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Sharpe

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  1. RikM, Many thanks for your post that is exactly what I was looking for. I very much appreciate this is not the idea set up but it's all I can hope for until this time next year at best. As you say by doing it wrong it will teach me a lot about what I need in the future. Will this method be acceptable for the moon and planets or will that absolutely require a Web cam (noting that I think my DSLR has a video)? Also in the future I would expect (once I have the GEM) to purchase one of the astro specialist CCD cameras with a filter wheel- will that be OK for plants/moon shots or would I still req
  2. RikM, Many thanks for your post that is exactly what I was looking for. I very much appreciate this is not the idea set up but it's all I can hope for until this time next year at best. As you say by doing it wrong it will teach me a lot about what I need in the future. Will this method be acceptable for the moon and planets or will that absolutely require a Web cam (noting that I think my DSLR has a video)? Also in the future I would expect (once I have the GEM) to purchase one of the astro specialist CCD cameras with a filter wheel- will that be OK for plants/moon shots or would I still req
  3. Uhb, some very good advice and I will look into this as soon as I get a decent night with my scope and camera - many thanks. DaveS, I particularly like your idea of getting a GEM and just mounting my camera to it for a while. While I am at least 2-3 years away from being able to buy any kind of GEM (regardless of cost) this seems like a very sensible stepping stone. This way I could (as you say) still get into some of the art of AP as I slowly build my kit bag. I dare say I could even find a way of mounting my 102 from my SLT onto it. Many thanks both. -Sharpe
  4. Hey guys, I'll take another look at Making Every Photon Count (I promise). All I am trying to do is try and make a subject I find difficult and have not attempted (nor have I seen implemented, thus I have no frame of reference) boil down into a few nuts and bolts. While I appreciate the 'read the flight manual' response will be the one that ultimately aids my knowledge and decision making the most I was hoping for more of the one page 'Janice and John' bit as that can work just as well when you are simply looking at 'how to do something simply' rather than 'do something well' - at least for no
  5. Hey guys, Thanks for so many responses so soon. Yes my scope is a goto/motorised alt/az. I already have Making Every Photon Count although I found it rather heavy going and just wanted a quick simple list. -Sharpe
  6. Hi guys, I am thinking about taking the step from observing to AP. At this point I think I can only still be considered an enthusiastic noobies and am not very tech savvy. In simple terms, what kit do I need to make AP work. At this point in time I have: Alt/Az 102 frac. (Celestron 102 SLT). DSLR. DSLR 'mounting kit' (buy which I mean the T shaped adaptor and base plate that mounts my camera to the telescope. What I would like to be able to achieve (short to long terms goals): 1) In the first instance just set up my telescope to take shots at the moon/Jupiter and a couple of bright DSO's.
  7. Hi guys, I am thinking about organising a Stargazing Club in my area. I just wanted to put an expression of interest on the forums to see if anyone would be interested in an astronomy group South of Reading, say in the area of Spencers Wood, Arborfield, Eversley and Highfield Park. My intention would be to run a group that would get together on a semi-regular basis between say September and May. It would also provide a local network that can get together on a more ad-hoc basis when weather conditions are more favourable. I would like to make arrangements for a venue in the vicinity near some
  8. Thanks for the info and well done on 300. I am hoping to get to double figures and my first comet tonight. Is Panstarrs still just to the right of Andromeda? - Sharpe
  9. One thing to note - make sure whatever mount you get can support the weight of the OTA, EP's, camera, filters, etc that you are hanging off it or you will struggle (so will the mount). Also be conservative as the 'specified' max loads can vary both by manufactuer optimism and individual build quality. -Sharpe
  10. Hey Guys, Would like to start dabbling with AP. ATM I only have an ALT/AZ which I know is far from ideal but I hope to get a EQ sooner rather than later. My OTA is a Celestron 102SLT (F5) and I would like to start 'easy' with moon and planet shots and as I get better, perhaps some brighter DSO's. I will move on to longer exposures of DSO's once I get the EQ. Can anyone recommend a good 'all rounder' for less than £500 that will work well with a 102mm(4") F5 frac? Not looking for a best in class per say- but something that will last till I get all the kit in place for a multiple OTA/EQ BIG CCD
