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  1. Very nice detail. Steve Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
  2. Beautiful images. Thanks for sharing. Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
  3. Super images. Nice skies you have there too. I assume you batch processed the images to bring the Milky way out like that? Thanks for sharing. Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
  4. Superb Image and congratulations to you both! Thank you for sharing. Evening the [small?!] large jpeg is great to scan around. Best wishes, Steve
  5. Hi all, Looking at exactly these same choices at the moment. Am erring towards the QHY. Stuart (glowing turnip) why do you prefer it? How are you finding the software and stability with any capture software. Any issues? I am currently being swayed towards the mono cam but am not 100 percent sure. The QE on the mono does make it much more tempting. But then which filters and wheel to buy! (will post in another thread) Thanks Steve
  6. Hi all and Tarotmac, Did you come to any conclusion and buy a mount? Does anyone have any thoughts/comments about lack of support by EQMod and what alternatives are available. Thanks Steve
  7. Great work. Amazed what can be achieved with such short exposures. Gives me hope with my current setup. Sent from my GT-I8190N using Tapatalk
  8. Wonderful detail. Amazing. Sent from my GT-I8190N using Tapatalk
  9. All good advice above. I would only like to add that using averted vision may also bring out a little more detail but M42 should be pretty clear without. Happy hunting. Here's to better weather. Steve Sent from my GT-I8190N using Tapatalk
  10. Hi Olly, Thank you for your response too! I am a great fan of Stellarium and had forgot about this feature. Will look at using it for showing field of view when I have more time. As for field flatteners and coma correction. I assumed you could take pictures without these (re gaining focus) but they would be useful in terms of improving pictures. Yep... I've looked at them but had hoped they would be a later buy if my new hobby was to take off. Some of the wide field lenses look amazing. I can't get over how big the 2" ones are! The good ones are expensive. A friend of mine suggested I look out for some 2nd hand ones at some point. Probably at the cheaper end but of course I would gradually expand my eyepiece collection. Out if interest do you/people tend to only do prime focus photography? I had assumed this was with no "lenses" apart from the telescopes main tube. I have noticed a few lenses (eyepieces) appear to have screw threads to allow for T-mount attachment. Any thoughts? That should give you an idea of where I am at... still a lot to learn about the basics! My relatively low-fi attempts at astrophotography (through a scope) as a kid involved a low quality refractor with a custom made machined adapter to hang a rather heavy Zenith IIE directly onto the eyepiece. Never did the cheap rack and pinion focuser any good! With and Alt-az mount I achieved a few ropy pictures of the moon and sun (through a cheap dark green filter - heavily advised against of course) Good learning though and always fun waiting for the 35mm film to be developed. Still have the Zenith! Love your site by the way. Looks like a wonderful location with some great kit available. Thanks again, Steve
  11. I'm sure you are right about the HEQ5. Cost will be a consideration though. I've not owned a scope in many years and I have kept putting it off as ultimately I want something with an equatorial mount and tracking (at least for piggy backing my DSLR) but I know I will get limited use out of it due to seeing, weather and time. On the other hand I frequently wish I had something available when I don't. I am sure I would get many years use out of something even if intermittently. Patience as you say is important. Had a look at the digicamcontrol software. Quite nice. A little unstable with my camera but has some nice features e.g. for timelapse although it came up with errors finding videos it had supposedly built?! Maybe a bug... something else to look into. Nice that it could take more than the 999 pictures which is the maximum in camera for interval timer shooting. On a few occasions I have had to go back and reset it so may come in useful. Wishing you luck with the weather. Steve
  12. Do love my Nikon :-) Have had many hours use out of it. Own the IR remote already and have certainly found it useful for night time photography. Usually either use that and/or timer/shutter delay. Thanks for the link to the digicamcontrol software. I'll have a play! The setup you were using with the 200P sounds heavy. Any ideas how much it weighed in total? Did you have issues with prime focus? I am still far from deciding. Looking at the HEQ5 as a possible but it would be a stretch really. FL do packages including the full goto with the HEQ5 and either the ED80 or the 200PDS. I suspect I would be hoping to go both ways at some point re: the refractor and reflector and would probably be looking at some kind of guiding in the future too so weight will be an issue. Do you have any of your Jupiter pics from your ED80 and webcam? Thanks again for your thoughts.
  13. Hi Helite, from above you may gather I already own the D5000 so that is my starting point for my sensor. It is amazing how the cost clocks up when you start looking at what is "ideal." Especially with respect to mounts. I am torn two ways... cost/heavy. That's OK for home but my seeing and direction are not great. So I will be looking at least a car journey to some darker skies, ideally would love to be able to take equipment abroad but this may be pretty unrealistic. Would this be doable with the ED80 and it's supplied case? The mount would be another issue as they are so heavy. How are you getting on with the ED80? Any photo's I could see? I will probably start off unguided but may look into this in the future. I notice from your post that you are guiding on the EQ5? I was not sure if this was only possible with the NEQ as [i think] this has a port for guiding? Or is the only difference the load they can carry? I also notice from your setup that you have a 200p as well. Do you use this on the EQ5 as well or do you have a second mount? I am currently erring towards the ED80 but wonder about observing planets. I guess with lenses you can get a reasonable [close-up?!] view of brighter objects like Jupiter, Saturn? Any thoughts? I guess I should consider posting some of these questions in separate posts! Thanks again for your replies.
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