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Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Setup


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Hello Everyone


Clear Skies to ALL !! 


 


I got to say thank you for a great night at Wymeswold!


I was so excited i had to set everything up when i got home and had to take pictures so....


 


I thought I would share ;)


 


Equipment


 


Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Goto Telescope  


Celestron NexImage 5 Telescope camera


Sky watcher auto focus (Bodge Fit ;) ) with Hitecastro motor controller


Homemade Field Battery


Laptop with Stellarium installed with connections to Goto Telescope Dc Motor Focus and Celestron NexImage 5


Various Lens and Equipment


Dslr 12 Megapixal camera with t ring


 


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Blimey! That lot looks impressive. How come we've not seen you out and about before?!

It was a good night and if it inspired just a few people it was worth it... It inspired me so it was worth it :)

Have you managed to use your kit yet / lately? Last night was ok in these parts and Jupiter was on too form. You'll be able to get some good images of jupiter and the saturn (may time) and the moon with your set up.

Look forward to seeing you at an event sometime.

Jd

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Yes I got jupiter last night in my 25 mm eye piece and got a lover small image 


i could see the lines of juipter and the 4 moons however when i connected my camera i had focus issues however ..


 


I think a night out with pro's :) could help me tweak and get some advise 


however i am just a small backyard watcher however I always love space and science so I think it is a perfect hobby


 


Just like to expand my knowledge but I am proud of my setup it s now learn how to get the best out of it 


 


But I was blown away of the view i saw last night and think it has dug my heals evermore!!


 


Clear Skies !


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Yes I got jupiter last night in my 25 mm eye piece and got a lover small image 

i could see the lines of juipter and the 4 moons however when i connected my camera i had focus issues however ..

 

I think a night out with pro's :) could help me tweak and get some advise 

however i am just a small backyard watcher however I always love space and science so I think it is a perfect hobby

 

Just like to expand my knowledge but I am proud of my setup it s now learn how to get the best out of it 

 

But I was blown away of the view i saw last night and think it has dug my heals evermore!!

 

Clear Skies !

Yelp you must have one hell of a scope out of view going by the weights at the back - nice kit - I am green with envy  :P

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Looks like a nice job there on the focuser Rob. :)


 


Did we speak on Sat night? - sorry if I missed you - was quite looking forward to meeting you but not sure if I did?


 


(I was in the scout hut with the big dob in the far corner - looking from the entrance - I had a green cap on)


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I only saw jupiter briefly through an eye piece last night, but it looked bright! I spent the rest of the night fighting with cameras and laptops trying to image it.

Most of us are just back yard astronomers; the forum brings us together often and meetings at the dark sites brings us together in the flesh.

What issues did you have with focusing? Ask away and someone here may be able to help you. I have the skywatcher 127 mak, but have upgraded several times since i got that, but i managed to get some nice planetary images with it, and some lunar, and solar (always take specialist advice and precautions when imaging he sun) as well as some basic deep sky stuff (eg M42 and the dumbell nebula).

You've probably got some EMS members who live near you, and i'm sure they'd also be happy to help out or let you join the. For an observing session in their back yard.

Jd

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Thank you Kim i not 100% but i think I did 


 


And the issue with the camera focus is that I could see Jupiter but the image was out of focus 


and I tried but the image wont focus I went and slow as I could 


 


I think is that i did not reach the other side of the focus and see if i get an image there


 


But with a eye piece the image is so clear I could not believe how clear it was 


With no shake the image was so clear but only tested my 25 mm got 2x and 5x Barlow lens 


But i do want to be able to get a nice workable camera which i can use and veiwing and taking images with


 


Not 100% certain it is the best camera to use for this 


 


Clear Skies


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The image will never be in focus on the camera, as the atmosphere mostly causes turbulence which the camera detects but which your eye doesn't so much.

What camera is it?

I can send you some of my video footage of jupiter and you will see the turbulence; the stacking software averages this all out to end up with a nice single framed image.

I bet your kit works, you just need to play with it.

The Nottingham Astronomical Society are having a meeting on the first Thursday in February in Keyworth, hat meeting it is on imaging planets and also a session on equipment and they are encouraging people to bring their kit so others can help them get the best out of it. Come along if you are free.

Jd

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If you don't sort out the focus problem Rob - bring it along to a meeting and the guys will help you fix it. I'm not an imager so this is where my practical experience stops lol.


 


Or one of our guys will offer you to meet at their place or yours to see if we can get you going. Don't forget that the more you magnify, the fainter the image gets cos you're spreading it over a greater area.


 


And there are loads of camera settings to sort out to ensure you're seeing on screen what the camera is seeing through the scope.


 


:)


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Thank you and I will have to see but if I am free i will be there


 


I had a feeling that might be the case i just would like to know it is in focus


 


But I would like a camera so if there is a way to have eye piece and have the camera at the same time


I dont know :S


 


Clear Skies


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I must say a big thank you so far 


What a great forum this is 


 


I think i just need a alittle assistance but can not wait until it is a perfect night with perfect setup ;)


 


Clear Skies 


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Rob, i have my original webcam i used for planetary imaging you can borrow, it's not fancy but does the trick.

The other thing you should do, is use your kit in the day time and make sure you can achieve focus on something in the distance, like a house or pylon. Then you will know if the set up you have does work; there will be less atmospheric disturbance during the day - never look or image the sun unless you've got appropriate filters.

Jd

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There are very few perfect nights with the perfect set up; you'll find a lot of the time the weather is causing you trouble or your kit is causing you trouble, which is why it's good to make sure it all works well during day light.

Jd

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Iam only visual, but a gizmo that helps with getting correct focus is a Bhatinov mask. A lot of the imaging bunch use these, and are a reasonably cheap item.


 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahtinov_mask


 


It was good meeting you on Saturday night, and it looks like you are well on your way to getting an image.


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Hey guys 


first chance to post this week


 


I am looking forward to seeing you all 


 


Shame about the weather at the moment 


but hopefully will go to Keyworth 


But yet again a big thank you to everyone i really do feel welcome 


 


Clear skies all 


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Rob, there is also an event in long eaton this thursday at 6pm, it's in the local societies section, and another event later that evening at trent university in clifton, mentioned in the astro discussions section.

There's lots going on.

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My app says it might be clear at 10 ish tonight but a bit windy until after midnight.

James

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