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Meade 8″ LX90 ACF

Since I made the decision in January 2015 to sell my Celestron C8, I have made several changes to other parts of my setup which have again made an 8″ Catadioptric Scope a realistic prospect on my mobile setup.   At Kelling Heath Star Party in 2015, I bought an iOptron Minitower II Alt-Az mount, […]

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My First Tentative Steps Into Video Astronomy

The idea of sharing my hobby has always been something that appeals to me, hence the creation of this site, and my involvement in my local astronomical society.  To me, the sharing of what I see and do is as important as the seeing and doing itself.  Don’t get me wrong; I love those quiet […]

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Waxing Lyrical About Power Plugs

A quick rundown of one of my pet peeves with Astro equipment – the faithful but troublesome 12v car cigar lighter connector – basically why they drive me crazy, and my solution to the issue on my own setup…

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First Light Report – Explore Scientific 305mm Ultralight Dobsonian.

What is it about astro gear that it lends itself to snap decisions in regards to buying and selling…!? I made just such a decision the other day.  First a bit of background…  From when I started in astronomy at 8 years old, until December 2012, all of my astronomy was good old fashioned manual-style. […]

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First Light – Ikharos 70ED Apo

This is a new acquisition to bring me back into wider-field imaging.  Since I sold my 80mm Revelation Semi-Apo, I’ve really missed being able to capture the larger objects, with less fussy guiding, and not much weight on the mount.  This little scope came up used, and so I went for it.  It’s one of the […]

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The Isle of Wight – A Few Images From the DDA Star Party 2014

Here are a few more images I took during the Disciples of the Dark Arts Isle of Wight star party 2014.  Unfortunately, despite the darkest skies I’ve ever imaged under in the UK, the conditions weren’t exactly ideal for deep sky imaging.  Even so, speaking time under the stars with like-minded (and good) company, is […]

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Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro – Guiding issues, servicing, and the Rowan Astronomy Belt Modification

Ah!  The good old HEQ5 Pro!  A great mount at a very pocket-friendly (well, relatively) price.  I’ve had mine for a few years now.  It’s a very solid mount, with a lot of features, and a pretty decent weight limit.  It can carry up to about 11Kg for imaging purposes (18Kg for visual).  It’s also […]

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Project – Hybrid Wireless Router / Power Splitter Box

A while back, I posted about using Skysafari to control your EQMOD interfaced mount via a wonderful little utility known as ‘WiFi Scope’.  In order to do this, you need some sort of wireless connection between an iPad/iphone and your laptop running EQMOD.   At the time, I was using a technique called ‘Ad-Hoc’ networking, […]

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Saturn and the Curse of (Astronomical) Seeing

Last night, a clear night got me out into the garden to attempt a proper imaging run on Saturn.   Unfortunately, the ringed wonder isn’t best placed at the moment for imaging from my garden, as my clear sky is very limited due to various obstructions.  Being low down means that the time I get […]

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My First Solar Images, and How I Got Them…

Today, I had an opportunity to go out and attempt my first solar imaging session.  A couple of months ago I constructed a Baader Solar film filter for the objective end of my Starwave 102ED refractor.  I’ve had a few good solar observing sessions with it, and so decided to have a go at imaging. […]

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