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  1. Halcyon, no worries...I take fully onboard what you say...
  2. Thanks Halcyon...I'll stop looking...:-)
  3. Hi there... For some time now I have been "exploring" the Orion Nebula, to the best of my abilities, and find it a fascinating subject to view.... Should I be able to glimpse the Flame and Horsehead Nebula too, or do these require a bit more sophisticated equipment...?? Skywatcher 200, f 1200mm, Hyperion 21mm eyepiece. Dougie.
  4. Thanks guys...advice taken on board and monies now spent at First Light Optics....:-)
  5. Thanks for the replies guys.... What I was looking for was the ability to get a closer image of the moon rather than the entire lunar object, hence my query re attaching to an eyepiece... What you say about the focal length of my scope being fixed is quite correct, and as a photographer I can't understand why I didn't realise that...doh....!!! I'll look into the option of eyepiece projection, which I think is maybe what I'm needing...:-)
  6. Hi, I've had a look on the forum, but can't find an answer to my query, which maybe speaks more about my searching capabilities than anything else...! However... I have been happily mounting my Canon DSLR onto my 8" dobsonian via a T-Mount fitted directly onto the 2" focusing tube. This is fine if I want images of the "whole" moon... What should I do if I want closer focusing to the target...??? Is it possible to mount the SLR onto an eyepiece for instance, or is there another method that I am missing...??? Dougie.
  7. Thanks for the suggestions guys...I'll give them a look...
  8. Hi folks, Can anyone point me in the direction of a comparable piece of software for image stacking that I can use on my Mac...??? Dougie.
  9. Hi folks, Newbie query here.... Should I be able to pick Uranus out using my 8" Dob...??? I did venture out earlier this evening, but reckon the moon was so blumming bright that I was missing it... :-(
  10. Thanks Paul... Yes, the "blob" in the centre of the image... I've never swung my scope around in this direction before, so this is a first for me. Ta. Dougie.
  11. Hi folks, First decent clear skies last night for a while, so took the chance to do some observing. I saw this just below Cassiopeia, but just above the horizon about 9pm. Is it Andromeda...??? Dougie.
  12. Can someone please help me out... I understand the concept of a Barlow Lens, magnifying the image obtained by the fitted lens. However, can you advise for example, if a 2 x Barlow is attached to a 25mm lens, does this turn it into a 12.5mm lens, with a narrowing of field-of-view, or does it just magnify the view whilst retaining the original wide angle...? Dougie (who had a cracking view of Saturn this morning...)
  13. In the VERY short time I've been using it, I now find I'm sticking to the 25mm EP as I find the 10mm too narrow in field-of-view and difficult to keep track of moving targets with...
  14. Great telescope...had mine about one week now. As above, the boxes are BIG....! So don't even try to hide it from her... I was lucky in respect of the fact that I funded my purchase by selling off a few camera lenses I was hardly using, so she couldn't really moan...much... Her only gripe is where the thing is going to be stored when not in use, but I'll get around that somehow. However, after she had a squint at Jupiter and four of it's moons...saw Saturn with it's rings, the Orion Nebula and cracking views of the moon, she's actually quite interested now.... Enjoy the 'scope.
  15. A right and left humanoid arm.... Just a wooden AltAzimuth mount, nothing fancier... Dougie.
  16. Thanks for the prompt replies guys - what a forum....!!!! Advice taken on board Swamp Thing re. just using the 'scope for a bit...! Being a keen photographer, I know only too well the pitfalls of "upgrade-itis" without getting to know the kit you have first... That said, I think a filter for the moon is going to be a must for me as I found it just a tad too bright, and maybe a Barlow for the 25mm before researching a better 10mm eyepiece for this coming Christmas...:-) Again, thanks. Dougie.
  17. Folks, Finally managed and evening last night with my new toy - awesome....! Jupiter and 4 moons clear as day... Venus - like a mini Sun... The Moon - just gobsmacked at the detail... Orion Nebula - now that REALLY made me feel small & insignificant... The Pleiades - wonderful (although just a bit too near the bright Moon) But the best had to be getting up early (4.30am) today and spending time watching Saturn...WOW....!!!!! Just been using the included eyepieces (25 & 10mm), but the viewing was, in my mind, quite remarkable. For some reason though, the higher mag eyepiece isn't as "clear" as the 25mm...is this normal...? Also, what can I use to make the likes of Venus and the Moon a bit more viewable. ie. less bright...? And, are Nebula filters a "must have"...???? Dougie.
  18. Thnaks guys....I really DID know that...doh....! I suppose the clue is in the names....REFLECTOR....MIRROR.... ...Looks for the "delete this embarrassing thread key"......
  19. Just taken delivery of my new 200p Dobsonian... ...all assembled and drooled over, but clear skies have eluded the last few nights. I've taken it out during the day, and aligned the finder scope as per the instructions by using a nearby hill top. Both views in the finder and the main 'scope are inverted (upside down). Does this mean my constellations will be too...??? Dougie.
  20. That nice man from Fedex has just been... I'm now staring at two LARGE boxes in the lounge... I am 53 years of age, but I'm acting like a 5 year old....what's that all about...??? ...oh, did I mention the boxes were LARGE...??? ...and it looks like the sky is clearing.....!!
  21. Lovely... Can you advise what you snapped them with...?...the 500D through the 120mm...??? Dougie.
  22. Snapped this from my kitchen windo just before leaving for work. Canon 30D, budget 70-300mm lens, ISO 100, f5.6, 1/125 sec. Dougie.
  23. Cracking picture sir.... I took a load back in 2003 on a small compact digital...must look them out....
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