Technical

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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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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Firecapture – An Introduction

I’ve been asked recently to help a few people who are new to imaging get their heads around planetary capture.  As a result, I’ve decided to produce my first screencast – an introduction and discussion of the main features of the planetary capture program ‘FireCapture’.  This little program is compatible with many of the planetary […]

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Jupiter – Colour and Mono comparison

A quick post to illustrate the differences between processing data from the same night from a Toucam Pro and a QHY5v Mono taken through my f/6 Newtonian with a 2x Barlow.  The left pic is the Colour Toucam shot – approximately 1500 of 2000 frames.  The right hand shot is taken with the QHY5v Mono […]

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Jupiter – 09/01/2014 – From Murky Capture to Reasonable Result

This is just a little experiment to see what I could get out of an extremely jumpy bit of footage I took through my 200p Newtonian with a 2x Barlow lens when up at the Paddock a few nights ago. It was captured with my Toucam Pro webcam with 1.25″ nosepiece, and the capture program […]

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Astronomik CLS filter – Initial Impressions

Last night was the first time I had a chance to try the Astronomik CLS light pollution filter I recently received. Overall, my first impressions are excellent! I’m absolutely amazed how much of the light pollution the filter removed in the single sub frames. I am in Canterbury, Kent, and although not the worst light […]

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SkySafari Control Without a Router – Setting up an Ad-Hoc wireless network in Windows 7

An article to help with something a few people have asked me to clarify – setting up a network between a tablet/smartphone and a PC without the use of a router.

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