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  1. Hi, I'm no expert on the subject, but I bought the 7 Ah version for my EQ5 Synscan mount and it has been fine for the observing sessions I've undertaken so far. Admittedly I've not got a bunch of other accessories draining it and I've only been doing up to about four hours so far. Depends what you want to do with it really... Dan
  2. Ah, just realised that on tapatalk it probably doesn't pop up my sig. I'm using a SW200P scope if that helps :-)
  3. Hi, So, on Sunday night I finally managed to get out with some clear skies and had a bit of a globular-cluster-fest with my new Hyperion Zoom :-) Towards the end of the session I decided to get a bit more ambitious and try to attach my DSLR to the T-adaptor on the zoom and take a photo of what I was seeing, M13, I think. So, I attached the camera and basically didn't have enough light to focus on anything through live view, and with no moon around had to just leave the focusser where it was where I could see the object visually and set the camera recording. After a six minute exposure (maximum bulb exp on this camera) I still had a black screen :-( Is it just that I need a target to focus on or am I doing something more fundamentally wrong, like trying too faint an object for my kit? I know that the Lumix/Panasonic G1 isn't commonly used for astrophotography, but I was hoping someone would be able to help here! Thanks! Dan
  4. Well, even the 76EQ is better than my first scope - a similar sized Tasco on an alt az mount. The mount seemed to be made of plastic and wobbled alarmingly at the slightest touch, and the bundled EPs were very clearly rubbish. BUT - I still had decent views of the moon and my first glimpse of saturn and that's what persuaded me to start the upgrade path. It teaches you how to set up and use a starmap and that the mount is as important as the optics... Looking at the Currys scope, the EQ mount actually looks half decent so for £70 this has to be an excellent intro to the hobby.
  5. Just to follow up this thread, in the end I went for a Hyperion Zoom. Just need to find some clear skies to try it out! I'll report back the difference against the bundled SW EPs, as that's clearly a subject of some interest amongst fellow newbies! Of course, this purchase doesn't preclude the possibility of going for some dedicated short and long focal length EPs in the future, I'll just have to break that news gently to the wife! Thanks for all your suggestions, Dan
  6. Ah! So it's your fault for all this cloudy weather? From what I read on here, the new scope curse is quite common. And nothing at all to do with the prevailing weather in Britain...
  7. I subscribe to both Sky at Night and Astronomy Now too, I tend to find that Astronomy Now has more interesting articles but S@N has a better observing guide, but I guess that's subjective for the reader!
  8. Better than the real thing! Amazing what you can do with photoshop these days...
  9. What do you mean missed? I had a really nice spot to frame my photo with a nice clear horizon and old windmill as a character feature. The eclipse is there somewhere, just behind all that cloud...
  10. dmn21


    Ah, great thanks! There's always a thread which has already discussed something :-) Dan
  11. You could try taking a range of shots and then stitching together a mosaic? Dan
  12. So, this probably sounds a bit stupid, but I managed to get the 'scope out in between the clouds tonight and after a while things started getting dimmer and dimmer. So I'm there trying to point it at stuff away from the clouds and twiddling the focus knob, all to no avail. It's then I notice that the eye pieces and secondary mirror have all fogged up. Being a newbie, I'm reluctant to do any wiping of surfaces so I just brought the kit in and called it a night. I've seen a ton of anti-dew kit in the shops but what's really needed and what works? Thanks! Dan
  13. Well, it's overcast and raining here at the moment, but the met office assures me it will be clear tonight - here's hoping!
  14. Brilliant thread Jake - I just upgraded this weekend and it went perfectly with your instructions. Took me longer to get the three-star alignment sorted than it did to install the motors! Dan
  15. Great comparison shot! I had a look at M51 last night on a whistlestop deep sky tour, but hadn't realised I was seeing a new supernova!
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