Guides

Please find listed below a few guides we have put together to help you with future purchases, also some other bits and pieces to help you make the most of equipment.

 
 

Equipment Guides

Mounts

Telescopes

Eyepieces

 
 

Software

PHD2

PHD2 Free Guiding software.

gimp

Gimp is a free image manipulation software. This is very similar to photoshop.

stellarium

A nice clear planetarium program. Stellarium can also be used to connect to some mounts enabling you to control your mount through a computer.

Startools

Startools is an amazing program for processing images.
You can try the full version for as long as you like (you cannot save) and has a very reasonable purchase price.
Ivo the developer is very helpful and will always reply to questions on the forum.

cdc

This program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in many catalogs of stars and nebulae. In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown.

The purpose of this program is to prepare different sky maps for a particular observation. A large number of parameters help you to choose specifically or automatically which catalogs to use, the colour and the dimension of stars and nebulae, the representation of planets, the display of labels and coordinate grids, the superposition of pictures, the condition of visibility and more. All these features make this celestial atlas more complete than a conventional planetarium.