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robhatherton

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About robhatherton

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    Nantwich, S Cheshire
  1. Very nice, I couldn't even see it last night with my 120mm achro! Perhaps that was because at 11.30 it still wasn't quite dark?
  2. I have a BST Starguider zoom which I bought from Skys the Limit who trade through ebay. It appears to be a clone of the Celestron 8-24. I find it perfectly acceptable and sharp across the whole zoom range. Given that zooms have a narrower field of view and most people don't use them exclusively I wouldn't feel the need to pay a lot more for one.
  3. I am looking to upgrade to a goto mount for my Omni XLT 120mm refractor. I am wondering if I bought a Skywatcher EQ3-PRO SynScan could I fit the mount head on my existing tubular tripod? It is mainly for visual use and the refractor weighs 5.7 kg. I believe there is not a straightforward goto upgrade for my existing mount. Would that be adequate or would I need an EQ5 goto?
  4. Seems an expensive solution but I'll look at that or a pier. I take it you're kidding me about the lump of lead!?
  5. I have a 120mm 1metre long refractor on an eq mount and find it difficult managing the extreme differences in viewing position. How do other people go on? Do you have the tripod legs fully extended and swap between craning your neck and stooping right down? I do have a right angled finder so at least I don't have to lie on the floor! All the photos I have seen appear to show the tube well forward in the rings which would make life easier but mine doesn't balance like that.
  6. It's personal preference to some degree. I have an older pair of 10x50, quite a well regarded make but I find I can't hold them steady enough. Mounted on a tripod it's uncomfortable craning my neck. I preferred my 7x50 which give a brighter and steadier view, if smaller. However I recently bought some 8x42 ED bins for birdwatching and have found these best of all. They are lightweight and easier to hold steady; it was a surprise to me they have a wider field of view than the 7x50 even though they magnify more and to my eyes they are just as bright. So an unexpected bonus!
  7. I understand the goto upgrade for the EQ 2/3 fits the CG4 as they are essentially the same mount (albeit different tripods). Has anyone tried this and could they tell me: How easy it is to fit? How well does it work? I am wondering whether to go for this or the dual axis motors which would also be a useful upgrade to track something at high magnification or for simple AP.
  8. Oh well, I will try the mounts section and if I get no replies there I will assume this conversion is not a very practical idea.
  9. I understand the goto upgrade for the EQ 2/3 fits the CG4 as they are essentially the same mount (albeit different tripods). Has anyone tried this and could they tell me: How easy it is to fit? How well does it work? I am wondering whether to go for this or the dual axis motors which would also be a useful upgrade to track something at high magnification or for simple AP.
  10. Very nice! What sort of filter did you use? I didn't have a filter but was able to project the image from my scope into white card behind which gave fairly good views.
  11. Hi If you did want to use the dslr have you tried attaching it after the star diagonal? With my refractor I have to use a barlow to get the camera to focus unless I use the diagonal. I didn't expect that to work but it does. Rob
  12. Hi Well I'm impressed! What kind of synscan kit fits the cg4 mount then? I didn't think there was any way to convert this to goto if that's what it does?
  13. Hi I'm an absolute beginner to ap with an omni xlt 120 and cg4 mount. My question: is it worthwhile me spending around£150 on a polar scope and tracking motor for this mount to take photos up to 30 sec with my dslr through the telescope then stacking them? It could be a modest outlay to help me gain some experience. Or will that too quickly prove frustrating and I might be better saving for an HEQ5 or similar!
  14. Hi I have an adapter and found I could attach the camera to the star diagonal and still achieve focus. I think the refractor has a focal length of 1000mm and is f8.3. I had the camera on manual and used live view to focus. It was taken at 1/8 sec 100 asa and I processed it just a little to take some of the brightness out of the highlights.
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