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Lockie last won the day on November 25 2017

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  1. Probably the best thing to start with is to buy this book and read it cover to cover at least once: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/all-books-software/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html This is old stock advice for this forum, lots of us here have passed this right of passage and it was the right advice given to us at the time. Me on the other hand bought all the wrong kit, learned through reading threads and trial and error, then bought the book a few years later which confirmed to me that should have bought the book in the first place
  2. Haha, we know it makes sense
  3. Aperture is only important for visual....well apart from the resolution large aperture also gives you for planetary imaging. For deep sky imaging a small apochromatic refractor will be much easier to use when learning the astrophotography ropes. The aperture isn't important here because the camera sensor is a lot more sensitive the the human eye, and you leave the sensor open to collect the star light and build up a picture over time. The key is to have a mount accurate enough to track with the stars whilst this light is collected, and this is easier to achieve with a short focal length scope like the WO61. if you want to do a spot of visual as well you can combine a bit of aperture with short focal length by getting something like the skywatcher 130pds, this only costs about £170 and is a great little imager. Or maybe a slightly larger refractor such as the Skywatcher ED80, there you get the ease of use of a refractor but with a bit more light grasp for visual.
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    LZOS 175/1400 on ABS

    Cool video Takes me back to my previous career as a CNC programmer! Really nice dual rig at the end, the automated primary 'flaps' are a nice touch.
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    LZOS 175/1400 on ABS

    That's quite some mount! Here's a vid of one throwing a huge Newt about: Definitely sounds like you're already set for a huge apo
  6. Lockie

    Sunday Proms 22-7-18

    I like the loopy oncoming disc prom, if it clears up I'll get out there
  7. Lockie

    LZOS 175/1400 on ABS

    That 4k saved would pay for a mount for it!
  8. Just a bit of eye candy for Sunday morning If only we had a giant mount, a large obsy, and 9k in loose change http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=139368
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    What did the postman bring?

    A lot of scope for the money, Derek, shrewd move
  10. Lockie

    Most grab-and-go SCT!!

    Looks too big to fit in the dome behind it, maybe that's why it's outside! Must be at least 24", and who knows what focal length,,5000mm? An impressive beast!
  11. Lockie

    5" Mak vs 8" SCT

    Addressing the larger Mak comments mentioned - I'd agree with this if you keep the scope outside in an obsy or shed? The problem if you don't is cooling as the large Maks do have a very thick corrector plate which cools slowly if say the scope is brought outside form a warm house. From memory my Mak 150 felt at least as heavy as a C8 definitely check the weights. In a nutshell, I think the C8 would be a better choice if kept in the house, but if kept outside the larger Mak would be a good option.
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    Thursday Prom Action 19-7-18

    Nice detail charl, cloudy here today, never thought I'd say this but I want it to rain.
  13. ok, in that case lets look at some figures as you seem to be comparing a 10" SCT to an 8". Total telescope kit weight of a CPC800 is 19kg, and the 10" Meade is 29.5kg. Comparable? Now lets look at both the AVX and CPC versions of the C8: The AVX 8"SCT is 27kg all in with counterweight, so more overall weight than the CPC800 by 8kg. Stripped down the AVX I found a bit lighter to setup, but definitely more time consuming to setup. I've owned both these exact telescopes, I vouch for this in real life as well as the weight figures I've obtained from the net. I would go for the AVX if interested in DSO imaging, but for visual and planetary/lunar, the CPC is just so much easier to setup and and a lot more comfy to observe with. conversely I repeat I wouldn't go for the CPC800 for DSO imaging, even on a wedge, I'd go for a EQ mount.
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    What did the postman bring?

    Treat for the cpc.
  15. I take it you've owned both as I have? If so it's interesting how we have concluded such different views.

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