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nephilim last won the day on January 28 2013

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  1. Depends on the magnification your using, the higher the magnification the quicker it'll fly past. So a 6mm ep is going to show alot more detail on say Jupiter than a 25mm but it will be out of view before you can blink. DSO's on the other hand benifit from a lower magnification, around 25/30mm depending on the aperture of the scope. As a perfect example, a 32mm ep in a 20" scope would show fantastic detail in a DSO (that's an extreme example though as not many can afford a 20" scope) Imo though for sketching your going to need a mount that will follow the earth's rotation. This hobby is NEVER easy unfortunately Steve
  2. For just visual I would also recommend a dobsonian. I mentioned EQ mounts as I was asumong you were wanting an easy way to keep the target in view for sketching as in a dob scope will need constant nudging to keep anything in view. If you look at this site http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/browse.php you'll find good quality/well kept astro gear at a sensible price leaving u spare money for a couple of eyepieces. I use this site regularly & it's always been good.
  3. Hi, I agree with you there, I think every amateur astronomer should start out by searching for objects themselves as it gives you a far better idea how the night sky is mapped out. This is the scope I started out with but it's slightly over your budget, it's on a clock driven EQ5 mount & the 200p it comes with is amazing https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-200p-eq5.html The 150pl is also great value & it comes with a EQ3-2: mount which is also a clock driven EQ. It's well within your budget & leaves you a little cash left over for a collimation tool (reflectors need colimating now and again) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-150pl-eq3-2.html and also a bahtinov mask to make focusing easier https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bahtinov-focus-masks/starsharp-bahtinov-focus-masks.html My best advice before you buy is to find out where your local astro group is & pop along, they should be more than happy to give good advice & will more than likely have the scopes your interested in so you can have a bit of hands on time with them Regards Steve
  4. Hi, OK there's alot of questions there which is good, unfortunately I don't have time to go into them at the moment but I will say (as will 99% of group members) is buy this book, it'll give you the answers to any/all questions you have. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html
  5. This is making me feel better aswell. I work a 2 week rotating shift pattern, week 1 I do 3 early starts (at work for around 5:30-5:45am) & week 2 I do 2 early starts. More often than not the sky is crystal clear & due to zero light pollution Im able to see M31 with the naked eye.........Very depressing.
  6. I moved to the Lake District around 6 yrs ago due to work. I thought, 'Great, dark skies, no light pollution & lots of crystal clear nights'. Oh, how wrong I was. Yes i have no light pollution (I live in the middle of nowhere) Dark skies (see previous comment) & crystal clear skies. Yes there's all of these things BUT the one thing I forgot is why the Lake District is called the Lake District.........Loads of large bodies of water!!! Where does this water come from?? Clouds, endless blumming clouds. When its dark here it's REALLY dark it's just the constant cloudy nights that drive me mad. I've no percentage but all I can do is look forward to the next clear night (whenever that may be ) & on those very rare clear nights, I can always guarantee one thing..............A FULL MOON Arrggghhhhh!!!!!!........
  7. Fully agree with you about imagining & using goto. I don't image yet but I'm in the process of saving for a HEQ5 & Skywatcher 80ED & I'll definately be using the mounts goto feature when searching for faint fuzzies . I do think though that finding your own way around the night sky without goto is very beneficial for a beginner. Steve
  8. Not quite sure I understand that, are you just using a dslr on its own at the moment? (Very good for wide field shots)
  9. Thanks for the reply Alan, that's great to know. I've heard nothing but positive reviews on this scope but I'm researching my potential setup long & hard before I make any purchases as I don't want to 'buy twice" (I did that when I first started visual astronomy & it's a painfull lesson to learn) I'd also heard about the focuser problem & was looking at an auto focuser myself (do you have a recommendation?) I'll have a look at your images once I'm back home thanks Regards Steve
  10. Although I agree goto makes life easier ,I personally think it's a bad idea for a beginner to use it. Finding objects yourself is much more satisfying & the only way to become familiar with the night sky. Many times when I was starting out I'd be looking for a certain target & during the search I'd come across an unfamiliar object & realise I'd spotted galaxy 'x' or nebula 'y'. Learning to star hop & to read paper star charts should be the first thing a beginner should do & although frustrating at times it starts to all come together in the end. Call me old fashioned but I really can't see the fun in pressing a button & instantly been transported to the target of choice. Once you've got a couple of the harder targets under your belt & recognise what to look for it becomes much much easier. Steve
  11. Hi. After deciding on a HEQ5 & the above scope as my imaging rig as a beginner in AP (Havnt yet decided on the camera but it will be a CCD) A member from this forum mentioned that it suffers from slight CA. Before I shell out over £600 for a scope & reducer/ flattener I'm wondering if anyone with the same set up has seem this issue & if so , how bad/noticeable is it? I've also been advised (thanks Wimvb) to check out Astrobin & images taken with this scope, thought I'd ask the question here aswell. Thanks Steve
  12. If money is an issue then go for 2nd hand. 2nd hand astronomy equipment tends to be very well looked after on the whole & I've bought plenty of gear with no issues. I personally use UK Astro Buy & Sell (many members here wold also recommend it) I can't find a US version (I'm assuming your from the USA? ) but here's a link to the Canadian version. http://www.astrobuysell.com Steve
  13. Thanks Wimvb that's a good idea. I'm also going to query this potential issue in the forum. Steve
  14. I forgot to mention, I'll be using a CCD & not a dslr
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