The veil nebula taken through the worst sky ever! This image of the western section of the veil nebula was taken on a night where the sky was so misty and milky looking, I can’t believe I captured anything at … Continued
My first attempt at the North American Nebula This is my first attempt at capturing an image of the North American Nebula. Coming on for a couple of weeks ago now, I spent a long weekend at the Kelling … Continued
Education – How do we make it better? Education is pretty off topic but hey….that’s why I’ve added an ‘everything else’ category to my blog 🙂 I came across an article the other day related to the ongoing issue of teacher … Continued
When somebody tells you their equatorial mount is tracking the sky, you may say – “ok, that’s cool” and think nothing more of it…….If you then decide to go out and buy yourself a mount capable of this very thing, you may ask yourself the same question again, but this time what you really should be asking is how?
I mentioned in my previous blog about my homemade mount that my good friend Tim Duke had been instrumental in making the electronics part of the project happen and I have so much to thank him for! I wanted to give Tim the opportunity to put in his own words how all this came about, the history of the design process and the changes made etc. The following text is Tim’s account written in his own words.
Well….It’s taken a while to get to this point, but here’s an attempt at deep sky imaging from the back garden. I chose the Eastern section of the Veil Nebula as it was pretty much in the fastest moving part of the sky and was perfectly positioned coming over the roof of my house getting higher up in the sky as the night went on. The CLS light pollution filter performance in such a light polluted area worked really well and I’m really happy with the result!
Years ago just after we had the Internet installed in our house (yep that’s right, years ago! Believe it or not kids, once upon a time there was no Internet!), I was getting the hang of surfing around the web and stumbled on a link about building a homemade telescope! Looking at the link, it reminded me of this guy I once knew from years back who made his own homemade telescope and I remember thinking wow that must have been a bit complicated. I wanted to have a closer look and ask him how it worked but missed my opportunity at the time. So I thought ok, let’s have a look then.
I clicked the link and the rest is history!
I can’t stress this hard enough, before you go out buying a telescope, please read this article to the end first!
Before buying anything in life you would normally think about exactly what you want first right? Sometimes it’s an easy decision, for example. “what you drinking mate?”………”Pint of lager please!”…….No problem, didn’t need to think about that too long, haha!
What if you want to buy something like a new car or a new pushbike? Well, this would be a bit more serious and would need a bit more thought. Mainly because these can be expensive items and you don’t want to be making the wrong choices. Well the same will apply when deciding to buy your first telescope. In fact the risk is more than just money as I will now explain.