  11. Hi all, I have been trying to find a carry case for my celestron 102SLT OTA and assorted kit. Does anyone know where I can get one in the UK - or something that will get the job done? I would like a hard case with foam on the inside with room to fit the handset/optics/filters etc. I found this pic on Google images but no into on what it is or where to get it. http://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/data/9/155291-1325207590DSCN0351-large.JPG - Sharpe
  12. Hi all, I am considering the next augmentation to my stargazers kit. Having been in the field as often as this winters season has allowed I have come to the conclusion that I need some sort of focusing or autofocusing enhancement. ATM I have a Nexstar 102SLT GOTO and I am still having a lot of fun learning the trade with it. However, its single fork arm connection coupled with my not so delicate touch makes getting a really tight focus something of a battle - normally to be won by the OTA. I know 'of' focusers and autofocusers but I have'nt (can't) see one in action. Could I draw on the exte
  13. Location: On top of 'Memorial Hill' in Padstow, Cornwall. Looking roughly East towards Rock with nearly 360 degree fov down to about 30/40 degrees in all directions and down to about 10/20 degrees from North to South-West (through the East). Time: 21:30-23:00. Conditions: No moon. The sky seemed to be in very good condition, if perhaps a tiny bit hazy (if i were being very picky). Light pollution was very low with limited LP and little direct light. Observations: Jupiter: Low ish on the Western horizon, perhaps 40-30 degrees and sinking. Seemed a little fuzzy tonight. I ascribe this to a co
  14. Has it? I thought the mounts were broadly similar but as the 4SE was smaller, more compact and weighed less it impacted the mount less? One way or the other the 4SE is better mounted. The 4SE is (from what I have heard) another great intro scope - just be sure you dont want the 5SE which would get you quite a substantial boost in apature even if it is a little over your budget. Also, be clear as to the differences between the different OTA types and the comprimises you will make. The SLT range has refractors, reflectors (including the SCT design seen in the SE range) and newton. Also, dont dis
  15. Good stuff - dont forget, if you get the 130 it will need collimnation which means a little bit of extra kit and knowhow. Also, in the interim, you will see a jack russel dog next to the 102SLT in one of the reviews I linked you. -Let us know how you do -Sharpe
  16. ^ sorry about typos - I used thumbs on my phone and I can't edit posts
  17. I would recommend my telescope as a good grab and go 'jack of all trades'. It's a Nexstar SLT102 http://www.firstlightoptics.com/slt-series/celestron-nexstar-102-slt.html Why good? : -Well within your budget (with cash to spare for a x2 Barlow. - Comes with 25mm and 10mm lens. - Good for viewing planets, moon, clusters and DSO's (weighed against other products in this price range). - Good focal length and F ratio for AP. (see site below all taken with the 102slt)b http://www.dur.ac.uk/nigel.metcalfe/astro/slt_canon.php - Excellent grab and go. - Excellent scope for nobies and experienced
  18. It's my fault - I bought my first telescope back in October, just before the foul weather struck. -Sorry to all in South east England :-S
  19. A reasonable and sensible point. Although please don't misinterpret confusion as frustration. I am still trying to find my feet in the world of astronomy and because of the issues I have with my telescope atm it's hard to be sure of what I am looking at and for. It's great that I have finally had a confirmed DSO sighting as I now know what to look for and expect
  20. Lol yes I was wondering how long it would take for someone to pounce on that I did of course mean GRS.
  21. Thanks for the info guys - I will look into marking the level point on the scope. -Sharpe
  22. Hi Guys, tonight I took my new telescope out for the first time since I got it, having had some issues since October that have restricted my viewing to Jupiter and the Moon and then the weather.... Anyway, tonight seemed promising, clear skies all day going into night albeit a little hazy here in South Oxfordshire as we are rather too close to the Thames. So, thinking I had fixed my issues I went out for a look. Can anyone help me with confirming my observations (particularly the DSO) and in particular can anyone PLEASE help me with my continued issues with my telescope? Here are my field note
  23. GRRR stupid auto type! Who do I have to bribe to get the ability to edit posts on the site? Could a moderator please change my title to HUBBLE space telescope! Comment above - very droll :-)
  24. http://www.firstligh.../clearance.html LOL! Now that is a special offer! Happy xmas and new year to SGL and FLO - many thanks for all your help
  25. Sad news. An inspiration to many.
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