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Help with Solar Tracking on a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer

I would have really liked to include links in this post, but unfortunately, when I tried to the website just kept saying that the post looked too 'spammy' for a new user, which is deeply frustrating, but here goes anyhow...

I'm a photographer who has recently invested in a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer kit. The reason I've brought this is primarily to capture the forthcoming transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun. I've also ...
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My first picture of sun

Hi all this is my first picture of the sun through my telescope from 4th may in the garden.Hope you enjoy.
Andy
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An Observation List for May + Jupiter

I went out at 2145. The sky was deep blue, but there was a light northern horizon. Light winds and around 4 - 5°C. Chocky the cat had no qualms about going out on patrol leaving me to set up the telescope.
This evening I decided to observe the list from my ‘Leo’ series. (When Leo is due south)
I aligned on Arcturus and Regulus.
First I looked at Jupiter. Using the 2" diagonal and ...
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April Summary

I've added this to my 2016 retrospective:

http://www.philippughastronomer.com/Phi ... ctive.html
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April Video

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Using my Pentax DSLR with a Dobs 200p

I have bought a 200p and want to use my Pentax DSLR for some, albeit crude, photography of what I am seeing.
I got a T adaptor between the K camera mount and the 1.25" tube but I am having trouble focussing. I am ok when I choose the right combination of tubes and focus control for close objects (more than 20m and less than about 200m) but I can't rack the focus far enough ...
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Morning Session

For weeks now I have been having really bad weather for observing. Recently the sky has cleared around breakfast time only to have it covered over with rain clouds by mid morning. Today (30th) I decided to get in first and by 0800 UT I was out observing. A ghostly waning moon was over towards the west. The contrast was hopeless for observing, but I could tell straight away that there was something odd about ...
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Need a Neptune photo/sketch Need a Neptune photo/sketch

This is a bit of a long shot, but I'm a professional scientist and an amateur astronomer. I need a picture of Neptune to use for work but it has to be able to be reproduced without attribution, so the standard Voyager 2/ Hubble pictures won't work. Sadly my astrophotography is not up to taking my own picture. Are there any kind folk out there who might be able to let me use one of ...
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Looking for a new telescope

Hi everyone.

I have recently rekindled my interest and fascination for astronomy. I've been doing some selenography just for the sake of it really with my current hand down telescope, which is great for lunar observation, but lacking for anything else.

So I'm looking to upgrade now. I'd like a telescope that will enable me to practice planetary observation. However, as I've never bought a telescope before, I have absolutely no clue where to start! ...
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Asteroid captured flying across the moon?

I am a novice astronomer and have attempted to film the moon, I have a skywatcher telescope and captured what I think is an asteroid spinning across the moon.
If anyone can help me with finding more about the object I have captured that would be just brilliant!
Captured through a celestron 1.25" Barlow on a Nikon D7100
The whole event was filmed under three minutes and appeared to orbit the moon twice a minute ...


 

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