Author Archives: Ed Mann
I’m selling a nice little netbook if anyone’s interested.
The Spec is as follows:-
10.1″ display . 1024 x 600 resolution
148GB hard drive
1.33GHz Dual Core AMD CPU
2GB RAM (upgradeable to 4GB with Windows 7 64 bit, or Windows 10
Currently has Windows 7 64-bit installed, along with Sharpcap. It will happily run Sharpcap, iSpy, Stellarium etc. Obviourly it won’t handle much post-processing work, or rather it will but you’d have plenty of time to go and make a cup of tea. I was going to fit a SSD but I’ve bought another netbook
3 USB 2.0 ports
1 HDMI port
1 VGA connector
I’m asking £50 for it
I’ll bring it along to RAG on Friday
Second attempt at processing some of the recent data from the last sunspot. For some reason, this PNG file looks blurred on here
I’m looking at a really promising bit of software for DSLR control via pc (like an intervalometer). And it’s FREE 👍. Have a look at http://digicamcontrol.com/doc/basics/featurelist. I’ll let you know how it goes
*Update – sharpened the picture very slightly in PS ***
Last night was pretty clear for a while so I thought I’d do some prep work so I could get some good images of tonight’s Supermoon (21st March).
Well, as we can all see outside, that’s not going to happen (100% cloud here)
Anyway I got this nice one last night, with the SW 102 and the ZWO 174 camera, stacked in Registax 6 and tweaked slightly in PS
After buying my nice new shiny UHC filter from Astrofest, when I got home I realised I hadn’t actually got any way of using it with my DSLR. If I attached it to my 2″ diagonal, I couldn’t get enough back-focus and if I connected the DSLR via a T2 adapter, I couldn’t connect the 2″ filter.
After a bit of digging, I found this T2 to 2″ adaptor on eBay for the princely sum of £4.99. It arrived in 12days from China:-
Here was my original DSLR to T2 to 2″ connection:-
Here’s the new version with the adaptor:-
I haven’t tried it yet but I can’t see why it shoudn’t work. I’ll let you know
A couple of days ago the sun was shining nicely (that’s the big yellow thing that hangs in the sky occasionally) so I though I would try some more solar observing. I was just slewing my scope tound when it suddenly occurred to me that my guide camera was about to get fried as there was no cap on the guide scope.
I looked around my junk box for an old binocular cap but of course none of them fitted.
Rather than going into full-blown Blue Peter mode I thought I’d look on eBay for a cap, and I came up with this. It’s like a DSLR lens cap but slightly smaller (52mm)
It works a treat and was only £1.79 from a UK source. It clips in very firmly and even has a string attached so you cant lose it
FIrst time I’ve had the solar gear set up for a while, and it was a lovely clear day so I caught this nice flare
Skywatcher Startravel 102 F/5 + Quark Chromosphere and ZWO ASI174 MC camera. I seem to have picked up a slight Newton ring artefact in the processing so I’ll have another look at that. Strangely too, the PNG image here looks more blurred than the TIFF