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  1. A Celestron C8 (on order as I missed the boat on the one there!) Can't wait to get it - have my wish list of obs targets ready
  2. Hi Dave Was there yesterday - great event well organised. Good speakers and trade stands at a value price. Had a good chat to one of your members about her scope and ended up buying one! I bet a lot of work went into it - well done. Thanks Cheryl
  3. Thanks David/Jules You both said what I was thinking and I decided to go with the C8 and have one on order! Can't wait... Cheryl
  4. I am looking to get a longer focal length scope for mainly planetary observing. Have an 80mm APO refractor for my widefield so that's covered but in my light polluted back garden would like to move on to something with more FL/mag for lunar and planets and double stars/clusters. Am looking for an easy to handle scope that will go nicely on my HEQ5 so I can use the tracking. My 10" dob lives elsewhere in a dark site so don't have access to that. I am thinking that a 6" Cat might be a good option does anyone have experience of these scopes and any thoughts. I am thinking the C6 is an SCT which should cool quicker than the Mak but the Mak may have better contrast although I have read the C6 performs well due to its optics/coatings. The Skymax 150 is a longer FL so more suited to planets i.e. smaller FOV gives illusion that something is bigger even at same mag? Also to throw something else into the mix would there be a big benefit of a C8 (as they are quite light to handle) or a Skymax 180 which is F15 which I think is best FL for planets but to be honest I keep reading things that contradict myself. I am not too worried about cool down for SCT/MAKs as I am planning to keep the scope in the garage to help with that. Anybody's thoughts or experience with these scopes most welcome please. Many thanks, Cheryl
  5. Just an update - thanks to everyhelp all I have just paid a visit to my helpful local photography shop (T&B in Romford) and have on order a Manfrotto 410 Geared Head. I have had a bit of luck on the tripod front though my brother has given me his old Velabon tripod so I have invested all my birthday cash in a quality head. Roll on those long dark evenings! Many thanks all for great help here. Cheryl
  6. Great thanks for the further links - plenty to consider. Cheryl
  7. Thanks Stu you've been really helpful I'll go and look at all the stuff you have pointed me to. I love the astronomy community Cheryl
  8. I would echo the caution too - I have an HEQ5 Pro (Go to) and it has been a steep learning curve to be able to set it up and star align successfully every time and it is not that quick even if you do it only fairly accurately. From my experience as a relative newbie to astronomy I can't stress how much help joining a local astro society was or attending an observing evening given by a society. To be shown DSOs by someone through a similar telescope to yours would I think really help to see what you are looking for. Personally I think finding a faint fuzzy yourself with a bit of training in star-hopping is much more satisfying than spending some of your precious observing time setting up a go-to - the view will be the same but the satisfaction level is something else. If I can manually find one new object in a night's observing I am over the moon. That said Go-to is great if you want to image something you can't acutually see in your eyepiece and for speed and I do use it now I have mastered the dark art of polar and star alignment especially if I am finding things for others to see. I'll leave it to others to assist on the CCD etc - just don't give up on the Dobby they're great for learning the sky and 10" is a good size. Hope that helps. Cheryl
  9. Thanks all for the further suggestions - I am not worried about the weight as I am after something stable and really more portable scope wise than lugging the HEQ5 out when you need to seize a clear sky opportunity. I have a good SLIK lighweight photo tripod for photography on the move so I am really lookiing for something that will be used DSLR wise mostly for night sky work. Also I do want something that will extend tall enough to use binos standing up. I have only used a pan and tilt head before so not sure what geared heads are all about. Also what about ball heads are these any good for what I need? I have seen some of these heads are quite a cost investment so I want to end up with a suitable one. My scope does have the ability to attach to standard tripod screw under its dovetail foot. John - love the moon pic just the sort of thing I want to do too. Many thanks Cheryl
  10. Thanks everyone for those very helpful suggestions they have given me some choices to consider I will now have look into them. Many thanks Cheryl
  11. Hi does anyone have any recommendations for a heavy duty tripod that could be used primarily with DSLR (Canon 600D) and my 10 x50 binos but could also cope with my 80mm short tube refractor for portable grab & go use. My hubby is treating me for my birthday and so far I am looking at the Manfrotto 055XPROB as a possibility - this was recommended in a magazine article but open to other suggestions. Also not sure what sort of head to go for that would good for both DSLR and binos (I have a L bracket) and for piggybacking on top of my scope. Would be grateful for any suggestions. Many thanks Cheryl
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    Hello Derek and welcome from me too. You should have some lovely skies up there. You will soon be hooked and you've come to the right place for a good rummage!
  13. Hi I have HEQ5 Pro too and have had some step learning curves also so here's a couple of tips: I use mine on the lawn and out in grassy often uneven park fields and have found three small square bits of wood do the trick. You don't want something too big otherwise it is easy to trip over them in the dark. The weight of the set up on the wood seems to keep it all stable and level. Another tip when you come to do the star alignment is to make sure you have a perfect 'home' position. I found something very useful about this which bascially means using the RA and DEC circles to rotate the scope back eactly 90 degrees from the balance points of the scope. Or a quick fix if the first star is way off just unlock the RA and Dec and manually put it in the EP then carry on the alignment this effectively also corrects a starting position that may be a little off. Believe me anything that go wrong setting up this mount and go-to has happened to me but once you get the routine cracked it works a dream!
  14. Hi I am looking at getting a Lumicon Deep Sky or Astronomik CLS 2" filter for use with my DSLR but am a bit confused as to whether these filters are also any good for observing as well. I have an 80mm F6.25 refractor and have two sodium street lamps either side of my garden and live in a fairly light polluted suberb. Grateful for anyone's views. Many thanks CAB
  15. Hi, I have been lucky enough to get myself a Canon 600D and want to image with this at prime focus with my 80mm F6.25 Refractor. (I have a T ring and 2" WO extension tube.) I am looking to get a broadband filter for imaging at home in my garden which is in a heavy light polluted suburb. A friend at my society has good results with his old Lumicon Deep Sky filter but having seen these CLS clip in filters for the Canon EOS I was thinking that this looked a neat solution. But I am wondering is there any benefit in getting a 2" version of the CLS or a Lumicon DS if these could be used for any observing as well. I could put it my 2" Diagonal to use it with all my EPs and use it with the extension tube for imaging and presumably with a step ring on the front of my EF-S lens as well. Also does anyone think it would be better using the filter nearer the camera chip (clip-in) or at the end of the extension tube? Would be grateful for anyones thoughts on this. Thanks, Cheryl
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