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  1. Sadly not, I only read the rules after posting. This was my first image ever many years back, my last rig was on my signature (which I miss). Apologies, but am still happy to share the image however
  2. Thanks very much. I loved the Skyhawk at the time and the views it gave. Great thing about this hobby is that we cobble together bits and make do where we can, yet the results are always pleasing... providing the clouds keep away Wish I still had my rig and more time to enjoy the night sky.
  3. Taken with my first scope, a Skyhawk 1145 on manual mount and using an old VGA Logitech webcam.
  4. Upgrading your focuser would be a tricky job. I posted a thread a couple of years back when i refurbished an old Orion optics 150. It had a standard r&p focuser and I upgraded to a TS 2" crayford, this meant having to carefully mark the Ota after removing the original focuser, cutting into the tube, smoothing painting drilling etc. The end result was very good but, as already mentioned, due to time spent and cost you'd. Be better off buying a 130pds.
  5. Cheers guys I've owned all three types of scope at one point or a other and agree, however I actually went for the mak. Space is limited and the mak will act as a good grab and go, until I have more time an can start building an imaging rig Is a newt really what you'd all 'prefer' though? Sure it's a cheap light bucket, but is it your favourite, is it as easy to use / maintain...
  6. If you had to have a sub £200 planetary scope what would you prefer? A. Long focal length frac B. Small mak C. Other
  7. Thanks very much, cant wait to get back out.
  8. I sold my imaging rig when I changed jobs due to the lack of time, but I have just purchased a new Skymax 90 to use as a visual grab and go. This should keep me happy and get me back under the stars
  9. Haha we do indeed! I guess we all want a scope that does everything eh Going back to my mention of the Borg Achromat, how would that handle lunar imaging Olly? I don't want to spend a fortune as my time is very limited now, but still very much have the astronomy bug.
  10. Massively interesting read. I am in the same boat as Chris, where I'll have little time for imaging now. I do however want a refractor that has a nice wide field, nice tight stars, be affordable, yet still capable of say some lunar imaging and deep sky again in future years.
  11. If anyone knows their stuff it's you Olly! Thanks for the heads up, and do you have any alternatives you could suggest? I was looking at second hand Borg 76 achromats, and wondering how it light fair for light imaging duties...
  12. You may recall that I'm a big refractor fan, and I love the Tak so will be watching this thread with interest.
  13. Thanks nightfisher. The Skyhawk 1145p has a cheap plastic focus tube and I remember mine was oval rather than round, also back then I had no idea about collimation. I would think you'd get some superb lunar images with a stock 130pds so, as you mentioned, just enjoy using it for a while and let the mods come later. You may find that the money you save gets put aside for a dedicated camera of some variety
  14. These were my first images with a tiny Skyhawk 1145p and 5 quid Logitech webcam with cmos sensor.
  15. Cheers Chris, I hope the observatory has come in handy. I will be very time limited so will be sticking to visual, and maybe some lunar photography. If you could message me some scope / dslr lens ideas that'd be good. PS: Sorry to butt in on the thread.
  16. The 130pds is a very accomplished little scope out of the box, and massively underestimated. I have little advice to add to the above, but hope you enjoy using it. Am hoping to get back into all this soon!
  17. After trying many on my INED70 i'd recommend the TeleVue TRF2008, got mine from Telescope House and it works superb with my Canon 1100d. Have to get the spacing right though. Btw the Skywatcher was unable to provide a flat field across the whole fov, and the Altair reduced was just hopeless. Dont waste your money on the cheapos, believe me i've spent ages on this subject.
  18. The orange beast has now been sold, so am sure the new owner will enjoy imaging with it. Maybe we'll see some photos Thanks everyone for reading and helping.
  19. Yep you was right though Ed, it does hold collimation very well and it's stiffened up nicely now with good wide rings. I have decided to sell however to help fund a 100mm frac
  20. Hi mate, yea the focuser is very good and can easily handle the dslr I have a cheshire on the way and a laser collimator, as I already have a homemade cap. Have to look in on your new build!
  21. Happy days, as it turns out there's no issue with my engineering skills or indeed the scope! Turned out to be the collimation being miles off, which isn't a surprise as I don't have a cheshire or laser at current. Anyways, I have collimated by eye and it works a treat, and now have the appropriate tools on order to do the job properly Dslr focuses great, eyepieces will need a short extension but that's no surprise due to the nature of the scope and setup. RDF is now aligned too whoop!!!!!
  22. Need some help guys! I've been busy imaging and at the end of the session i thought i'd try the newt, now that the rings are on. Firstly i believe the collimation is out of whack, and when i tried the dslr with just a 2" adaptor and tring, i got nothing..... I then tried a plossl eyepiece and i just about got stars when the focuser was wound fully out. I suspected that i might need an extension for eyepieces due to the nature of the scope, but am baffled as to why the dslr wont focus..... Do you think this scope would require a coma corrector to move the focus point inwards more, or are my problems likely to be collimation related? I plan on testing tomorrow during the day at a chimney pot or something but without any collimation tools at current i'm a bit limited. Sure it's only teething trouble but HELP lol :-D
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