Recently, I realised that 1 x 12V output of the YE!! power pack was not going to be sufficient. I needed 2 x 12 V outputs in order to be able to power the iOptron ZEQ25 mount and my Lacerta MGEN autoguider. Hence searching on Amazon, I found the Sunsbell power pack. It also comes with a very useful accessory, which will make it very useful for astronomy. It holds 16,800mAh and costs less than the Ye!! power pack @ £58.99 from Amazon. Continue reading Sunsbell Power Pack
For Christmas this year my wife bought me a motorised filter wheel for use in astrophotography. It has taken me this long to set it up and test that it is working, as the imaging camera I was going to use it with (ZWO ASI178MM-cooled) has not been shipped as yet. Continue reading Xagyl Filter wheel
Recently while looking at the various accessories available for the iOptron ZEQ25GT mount, I found that iOptron had a small little box, the StarFi wifi telescope adapter, which allows for the mount to be controlled wirelessly through SkySafari. So while searching about SkySafari in the Apple App Store, I found that there was the new SkySafari 5 App which was currently on offer at 50% off (Pro version currentl £14.99, RRP £29.99). It was a no brainer that I had to buy this App, as I am in need of a good App for searching for Deep Sky Objects, and the Pro version has the largest database. In order to get the most from the SkySafari, I also decided to buy the StarFi for my iOptron mount to make it wirelessly controllable with my iPhone. Continue reading iOptron StarFi Wifi Telescope Adapter and SkySafari Pro 5
The first time we ate Vietnamese beef noodle soup was when we were studying in Australia over 10 years ago. To us this dish we associate with Cabramatta in Sydney, where there is a large Vietnamese population and where we first ate it. In an attempt to relive that experience, my wife decided to cook this for dinner on Monday. Continue reading Vietnamese beef noodle soup
For Christmas this year, I have had a few presents which have an astronomy theme to them. I thought I would share one of them with you here, as the other still needs setting up to get it working. Continue reading Christmas present – astronomical theme
Happy New Year to everyone of my readers. I thought I would start the first post of the new year with some images I’m pretty happy with. Recently I was faced with the decision of which astrophotography image processing software to buy. I wanted something which had enough processing functions/modules to be able to process my astrophotos well, while not being too difficult to learn (or require me to watch tutorial videos every time I am processing a photo), and definitely not too costly. Hence after watching a few videos on how an astrophoto is processed with StarTools and factoring that it costs A$60 (under £30), I decided that it was definitely worth buying.