Weather apps

One thing I really need is the ability to predict clear nights. Planning targets and setting up takes time and I really don’t want to do it only to find that the night is written off due to overcast skies or, worse, rain showers.

My grandfather used to tell me that he could predict the weather by hanging seaweed outside. When it was wet, it was raining. Unfortunately, things haven’t moved much since then.┬áThere are a number of weather apps available for my iphone but, honestly, they’re all a bit crap. Continue reading


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Altair Hypercam 178C

This was the first camera I bought. If I am being honest, I didn’t do a lot of research into it, and I certainly didn’t know there was a difference in terms of planetary / lunar imaging and imaging DSOs. I also wasn’t aware too much about my future needs in terms of a mono camera and filters as opposed to an OSC (One Shot Camera).

Nevertheless, I learned to love this camera and I believe that, as a result of owning it and truly learning how to tame some of the issues, it made my transition across to mono imaging using LRGB and narrowband filters a lot easier. Continue reading

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QHY163m cooled CMOS 16 mega pixel mono camera

QHY163m Cooled CMOS

This is my new camera – the QHY163m mono cooled CMOS. It wasn’t cheap, but the results are nothing short of amazing when compared to my older Altair IMX178c uncooled CMOS camera.

The QHY163m has a 4/3inch 16mega pixel size CMOS sensor and uses the USB3.0 interface (although it is backwards compatible with USB2.0 ports). Continue reading

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