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Mattscar

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Mattscar last won the day on April 26 2013

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  1. Its always seen as a nice gesture, for example my mum asked me about naming a star after a child she was going to the christening for, but I told her to spend the money on some Bin's instead for when he's old enough
  2. Iv got the 130P and its a great scope for starting out with. You'll get some stunning views of the moon, great views of the planets and be able to easily work your way around the Messier catalog to see some of the best sights Deep Sky Objects have to offer. The only issue with the 130P is it is more difficult to use for proper astrophotography (by which I mean attaching a DSLR camera) however not impossible and webcams work fine. Other than that I would highly recommend it.
  3. Id be very happy with those images if they were some of my first! The Moon is relatively easy to photograph with most kit as its nice and big, shiny, easy to spot and has almost limitless detail at any magnification. The planets however are abit more difficult. Astrosurf sums it up quite well in the post above so I won't go repeating anything. Using that method myself, with a similar scope to you and a £3 xbox webcam I bought from amazon I was able to produce images like this Jupiter 16.2 by A Drummers Space, on Flickr Saturn 640 20fps 02_06_2013 by A Drummers Space, on Flickr Experiment with what works for you, dont be dis-heartened if something doesn't come out great, but by all means keep it up! Matt
  4. Mattscar

    Hello everyone

    Welcome to SGL! Dont worry about not being able to offer advice, the whole point of this place is to provide you with as much as you need. With that being said, its amazing how quickly you'll find yourself in turn passing on things to other people on here once you've picked them up yourself. Also, very nice choice of scope, its an excellent way to start seeing whats out there (not that Im biased at all ) Clear Skies Matt
  5. I couldn't agree more. Its a great shame that the actual Hubble will more than likely be destroyed as its probably really quite difficult to bring it back for a museum. It has certainly been one of my main inspirations and several of its pictures are up on my wall. Heres hoping the James Webb Telescope that goes up next will continue Hubbles great legacy.
  6. For me just the fact that I could see Hubble with my own eyes would make it compelling enough. Sure it would be great to see the shape out it or some kind of feature, but just knowing that 'that' pinpoint of light is one of mans best inventions (to date) would make it worth tracking down Much in the same way that most of the time when you view the ISS is can be extremely hard to resolve any features on it, but just knowing thats it is enough for me.
  7. I don't have a dob myself, but if you don't have the mount tightened up and allow the telescope room to move you can start to teach yourself to track what your looking at by hand. Theres advantages and disadvantages to using either a motor, gears or by hand but each way can be used to see and track some amazing things out there
  8. While browsing around the other day looking for a finder bracket for a right angled finder I have recently bought, I came across the Multi Finder Adapter on FLO. I'll admit, the thought of finally being able to buy something that would enable me to even slightly start upgrading my setup was quite a nice (and unfortunately, I suspect, addictive) thrill. I had been contemplating what to do with my old finder once the bracket for the 8x50 arrived and here the answer was laid out before me. Took the usual less than a day to arrive I believe and does exactly as it says on the tin. It has space for three finder shoes, with the suggestions being 2 finders and a finder guider. It does add some more weight to the scope (obviously, its a great chunk of metal after all) but my mount doesn't seem that bothered by it at all. I've not worked out exactly the best positions for things to go yet, but what I have at the moment is the best I can see with where things will fit. It does mean the straight finder is slightly more to the other side of the scope than I would like, but Im only planning on using that one while slewing anyway so I can't see it being much of a problem. Hopefully it should mean I can get a tiny bit better accuracy when Im attempting to use my little xbox cam, but this remains to be seen. Anyway, just wanted to basically show off my new toy and vent my excitement as, of course, its cloudy! IMG_2967 by A Drummers Space, on Flickr
  9. Im just going to sob in the corner with my lowly 130p. No DS for me. Never have I yearned for two letters more
  10. You managed to get The Moon, Venus, a nice sunset and a V of birds all in one picture, Id be pretty chuffed.
  11. H-Alpha views are always stunning and these are great. Makes me wish I had the cash to get something that could do that. I think the bottom one is my favourite for some reason.
  12. Had a great view for the Eclipse which has now re-ignited the bug!

  13. Very nice afocal M13, youve certainly inspired me to get back out with my afocal kit (nothing special, an iphone and an adjustable holder that screws to the eyepiece). Keep up the great work! Matt
  14. A onesie is a must along with thermal socks. You can properly seal yourself against any breath of wind / cold. Who cares about style while your out alone in the dark
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