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Post by jpinna » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:18 pm

Hi,my name is John, I joined last Tuesday night,and I'm a absolute beginner

I can't really say how I got interested in this, I've been looking on the NASA websites for quite a

few months and then clicking on various links which lead to astronomy.

I bought a scope 9 days ago but not had the chance to use it yet because of the weather.

I'm afraid I'll be giving some of you plenty of earache for advice on how to use my equipment.

ps.....found that tutorial last Tues very interesting on astrophotography


Re: Hi

Post by Amartin » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:35 pm

Hi John & welcome.
I've only been doin this since Jan.
It's a bit overwhelming at 1st, but fortunately, you're lumped in with the right group - there is boundless enthusiasm & patience from the experienced guys in the society.
So don't be shy in coming forward & there is no such thing as a daft question - I've tried them all lol

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Re: Hi

Post by bbones » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:53 am

Hi John

Wellcome, I'm new as well and been a steep learing curve, You can expect great support from all the members in the society, check the posts. I have been driving them mad :lol:

You never mentioned your equipment?

Catch you at the next meeting

SkyWatcher HEQ5
SkyWatcher 80ED Apro
Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 SynScan AZ GOTO
Canon 600D Modified
Orion G3


Re: Hi

Post by bholmes » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:07 pm

Welcome John, the others have said it all about the Society, very friendly and welcoming. Have a look around the Members Area there are plenty of useful presentations and tutorials there that you will find very useful. Its a great hobby especially when you actually get the chance to use your scope!



Re: Hi

Post by lrenshaw » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:57 am

Hi John,

Welcome. I've not been a member that long myself and like the others have already mentioned, it's a great group. The tutorials are very informative and presented in a way that the novice can understand.

Hope that the weather clears soon so that you can use your scope for the first time. What equipment do you have?




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Post by jpinna » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:57 pm

Equipment= Skywatcher 130P goto mount with 12v or mains supply
2 X barlow + 10 & 25mm eyepiece
SPC800 flashed to 900 with adapter & IR filter
and pc to mount leads for pc control

I'm going to try to use my full HD camcorder for imaging to see if there is any difference between the webcam. I've got a adapter to fit to the eyepiece, I've been looking for some software for the pc that will run the camcorder mainly for a previewer instead of using the camcorder screen but not found anything that will recognise it. Camcorder as remote control to take video or stills which will be a big help and has sdhd card for about 1hr 20 mins of filming

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