73805
Tue May 15, 2007 4:23 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Observation Logs.
Replies: 8
Views: 3529

I just emailed you my sketching/observing sheet. It'll give you an idea of what you might want on your own. If it is of any use feel free to use it for yourself.

Phil
by Phil73805
Sun May 13, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Astronomy Now Guide
Replies: 3
Views: 2046

According to the astronomical seeing prediction page I use (the link to astro seeing is at the top of the page in grey) , it's looking quite good tonight. So I hope to go through some of AN's May sky tour of the zenith which was very nicely written. Thanks Paul! That's an amazing website! I'll be u...
by Phil73805
Thu May 10, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Nikon DSLR's may not be suitable for Astrophotography
Replies: 12
Views: 4201

Hi Phil. How are you getting on with your Megrez? I had some thoughts about how to identify the source of any astigmatism if you are still concerned... steve Hi Steve, I don't want to hijack your thread so I'll keep this brief. I had an independent bench star test done and the tester saw astigmatis...
by Phil73805
Wed May 09, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Nikon DSLR's may not be suitable for Astrophotography
Replies: 12
Views: 4201

Steve I can't say I'm surprised that Nikon fed you the 'buy our stuff' line. At least Canon are more open to the idea of astrophotography with their products. It must be said though that Nikon make fantastic cameras!

Phil
by Phil73805
Wed May 09, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Canon 400D
Replies: 3
Views: 2055

Thanks Matt good news, I really should check before buying :roll: What a muppet and yes it is a beaut of a camera :) Shallowford, I don't have a laptop and my desktop is too far away to be used but I agree that it would be ideal.

Phil
by Phil73805
Tue May 08, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Canon 400D
Replies: 3
Views: 2055

Canon 400D

Hi all, I just received my Canon 400D and I was wondering whether it was possible to use the Canon RC-1 IR remote controller to take 'bulb'/long exposure shots?

Phil
by Phil73805
Mon May 07, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Damn Weather
Replies: 20
Views: 7572

Apparently it is a universal experience :) On the bright side when the weather clears the sky should be nice and transparent without the summer murk. Something to look forward to.

Phil
by Phil73805
Sun May 06, 2007 11:18 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Moons Galore
Replies: 7
Views: 2939

Typical? Oh yes! One of the many joys of astronomy in the UK :roll: Having said that, 6 moons in a 102mm refractor, impressive, most impressive (very Darth Vader :) ). I managed a couple of hours observing last night as well and did my first sketch. It was a really satisfying experience. I sketched ...
by Phil73805
Wed May 02, 2007 11:30 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Clear skies!
Replies: 10
Views: 4684

AAAAARRRGGHHH!!!

Thanks everyone, I just had a thoroughly frustrating evening with the telescope :x I tried to properly align the 'scope with polaris and thought that this time I would try the whole process including correcting rotational error by aligning the reticule. After an hour and much cursing I think I have ...
by Phil73805
Tue May 01, 2007 10:50 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Clear skies!
Replies: 10
Views: 4684

Thanks Steve! Good advice. Based on your explanation of how you tighten your scope rings I now realise that my rings have been significantly overtightened. Your theory also explains why I'm only seeing it at high mag. Genius! I'll test it all tommorow night and let you know what happened. :) Cheers ...
by Phil73805
Tue May 01, 2007 10:13 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Groan...
Replies: 3
Views: 2169

I'm still at the stage with my telescope that the moon is an exciting target :) With a good moon filter there is much to see. I was able to see the Ring nebula last night with moon, no galaxies though. Still we can hardly afford to waste clear nights especially if you've found a good site you lucky ...