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Everything posted by Taliesin

  1. Hi all...well I have to say after joining here and the initial advice in the Welcome forum (which I have to say was so welcoming - the best welcome I have had bar no other forum) and some reading, i'm looking to do planetary as well as deep sky... Initially before the reading and advice I was set on a Nexstar 8SE then found out that it's not great for deep space due to it's mount. So then had my heart set on the C8-SGT as that has an equatorial mount. But on asking FLO, refractors and a sturdy mount is the way to go for best of both. 1st question is has anyone used the C8-SGT with the mount it comes with for deep space 2nd question is what are peoples opinions on the SW HEQ5 with Syntrek using EQMOD to control the mount. I want to go for the better mount but can't afford the full whack but know my IT so was hoping to use the EQMOD software for all the GOTO and tracking etc Any advice will be appreciated
  2. Gosh...Thank you all for the warm welcome...This community really is very welcoming and also from reading the forums, there are a lot of people with a lot of experience who are so willing to share! I'm definitely going to get the book as I've already started looking into the fact that the mount that comes with the 8SE isn't equatorial and so isn't very good for DSO imaging...I have a lot of work to do before I buy but thank you all for the welcome. I hope to delve deep into this fantastic art.
  3. Thank you all for the warm welcome... Brantuk - Thank you for the advice, I am interested in DSO imaging eventually so will look at those mounts as soon as I am comfortable with telescope I'll order that book straight away while I am waiting to purchase my scope, I can get up to speed and knowing that Mikinio - a fellow newbie also found it very helpful makes it a no brainer. Looking forward to being a part of this amazing community!
  4. Hi My name is Haz, I'm 31 and from Birmingham. I've been interested in Astronomy since I was knee high to a grasshopper and the skies used to and still amaze me. I've never had the opportunity to take up astronomy due to various reasons but am now in the position to actually give it a go. Having said this I have been watching documentaries and reading up about the heavens for a long time also. Recently I went on holiday to Charmouth in Dorset and went the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth which I found amazing even though I kinda knew what to expect. I'm looking to purchase my own telescope for the first time and am thinking about the Celestron Nexstar 8SE soon (not sure how soon but within weeks as soon as I have enough money Having an IT background, I think I should be able to handle my way around it but any advice will be invaluable to me as I take everything on board. I hope to eventually get into astrophotography once I get the hang of the telescope and see where it takes me. Haz
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