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  1. The 174 is an excellent choice for solar (and lunar) but you need to be around f/20 optimally. A lot of my solar images in my Flickr link below are a Lunt 60 and 174 but with a 2.5x powermate. I also use the 290 chipped cam from ZWO.
  2. Beautiful sky tonight and a quick snap of the sights on offer at sunset. Canon 5D Mk III, f 2.8 135mm.
  3. Can you get focus with a DSLR on a 150p? Worth checking elsewhere on this forum first. Someone may chip in. For example the 130ps is specifically set up for imaging.
  4. Very misleading. It is now circumpolar but with Nautical darkness at best it’s not visible by eye, bins or ED80. I have tried!
  5. What's your estimation of its current mag?
  6. Hi, I think maybe the post tries to cover too many options so folk are a bit reluctant to jump in. It mentions twice that you want to do serious planetary work. In that case focal length is your best friend and you don't need an EQ mount. So a big MAK or SCT is a good option. I get very good results with my 9.25 SCT on an AZ EQ6 mount. Budget for a high frame rate CMOS camera to match your long fl scope, a decent barlow or better still a powermate and potentially an ADC and UV/IR filters. I use an ASI174MM and an ASI 290MM. If you want colour you will need filters or good results can be obtained with the ASI 224MC. You will also need a means of capturing a lot of data, fast and then processing it. There are some great planetary imagers on here; one example is @astroavani. He is lucky to have access to a 14"SCT and produces amazing images.
  7. My SW 300 flex tube SynScan used up to 2 Amps continuous during slewing . I used a 13.8V 4 Amp (peak 9 Amp) bench supply. If you are adding other stuff such as dew control then you need to account for that too. Your cable requirements can be satisfied by online Astro providers such as FLO the sponsors of this forum.
  8. I have the same optical tube but it’s used on an AZEQ6 mount. It’s quite heavy (about 11kg) with all the attachments. It’s good for visual and Solar System imaging. It’s also very good for spectrometry if you want something a bit different. In your situation I would use my grab and go setup. An ED80 on an AZ Gti mount powered by a cordless drill battery. Perfect for a night in the desert.
  9. A reduced ED80 is fine for nebulae but for galaxies you may want to consider something of slightly longer focal length. The bigger Esprits as mentioned for example.
  10. ‘Clear Outside’ the @FLO APP gives Bortle readings based on your location.
  11. I have done various school talks and scope surgeries in the local community. I don’t charge for my services but if folk insist then I choose a charity or currently give them the just giving page for our planetarium build fund. At the Observatory we ticket and charge but I take nothing as I am a volunteer. It’s a CIC so all gets ploughed back into that.
  12. SkySafari is the most utilised of mine. Stellarium is ok for PC but it’s buggy on Mac/IOS. I use Sputnik (free) for ISS predictions.
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