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About SmokeyJoe

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  1. Thanks David, I realise that conditions aren't the best for the next few months but the scope was a birthday present that I have been staring at the Flo site for a year or so I am itching to use it, plan to spend the summer months making sure kit works fine and improving basic skills such as polar alignment etc, just need a target to practice on so I can see if I am improving. I agree that's why I'm considering it, just wondered what would be best for my kit. Thanks both for your advice.
  2. While I wait a week or two for the clouds that came with my new imaging setup to clear, trying to get everything sorted. Not sure what to use as a first target. Looking for something that I can return to that will enable me to improve both imaging and post processing over time. I will be using a SW ED80 with a Canon 450D on an EQ5 unguided to begin with. I have ok skies but am in the middle of a new build housing estate overlooked by windows on three sides best views are from South to West. After consulting Stellarium I am thinking of either Bode's galaxy or the Pinwheel at the moment, does anybody have any other suggestions?
  3. Greetings from mid Norfolk.
  4. On Tuesday I received a nice parcel from those lovely people at FLO, a nice new SW ED80 DS Pro. Not been able to get out due to commitments but the sky has been nice and clear. Today my second hand Canon 450 arrived at about 12:30 and the clouds immediately started to roll in. Checked clear outside and it's going to be cloudy until Monday at least. Should have thrown the empty FLO boxes away! Seems to have taken a few days for the clouds to escape
  5. Every Photon Counts. Not put it down since it popped through my letter box at lunchtime, thought this was pushed too much on this forum, maybe due to the author being a member or maybe because it only seems to be available from FLO, the forum sponsor. I was wrong! Great read .
  6. I have come across a few on various astronomy store websites here is one at FLO https://www.firstlightoptics.com/telescope-bags-cases-storage/artesky-padded-carrying-bag-for-sky-watcher-eq5-heq5-eq6-az-eq6-az-eq5-mounts.html And various cases from RVO https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/telescope-eyepiece-cases.html
  7. I need to put my skywatcher 200 OTA into semi long term storage, it will have to be in the shed or the attic as the house we are in at the moment is very small. I still have the original boxes it came in, will it be ok in these? I have seen some desiccant sachets on Flo will using these be any good? Are there any other suggestions you clever people out there in lounge land have as to the best way to store the scope?
  8. Just come across this, useful for beginners I hope. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g26089673/best-stargazing-apps/ Who knew.....Good Housekeeping covering astronomy!!
  9. Thanks all for your advice, will definitely be getting a subscription to sharpcap when my new scope arrives.
  10. I don't know about the cold, but have you tried plugging a pc keyboard in and seeing if that works.
  11. This just popped up in my news feed, seems to fit. https://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-astronomer-has-a-new-explanation-for-weird-interstellar-object-oumuamua
  12. This could be a problem, I live on a modern housing estate, houses all around apart from to the East and there are trees in that direction!
  13. I have always had a problem with PA, increasing health problems make it almost impossible to glance through the PA scope now. I got so frustrated that my newt has been in its box in the spare room for the last 18 months. Big birthday coming up and the boss has approved a SW ED 80 DS pro, (AP is is the direction for me) so I need to get this PA problem sorted. So I was happy to find that you can PA using PHD or Sharp cap. Problem is I don't have a guiding set-up. Budget is quite tight, about 200 quid which I was intending to spend on a second hand cannon D450 or similar for actually taking the images. Can't afford that and a guide cam which am only going to use for PA. I already have an Opticstar px-35c planetary cam but I suspect this is not up to the job (640*480) and it is cooled so not sure about hanging it off of the back of my SW finder. So can I use my current camera and finder ( with appropriate adapter)? Is there any way to PA through the main OTA using a DSLR? If I have to buy an astro camera (ZWO ASI120 MC-S is within my budget) can I do this through the OTA or do need to attach it to my finder scope for PA and then move it to the OTA for imaging? Is there another solution within my budget?
  14. Thanks James, nothing is easy to move when clutches are engaged, hopefully clear skies tonight so I shall see how things go.
  15. Recently ( three weeks ago) I purchased a new EQ5 SynScan which I have had one opportunity to use due to cloud cover! It made a horrible noise when slewing in Dec which I diagnosed as a loose motor cover, when tightening this up i noticed a few other loose hex bolts so have stripped the mount down to the worm a gear and given everything a quick tighten, I know that you shouldn't tighten too much but how tight? Also the mount will slew in RA wether the clutch is engaged or not. How much of a problem is this?
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