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  1. Thanks for the replies! I did see that tripod on FLO but I was put off because I couldnt find the maximum payload of the mount anywhere online. Do you know what it is? or if not, roughly what weight have you found to work well on it? That's encouraging to hear that it works well for you, I think my mount + scope will also weigh in at about 6.5 - 7.0 kg so sounds like a camera tripod may be a good option for me too
  2. Hey, I have recently purchased an iOptron skyguider pro which I am planning to use with my WO zenithstar 73 (I know it will be pushing the limits of the mount but I needed something portable). However, the iOptron tripod seems to be out of stock everywhere as well as the sky watcher tripod for their star adventurer. This got me thinking about other tripod options such as camera tripods. These would actually suit me well as they can fold down to the size of a backpack and be very portable, the only obvious drawback is the price as they tend to be more like £150 - £200 for ones with a
  3. Thanks for the replies! I will definitely check out that youtube channel, looks like it has a lot of useful tutorials and comparisons. I already have the DSLR and the scope has a separate budget, im keeping an eye out for second hand small APO refractors at the moment. The more I think about it the more im leaning towards just a startracker for the portability. I ll just have to deal with upgrading mount later down the line if necessary. Hugo
  4. Hi, I am just getting back into astronomy after a number of years, but I really want to give astrophotography a go. I have 2 limiting factors really: cost, and portability. I live in the centre of a city without a car or garden, so I need to be able to take everything in a case/backpack to a different location to use it. This also means that the mount needs to have a power supply built in. I don't have a set budget, but less than £500 would be great. The portable mounts seem to be fairly cheap anyway from what I can see. I am planning to use a 60-70 mm small refractor and DSLR for i
  5. Sounds awsome I've never really considered building models of space probes, might give it a go myself. Think i will wait to see your finished one first though
  6. I dont think you should have much of a problem learning the constellations. When i got my first scope i didnt know qny of them either, I would really recommend getting some skymap software though e.g Stellarium it really helped me to learn my way round the sky very quickly Hope you enjoy using your first scope
  7. I appreciate what you are saying, but overall i think will probably be using my scope mostly for observing, i just want to keep my options open so that i can try some AP with (hopefully) some reasonable results. Put it this way; if i had to choose between observing and AP, i would pick observing. thanks for your feedback
  8. Thanks to everyone who replied so quickly you have given me a lot of helpful answers and a lot to think about :smiley:
  9. I am in the process of purchasing a new telescope and would like to try my hand at some astro photography but need a scope that is also good for observing aswell because i enjoy simple observing aswell. So far i have found a couple of scopes wich could be possibles: Skywatcher Explorer 300P DS f4.9 Skywatcher Quattro Imaging Newtonian (10" steel) f4 :confused: I am leaning toward the Explorer 300P because it has a longer focal length so i thought that it will be more versitile. However i am undecided, is a f4.9 telescope fast enough for AP? and would the extra length on the explorer make
  10. I have been trying to think up an analogy to help myself visualise the "multiverse theory" and i think i may have come up with one however i might be completely of the mark, here goes: Could you say that each universe has a specific frequency like on a radio, and you have to tune in to that specific frequency to hear it. All of the different radio stations (universes) are all there at the same time in the same place but you can only hear one of them. Does this analogy make sense or relate to the theory? Or am i missunderstanding some fundemental part of it? The more i think about it the more c
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