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  1. Make sense - and what about connectors between a leisure battery and the actual 'plug'?
  2. What's everyone's thoughts on this: http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-sky-watcher-7ah-rechargable-power-tank/p1525822?cm_mmc=googlebase-extension-_-astronomy-mounts-_-astronomy-tripod-accessories-_-sky-watcher-7ah-rechargeable-power-tank_1525822&utm_source=googlebase-extension&cm_mmc=google+-+warehouse+cameras+%26+lenses-_-shopping+-+other+products-_-&mkwid=3iw12qr3&pcrid=54652739529&gclid=cia9id_kxsqcfejjtaodslmagw Seems to be cheaper than the other options?
  3. Thanks a lot - are there any particular products for either solution that you'd advise?
  4. Hi all, I've just upgraded my EQ5 mount to the full motorized SynScan version. I've had a successful afternoon of putting everything together - with thanks in no small part to this forum as usual - and am now left with figuring out a solution for a power supply. You'll know already that it requires a 12V DC supply with a 'car cigarette lighter' type port. Curious to know what other people use for power in this situation - is there some kind of popular rechargeable battery pack that connects to this?
  5. Thanks very much for your quick response - there's a myriad of items out there, when you say 'a ready made one' what would I be looking for exactly on a scope site?
  6. Hi all, I'm after some absolute 101 advice on how to get a great viewing - preferably some kind of projection - of the eclipse on March 20th. I have a Skywatcher 8" 200P and am completely new to solar astronomy. What are people's opinions for what to do my setup to get a strong projected image of the eclipse, or otherwise arranged so I can view without using the eyepiece?
  7. Makes perfect sense, I've found an inexpensive projection camera adapter online that will apparently allow me to use my existing 1.25" eyepieces within the chain. What do you mean by 'consequences'? What should I expect to suffer?
  8. Fantastic - Thanks for the advice given There is still one really simple and probably idiotic question in my mind. When I have a DSLR camera connected to a T-Ring and T-Ring adapter and then fastened into my scope directly where I would normally put eyepieces, is it still possible to use different magnifications? The focuser on my telescope and do that side of the work, but DSLR cameras can only zoom and magnify using their detachable lenses, right? By connecting the camera in this fashion I have neither its lens, or the eyepiece for the scope to display anything other than a x1 image. What am I missing??
  9. Hi all, I've tried scouring these forums for an answer here, but my simple brain can't come to grips with it! I've been using a Skywatcher 200P on an EQ-5 for over six months and I absolutely love it. I'm now ready to take the step to start attempting some astrophotography. In the near future I'll try to upgrade my mount to be guided for better tracking of objects, in the meantime I just want a nice simple method of connected my DSLR camera and taking simple shots of the moon and other objects. But I'm stuck with a couple of very simple questions! 1) How do I actually connect the camera to the scope?? The attached file shows what 'I think' is a T-Ring adapter that came with my initial eyepiece set. On my scope I use 1.25" eyepieces and have a Canon ESO DSLR camera with bayonet fastening. If somebody could explain exactly what goes where and what if anything else I'd need to buy that would be great! 2) If I connect the camera where I think I do, then a T-Ring will enable it to fasten directly where my eyepieces would usually go. However, I don't understand how both an eyepiece and a camera can connect together - so does this mean I simply use the power and magnifications of the camera itself in place of the different powers I'm used to with visual astronomy? Thanks in advance as always for the wealth of friendly expertise and wisdom on this forum. You've always solved my conundrums before!
  10. Hi all, I've been using a SkyWatcher 200P 8" with 1.25" eyepieces on an EQ5 mount for a few months now and it's a great first scope. I'm looking now at getting a few extra bits and pieces for it and was looking for some advice on DSO filters. I've already got a selection for planetary and lunar viewing which are great to alter or improve the visual image. If I'm being entirely honest, I've always been ever so slightly underwhelmed by the appearance of many DSO and was hoping anybody with experience could give me an idea of some good purchases to make. I know that the filters required would be different depending on exactly what I'm looking at, so I'm keen to get any opinions against a full range of targets. Whether it be galaxies, differing types of nebula or clusters, I'd love to know which 3 or 4 filters people never leave home without. I'm based in a fairly typically quiet North Hertfordshire town so there is some light pollution but I've never noticed it as a big issue after twilight - so I'd love to know how necessary light pollution filters themselves might be. Thanks in advance as always for your trusted opinions! ja
  11. Terrific, thanks to both of you.
  12. Hi all, Does anybody happen to know of any free online resources for a printable pdf or otherwise quality moon map? I use a battered A5 journal for observations, and I'm trying to get a detailed map for reference small enough to print and fasten over a double page but all the maps I have are huge. Thanks in advance for any advice
  13. Haha I'm with you on that! Don't worry, I wouldnt put the Barlow on the 6mm unless I planned to blow myself up.
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