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  1. Belated Lunar Eclipse Image

    Thanks Tim & Greg I appreciate that encouragement guys! I'm glad that I've done my first Lunar Eclipse (only because I had the camera gear) and this was shot not with an OTA but a prime lens from the Canon stable - the EF 400mm f2.8L lens which was used in conjunction with a 2X extender Yep, I noticed that we're were very lucky in Western Australia since there was a brief moment of clouds only during the whole course of the eclipse Cheers Bill
  2. Belated Lunar Eclipse Image

    Hi All Haven't had time since I last posted here due to work and trying to re-organise my imaging gear plus just got the new ROR obs fitted out and been fiddling around with my Losmandy G11 with the new SiTech GoTo as well as learning how to PlateSolve etc However welcomed the break presented by the recent lunar eclipse so I grabbed the opportunity to join my fellow ASWA members at Kings Park, Perth, WA, to view the eclipse - just thought that I might just post this image as it was my first ever that I've taken in all my life and I'm no "spring chicken" now!:smiley-laughing025: So please enjoy! Cheers Bill
  3. Love Thy Neighbor!! M20 & M8

    @Shane Thanks mate! Just beginning to pick up from where I left off early last year; got into a "rut" with work getting in the way but unfortunately if I don't work hard now I wouldn't be able to afford all the nice "astro-goodies" mate! Glad you liked the Picasaweb pixs - drop in there from time to time as I post new ones whenever available @Tim Cheers Tim - yep its still amazes me when I step down from the 120mm OTA to this 80mm OTA that everything is still great and the vista is astoundingly wide! For some reason I don't know of at the moment I seem to be getting worse results BUT it works a treat for the 120mm OTA; been told that perhaps I need to adjust the spacing of the last element of the FF to the CCD chip - will be testing it soon @Ray Cheers Ray; noticed that the link you provided seems to be the same piece of gear that I've got but it's branded HoTech instead; in fact the HoTech Self centring 2-inch Field Flattener with T-thread also claims to work with refractors f/5 to f/8 however I'm unsure of the focal length range that it will cover - eg: the 120mm OTA is 900mm and it works a treat whereas the 80mm OTA is just 500mm and perhaps because of this already much wider FOV that the FF would not cover the whole area corner-to-corner! Which means that I might have to look for one that actually is designed to work with an 80mm aro 500/600mm fl I've seen this one here and I'm sure it'll work! BTW Ray, which mono CCD imager have you on order mate? Thanks once again all Cheers Bill
  4. Love Thy Neighbor!! M20 & M8

    Hi All Was testing to see if the Hotech FieldFlattener would work with the Equinox 80 - answer is No! - Image in my light-polluted backyard in the absence of the waning moon! With this shot I had to crop out all the four corners as there were elongated stars - there's still some left in there!! Wonder if anyone here knows what would be a suitable FieldFlattener for this size scope?? Any advice would be received gratefully See higher res version here Scope: SW Equinox 80mm OTA CCD: Orion SSDIPro v1 OSC Exp: 10 x 5mins, 10 x 4mins no darks, no Bias PP: Nebuslosity + PS CS4 C & C welcomed Thanks for looking Cheers Bill
  5. M20 & also the Jewel Box

    I like both the M20 & Jewel Box - good shots! Cheers Bill
  6. MAS gets a makeover!

    My 2Cents - re: the new makeover for MyAstroSpace.com - well initially I was stunned to say the least with the gaudy color schemes and very "confusing" layout - though I can see that improvements have been made in regards to the boiler-plate notification area on the right hand side of the screen which gives you an idea of what's been posted newly. Seeing that this forum is run using VBulletin, perhaps (as a suggestion only) a range of their default schemes be also included in the list of choices rather than the ones that Ray would spend time creating Anyway I've chosen to use Skin 6 for the time being Best of luck to the continued improvements :yesplease: HTH Cheers Bill
  7. M8 - @ Tammin Dark Sky site

    @Tony - Thanks for your kind comments - I'm sure you'll get your day with M8 - Oops did I mean night? @Tim - Thanks mate! A bit surprised with POTW!! Indeed a pleaseant surprise Cheers Bill
  8. M8 - @ Tammin Dark Sky site

    Thanks Shane for your kind comments - been too busy with work; so much for my desire to get more photons!! Cheers Bill
  9. M8 - @ Tammin Dark Sky site

    Thanks Guys Appreciate the compliments Will keep on trying to get more photons during the rest of this year Cheers Bill
  10. Black Diamond Skywatcher 120ED OTA Kit

    This has now been SOLD!!
  11. M8 - @ Tammin Dark Sky site

    Hi Had a good run with imaging M8 last weekend just before new moon at the ASWA's Tammin site and was trying out new astro-gears which I had sitting in the corner for quite a while - my first image after about 9 months since the last one!! I was pleasantly surprised that there was fine details (bok globs) picked up by this scope's aperture when compared to my previous shot with the 8" VC200L Scope: SW BD ED120mm OTA with Hotech FieldFlattener CCD: Orion SSDIPro v1 OSC Exp: 10 x 2mins,, 10 x 5mins, 10 x 8mins. no darks, just 10 x 10min Bias PP: Nebuslosity + PS CS4 Better res one here C & C welcomed Thanks for looking Cheers Bill
  12. Pole Align Max

    Which browser are you using? I've just been there and it works; perhaps you do not have "Flashplayer" or whatever else that is required! Try going to the homepage itself ie http://www.andysshotglass.com/ as I remember that there is a warning about Flashplayer being required and that it is not suitable for dial-ups!! HTH Cheers Bill
  13. Pole Align Max

    Perhaps you could get more information about polar-aligning and collimation here: http://www.andysshotglass.com/articles.html HTH Cheers
  14. NEQ6 Pro Skywatcher GoTo Mount

    Sold!! This has now been sold! Thanks Bill
  15. NEQ6 Pro Skywatcher GoTo Mount

    This latest heavy-duty GEM was purchased 4 months ago -(still under warranty) Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro Goto Equatorial SynScan controlled mount for sale - includes whatever came with the mount ie SynScan Handcontroller, 2 x CW, Extension CW bar, Vixen-style & D-style saddles, SS tripod and cable to connect handcontroller to mount Asking $1400 - Perth buyers preferred initially as this mount is in Perth (Plus freight costs if interested buyers over east) - price negotiable (but ridiculous offers will be ignored) Well, specs are well-known but can be viewed here Please PM me Cheers Bil