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First use of ccd camera

Been using a DSLR for 8 years and bought off ebay an Opticstar PX-35c ccd camera.Attached is my first go at Jupiter.Not Damien Peach standard by miles but small steps.
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Can anyone tell me what the blue object is? Can anyone tell me what the blue object is?

Hello!

I'm new to the forum and know very little about the night sky beyond the basics. I was wondering if someone could help me?

I recently visited family in Spain and took a few simple photos at night of the moon as it had a spectacular halo around it. That was it. However, when I looked at the photos I found a blue sphere/planet(?) and thought that it may have been Neptune or Uranus. ...
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This is why I love this hobby.

Going out meeting others, gazing at the stars & doing a spot of imaging-----bliss!!!

I had a good couple of sessions last Friday & Saturday night I imaged the Leo triplet, NGC3184, Jupiter & M51. I even had the other DSLR firing off some shots so I could make up a timelapse in Lightroom3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxXMeKzwKcM

I was also out again on Tuesday imaging Jupiter but that didn't go to well with terrible conditions but I ...
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A busy evening at the dark site 2/2/14

I had a busy night at the dark site last Sunday so made up a video of what I managed to capture. The seeing was pretty poor & the breeze didn't help matters so the resulting images aren't great I'm afraid especially the crab nebula.

Hope you like it :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awcrDxucmNk
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M82 Supernova, M81 & NGC3077 23/1-25/1/14

I managed a couple of sessions last week & captured the Supernova on both occasions so pretty pleased to have done so.

Firstly here's Thursday nights attempt, it was quite calm so I dusted off the cobwebs from the 10" Newtonian & managed to fire off some shots. Just a pity that the polar alignment was off slightly

63 1 minute unguided Subs & 22 darks taken using a 250P & modified Canon 1000D taken ...
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New Words for the English language

Last night I did some constellation shots and my first few frames were done with a high ISO setting, when I really wanted to do 800: http://sungazer127mak.blogspot.fr/2014/ ... -2014.html

As a result I have invented 2 new verbs:

1. To over-ISO: to use an ISO setting that is higher than one intended

2. To under-ISO: to use an ISO setting that is lower than one intended
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Some images I managed over the holidays.

I think I managed to get out 3 times over the Christmas holiday but only managed to get a couple of imaging attempts in, one of them was on a really windy night so I were surprised to have got anything.

Firstly the international space station taken on Christmas eve, there was a gap in the clouds at just the right time so into the field I went with my Canon 1000D & tripod. It ...
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Christmas Morning Moon.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Taken using a 6"SCT manually tracked on an EQ5 & taken using a 1000D 100 subs processed in PIPP then stacked in Registax.

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Driver(s) for SPC880 on Windows 7

My laptop has just been up(down??)graded to Windows 7 and I need to reinstall some drivers.

For Windows XP the driver was called something containing "VK" but I didn't check before the upgrade and silly me is "clouded out" on my webcam.

Can anyone advise, please?

Thanks.
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My first comet image - ISON

Imaged on the morning of Tuesday 19th Nov 2013 from mid New Forest, during the small window of opportunity between ISON rising above the ESE horizon & the pre-dawn light, oh, & to make matters worse in was only a few days away from a full moon, but cloud had scuppered prior opportunities. It was probably one of the hardest targets & conditions I've faced since starting astro in 2011. I even had to turn ...
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