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TonyD last won the day on January 23 2013

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About TonyD

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    Lots of anorak interests - but mainly spend my time being a dad!
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    Norway (100 miles south of Oslo)
  1. Great! Thanks for the reply. Just got back from my extended trip to the UK and ... cloudy, cloudy, cloudy. Ahh well. I have the kit ready to delve into when there is a break in the overcast weather.
  2. Sorry - no intention to "bumb" this thread, but I may have buried my question too deeply in my previous post. I am wondering if anyone with experience with the 50mm mini guide scope by Orion knows how easily it will attach to a Skywatcher Evostar 80ED telescope. I have the opporunity of acquiring one with a Skywatcher Synguider 2. Anyone's thoughts/experiences appreciated! Best wishes Mike
  3. Hi all I am going to move towards astrophotography big time, if my budget can stand it. Mind you, I am already reasonably well kitted out (I hope). My gear has been safely stored for several years in a dry and protected environment, so time to blow the dust off it (wait, there's no dust, it was in a safe and protected environment ?) and see if I can get some decent images. I have an Evostar ED80 with the 0.85 reducer/flattener. I have the HEQ5 Pro mount with both SynScan and SynTrek controllers. I have a Canon 450D that I can butcher for any astro mods (it has a duff exposure meter/communication with lens, but works fine in manual mode and with the Canon - I have the T ring adapter. So I want to get a guiding system up and running. I have found someone selling the Synguider II system with the Orion Optics mini 50 mm guide scope. Will the guide scope mount onto the ED80 ok, or are there compatibility issues? The reason I ask is that I read on another forum about an issue with this guide scope and the Explore Scientific ED80. Mike
  4. TonyD

    I am back

    Thanks everyone for replying and making me feel back at home and amongst friends. I am writing this from a hotel in Bremen, Germany. We are driving over to the UK from Norway. No more ferries from Scandinavia (not even Denmark). I guess the proliferation of cheap flights and rental car deals slowly killed off the viability of the ferry services, so when the ferries had to be refitted and upgraded, the money was not available to upgrade them to current emission standards. So tomorrow off to Dunkirk and then evacuating to Dover. From there, a drive up to Malvern where we are staying for the next three weeks. Four days on the Pembrokeshire coast, and three days up in Derbyshire around Baslow. Hopefully picking up a Celestron Omni XLT 127 SCT with CG4 mount that will reside in the UK. Also a chance of grabbing a pair of Meade Astro 15x70 bins. My eye condition needs I need the higher light gathering capacity and magnification, so I hope they do the job. I have my TAL eyepieces with me: 6.3 mm, 10 mm, 15 mm, 25 mm and 42 mm, together with 2x and 3x barlows. Looking forward to some dark skies in the Malvern Hills. Then back to Norway where finally there will be some night time after several months - at my latitude it never really gets to beyond nautical twilight. Although I have had some terrific views of a very red setting Moon over the last few nights. And a bit of Jupiter. And Mars. And, of course, Saturn. Cheers Mike
  5. TonyD

    I am back

    Hello All, It has been about five years (probably more), but I am back. Long story - various reasons (with a serious bout of eye trouble (anyone had macular holes or vitreo macular traction?) why I went into hibernation - but hibernation is the right term. No astro equipment acquired or dumped. It is all as it was... Two TAL 100s, a TAL wooden GEM mount, a TAL-2M with working original motor, a TAL Alcor, a Skywatcher 80 ED, an HEQ5, a Skywatcher AZ3 mount and a little portable Skywatcher 705. Plus an assortment of odds and ends, for astrophotography. I hope to be able to learn (boy did I learn so much before) and share my experiences once again. If you remember me from before, please say "hello"! Glad to be back. Mike
  6. 1986 and Comet Halley-mania. Yep remember it well. Well done - I "bagged" Pan Starrs last week and it gave me such a thrill too. Those long cloudy periods of overcast weather are frustrating, but when something like this happens it all becomes worth while, doesn't it?! Mike
  7. TonyD

    Hello from Herts

    And with the clocks having gone forward you've got to stay up even later to get the views! I know, I'm in the same boat! Welcome to the forum! Mike EDIT: Or you could creep out in the wee, wee hours because the sun is rising "later" if your toddler stays asleep!
  8. ... for hauling around on journeys if you're out and about, sleeping over at friend's, taking long train journeys. something that's not uber-fragile (can take a knock or two within reason) light-ish and can fit in a rucksack short versatile for different types of objects cheap (even second hand wise) enough so if it did get trashed you wouldn't be in gushes of tears quality enough so that the images/views you get are reasonable and enjoyable (not going to mention Seben here, right!) What fits the bill? Mike
  9. Nahh. Galaxy or maybe Mars, but not Milky Way bars.
  10. Apparently this is made out of chocolate! Mmmmm. Mike
  11. The other pictures you've posted on your photostream are wonderful too. I'd be very proud of them if I was getting those kinds of results. The mono Saturn and Titan is, in my mind, spectacular. For me it will be very emotional pointing my telescope up in the sky and getting images like that, knowing that I have captured the real deal out there. I never want to lose the awe and wonder I feel when I experience those emotions.
  12. Intriguing - how did you work that out Michael?
  13. OK the Equinox 80ED - the new one with Schott glass etc. Pros and cons? If you have one could you give your latest opinions? What is it like for DSO imaging, planetary imaging, observing? What about adding further flatteners/reducers if available? Thanks for any help here
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