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  1. Hi Nick from the North East and a warm welcome to SGL. You have come to the right place to get advice on the equipment you need. You just need to decide whether you want to observe or photograph as it can make a big difference to what you buy. Good luck and Happy Stargazing.
  2. I have downloaded a full colour list of Messier objects with thumbnails (so I know what they look like). I want to work my way through the list starting with the brightest objects and see how many I can capture and process before the end of the year - skies permitting of course
  3. Hi and a warm welcome to SGL. If you want to learn to navigate around the night sky download freeware called Stellarium - it's excellent. Happy Stargazing.
  4. Hi Mike, depending on how accurate you need your Polar alignment to be you might be interested in Alignmaster. Here's the website www.alignmaster.de/
  5. Hi Paul and welcome to SGL. Just about anything and everything you need to know about Astro stuff you will find on here - just ask and someone will either have already had the experience to share with you, or point you in the right direction to help you. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  6. Hi Viv, from a relative newbie, welcome back and happy Stargazing.
  7. Hi Dave and a warm welcome to SGL. Beautiful scenery, good food and wine and dark skies to boot - sounds like heaven to me. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  8. To be in 'Space' anywhere where I can look at Earth and see it spinning in infinity.
  9. Fantastic image Yves. I've just dipped my toe in the Atik World by buying the Titan. I know it's only a starter CCD, but I think it will be a major step up from my DSLR in terms of image size. I eventually want to dig deep and get the best CCD I can, but I am still very much a novice at AP. It's images such as this that I find so inspiring.
  10. You should be able to capture anything with a fast shutter speed - Planets, Moon. To do DSO you will need to take 30 to 60 second or even longer subs and that means tracking.
  11. Hi Dave and a warm welcome to SGL. Glad to hear you are an optimist, enthusiam and deep pockets help as well. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your scope when you get it.
  12. Hi Robin, some great images there. Amazing that we mostly photograph other stars and forget the closest and most beautiful one is ours.
  13. Hi David and welcome to SGL. I also came from a photographic background and went straight into Astro Photography. To attach your camera to the scope you'll need a T-adapter and T-ring for your Canon, the ring fits straight onto the camera (without any lens) and then attach the adaptor to the ring. The adapter goes into the focuser. Canon also provide you with EOS software you'll find that on your CD which came with your camera, this is very useful if you want to link your camera up to a laptop/pc. You can then setup a series of timed shots without having to manually do it at the scope. Also,
  14. Hi and well done for your first image. It sounds like you have the bug alright You can get sharper images if you get a Bahtinov Mask for the end of your scope. Just make sure you take it off once you have reached focus.
  15. Hi Nigel and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing.
  16. Hi Karl and a warm welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  17. Hi Stephen and welcome to SGL. I can't make any comment about your observations as I am strictly into imaging, but hope you manage to resolve what it is your seeing.
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    Hi Mark and a warm welcome to SGL. I bought my kit with the sole intention of Astro Photography and 4 months on I can say I absolutely love it. If you have an interest in it and are prepared for the very steep learning curve you would be able to do it. It isn't easy as there is a lot to learn, but worth every hour spent on it. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
  19. I've just had a nightmare installing Alignmaster and getting it to work with ASCOM. I downloaded ASCOM ages ago but could never get it to work properly. It does now with Alignmaster, but it took some time to check everything was 'talking' to each other and the last gasp was telling my SynScan handset to work in PC mode - I had overlooked that one but that finally did the trick.
  20. A very good image and it's a wonder you got it at all considering the 'mount'.
  21. Hi Allen, just a thought but have you tried to move the RGB channels on your histogram in DSS. Pulling them to left will darken your image.
  22. Hi Robert and welcome to SGL. I must say that I think colonization is something that we need to do as it is the next step in the human experience. Whether it be Mars, the Moon, or somewhere else.
  23. Hi Phil and a warm welcome to SGL. Congrats on getting your new scope. It's certainly wonderous up there and the best part (cloud permitting) it's there every night to enjoy. Happy Stargazing.
  24. Hi and welcome to SGL Ivan. Hats off to you for finding these objects unaided and so quickly. Happy Stargazing and enjoy your Astro journey.
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