North American Nebula

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  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

Equatorial mount

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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?

Electronics Design For My Homemade Equatorial Mount

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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.

Deep Sky Imaging From My Back Garden – Using The Homemade Mount!

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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!

Telrad finder scope can be used for polar aligning!

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Not only is the Telrad Finder Scope a great piece of kit in its own right. Did you know it can also be used to get your telescope mount pretty accurately polar aligned? Read on to see how…..

Homemade Equatorial Mount

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Welcome to my homemade equatorial mount blog! For a long time now I have wanted to share this epic journey with the Astronomy community, so finally I’m pleased to be able to say “here it is!”

Hopefully you will find this article interesting and inspiring. So find a comfy chair and I hope you enjoy!

Buying a Telescope

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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.

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