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by Kaustav
Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:50 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: How do you fit a red dot finder to a telescope?
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

Worked it out

Thanks for the advice everyone. I found the screw mentioned and took it out and the red dot finder sits nicely on top of it held down firmly.

I set up a flickr photo group for William Optics users to post their photos to.
by Kaustav
Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:29 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: How do you fit a red dot finder to a telescope?
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

Thanks

Hi Cliff,
Thanks. That makes sense. I'll try this out tomorrow and see if it works.

Kaustav
by Kaustav
Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: How do you fit a red dot finder to a telescope?
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

How do you fit a red dot finder to a telescope?

I'm really stuck. I've got a William Optics Megrez 110 OTA and a William Optics red dot finder. I cannot work out how to fit the red dot finder to the OTA. There are no screw holes that I can see on the OTA in to which I can fix the red dot finder to. Anyone know how I can set this up? This is the s...
by Kaustav
Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Good autoguider?
Replies: 0
Views: 958

Good autoguider?

Dear all, I'm looking for a good second hand or brand new autoguider CCD camera/webcam. I've only just started to look in to this so I'm turning to those in this group who have experience in this area to recommend a good, cheap autoguider camera. I will only use the camera for auto guiding and will ...
by Kaustav
Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M83 - Hydra
Replies: 0
Views: 897

M83 - Hydra

Hello all (and Al - if you're awake), Here's another photo I took using the Bradford Robotic telescope this week. This it was of Messier 83 (M83) in Hydra. I instructed the telescope to use a colour filter which was a mistake, as the JPEG which I got back was a messy red blob. However, when I downlo...
by Kaustav
Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M104 - Sombrero Galaxy - Braford Robotic telescope
Replies: 0
Views: 1045

M104 - Sombrero Galaxy - Braford Robotic telescope

I've had some more success using the free Bradford Robotic telescope that is located in Tenerife. It's a C14 mounted on a rather expensive Paramount. The tracking is still off and is notable in this photo of the M104 Sombrero galaxy . It's a three minute unfiltered single exposure processed in the f...
by Kaustav
Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M81 - help requested for image processing
Replies: 2
Views: 1667

further details

Hello Cliff, Yes, I'm still alive! Been lurking for a while. I do have a JPEG. It was a single 180000 ms shot (three minutes). The Bradford doesn't have great tracking. It's a C14 mounted on a ten grand Paramount but they probably don't auto-guide it. I got it to take a photo of the moon for me last...
by Kaustav
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:59 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M81 - help requested for image processing
Replies: 2
Views: 1667

M81 - help requested for image processing

Hi all. I took a photo of M81 in Ursa Major using the Bradford Robotic Telescope a few days ago. It came out looking pretty good but I have to say my image processing skills leave a lot to be desired. I used the fits liberator plugin for Photoshop to enhance the image and bring out the spiral arms b...
by Kaustav
Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:12 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Ringed One 07.04.04
Replies: 3
Views: 1507

Nice one

Nice one, Will. Good going. I took a few AVI's the other day as well and stuck em up on flickr . Well, there's only one as the rest we a little crappy. Am placing an order for a new scope on Tuesday. The William Optics 110 Doublet ED with a SkyWatcher 80mm as a guidescope. Should be a pretty sweet s...
by Kaustav
Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Vista Gadget - Astrograpger
Replies: 3
Views: 4408

Vista Gadget - Astrograpger

I recently got a Vista for Business laptop and started playing around with gadgets. Whilst most gadgets for Vista are pretty useless right now I did come across one gadget that was very nice! It's called Astrograpger and basically allows you to type in the name of any astronomical object and it'll s...
by Kaustav
Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FOR SALE: Meade ETX105 EC plus accessories
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

FOR SALE: Meade ETX105 EC plus accessories

For sale: 1. Meade ETX 105 2. Meade #884 Deluxe Field Tripod w/Equatorial Mount and Carry Bag (the carry bag was custom hand made for the telescope by a specialist with extra storage capacity. Ideal for field trips). 3. ETX AutoStar 4. Meade Super Plossl 26mm, 20mm, 15mm lenses 5. Aluminium padded c...
by Kaustav
Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Price of telescopes coming down compared to the USA
Replies: 11
Views: 3170

Price of telescopes coming down compared to the USA

Like most UK astro dwellers, I too complain often about the disparity in prices for astronomical equipment between the USA and UK. For years we've paid over the odds for the telescopes in the UK whilst our US friends have enjoyed favourable (sorry, favorable!) prices. However, this morning I was loo...
by Kaustav
Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: BA strike improving seeing conditions.
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

BA strike improving seeing conditions.

Serious question. Honest, I'm not taking the p***. If BA staff strike next Tuesday and Wednesday, canceling 1500 flights a day, what effect does everyone think that will have on seeing conditions? I reckon it'll have a profound effect as the number of contrails will be significantly reduced. Of cour...
by Kaustav
Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Events listing for 2007
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

.... and

... and I forgot to mention that members of public can leave questions or messages under each calendar entry (configurable on/off), so for example, if you make an entry for Astrofest 2007 and someone views it and wonders "hmmm, what's the closest tube station? I don't see it in the calendar entry." ...
by Kaustav
Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:02 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Events listing for 2007
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

Google Calendar

Robin, Have you seen Google Calendar (calendar.google.com). It's a great web site allowing you to create multiple calendars and sharing them with selected people or with anyone in the world. You have the option to allow Google index your calendar so people can find your events on Google search. Once...