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  1. Hi All, I've been 'keen' on Astronomy ever since a youngster. Got first Telescope when I was 7 and a copy of P. Moore's Amateur Astromomer. It wasn't a big scope so lets not dwell on that here. (I've been optically challenged ever since.) Anyway I built a 6in newtonian for a school project, suggested by my Physics teacher after he caught me using a couple of lab clamps, a concave mirror etc. to make an ad hoc scope to peer into the girls common room!! It worked but the clip round the ear I got (it was legal then) hurt for days. Did Astrophysics as part of my Undergrad studies but ended up needing to earn money so after Uni I moved into Electronics. Since then I have 'dabbled' in night sky using mainly a pair of Birdwatching bins and Spotting scope. (Birdwatching as you may have gathered is also a hobby, though nowadays its the feathered variety.) Now coming up to date I have a bonus coming from the company and I plan to buy a scope and get 'out there' with all the frostbitten scryers and seek new worlds!! This way I can peer down a scope all day and all night, sleep! pah who needs it. Anyway anyone else in the Bucks/Beds/Herts area? best regards, bon PS: I understand the correct valediction is 'Dark Skies'? But I'm personally very worried by Dark Matter because you can't see it coming. PPS: If PsychoBilly dips his eye in here I would be interested in hearing about his CPC800XLT as this is my current choice of scope to purchase and I would welcome advice on its use/luggability/imaging etc.
  2. I posted this in wrong section I think so I have reposted it. Hi All, My first post so be gentle with me! I was 'into' astronomy as a youngster and even made my own 6" Newtonian as a science project. (ground mirrors etc,). Followed up by doing Astrophysics for part of my Undergrad studies. In intervening years I have always potted about but never seriously. Now with a company bonus (not from the Finance sector) I am finally able to aspire to buy a pretty decent scope. Scope I am after will need to do for a long time as I will not likely change it. My requirements for a scope are; 1) Portability (I really mean luggability as it will be transported via a car not a backpack!). 2) Ease of set up as it will be in a variety of Dark sites ranging from Cornwall to John o'Groats via Norfolk etc.) 3) Minimum of 8" but (see 1) 4) Viewing tasks, Mixture I require as much versatility. So a good all rounder. (hence SCT) 5) Astrophotography, I will be experimenting with both prime focal and eyepiece projection using, probably, my canon DSLR (20D) 6) Mount, I am open on this as I guess I can use a A-Az with a wedge if need be. Considering the above I have come up with following options; 1) Celestron CPC800XLT; Ticks all the boxes but as an Alt-Az. I'm a little concerned about the astrophotography side. I have heard that even with a wedge some form of de-rotation is needed. Though I can't figure out why? 2) Celestron Advanced C8 with a CG-5 mount. The EQ mount requires a bit more setting up and I would probably buy the GPS add on. I'm not sure of the portability of this compared to (1). Still it would be cheaper allowing more for 'extras'. Reason for Celestron is two fold; a) They seem to come out very consistently in Sky@Night etc. reviews I'm not far from the importer so any issues require only a short trip! I think either will give great viewing but the GPS is handy for setting up. I would quite like to go for a 9.25 but I am wary on the portability/luggability issue. Anyone care to chip in and assist
  3. Okay I realise I may have put this in the wrong section and I will repost. Who knows maybe start another fracas I do know threads sometimes 'ignite' so no worries. Thanks for the POW suggestion, I have been doing this and it is instructive to see what people are using to image. Though this says nothing about the visual experience nor the transportability of a specific scope. BTW Thanks for the welcome. :cheers:
  4. Actually I was looking for advice not trying to initiate world war 3. I enjoy differences of opinion and respect everyones right to have one.
  5. Hi All, My first post so be gentle with me! I was 'into' astronomy as a youngster and even made my own 6" Newtonian as a science project. (ground mirrors etc,). Followed up by doing Astrophysics for part of my Undergrad studies. In intervening years I have always potted about but never seriously. Now with a company bonus (not from the Finance sector) I am finally able to aspire to buy a pretty decent scope. Scope I am after will need to do for a long time as I will not likely change it. My requirements for a scope are; 1) Portability (I really mean luggability as it will be transported via a car not a backpack!). 2) Ease of set up as it will be in a variety of Dark sites ranging from Cornwall to John o'Groats via Norfolk etc.) 3) Minimum of 8" but (see 1) 4) Viewing tasks, Mixture I require as much versatility. So a good all rounder. (hence SCT) 5) Astrophotography, I will be experimenting with both prime focal and eyepiece projection using, probably, my canon DSLR (20D) 6) Mount, I am open on this as I guess I can use a A-Az with a wedge if need be. Considering the above I have come up with following options; 1) Celestron CPC800XLT; Ticks all the boxes but as an Alt-Az. I'm a little concerned about the astrophotography side. I have heard that even with a wedge some form of de-rotation is needed. Though I can't figure out why? 2) Celestron Advanced C8 with a CG-5 mount. The EQ mount requires a bit more setting up and I would probably buy the GPS add on. I'm not sure of the portability of this compared to (1). Still it would be cheaper allowing more for 'extras'. Reason for Celestron is two fold; a) They seem to come out very consistently in Sky@Night etc. reviews I'm not far from the importer so any issues require only a short trip! I think either will give great viewing but the GPS is handy for setting up. I would quite like to go for a 9.25 but I am wary on the portability/luggability issue. Anyone care to chip in and assist
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