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astromartian

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  1. Just sold my 200P/HEQ5 combo because I have no space/time to set up and starting to think this will just not do. I enjoyed imaging.
  2. I bought a regulated power supply from Maplins for my HEQ5 and it works very well. Highly recommend this for anyone wanting a reliable 12v (actually 13.8v) power source from the socket.
  3. Sold mount and OTA so now looking at whole new setup. Thinking about a used Celestron 6 SE.
  4. Ok cool, let me know how you get on. Very keen to find out how it compares vs. 200p in visual observing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Hi folks, Selling my scope to make space for addition to family but keeping HEQ 5. I started dabbling in photography and need to find a replacement in the £500 range. Considered Quattro but doesn't seem much smaller so it's either refractor or cassegrain. Cassegrains seem to be not great for DSO due to large focal length so I think the best choose is 80ed. Am I right in my assessment? Will 80ed be ok for visual too? Over to you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Yeah I misunderstood, having done some reading I realised that lights refers to the actual pictures.
  7. I think I've become slightly addicted after creating this picture; I'm almost contemplating skipping a party to get the scope out.
  8. My first go at stacking based on all your valuable advice! I had a go at Orion Nebula. Well it took me 5 months to get the telescope out again but I really went for it; stayed up till 1:30 am taking 10 lights and 10 darks. The setting I used were as follows (I included lots because I have no idea if anything I set is wrong): ISO 1600 30 sec exposures Long exp. NR off Hight ISO NR Norm RAW Color space sRGB Non-CPU lens data set to Focal length 1000mmm Maximum aperatre F6.3 Spend further 4 hours trying to stack and edit and finally came up with this today. Can't think how much time I've spent on this in total and after that epic I think I need another 5 months to recover. Stacked in DeepSkyStacker and clicked around frantically in Photoshop to try and make it look decent There is too much red which I couldn't get rid of and I think I need many more shots. Let me know what you think and what I did wrong.
  9. Not an expert by any stretch but how can you have trailing starts in lights?
  10. Just to add there is a WiFi transmitter compatible with this but it's not the cheap one that fits newer Nikons, I think it costs several hundred pounds.
  11. I have a D7000 which is not compatible with the cheap WiFi transmitter/receiver dongle attachment thing. Good news is for those with the same camera that you can either use the in-built interval timer with mirror up or plug in and use Backyard Nikon or Nikon Camera Control Pro.
  12. Well over a year since my last post in this thread and all is well with my bench PSU. Runs the mount and a 12v LED red light strip perfectly.
  13. Oh, heh, well great site anyway. Good luck and let me know how you get on.
  14. Wow, that is seriously impressive. I'm so looking forward to trying this myself now. I'm keeping your link and may well contact you when it all goes wrong for me. Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk
  15. Haha meant to quote you. Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk
  16. Good to hear there are options apart from expensive Nikon software.
  17. Ok great. Well I won a bid on a hardly used Nikon D7000 in the end so fingers crossed I'll have a brilliant camera to use this evening. Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk
  18. Yeah seems ok but much better deals on eBay. I suppose if it a decent company it may be more reassuring buying from them. Bit problematic having a stock image and a text discription. Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk
  19. Are you receiving referral bonus? Ha ha. I'll check them out. Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk
  20. It really does look too good to be true. I have to wait until I make my own to believe it. Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk
  21. All this advice will serve me well when I get around to using my new camera (whatever that will be ) once I have purchased it. Looking forward to doing some stacking.
  22. Hey folks, Thanks for all the input. I will be using the camera for normal photography too so lenses are important but I can solve that by selling old lenses and buying new ones so not that much or a problem. I was planning on doing that anyway becasue I want a single focal lenght lens and one which covers a big spectrum for travel. I was planning on buying a nice 50mm and then an 18-200ish. As to astro I will not convert it so this is not a problem right now but I do want the option to take photos remotely which Nikons of D5000 upwards do offer with Camera Control software. I think there are some other tethered shooting programs for studios by third party developers too but not sure how good any of these are for astro? I know that for the D7000 it is possible to get a wifi transmitter but these are extremely expensive but some of the newer models D3200 and D5200 upwards offer the same option but with a much cheaper transmitter. Just in case anyone wanted to know. Anyway I am kind of obsessed with a D7000 so I will try and get hold of a decent one second hand and see how I get on. I'll update everyone on my progress with buying the camera and also on how well it works for astro once I have it. May take a while since I last had the scope out two months ago. Weather is fantastic outside so enjoy everyone!
  23. I've got an old Nikkor 18-70 AF-S so I will be set for a while. But there is a Canon EOS 700D also ending soon around the same price but with 0 shutter actuations so I am stuck between the two. If I but the Canon I will need a lens which I currently can't afford :-( A nice dilemma to have.
  24. Thanks for all the advice but I think I might have ignored it all; I think I might be hooked on a used D7000 I just found. :-/
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