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  1. That looks a good set, so I would go for that one. I have some Plossls but I have Celestron ones. They should serve you well.
  2. If you can afford it then I would go for that one then. You see most people say that you should go for the biggest aperture you can afford which is what I did. So i that case the Omni is a very good telescope to buy. Also although you get a 25mm eyepiece and thats it, The money that you have left over from the $500 would buy a very nice eyepiece! Everyone's a winner! HTH Celestron_130EQ
  3. I have had a bit of a Eureka moment regarding my equatorial mount and setting circles. As you may be aware from my previous posts that i had trouble using my setting circles and using "celestial co-ordinates". So anyway i decided to look on the primer section and found a post about setting up an EQ mount. The link posted Setting Up an Equatorial Mount - McWiki really helped me get a better understanding of the mount. The last section titled "Finding and Tracking Objects" is where I was stuck. I also noticed that he didn't mention using setting circles at all but find objects by moving the telescope about its R.A and Dec and don't pay attention to what it reads. It finally dawned on me that as long as you polar align your scope you generally don't need to use the setting circles, just move the scope using R.A and Dec axis and if the eyepiece is in an odd position then just rotate the scope to accommodate this. This is actually a good way of using the scope because once the objects insight you can track them using on the fine adjustment levers. Because of this i can now sleep easier tonight knowing that setting circles are generally un-accurate therefore i should just move the scope along its R.A and Dec axis. BTW If any of this is wrong please inform me because I would really like to know. Thanks. Celestron_130EQ
  4. Forget what i said in the previous post as i have found out that is right. Anyway once u have polar aligned, do you move the telescope (without using R.A or Dec) to a well known star? Once the star is in view you then you set its R.A and Dec? From there you can put in other R.A and Dec of say M31 and it should be in view? Is this correct? Because i am having awful trouble. Many thanks.
  5. JW about my right ascension. Is it supposed to read 0.0 or 12.12 when just normally balanced because i seem to be having problems (again!) with using my equatorial mount.
  6. Hi AlexF, I see that you would like to purchase in the future a new scope. Might I add that I have the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ which is the bigger brother of the 114. I also see that you would like to view both jupiter with some detail and also the moon. With the 130EQ Jupiter clearly has some banding and the Moon is astonishing. But you already know this as you commented on my photo of the moon! So hopefully this might help you make a decision as Aperture is a very important factor in buying a telescope. GOTO is not always the best option as many people have said the newbies (like me!) can benefit by using there knowledge to find objects in the night sky without the assistance of a computer. IMO I would rather have the thrill of locating an object rather than wait 20-30 seconds for it to do itself which could get very boring. Anyway just remember that a telescope that suits you is the one thats going to get used and a flashy goto one which takes ages to set up will just gather dust in the corner! Here is the link to the 130EQ telescope Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope - Telescopes at Telescopes Im guessing your in America (by using dollars!) so just put this into perspective. This telescope is $199. A similiar goto telescope with the same aperture cost $499. HTH Celestron_130EQ
  7. Sorry for the blurriness but its the best i could do to be able to see craters close up. Any ideas, tips, criticism welcome.
  8. Hi, Could anyone advise me which filter set would be the best out of the four and also state reason why. Celestron Telescopes Eyepiece Filter Sets. 94119-10, 94119-20, 94119-30, 94119-40. Celestron Telescope Accessories. I would like a set that consists of filters that can be used for jupiter, saturn, mars, moon. Thankyou.
  9. Also could anyone help on which ISO speed to use (Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250) and which exposure time to use (None, 0.5 sec, 0.7 sec, 1.0 sec, 1.5 sec, 2.0 sec, 3.0 sec, 4.0 sec). Any other tips are appreciated. P.S The camera is a Kodak Easyshare M753 Point and Shoot Camera. Kodak Easyshare M753 Slim Digital Camera: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
  10. I decided while i was taking pics of the moon to have a go at jupiter. At first i used the 10mm but it wasn't big enough to see so decided to use the 4mm. I know Jupiter's low, full moon etc but was wondering why i could not see any banding or moons in the photo yet can see them in the eyepiece? Any help, tips, ideas are welcome.
  11. I have been using a lint-free cloth that my dad got from work. Seems to have done the trick.
  12. Here is the album that contain those 5 images plus other pictures. Stargazers Lounge - Celestron_130EQ's Album: Moon
  13. Thanks everyone for all your comments they are highly appreciated. I am very pleased with the outcome esp after editing them. Cannot wait to go back out and take some more pictures!
  14. This is my first ever attempt at imaging. Ever. Here are some pictures that I have taken of the moon with my Celestron Astromaster 130EQ. The camera I used was just a 7 mega pixel point and shoot camera and the results (I believe!) are astonishing seeing as I just held the camera up to the lens as well as the telescope being a 5" f/5 newt. As you can see from the photos i have edited them. Am I right to or should i just have left them as they were? Any ideas to improve quality or criticism is highly apreciated. P.S I have picked what i believe to be the best 5 as i do not know how to add in a link to my album on my profile page.
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