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View from a Scope | September 26, 2021

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Totally Extreme Stargazing

July 18, 2015 |

As far as stargazing goes it doesn’t get more extreme than looking at our own Sun. In this article i will go through the steps needed to safely look at the Sun through a telescope. I will also try and … Continue reading

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How to collimate a telescope

July 16, 2015 |

By collimating your reflector you are fine tuning your viewing experience. The process of collimation involves lining up all the mirrors of your telescope so that the reflected light is directed directly up the focus tube to your eye

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How to Make a Solar Filter

July 15, 2015 | | One Comment

The summer time is not a great time for stargazing, the nights are very short and the it does not get dark until very late.

However I decided to use this as an opportunity to do some solar gazing.

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A Change of Tact!

July 5, 2014 |

I have been away from this blog and astronomy in truth for a while, For the last 9 months I have been embroiled in the most frustrating undertaking someone can embark on, Buying a House!. Unfortunately this has taken up … Continue reading

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A View from My Scope – October 11th – Observation Report

October 13, 2013 |

11 October 2013

This morning was the first time in a long time that I had a chance to take the telescope out and get some real good stargazing done.

Although I had work this morning, I got an early … Continue reading

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Advances in Astrophotography – Early deep-sky images

August 28, 2013 |

In the early years, not everyone was convinced of the merits of astrophotography and many astronomers still preferred to sketch what they saw. Early photography was difficult and unreliable. As these problems were overcome, the next generation of astronomers came … Continue reading

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Getting Started with Deep Sky Astrophotography

April 18, 2013 |

When I was deciding which telescope to purchase I had read a lot of articles that suggested for novices something on an azimuth mount would be a good place to start. This kind of mount would allow you to simply … Continue reading

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Using Registax

February 28, 2013 | | 3 Comments

Stacking the Footage

Ok so from the last post we have captured our footage and are now ready to move this into Registax for stacking. What this program does is analyse the video, splits the video into frames, removes the … Continue reading

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Using Sharpcap

February 23, 2013 | | 2 Comments

Capturing Your Target

In the last post I went through the process of modifing your web cam and setting up your laptop with the programs necessary to use a webcam for astrophotography. In this post I will go through the set … Continue reading

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Webcam Astrophotography

February 21, 2013 | | 2 Comments

What is Webcam Astrophotography?

Webcam astrophotography is a method to use relatively cheap webcams to take photos of the planets and the moon. A few years ago this would have had to be done with expensive CCD cameras, now with some freely available programs on the web and a proper webcam, amateurs can get some very good results. Although a good CCD camera will still produce better images, using a webcam is a nice easy way to get introduced to astrophotography.

What we do with the webcam is essentially capture a video of the target i.e. Moon / Jupiter etc. We then import that video into a stacking program which allows us to split it into individual frames, remove the bad ones and combine the good ones to get our image.

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