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    First Light

    I ordered a small telescope on Friday, for extremely educational reasons.

    Anyway, in order to make sure in daylight that I know what the controls do I put it on an occasional table in the back garden. 7pm this was, and total cloud cover.

    The telescope is on a plywood base that allows left-right and up-down pivoting, so I pivoted to something far enough away to focus on. I checked afterwards on Google Earth, it was fifty metres away. Setting the lens to wide-angle I managed to get the image into focus, much to my surprise.

    I held my extremely cheap Technology Happy Life smartphone to the eyepiece and pressed the take a picture button, and emailed the photo to my desktop and cropped it from round to square.

    If that's wide-angle at fifty metres, then I'm a Dutchman.

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    Re: First Light

    That's a very good quality photo considering you held a smart phone to the eye piece
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    I have a Skywatcher telescope with an Equatorial mount but its purely for viewing the night sky.

    I plan to adapt pc camcorder to do a similar thing. Fix it to the view finder and record what I find
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    I have, to my shame, never looked down a telescope before.

    I've borrowed an entry-level DSLR (a Canon 100D) body to strap somehow to the eyepiece - people do it successfully, I'm told - so we'll see what happens.

    Ah - I recall, it's called a T or a T2 adapter. That might arrive tomorrow.
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    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    I have, to my shame, never looked down a telescope before.

    I've borrowed an entry-level DSLR (a Canon 100D) body to strap somehow to the eyepiece - people do it successfully, I'm told - so we'll see what happens.

    Ah - I recall, it's called a T or a T2 adapter. That might arrive tomorrow.
    The telescope I have is a reflector. Strapping a camera is a bit awkward because of focal length issues. It can work but something needs to be invented that takes all that problem away.

    There's still a lot I need to learn. Oh ! and some clear skies. That would help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    I have a Skywatcher telescope with an Equatorial mount but its purely for viewing the night sky.

    I plan to adapt pc camcorder to do a similar thing. Fix it to the view finder and record what I find
    The one I bought is solely for stars and planets and whatever else is out there, but it's daylight. Hence the tree.

    It's a... it's a... let me look. It's a Skywatcher Heritage-130p Flextube. I got a zoom eyepiece on the grounds that it would always be useful if I ever make any friends and they want a go.

    Do you have a clockwork motor to stay pointed with? I don't think I can put a motor on the plywood base.
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    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    The one I bought is solely for stars and planets and whatever else is out there, but it's daylight. Hence the tree.

    It's a... it's a... let me look. It's a Skywatcher Heritage-130p Flextube. I got a zoom eyepiece on the grounds that it would always be useful if I ever make any friends and they want a go.

    Do you have a clockwork motor to stay pointed with? I don't think I can put a motor on the plywood base.
    Yes it has a motor, though that's not been used yet. Purely set up while on a camping trip to view the moon.

    Incidentally, while on that camping trip, I came across man who was viewing the sun through a Hydrogen Alpha (?) filter. I asked him if I could have a look and I wasn't disappointed. You could clearly make out the prominences.
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    I had a preliminary look at filters and discovered my ignorance. One gets a coloured filter and suddenly one's looking at black-and-white photos, and then a second filter for a different colour (Oxygen, apparently, to go with the Hydrogen) and you add the two black-and-white photos and they're in colour again, except nowhere near the colours they started out.

    Alternatively one can get a filter to suppress reflected sodium street light and re-invent proper black where there's no star. That sounds far more believable.

    I'm honestly bemused as to why anyone wants red green or blue filters. Those narrowband hydrogen and oxygen ones though, if I do get a camera attached... it's a slippery slope, this. I'd rather do it on a shoe-string than be a slave to high-tech money-no-object stuff.

    I'll throw questions at you whenever I'm stuck, how's that.
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    The watch of your vision has become reasonable today.

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    From the upper tier of the Leppings Lane End of the Hillsborough Stadium, I watched the events of that day unfold with horror.
    When the flowers want to oxygen and nutrition, or you’re a wedding or party planner, I will help you too much.
    Write that word in the blood

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    Re: First Light

    Maybe we should learn from each other. This is a very early stage for me.

    I have a moon filter. The moon is not too bright that you cant view it without but sustained viewing without one can strain your eyes
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    Seeing Saturn with just a "regular" telescope is one of the most astounding things I have ever seen. I have never forgotten the image, I can still see it clearly in my mind. Every year, local skywatchers with amateur equipment gather on a local beach to allow everyone a view. Unfortunately, I no longer live near this particular beach.

    I'm so proud of spot for keeping busy & staying out of trouble!

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