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DonLumioni74

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  1. DonLumioni74

    SW Evostar 80ED or WO Z61 + CCD\CMOS

    SW 80ED SW HEQ5 with Rowan mod SW Field Flattener FLO adapter Just bought from FLO and should be pre-xmas delivery...........
  2. DonLumioni74

    SW Evostar 80ED or WO Z61 + CCD\CMOS

    Thanks all - 80ed it is
  3. Hi all Just looking at an early'ish Xmas present for myself. Which scope would folks go for... the SW or the WO? And can anyone recommend a good starting CCD\CMOS cam to plug onto the scope...... Thanks Neil
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    Star Adventurer Equipment Question

    Those remote shutters are really good value for money, I'm sure I only paid £20-£30 for mine and your Lens is more than good enough to shoot what you're after. I went for this https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/altair-60mm-guide-scope-gpcam2-package.html bit over budget - a 50mm scope would be more than sufficient, think the cheapest package I found was about £285 ish. I'm thinking my next upgrade will be a decent mono cam and filters.
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    Star Adventurer Equipment Question

    I've got SA and had been thinking about adding a small refractor to the kit, but the consensus (from posts on these forum's) are that the equipment I've got is good enough for SA and the next jump is a big one, a Refractor (or other scope) on a HEQ5/6. So I'll second the guiding for longer exposure times - that's the route I went - still getting to grips with it......... Out of interest what F ratio are your lenses? I've a 150-500mm with a F/5.6-6.3 so just as good small refractor for F ratio and Focal length.
  6. DonLumioni74

    Anyone around Fleet, Farnborough area?

    You could look at either of these websites for decent areas of Dark skies then see if any have an area that suits you needs. https://darksitefinder.com/map/ https://www.lightpollutionmap.info Cheers Neil
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    Anyone around Fleet, Farnborough area?

    Hi Leon I'm Denmead, which is just down the road from Hants Astro's site in Clanfield. I'm pretty lucky as I'm fairly rural and have a fairly unrestricted view. That said we aren't far from Southdowns which is a Dark Sky site, couple of good areas are Butser Hill near Petersfield, Old Winchester Hill near Warnford. This site is a good port of call: https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/dark-night-skies/
  8. Afternoon all Has anyone gone as far as getting a PoleMaster for their Star Adventurer? It is a bit on the pricey side but does look the business! https://www.firstlightoptics.com/celestron-mounts/qhy-polemaster-with-adapter-for-astrotrac-mounts.html Cheers Neil
  9. @jimmyjamjoejoe Thanks JJJJ, I thought I was missing out not having a proper telescope with a decent mount. But as you've said I've already got the kit to hand just need to master it completely. As much as I love astronomy, astrophysics, and general spacey type stuff it always feels like there is so much to learn (which is part of the fun of it) but can be daunting, these forums and help and advice from fellow astronomers (like yourself) is invaluable. Thanks
  10. Hi all Thanks for the comments. @kirkster501 Only reason I say eq3 is that I don't have the budget at the moment to get HEQ5 or EQ-6 R Pro alongside a ED80 (or similar) @JamesF cheers for clarification, I think that confirms that I can't use SA for imaging at least. @jimmyjamjoejoe I originally wanted to get a Celestron 8" Edge HD but was recommended the ED80 as a good starting point for astro imaging, the cost of the ED80 makes it very appealing. I'm open to suggestions though..... I've seen the ZS range being quoted quite a bit on these forums so will do some researching.
  11. Thanks for the feedback Kirk Think I'll go EQ3 then EQ5/6 later on down the line Cheer
  12. Thanks all - the payload of SA is 5kg so think it's possible but certainly not ideal. Will see if I can get Santa to sneak a EQ-3 into my stocking at Xmas!!
  13. Just been looking - I could probably stretch to the EQ-3 Pro as a stop gap solution. Looks a decent mount with go-to capability and decent payloads. @happy-kat the 80ED weighs in around 2.5kg so should be within payload limits, or do you mean the brackets to mount scope??
  14. The SWMBO hasn't signed off on the 80ED yet so think I'm pushing my luck with EQ6 (or HEQ-5) I was originally thinking of getting the HEQ-5 with the modded belt or EQ-6 but just watched a review this morning on AstroBackyard's Youtube channel and was impressed with the EQ6, it's a bit more money but does future proof my needs better (I think). My Tripod take 9kg so think I can get away with using it for visual, the Star Adventurer weighs 1kg so again should be within the limits. Or is there another reasonably cheap tripod I can get to fill the gap? If I can show SWMBO the amazing views in the night sky with the 80ED it should be easier to get the PO signed off for the EQ-6 (or 5). I have to do a phased approach to Project "Buy Neil Astro Kit" or BNAK for short.......
  15. Hi all Does anyone have any previous experience of using an 80ed (or similar) with a SW Adventurer on a standard Manfrotto tripod? I'm using the Manfrotto and SW Adventurer together with Nikon DSLR and getting some increasingly better astro images. Just wondered if I could use the setup to host an 80ED for either Visual or Imaging, not expecting amazing results but thought might be a good stop gap before I invested in EQ-6R Pro (when SWMBO signs off the PO) Cheers Neil
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