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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:19 am 
@ eVolutioN:
Since we have around 90+% cloud cover tonight, I decided to take your suggestion and give Stellarium a quick try...
Very impressive program! Took me all of 5 minutes to figure out that the bright star near the center of my Iris result is Arcturus. :)
Definitely a resource that I'd take with me - if my laptop ran for more than 10 minutes off-charger.
A nifty site, Heavens Above, has printable star maps available that I can take with me. Those will get me pointed in the right direction, at least. I can then verify things with Stellarium when I get home.
Heck, I'll probably even use Stellarium to plan my outings.
Thanks again for the tip! :D

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You're welcome! I just did a quick search, and I'm kinda surprised that it's the first time Stellarium has been mentioned on these forums. :?

In my opinion, it's definitely the best program for learning more about the night sky and doing astrophotography.

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Yes , Stelarium is very good one, but try the Worldwide telescope, free too, from Microsoft. You can get efemerides too, very well done, a bit more complex, but I think worth trying.

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Ive got both Stellarium and WWT, and for beginners who want to know which star theyre seeing, or what you can see tonight, Stellarium is the winner.

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For taking with you out, consider a rotating star chart- do a search at Amazon for "The Night Sky" it's about $12 the large one or $7 the smaller one, they have them for all the latitude ranges, and it's really helpful, you have a chart for the whole year. Of course you don't have the planets there, but Stellarium or other software will give you their location.
You may consider a small flashlight that you'll modify (wrap some transparent red celofane or some other red transparent plastic that you can get from food packages ), that lets you look at the chart in darkness whithout ruining your night vision for a while. If you want to buy one, there are a few red flashlights on Amazon too.
Hope that helps and that I haven't told you things that you already know :-)

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Ruben you are right. Stelarium is the best one for beginners.

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And remember: Pictures you see in magazines you will NEVER get until you have more than 50000$$ and experience.
Of course you can start with a telescope, EQ5 mount with motor, notebook, extra follow camera and mount your dSLR on it, but that's way too difficult to start with.
What Im doing is I made a barndoor mount (free, you can simply make it yourself) and with that it's possible to get nice exposures of 10 minutes.
Set the camera on a high ISO, aperture wide open, and bulb.
That's the best way to start with:P

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I didn't have my imaging scope last but I gave it a shot on my 12" dobsonian telescope. I took an higher iso to freeze the atmosphere

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Sorry, forgot about this thread, my emails seem to have stopped.

The un-cropped moon shot is good on the first page, maybe a slight crop to later its positioning and Id leave it at that.

As for stellarium its a great piece of software. One of my jobs is to replace to default image with a pano of where my set up sits to I can easily see what features are obscured by neighbours / the house etc.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:49 pm 
So if everyone posts, so do I. It's shot with an old 70-300 mm lens.

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