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    Default Hello from southern uk



    I am retired and have been interested in Astronomy and Cosmology all my life but never had the time to pursue it during my career (Seismic Surveying and Computer Architecture (UNIX/Linux)). Since retiring I’ve been doing some academic courses to try and get some better knowledge about what I’m looking at in the night sky.

    I’m learning how to astroimage with my SCT and DSLR. My efforts are paltry, compared with others on Astrobin (my Astrobin username is sjf) but then again I'm disadvantaged by the UK weather/light pollution. My astroimaging control is based around a Macbook running Virtualbox (free) for the (sigh!) Windows only astro software out there. It all seems to be running ok now but no doubt there are always major areas for improvement and would be great to hear about others people’s experience, especially with remote control of Celestron handset/CGX mount. I'm at the stage where I'm thinking about going to a mono CCD/CMOS with LRGB, etc, filters, but need to save a bit more dosh yet.

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    Default Re: Hello from southern uk

    Hi Steve! Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us!

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    Default Re: Hello from southern uk

    Hello Steve...and welcome aboard! Congrats on your retirement

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    Hi Steve, and welcome here to the Forum!

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    Hi there Steve, Welcome to the forums!

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    Hello Steve and Welcome Aboard AF.net!
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    Hello Steve, and welcome aboard!
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    Hi Steve welcome to the forum.
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    Welcome aboard and great that your retired, its a night time hobby, good luck with your imaging.
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