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  1. Sounds highly likely... There's something dreadfully compulsive about doing courses and studying I find
  2. Just thought I'd let you all know: I too am doing the S194 course in November! Out of interest: is there a specific part of SGL for study stuff?
  3. OK, well, I'll see how I get on with the Nikon Star-Muncher, and if needs be I can always avail myself of a Canon at some point. Thank you for some very illuminating (if you'll pardon the expression!) comments
  4. Thank you for your replies! Starbabe's comment was a bit of an eye-opener, and I consider myself duly taken to school on the subject. I'd originally had the D60 for macro/botanical photography, and had assumed the noise reduction as a good thing
  5. Hello folks, I'm new to the whole subject of Astronomy, having just recently acquired a small telescope + mount, and also very recently joined the forums. Was looking through the forum, and also flipping through a few magazines, and it seems that Canon is the preferred camera make for Astrophotography. I have a Nikon, but am generally brand-agnostic insofar as I'll use whatever's best for a given purpose (at work for example we tend to use PCs for development and Macs for design work, playing to the strengths of each platform). Anyway, I was just wondering why Canon seem to be the preferred camera to use for Astrophotography. Is it a technical reason, for example quality of CCD, or just a conventional preference that grew over the years? Genuinely curious, as I feel as if I've unwittingly missed out on something!
  6. Hi folks, I recently decided, after years and years (and years and years etc.) of being an adult, to indulge a childhood dream and buy a telescope and peer out at the stars. I'd done the binocular thing, and thoroughly enjoyed wandering round the sky, but the Skywatcher Explorer 130 I bought was in a different league. OK, I'd bought the vanilla one not the one with the parabolic mirror (a slight oversight on my part that I'm happy to live with), but still, I was hugely impressed by what I saw through it. I had to wait a couple of night before I could use it due to the thick blanket of East Anglian cloud, but when I got it out last weekend, wow. I got, and this was my first evening using the thing (with the equatorial mount and a paper map) M31, the galaxy in Andromeda. It was just a grey smudgey thing, but I was seeing it with my own eyes, with my own stuff, from my backyard. Not on TV. It's strange to try and explain, but it felt a bit like getting to know a celebrity or something, like bumping into someone famous and being invited back to their place for coffee. I had the same experience when I saw Jupiter 'live' for the first time over the weekend. I've seen it in films, on the covers of books, on TV and so forth, but that lentil-sized, slightly stripey 'dot' was somehow more fulfilling (to me anyway) because I'd sort of 'made' it myself. That £150-odd I spent on my telescope is possibly the best £150 I have ever spent. I had no idea I'd stumbled into something that could be so exhilarating! I'll definitely be spending a lot of time on this, and want to make the best use of what I have before upgrading, so will be sure to pop back here on a regular basis. Toodle-pip for now,
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