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  1. And a new job...Lots of night work with a well known security firm, driving around a site which has very dark areas. Time to get the binos out or just admire the dark skies punctuated by bright stars and the milk way...loverly.... The the twist is that they give me night viewing capability . pair of image intensifier goggles so now I see more stars even if the sky is shade of green. Anyone else use image intensified goggs... Ckear Skies Mike:D
  2. Not sure if this belongs here or in Photography but ...it is the moon. Seeing the shades of red and purple / violet as the sun struggled to get out of bed and the effect the high cloud was having on the moons colour I had to grab the camera. Canon 1000d Sigma 50-500 at 500mm f6.3 60 th sec handheld.
  3. Being slowly seduced by the imaging side of the art.... mind my alt az mount is not much good for DSOs. This is my first try at using the Canon....not sure I have the live view focus knack right yet.
  4. My understanding is that it takes this time to write to disk. You can purchase a remote controller for about £18 which allows you to set your exposure time , the interval time...(exposure +write to disk) and number of exposures you want. You then just press the start button and it does it all for you. You can get the binos out or have a coffee....
  5. for another £9 they do a 12mm cordless illuminated reticule which I have and its good
  6. Not sure but I think its a different thread than an SCT. May I ask why you want to change the focuser. Generally on an SCT it is done by those into imaging. The visual boys /girls often add an extension to the small focus knob which enables you to do fine focusing good enough for visual work and at a fraction of the price. It makes the diameter of the focus knob about the diameter of a small jar lid. I made mine by getting a small deep plastic lid from a medicine jar about 3" across. Coating the focus knob with butter, filling the lid with car body filler then pushing it centrally onto the focus knob. It slides off quite easily and you just slide it on when you want fine focus. Cost coppers or you can buy them from accessory shops for about £25
  7. I broke mine when the OTA took a bump...... tried a Rigel to replace it. 2days later bought a Telrad. Little trick I have learned with mine mounted on the SCT. If your looking to center on the moon for a Solar System Align or a quick look you can line up the reflection of the moon on the front glass surface instead of the back with the reticule you look down on. Works a treat and saves the back.
  8. Thanks , I thought that might be the case. What magnification will I be getting with the 1000D at Prime focus? I can work it out with EP's but this is a tad different. Cheers Mike
  9. Thanks guys, Kit to screw on visual back ordered from FLO. It will be nice just to do a bit of imaging. Mainly a visual man but you never know..... As an aside has anyone used an SCT / Canon setup for birding?
  10. Thanks Guys but perhaps I havnt asked my question right. I want to use the Canon with the telescope. I already have a piggyback mount and a 70-300 zoom for the Canon. I am looking at three possibilities. 1. Afocal with the Canon adapted to the Badder Hyperion Zoom 2. Prime focus using 1.25" adapters 3 Prime Focus using 2" adaptors as my Revelation Diagonal supports both. Im just trying to get a feel for the best direction. Thanks
  11. Of course you might not be able to buy from your "preferred" maker. Skywatcher 8"SCT are as rare as rockin horse manure
  12. Just piggybacked on the SE8 The exposures are in the original text. Good Luck
  13. I am tempted to try some prime focus imaging with my SE8 SCT Alt Az Ok I know the mount is limited but does it make any difference if I get Tmount and adaptor for 1.25 0r 2" the Revelation Diagonal has both. Sorry if its a dumb question. Its a Canon 1000d
  14. Mike-F is spot on but beware of the cost of eyepieces you may wish to ad. The higher the f ratio the more tolerant the scope is with EPs. My complete EP collection performs well and cost less than 1 good EP for a fast newtonian.
  15. The SE8 is arguably the biggest pick up and go scope you can get being light enough to carry on your shoulder around the garden and is easy to car carry. Its a very good scope but not if you want to get into imaging in a big way. I wouldnt swap mine I love it
  16. Astronomy is like Photography.......the very good stuff costs the earth. You can get good results with reasonable kit but you really need to say what sort of astronomy you want to. Visual planets and Deep space objects can be done relatively cheaply. If you want to get into imaging then life gets very expensive. You need to think about portability as well. Do you want to take it in your car to a dark field site or is your garden free from light pollution. With specific references to lenses...if you buy a fast f4.5 scope its going to need expensive lenses. If you go for an f10 SCT you can use EPs that cost £30 with good results. Yep its like photography...it aint simple and it aint cheap. Hope this helps.
  17. Bought mine from ukpartsdeal shop on internet. (eBay) £18.85 delivered next day and it works a treat. 1 year Warranty Features: Full functions supported as the camera shutter switch (with halfway or complete pressing) Functions as a timer remote and can be programmed to function as an interval met Design for group, macro, long exposures, continuous, motion shooting, etc. Energy saving design, can be use for long time Timer delay: 0s to 99hrs 59min 59s in 1s increments Exposure time: 0s to 99hrs 59min 59s in 1s increments Interval: 0s to 99hrs 59min 59s in 1s increments Power source: Two AAA-type batteries Battery life: Approximately two months of continuous shooting with a delay of 5 min, an exposure time of 4 min 56 s, and an interval of 5 min. Weight: 90g (without batteries) Length of Cord: 90cm Specifications: Approx Size: 150 X 38 X 15 mm Approx Weight: 72g Battery Type: 2 AAA batteries Approx Cord length: 90cm Function: Delay / Self Timer (DELAY) Just like the self timer on your camera. The TM timer remote switch allows you to set any delay (in 1 second increments) up to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. BULB/Long Exposure (LONG) It allows you to take time exposures up to 100 hours in length. Interval Timer (INTVL) The Interval Timer can be set to any time period up to 100 hours as well. If you set it to 10 minutes, for example, one exposure will be taken every 10 minutes until either the film runs out or the Exposure Count limit has been reached. Exposure Count (N) This setting permits you to set the number of exposures that will be taken, up to a total 399.
  18. Mine is only about x169.... If your using 3 star align the third star is only used to confirm the identity of the others which it uses . you could try a one star align on Polaris to give you time to sort it out.
  19. If its like my Nexstar SE8 you motor using the cursors till the object star is in the field of view. You then hit enter not allign....... this slows the tracking down so that you can move the star into the cross wires in the same direction as the scope approaches on goto (normaly up and to rt as seen in ep) when in the cross hairs hit align on the handset. My SE8 is f10 like yours but a bit smaller lol. Hope this helps I use a 12.5mm reticule with no problem.
  20. Got my wife one for Xmas. ITS BRILLIANT. The other software types of books can be easily converted to Kindle format but I bought her indoors a collection for £9 with 20000 books in it on CD All the classics are down-loadable from Amazon for coppers or for free when out of copyright.
  21. Having got a Canon for Xmas I piggybacked it on the SE8 and had a go at Jupiter at sunset and later. Its at 300mm 1/4 sec at f5.6 with the Tamron 70-300 zoom. I know its not brilliant but yer gota start somewhere. Waiting for adapters for prime focus and my Hyperion zoom Mk111. PLEASE can somewhere tell me where to get the vaccine that immunizes you against imaging fever.... I,m beginning to feel sorta perculiar
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