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  1. Looking forward to Orion making an appearance again... Cant wait to have a look at the Orion Nebula with my new scope.

  2. I started out with a pair of Celestron Astromaster 25 x 75 bins and they really got me interested in astronomy - especially when I saw Jupiter and it's four biggest moons for the first time. I have just brought my first scope - A Celestron Nexstar 5 SE and I am really impressed with it so far - Only had it a few days - and the clouds have been low over Oxfordshire - so not really been able to have a proper play yet. Like you, I tend to stick with a brand that I like, so I think I will be sticking with Celestron.
  3. This is my first picture I have taken while using a telescope. I used my Celestron Nexstar 5 SE with a Nikon D60 attached directly to the scope with a T Ring and T Adaptor. ISO was 100 with 1/50 sec exposure time. I have tried touching it up using a basic photo editor software. I also had to press the shutter release button manually as I do not yet have a release cable. Any advice for my next attempt? Cheers. Also, it may sound a silly question, but how do I get close up shots? I assume I have to attach an eye piece somehow between the camera and telescope, but not sure how I do this while using a T Ring & Adaptor. Do I have to buy another piece of kit? Thanks
  4. Hi. I have got a T Ring and T Adaptor for my Nikon D60 camera and am trying to work out how I can fit an eyepiece in there somewhere to increase the magnification. Do I put it directly into the T piece then attach it to the camera with a T Ring, as it looks like the eye piece could touch the sensor inside the camera if I do that. Or do I have to get another piece of kit? Thanks.
  5. Thanks for your help guys... Just what I was looking for.
  6. I have just been asked some questions on a picture I posted and realised that I know nothing about photography or camera settings. Some help would be appreciated. These are going to be very, very basic questions to some of you so please can you reply in as basic a manner as possible. Here goes. What is an f number and what f number should my camera be set to? What ISO is the best to set the camera to? Thanks
  7. Hi Guys. To be completely honest - I don't know what type of lens it is (It is the one that came with the camera) but this is what is printed on the top: Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 G and this is printed on the bottom: Nikon DX SWM VR Aspherical 8(Infinity sign) - 0.28m/0.92ft o52 . I have just had a look at what settings the camera is still set on and it looks like f5 but i'm not sure. I know I had a play and got the shutter to open as wide as possible though. Sorry I can't be more help but I don't really know how to use the camers properly yet either... I'm new to photography too...very new. As for light pollution, I live on the very edge of a fairly large town and this shot was taken from my back garden about 20 meters from a bright street light. Sorry if this is all useless information for you.
  8. My first ever astrophotography pic. I took this using a Nikon D60 mounted on a tripod with an exposure time of 30 seconds. Not the best photo ever taken, but hay, you gotta start somewhere. I was actually quite surprised to be able to make out the double star in the "handle" of the Plough.
  9. Good job... I like the sun spots.
  10. Wow, thanks guys. I wasn't expecting such a precise reply so quickly. Thanks for your help. Much appreciated.
  11. I love astronomy... even if i am a complete novice!

    1. emadmoussa


      We were all novices at some point... :)

    2. Marki


      Always something new out there, so I'll always be a novice :)

  12. I have been trying to align my Celestron Nexstar 5 SE and am having trouble doing it. When using the star align feature it asks you to either select your closest city or input your Lat/Long. There aren't a lot of UK cities to choose from on the list and I am at least 50 miles from the closest one. Can anyone tell me if there is a website or an app for android that will give the lat/long coordinates of any town or city in the UK? Or any other help would be appreciated. Cheers.
  13. Ordered my first Telescope today - Can't wait for it to arrive!

    1. emadmoussa
    2. rich_8377


      Celestron Nexstar 5 SE

    3. emadmoussa


      That's a pretty good start,mate! :)

  14. rich_8377


    Hi everyone, I'm Richard and this is my first post. I am really quite new to Astronomy but find it fascinating and am really looking forward to seeing everything I can. I have just ordered my first telescope - A Celestron Nexstar 5 SE, and once it arrives I will be eagerly scanning the skies. Feel free to reply and say hi!.
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