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ryandsimmons

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  1. Cheers all. Budget is whatever I get for my scope, so maybe a grand at most. Thanks for all the suggestions, I think visual will have to be the way to go, and forget about photography for the next few years. Too many compromises needed.
  2. Hi chaps, Quick question, I have a scope I have built up over a few years, a c8 on a cg5 mount, with all the trimmings, which I have been doing a lot of (rather poor) photography on as well as some good visual work. Unfortunately I am now mid divorce, and now living central London, which means light pollution and selling my car, so no more country trips. My question is what would people recommend as the downgrade path? I am about to put the cg5 and c8 up for sale, but will keep all my lenses, cameras etc which fit in a bag. But what I want is a scope that I can jump on a train with and head d
  3. Cheers chaps! All I need to do now is see if my shiny new camera can fit the sun in the frame (700d with a .66 focal reducer) or whether I need to borrow the 1d from a mate at work. (Mysteriously the 700d is missing from the 12dstring FOV calculator.)
  4. That is not the answer I was looking for! It means I need to throw away the rings I made and restart. :-( Many thanks!
  5. Hi All, Having upgraded to a Celestron C8 recently I need to upgrade my solar filter as well, so today I bought some Baader Solar Film to make a new filter for the (probably cloudy) upcoming eclipse. Problem I have found is that the aperture is 8 inch, but the solar film is coming in at around 7.5 inches width. Now I am struggling to work out what needs to be done with the gap. Do I: 1) Simply put 1 inch strips of cover over the area, Making the aperture not quite circular? 2) Make a full circular blocker, making it a 7 inch filter, not using the outside inch of the OTA? 3) Some other fantas
  6. Cheers guys, I will probably just pick up another 1000d then, unless I can convince the wife that I can spend more than that!
  7. I will try to find the link when I get home tonight, but I had massive issues myself getting this running last week. You need to disable driver signing in windows 8 and install some custom drivers that someone has knocked together. It does work eventually but it is a right pain and quite complicated.
  8. Hi All, having demolished my EOS1000D in a failed attempt to remove the filter I am in the market for a replacement. I was just wondering if people had any recomendations? Budget is key, ideally I would like to spend around £120 again (which is what the 1000D was) but before I do, I was just checking if there were any alternatives people would point me to? Cheers Ryan
  9. Cheers for the link. I will dismantle my camera again tonight to see if it resolves if I redo all the connections, otherwise I will give that link a try.
  10. Just finished my DSLR mod... and I would suggest sending your camera off rather than attempting. Unfortunately my experience was rather poor. I got about 3/4 of the way through the disassembly when I stripped a screw. Some of my screws had some glue holding them in place and even though I scraped as much off some of them were extremely stiff and I ended up with a stripped screw, and so I gave up and put it all back together again. I had also had issues with removing ribbon J. Page 2 of the instructions by Gary Honis tell you know to remove A-I, then page 3 just assumes J has already been
  11. Old thread I know, but it was the first that came up when I was searching as to whether I should mod my ESO 1000d or not. Unfortunately my experience was rather poor. I got about 3/4 of the way through the disassembly when I stripped a screw. Some of my screws had some glue holding them in place and even though I scraped as much off some of them were extremely stiff and I ended up with a stripped screw, and so I gave up and put it all back together again. I had also had issues with removing ribbon J. Page 2 of the instructions tell you know to remove A-I, then page 3 just assumes J has alrea
  12. Turn Left at Orion, plus a (free) copy of Stellarium are the two essentials I'd say.
  13. To be honest anywhere you look in the sky you should see something, so I wouldn't think finding stuff is the issue. There are always some faint stars I find visible with that scope. Rather I'd add my name to the list of people saying it is probably focus. I'd suggest as above, aim roughly around cassiopea and just very slowly play with the focus.
  14. Threefold for me: 1) I am proud when I get something even half decent and my ego requires I show it off. (Even if it is the equivalent of a child's drawing being put on the wall next to the Rembrants some of the guys here produce. None of my friends really care, so the obvious place to show off is with other enthusiasts. 2) It provides a timeline of my improvement that is easily accessible to me and anyone interested in my photo's. (ie my wife) My Flickr stream / folders on my PC have hundreds of images most of which are junk, so stuff here is kind of a highlights reel for me. 3) And most
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