Thanks Olly and everyone, some good food for thought there. I have more gear than idea right now, and I'll practice on what I have before I buy any more kit, but a focal reducer may be in the near future after I've a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of my gear. I just need the rain to stop now.
A quick search of the forums shows that it's required reading as most of the threads in the 'getting started' section seem to reference it. So what's another 20 odd quid on top of what I've already spent, I'll order it
Hello, and please bare with me as I'm still learning to navigate the jargon filled minefield that seems to accompany my new hobby. After years of thinking about it and looking at amazing pictures on websites, I've taken the plunge and bought by first telescope with the aim of getting involved in AP (see I'm learning). I used this forum a great deal in sourcing advice and information as to what to go for, and subsequently I have pushed the boat out a bit and bought a Celestron C9.25 SCT on a EQ-5 GEM, along with an eyepiece kit which has all the useful stuff i need for observing, along with a polar finderscope which I can't adjust properly yet as I don't have a hex key small enough. For AP I have a the ubiquitous Canon Rebel T3 (1100D), a T ring, T adaptor and a tele extender for EP projection (see I have been paying attention) plus a remote shutter release. What would be helpful now, is some (newbie friendly) quick and dirty hints on how to get some reasonably good planetary and DSO shots, whilst I learn the finer points and nuances of our hobby. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.