TelescopeMan gives his observing list of bright objects for December 2013. The free software RTGUI is used to generate the list. This is available at www.rtgui.com. Attribution is given to the author of this free software.
Flex 3000 software defined ham radio with TelescopeMan commentary— if the video stream stops just click right in front of where it is at (time wise) — on the video and it will start running again. My quad core and 6 gigs of memory could barely keep up with all the processing going on— you will see some “skips” in the audio video- but it worked OK. This is an amazing radio.
My ETX-124 optical tube arm is slipping and is making a cracking noise when I use the electronic control to move the scope vertical. I tighten the vertical lock but the optical tube still slips (will not mover the optical tube up) and making a cracking noise. Any suggestion on how to remedy this problem? Thanks SG
Crackling noise is NOT good. First unscrew the declination (altitude) knob and see if the screw in the back of the knob has broken off the plastic knob. If it has that’s the problem. Otherwise you will need to disassemble the scope by removing the optical tube so you can get to the worm gear.
Hi Joe, Missed you at the TAS meeting last night, I hope all is well. I was hoping to get a bit of time with you to discuss the processes that you use to record, process and post meeting videos. As I am a FWAS member as well as a TAS member, I was hoping to use your processes to offer the same service to the FWAS club. Thanks Bill Nichols
Sorry I missed you. I will be at Astronomy Day today at Russell Planetarium. Basically I use a Kodak digital video recorder, and H! Zoom digital recorder, and some free software like Audacity for audio, and the paid software Pinnacle Studio to do video editing. I do have a mixer board attached to the computer and a good microphone on a suspension boom attached to the desk.
I will be recording some of the activities at Astronomy Day. Drop by and I will show you what I use.
I purchased a ETX 125 about a year ago, I am wanting to start taking photos. What type astophotography camera would you suggest? I was looking at a Orion StarShoop G3. FYI, your video have been very helpful! Thanks SG
I know you do not want to hear this— but — the ETX 125 is NOT a very goiod choice for astrophotography. First the tripod (wedge) is difficult to accurately polar align; and the internal gearing has a ton of backlash. You will be stuck with images of about 20 seconds long or less before tracking errors ruin the picture.
Can you tell me what the inside diameter would be on a tasco magnum 525 (I know, I read your opinion of them on Fix ya) and there is no eyepiece. I got a used one and want to use it to view the moon and look for deer, moose etc across the bay from my cottage. I followed your link to the agnea site but there are none listed for this model. I got a diameter of 15 /16" and there is nothing close to that in diameter. Any help would be appreciated. my address is rzanussi at shaw ca thanks Rob
Sounds like a .965 inch eyepiece is what you need. These are somewhat hard to find but not impossible. Try Ebay and or this fellow:
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