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  1. Yeah I was thinking about the WO 61 until I saw the Altair 60EDF but then I saw the 70 ED and realised with the right Flattener/Reducer I could have a faster scope. Hopefully the 70 ED will be alright cos I just ordered one from Altair. Focal length shouldn't be an issue as I'm getting the 0.8x Reducer/Flattener which will bring it down from 420mm to 336mm. We'll see if I can get away without guiding - the whole point of this setup is to keep it simple and quick to use. One of the reason's I stopped imaging with my old kit (HEQ5, CCD,Laptop, Autoguiding etc) was because I got fed up with spending over an hour to set-up only to get 5 minutes imaging time before clouds rolled in. I don't know if it's because I live near an estuary in Cornwall but that used to happen a lot! I'll try and keep this post updated with my results for anyone interested although it might take a while. I haven't even got the Star Adventurer yet. I have the Star Adventurer Mini which I'll probably put the 70 ED on just for giggles while I wait for it's bigger brother to arrive
  2. Which would you choose for DSLR astrophotography with a Skywatcher Star Adventurer? The Altair Astro 60 EDF F6 weighing 1.5Kg https://www.altairastro.com/60EDF-ED-R-Refractor-Telescope.html or the Altair Starwave 70 ED F6 (using a 0.8x Flatenner/Reducer will be F4.8) and weighing 2Kg? Both cost about the same and have similar focal lengths, the 70 ED being slightly wider at 336mm. Currently I'm favouring the 70 ED mostly because of the faster F-Ratio but also because it comes with some nice little accessories like a case and red dot finder (I know the accessories shouldn't sway me but they do). I'm just a bit worried about the extra weight - I know it will fall well within the max payload of a Star Adventurer but I like to have plenty of room for adding extra stuff later. If any of you are already using this scope or similar with the Star Adventurer I'd love to hear of your experience with it. I assume the 60 EDF has better quality glass as the blurb seems to make a fuss about S-FPL 53 glass but I don't know what that means to be honest. Thanks in advance for your comments and by all means jump in with a "I wouldn't choose either of those I'd choose..." answers. My budget is around the £500 mark including a flattener.
  3. Hi JemC, I can't say I've ever used a SW ED 80 Pro (or any other refractor for that matter). I used it with a skywatcher Explorer 150pds to good effect. When trying to figure out field of view with camera/scope combinations I've always used this site; http://www.12dstring.me.uk/fovcalc.php It allows you to input the scope and camera makes and models and gives you examples of the field of view for different Messier targets.
  4. Having decided to go backwards and abandon CCD imaging for a DSLR I am selling off my CCD filters. They are all in immaculate condition and have always been kept either in my filter wheel or in their plastic cases. -Astronomik 1.25" 12nm Oiii CCD Filter £70 -Astronomik 1.25" 12nm Ha CCD Filter £70 -Optical Vision 1.25" RGB-IR Color CCD Filter Set £70 Buyer to pay Paypal fees and postage costs or collection from Falmouth, Cornwall.
  5. Atik 315L+ Mono CCD & Manual Filter Wheel For Sale - Great condition CCD with original box, 12V power supply, fisheye lens & CD. -Starguider 5 position manual filter wheel with adaptors/spacers (currently set for Skywatcher 0.9x Coma Corrector) -USB lead and AC power supply -Can include solid padded case if wanted. £500 plus postage costs. Happy to accept paypal if buyer covers charges or cash on collection from Falmouth, Cornwall. (RGB filter set not included)
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    Celestron C8 SCT OTA

    Celestron C8 XLT OTA -Good condition C8 with Starbright XLT coatings -ADM Vixen style dovetail bar. -1.25" visual back. -Red dot finder and/or finderscope -Bahtinov mask -Dew strap and dew shield -Baader visual solar filter -The following 1.25" eyepieces; Meade 26mm Super Plossl, super 10mm, Baader 2.25x barlow, star diagonal. £450 Cash on collection from Falmouth, Cornwall.
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    What's a used C8 worth?

