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Meade AstroFinder software

I have been trying to find the Meade AstroFinder software but understand it is no longer available.
My telescope is an ETX-105EC and use the #497 Autostar controller, which I have successfully updated.
I haven't used the scope for around 8 years and am still a beginner, so thought the AstroFinder would be useful.
Does anyone know where I can obtain this or if there are any alternative software programmes available?
Any help will ...
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Astrophotography collaboration

I am interested in image processing, but I do not have good enough equipment to take my own images to edit. If anyone is willing to share their unprocessed images for me to edit I would be grateful :)
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North West Astronomy Festival 2016 - July 2nd - 3rd

This weekend sees the North West Astronomy Festival in Runcorn Cheshire.

The festival brings together a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion then shares it with a keen public audience. The festival prides itself on the variety of exhibitors from clubs and societies, educational groups and traders.

I'll be one of the team representing the Mid Cheshire Astronomical Group, but there'll be lots more as well.
Tickets £5 a day, with tickets to the the ...

Stacking Software

I've had a lot of fun over the past few months imaging the planets with my £2.99 webcam. It's my first foray into this sort of thing, and it's been great fun.

I'm a member of a local Astronomy Society, and we have some really superb imagers as members - producing images that could win prizes. Despite this, I still like to show off my 'newbie' images; mainly because it gives encouragement to other people ...
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Weather forecasts for astronomy

Can anyone suggest a good reliable forecasting site i can use in France please?

C Wardlaw
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Astrofarm in France - as featured on TV

I don't know if anyone here follows the daytime programme "A New LIfe in the Sun", but the last season featured a couple who have set up an Astrofarm near Limoges in western France. As we half knew the couple anyway, we booked in for a couple of nights on our return from our recent holiday.
If you're interested in visiting a rural site with really good dark skies, we can recommend it.

In terms ...
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Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2016


In May of 2016 the Ballycroy/Wild Nephin National Park in North-West Mayo became Ireland's first Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park as recognised by the International Dark Sky Association. Located on the Western seaboard it comprises of 110 square kilometres of Atlantic blanket bog, forest and mountains.

In recognition of this wonderful achievement the inaugural three day Mayo Dark-Sky Festival takes place next October. SQM readings in the park regularly well exceeded 21.9 mpsas, ...
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Mars - a lot better

6th June 2016

A lovely clear day retained its clarity, without any mist or fog this evening. At from 10:30pm local time, the sky was sufficiently dark enough, with Mars at it's highest. (Only 16° high) Temp 8°C, and calm.

I could see that the seeing was very good tonight, and even though Mars was very low down, it was fairly steady. Through the eyepiece it was possible to see some occasional sharp features. In ...
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Help to buy first telescope

Hi, total newbie here!

After ages scouring the internet for advice for a first telescope, I'm pretty much down to the Skywatcher 130p-ds or the 150p-ds. I want to be able to take photos (it's OK, I know I won't be competing with Hubble!) My questions are:
1) Will I really notice the difference between the 130 and 150?
2) What does the ds mean - I gather it's helpful for photography but I don't ...
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Black Holes.....

A Black Hole has a mass - right?

Is it an object or an area of space?
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