Stargazers with astro-mountings?


Mongoose

Link Posted 10/02/2010 - 19:58
I'm sure I'm not the only one with a driven camera mounting, is anyone else planning to have a bash at Orion this weekend?

It's high in the sky with no moon, and it's a photographers playground. The great nebula around Orions sword is a relatively easy target with several orders of magnitude of detail for the more adventurous/well equipped, then there's the flame nebula and the famous horsehead, both of which are a little harder to get.

I don't know if I'll be able to get out under the stars, but I'm planning to try if it's clear! who's with me?
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Father Ted

Link Posted 10/02/2010 - 20:50
I'm going to have a go on Friday or Saturday night.

However, every time I say I'll get my telescope out the clouds roll in.
But...fingers crossed
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.

PaulEvans

Link Posted 10/02/2010 - 22:40
I built a haig mount, which having built, I am ashamed to say I have used very little. Did use father in laws driven telescope for some 15min guided exposures which was very cool.
K3ii, DA16-85, DA35mm Limited, FA77mm Limited, 55mm f1.8 K, 135mm f3.5 M, DA300, DA 1.4 HD TC,
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Mongoose

Link Posted 11/02/2010 - 13:35
PaulEvans wrote:
I built a haig mount, which having built, I am ashamed to say I have used very little. Did use father in laws driven telescope for some 15min guided exposures which was very cool.

well now's your chance!

BTW you're not a professor at Nottingham Trent are you?
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gtis

Link Posted 11/02/2010 - 22:46
hi
i know its daft question for some
but were in the sky is orion
just got a goto telescope i might have a look
neil
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alfiemooon

Link Posted 11/02/2010 - 23:13
Um...this may sound a phlipant answer...and it`s not meant to be but...um...take a look around and look for a thumping gert big "H",it`ll stick out like a sore thumb in the norther hemisphere...honest.

Nic
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ

Father Ted

Link Posted 12/02/2010 - 10:18
gtis wrote:
hi
i know its daft question for some
but were in the sky is orion
just got a goto telescope i might have a look
neil

Don't need a telescope to see it.
As has been said, look for a whopping great big H. Look slightly south about 10 / 11 pm ( I haven't checked those times, but it should be up then ).
The three stars making up th cross piece are almost in a straight line and quite close together. And the top left hand star ( I hope I've got that right ) might have an orangy hue if the sky is dark enough.


Got my battery for the telescope mount charged up. Hoping to go out tonight with it.
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.
Last Edited by Father Ted on 12/02/2010 - 10:19

Father Ted

Link Posted 12/02/2010 - 15:16
Father Ted wrote:
I'm going to have a go on Friday or Saturday night.

However, every time I say I'll get my telescope out the clouds roll in.
But...fingers crossed

Well, would you believe it?

My battery is charged. My telescope is cleaned. My camera is ready for tonight.

Yep..it's gone cloudy. I wonder if it will clear up, or are my plans scuppered
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.

Mongoose

Link Posted 13/02/2010 - 18:28
I know, and it's been crystal clear all week! darn it and I thought we might actually get some shots this weekend!

GRRRRR
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alfiemooon

Link Posted 16/02/2010 - 22:59
For anyone trying to find Orion...

Came out the house about 21:30 this evening and lo and behold,Orion was twinkling away in all it`s splender...suggest SSE direction (I`m sure all my Tonnas are facing south).


Nic
K10D,K20D
Pentax 18-55,Tamron AF 70-300,Sigma 150-500
Kenko 2X Teleplus MC7
AF 360 FGZ
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