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Jon Sales

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  1. Thanks for the advice. Just been looking on FLO. Wheats the difference between the EQ5 Pro Synscan and the HEQ5 Pro Synscan apart from the price jump between the two?
  2. Thanks guys, I will get the mount first. I see that the place selling the Ikharus ED refractors is near where my brother lives. Maybe I'll call them and see if I can pop round to look at them at some point. Thanks again
  3. Thanks for the advice John. Been looking at the Heq 5. Would it be a bit overkill tho for the scope? Wouldn't a cheaper goto be ok like the Skywatcher eq3 or the Celestron eq5?
  4. I've had a good look at the Celestron c8 ngt and the Skywatcher equivalent. But............. I'm a very keen photographer and work for a radio controlled aircraft magazine. Setting as I have all the DSLR equipment I'd like to use it for DSO astrophotography. I dabbled years ago when I had my 9.25 sct and would like to take it further. I understand that I'd need an 80mm ED refractor for prime focus photography but don't want to blow my budget sky high. I know I'd need a GoTo eq mount also. Want to know what would be a good set up and still be a reasonable price.
  5. Very nice, been looking at getting one. What's the quality like?
  6. Right I've decided that DSO imaging us what I want to do. I already have a Telescope for visual observation (or rather, my girlfriend does ) Can I have all recommendations please of a good ED Refractor/Mount combo please? I will be using a Canon EOS 40D our my Sony DSLR camera body with it. Will prime focus be better or eyepiece projection? Thanks guys
  7. Seen some nice Scopes today and now i'm all confused again
  8. Just be polite when you approach them, explain what you would like to use their land for and tell them that noise will be kept to a minimum. Also say how many people there are likely to be and times you'll be there. Also as a courtesy, if they say yes, let them know your vehicle details and phone them on the day you'll be going there. One more thing, ask them first if you ever want to take other astronomers there first and offer them a look through your Telescope. Most farmers are ok as it's an extra pair of eyes on their land keeping an eye on things as well as looking out for things out of place. Used to work for me years ago and at xmas I'd buy them a bottle of scotch just as a thank you.
  9. Thanks John. Altair Astro sell one at a very reasonable price with a reducer if you need it. How would I attach it to the reflector?
  10. Hi guys, Just a quick question:confused: Is it the general consensus that an 80mm or 100mm ED refractor is best used on a good eq mount or piggybacked on a larger scope are best for DSO astrophotography? If so thru seem to be a very reasonable price.
  11. I do that for a living because i'm a decorator And your right, it is more interesting lol
  12. Jon Sales

    Hi all.

    What a lovely warm welcome I've had from you all. Thank you and it's reminded me of what a great bunch of people the astronomy community is
  13. Bet he'll be annoyed when he finds out. Perhaps he's been caught playing away from home and this is the start of her payback. Lol
  14. Thanks for all the advice guys. Unfortunately my budget won't stretch to the Skywatcher 200 so I think i'm looking at the Celestron because the mount and score combo is a good price at the moment. I'll then get used to using the scope and finding my way around again before getting an ED refractor to piggyback on top of it. Unless I change my mind again lol. Any more suggestions will still be greatly appreciated as you all know far more than me.
  15. Thanks for all the advice guys. Unfortunately my budget won't stretch to the Skywatcher 200 so I think i'm looking at the Celestron because the mount and score combo is a good price at the moment. I'll then get used to using the scope and finding my way around again before getting an ED refractor to piggyback on top of it. Unless I change my mind again lol. Any more suggestions will still be greatly appreciated as you all know far more than me.
  16. Thanks for all the advice guys. Unfortunately my budget won't stretch to the Skywatcher 200 so I think i'm looking at the Celestron because the mount and score combo is a good price at the moment. I'll then get used to using the scope and finding my way around again before getting an ED refractor to piggyback on top of it. Unless I change my mind again lol. Any more suggestions will still be greatly appreciated as you all know far more than me.
  17. Thanks for all the advice guys. Unfortunately my budget won't stretch to the Skywatcher 200 so I think i'm looking at the Celestron because the mount and score combo is a good price at the moment. I'll then get used to using the scope and finding my way around again before getting an ED refractor to piggyback on top of it. Unless I change my mind again lol. Any more suggestions will still be greatly appreciated as you all know far mode than me.
  18. Hi Michael, I don't have the sct anymore. I sold it way back to pay some bills the ex kindly left me with to stop the bailiffs coming rings so i'm starting from scratch again. My girlfriend it's going to chip in with this purchase as she it's a keen astronomer too. I could always buy the celestron and then later buy an ED refractor at a later date to use on the mount also I suppose
  19. Hi Rowan, Thank you for the advice:headbang: That's been more help to me than the handful odd shoots I've called over the last couple of days I'll let you know how I get on when I find one at a good price. Cheers, Jon
  20. Hi guys, Have a bit of a dilemma that I need your help with please. I want to buy a Telescope after a 15 odd year absence from astronomy. I've been using my girlfriends Meade DS2090 and showing her how to use it and now I've been bitten by the bug again. Things have progressed since my days with an old eq mount with a Celestron 9.25 sct on it. I now want something with a GoTo system big thought for visual observing and deep sky astrophotography later on by adding to it. My current budget is about £800. I've spoken to several dealers and they all suggest very different Scopes for the job so i'm handing this one over to you. Portability isn't a major factor as I have a big car if I want total dark skies but light pollution where I live isn't a problem. Any ideas?
  21. Jon Sales

    Hi all.

    Hi Catweazel, I'm after something bigger than the 2090 but still portable enough to be transported to darker sites if need be. I had a sct years ago and found it really good. I've Bern looking at the Chesterton Nexstar range lately.
  22. Jon Sales

    Hi all.

    Thanks for the welcome everyone! Any advice on a decent telescope?
  23. Jon Sales

    Hi all.

    Hi all, Just dropping by to say hello and to introduce myself. My names Jon and I used to be into astronomy about 15 years ago. Back then I had a Celestron 9.25 sct on an old German equatorial mount. I've been bitten by the bug again and i'm looking for a new telescope to go observing again. I've been using my girlfriends Meade DS 2090 lately Burr want something a bit more professional with out silk being portable. My budget is about £800. Any advice would be must welcome. Regards, Jon Sales, East Sussex.
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