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  1. nozzmoking

    Hi All

    Many thanks all for your kind words. Paul
  2. Awesome shot Ed. One to be proud of. Paul
  3. nozzmoking

    Hi All

    Many thanks to you all for such a nice welcome. Cheers Paul
  4. A great tutorial John. Thanks for this, it's very useful. Hope I can get images as good as yours one day! Cheers Paul
  5. Excellent John, many thanks. A great tutorial. I'll let you know how I get on. Best regards Paul
  6. Thanks for the excellent advice guys! I'd just been thinking about how I was going to handle the focussing, so thanks for that Billy, really useful. Forgive the next dumb question, but I can't get my around this: Do I need to take the series of exposures within 30 seconds, so as not to get any star trails? Is it then a case of keeping the ISO/aperture settings the same, but varying the exposure time(s) up to a total of 30 secs? Regards, Paul
  7. Thanks for the advice guys. Any recommendations on ISO settings, shutter & aperture? Or is it a case of trial & error? Cheers Paul
  8. Hi I wonder if someone could help. I've just purchased a Nikon D60 with 2 lenses, the 18 - 55 VR (Vibration Reduction), plus the 55 -200 VR. I want to set the camera up on a tripod to try and capture a nice shot of the Milky Way, but not sure what settings I should use. I'm thinking of a 30 sec. exposure, (don't know if this is too long), but confused as to what shutter/aperture settings I should use. I'm presuming the auto-focus should be set to manual, but then do I just turn the focussing ring to infinity? I'll be firing the shutter with a remote control. Do I need a filter of any sort for this shot? If so, would it need to be a glass filter on the lens, or would a Cokin type be sufficient, as I still have a bunch of these from my old camera. Any advice you can offer for the above would be much appreciated. As I'm working outside in the dark, I won't really be able to see the results until I get the images onto my laptop, so to save a lot of frustration, thought it best to get the basic setup correct, and then I can experiment with bracketing the shots later. Regards, Paul
  9. nozzmoking

    Hi All

    Hi All, Nice forum you have here, and everyone seems very friendly! As a father of 3 grown-up kids, I now find I have a little more time available to follow this great hobby of ours. I've always enjoyed reading about the subject, (still have my P. Moore Yearbooks of Astronomy from the mid 60's), and finally managed to get my first scope a couple of years back. It's a cheap 6" reflector (Ebay <sigh>) but I've been really impressed with the results. Although a very small image in my viewfinder, the first time I saw the rings of Saturn, they just blew me away! I still haven't figured out how to set up the EQ mount, but I still always manage to find something of interest. I'm now saving towards a GoTo scope, probably a 6", as then I'd like to get into the photography side also. This automated type of scope is perfect for the likes of me, as I miss so much with me often being unable to find what I'm looking for. Anyway, that's a little about myself, and I hope to learn lots here and hopefully give something back one day as my knowledge improves. Cheers Paul
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