    I was thinking of subtracting 1/3 but the new price of an OTA is £1069 which would make the asking price £700 and I'm pretty sure I didn't pay that much. It's one of the reasons I've made this post. I think I'll go with £450 ono and see if I get any interest. Thanks for the advice.
  8. I have a Celestron C8 OTA with the Starbright XLT coatings and Fastar compatible that I am about to sell but for the life of me I can't remember what I paid for it! I seem to remember buying it (used) on a bit of a whim and have only used it myself once or twice. It's in great condition and I'll be throwing in some accessories such as dew shield, cheap eyepieces etc. A quick browse shows used ones selling from £300 to £500 which is quite a big difference in price. Would anyone be kind enough to suggest a reasonable asking price.
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer Tripod

    Thanks for the offer. Like I said I'm going to wait until I get the SAM and try it with my existing tripod before I make a decision. If I decide to go for the SW tripod I'll send you a PM to see if you still have it. I should have the SAM by the weekend so hopefully I'll have a chance to try it out and get an idea of what it needs in the way of a tripod.
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer Tripod

    Thanks for the quick replies everyone. Mr niall that's reassuring to hear although JamesF and kendg have now got me thinking of alternatives! I hadn't realised carbon tripods had got so cheap. I think I'll wait until the SAM arrives and try it with my Benro tripod. If I think the Benro's solid enough I'll get something like the Neewer mentioned above (I like the idea it could work as a spare if my Benro breaks). If not I'll go for the Skywatcher tripod.
  11. Has anyone out there tried the Skywatcher Star Adventurer tripod? (https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe/sky-watcher-tripod-for-star-adventurer-mini.html) I've just ordered a star adventurer mini bundle and I'm now looking for a sturdy portable tripod to mount it on. The Skywatcher Star Adventurer tripod looks like it would fit the bill but I can't find any reviews about it anywhere. The price tag is very reasonable and the weight also seems pretty good (for the money) but this just makes me think that it might not be any better than my existing tripod which is perfect for DSLR photography but probably won't be solid enough for the Star Adventurer Mini. I need a 2nd tripod anyway as the idea is I carry 2 cameras to locations and have the ability to take tracked images at the same time as conventional untracked shots or timelapses. Just a note before I get lots of replies telling me to just use a HEQ5 tripod or similar - this has to be portable. For example I'd need to be able to carry it up Pen y Fan along with all my other gear so weight is an important factor. I'm also not looking to take images with long focal lengths either. My main interest is (ultra) wide angle astro shots in interesting locations. I'm bound to try longer focal lengths with the SAM at some point but I don't expect good results. Hopefully someone that has tried the tripod will read this and give their opinion. If not I'm open to suggestions for a good, sturdy, relatively lightweight and compact tripod preferably for under £100 (previous experience tells me such a thing doesn't exist!). Thanks in advance.
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    Mono Atik 314L or similar

    I have a Atik 314L+ mono CCD I'm about to sell if you're interested. I was going to sell it bundled with a 5 position 1.25" manual filter wheel and was thinking of asking £500 although I haven't really researched the secondhand value. I also have a set of RGB-IR CCD filters and astronomik Ha and Oiii narrowband CCD filters I was going to sell separately.
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    Modified Canon 450D Images Wanted

    If you have a look at my album in my profile there are a few I took with the 450D that I modded myself. Probably not the best examples of what can be achieved. Also worth noting some of the images were taken with a Atik 314L+ but the notes should identify the ones taken with the 450D.
  14. Until recently I've always taken my dew shield off my newt' before using my bahtinov mask to focus but recently I've got a bit lazy and started hanging it off the front of my dew shield. So my question is; will doing so affect the accuracy of my focus? Does the extra distance of the dew shield in front of my scope affect how the bahtinov mask performs? I have no real idea of how the bahtinov mask works, other than employing some form of dark magic so am clueless to whether I still get perfect focus with it hanging off the dew shield.

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