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  1. ... that meets on Saturdays or Sundays. I am moving onto night shift from Feb 10th, but still on Mon-Fri pattern (I'll finish my last shift on Sat morning). I had a look at websites and from what I read, they only meet on Friday evenings. Could some members confirm if this is the case? Are Fridays really the only days for meet ups? Any pointers will be appreciated. Cheers.
  2. Cheshire for me as well. Simple yet effective.
  3. Thank you for remarks about my Orion. I guess it could be ok for first attempt, but I really want more ?. Then again, with my rig it was quite difficult, mainly due to wind. Here it is minus Tx that I used to release shutter. Thank you you all for chipping in. Guess the next step is mount and the book ?
  4. @dannybgoode I am looking at this mount EQ6-R PRO. For this moment it is way out of budget, but with 20kg payload for imaging I could use 200P or invest in Quattro. Alternatively, I could use 200P for time being while saving up for triplet. Truth be told, the more I read, the more ideas I have and more money I need :D. @alacant I looked for astro clubs in my area and found fairly few, once my situation with work is finally resolved (I'm moving onto nightshift soon, just don't know the start date or shift pattern yet) I will visit some. Star parties and observing sessions are one thing, but I'd be very interested in lectures as well.
  5. I’m hoping my mrs won’t need hers, she has two healthy kidneys I could monetise ?? @jjosefsenit really is, I’ve read this thread and still think what to do next. In the meantime I’ll have few additional hours at work so have plenty of time to consider my options - with current workload I’m not sure when I’ll be able to go shopping ?. I like the simplicity of this little unit and possibility to use manual lenses with adapter.
  6. Thank you all for input. I totally forgot about about the book mentioned here, even though I know it’s very good and valuable. I will get it this week, work permitting. @scotttumsh thank you for kind comment . @Davey-T that looks very interesting. Results certainly caught my eye and I’ll look more into it. With that mount I’d be able to start within a week or two if all goes according to plan, cheers for that.
  7. Hi all. It's been a while since my last visit here. I do observe every now and then, but would love to get into astrophotography. As it's the case with absolute newbies, I don't have any gear at all for this purpose, except for Nikon D810. I tried to go out with it last night. It was paired with N50mm 1.8G, on mini tripod nicked from spotting scope. Conditions were terrible, strong winds, clouds coming and going, light pollution and rain. I still managed to get few subs, however I'm not exactly happy with result. My processing also killed it. Total of 17 subs, 6", f/2.8, ISO 640, 13 lights, 4 darks, manually stacked in PS. Orion by Tom Major Now I would like to switch to a bit more serious gear. I thought about getting mount first - SW HEQ5PRO, but can I attach DSLR to it before I get scope for imaging? What would be the best way of gradually progressing from DSLR to refractor? Obviously the main factor is the cost and other half not killing me after finding out about my spending on toys (again), so I'd be buying all gear separately - mount, scope, guider etc... Cheers
  8. I managed to find M31 using Heritage 100P, in moderately light polluted area. I'd say it's not down to equipment mate. Took me a while to find it and it's better to use lower mangification. It is also quite dim object and not that easy to spot if you don't know what it looks like . Be patient and keep trying, you'll find it .
  9. Then you'll have to cool it down again. I'd say for as long as it doesn't affect the observation, leave it outside, but wait till someone more experienced chips in...
  10. Thanks Alan . Taking baby steps forward so far, but must admit would like to get deeper into in .
  11. A bit of letdown at 150x? I was amazed when looked at it at 100x . You'll have to wait a bit to see some more of Mars as folks before me mentioned. But now you could wait a bit (or wake up early??) for Jupiter. I've seen it last night and even with my modest gear it completely blew my socks off . 4 moons and some colours were easily visible at 100x magnification . And just before sunrise you may catch a glimpse of Saturn and Mercury too. Good luck with the hunt. BTW, who bought new scope in Midlands?!? I can't remember seeing so much clouds over here...
  12. Or you could put a T-ring on it and try some extreme plane spotting with DSLR
  13. Hello folks. After little break tried to have some time outside. Sky was crystal clear and I only noticed rising Moon when gone outside. Almost every object I pointed my scope on was so washed off it was simply pointless, so I focused on our satellite. Can't remember when I saw it so bright, few seconds without filter on EP and my eyes were out of service. Anyway, it looked amazing so I took few snaps. One with filter, one without. Both taken using Heritage 100P and Sony Xperia Miro, afocal method. Given the gear, I am happy with the effect . Thanks for watching.
  14. Of course it didn't mate . And by no means I wanted to show I am Alpha and Omega when it comes to riding, just thought of the closest analogy to me, but am learning every day, so please don't get that bit wrong. Every day is a school day after all . It sure is . Folks that I just quoted are very good example of what I was talking about in previous post. Hats off to you all (not mentioned too!) gents!
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