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About Photohound

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  1. +1 for Canon... Canon all the way for me... I love my 50D for everyday stuff and general night shot fieldwork, but i never got on with my 20Da quite so well so i'm selling it now.
  2. I have the older discontinued version of this GPS unit called a CN16, and it fits both my celestron scope setups including the CG5-GT - i believe this unit is pretty much the same as the CN16. In which case you plug this unit into the 'handset' port then the handset plugs into the bottom of this unit. This particular one does seem expensive, but shop around - i picked mine up from ebay for less than £50 a year or so ago, and as a previous poster says its saved me countless time and its brilliant. I plonk the cg5 down in the garden, turn on the power supply and by the time i've done a rough level and polar align, the handset is full of gps data and ready to go - well worth it.
  3. My vote goes on the nifty50 as well - i picked mine up from fleabay, boxed and beautiful for 60notes a year ago - best thing i ever bought on there.
  4. I'd be very pleased with that as a starter, well done! My first DSO was Orion, as i guess for many of us - and i think from memory your one is the better of the two
  5. The first-light WOW for me and my first little 'Tasco' scope years ago was on a sunny saturday afternoon... set it all up and focussed on the farthest thing i could see... an air-con unit on the roof of a tower block about a mile away made me go wow though - i could see the rivets holding the hinges on the doors!!! (things have got better since then)
  6. Hi knobby, i have the 4SE and an 8inch newt (dob on three legs) both celestron, both brilliant for different reasons. As an earlier poster suggested you cant go wrong with the 4Se for portability, durability and reliability. Its a sinch to set up, with a bit of practise and care at setup it stays on target for long viewing sessions, or you can 'manually' adjust with the handset. I dont recommend the onboard battery setup, but a cheap power pack from maplins will run it for 5-6 hours easy. A nice quality EP will show you wonders and if balanced carefully i can mount my canon 20D or 50D (not lightweight at all!!) with remote timer et al and get some nice short exposure moonshots/planetary shots as well. As for the difference with the 8incher, its down to what your looking at in the black stuff - accuracy of collimation, etc. But i would say the clincher is.. i suffer with degen discs in my back and some nights the 8inch kit is more than i can face, but ten to fiftenn minutes later the little 4SE is up, aligned and ready to go. So there is a ramble that may shed some light - hope it helps
  7. Hi jim, if you like the goto function and want to see more, celestron SE range are worth a peek, my 4SE got me started and showed me the basic 'wonders' of the sky.
  8. I'll second that Paul... divided by the three clear nights i've had in the last six months... sob, whimper.
  9. new laptop, focusing mask and a GPS kit for my CG5-GT - its all about more time viewing and less time setting up.
  10. Hi Baz, i've PM'ed (Private Messaged) you some info about the 4SE from my personal experiences - and welcome to the forum BTW.
  11. sounds great - i'm heading to Gran Canaria in october for a week, hope the views are good there too!!!
  12. Any chance someone could post a link to the site - might help future folks when searching..
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