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  1. I'm in a similar situation, not being able to balance the ZS73 with a camera attached. The spacers arrived yesterday, which helps with the issue of the focus screw getting in the way, but I'm finding that I still can't move the dovetail very far back because of where the space for the M6 bolts are. Am I missing something obvious..?
  2. That's another great shot, thanks for sharing. Have you ever done imaging with mono +filters, to offer comparisons?
  3. That's good to know! What's your level of light pollution like? I'm in a city centre and previously used mono + filters which were great, but really I'm after a simpler workflow. I'm hoping that the L-eXtreme could be the answer.
  4. Great picture! I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the L-eXtreme filter, I'm considering getting one myself.
  5. *£10 inc. UK delivery. Bank transfer or PayPal, buyer to pay fees. No offers.* Costs £16.90+delivery new: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bahtinov-focus-masks/starsharp-bahtinov-focus-masks.html Bhatinov mask for sale, to fit outer diameter / dew shield 11-14cm. Used but in good condition.
  6. *£35 £30 £25 inc. UK delivery. Bank transfer or PayPal, buyer to pay fees.* Costs £57+delivery new: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/solar-filters/astrozap-baader-solar-filter.html Astrozap Baader Solar Filter, 110-120mm for sale. Dimensions are the outside diameter of the telescope including dew shield (if fitted). Specifications state "suitable for 102mm Mak". Comes with original instructions and box. Used but in good condition, just a few minor marks and thumb prints that won't affect performance. The material is so shiny it's difficult to photograph; any buyer should check that the
  7. *£25 inc. UK delivery. Bank transfer or PayPal, buyer to pay fees. No offers.* Rigel QuikFinder Compact Reflex Sight for sale. Used but in very good condition. Comes with a new battery and all original accessories: two base plates, sticky tape, instructions, and box. Costs £34+delivery new: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/finders/rigel-quikfinder-compact-reflex-sight.html
  8. **£150 £130 £110 inc. recorded delivery to a UK address. Offers considered. Payment via bank transfer or PayPal, buyer to pay fees** Bought December 2014 for £455. Currently retails for £392. For sale is an i-Nova NBB-Cx cooled colour astrocamera. Full camera details are here: https://www.astroshop.eu/astronomical-cameras/i-nova-camera-nebula-nbb-cx-color/p,45429#tab_bar_0_select Review from Sky at Night: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/reviews/cameras/inova-nnb-cx-colour-ccd-camera/ In short, this would suit a beginner looking to try different types astro imaging and lea
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    Hi, I've got an i-Nova NBB-Cx camera that I'm aiming to have in the For Sale section later today, if you want to keep an eye out. Here are the specs in case you want to see in advance if it would suit your needs: https://www.astroshop.eu/astronomical-cameras/i-nova-camera-nebula-nbb-cx-color/p,45429#tab_bar_0_select
  10. That's good, I was beginning to wonder exactly which camera *would* be suitable... Yes, very wise. The only really heavy lens I'd be using is the 70-200 2.8, which has its own foot and tripod attachment, so I guess that would attach to the mount rather than the camera. Assuming there's a simple way to do that. Canon does seem to be much better catered for than Nikon, astro-wise -- and the fact that I'll be mostly using Nikon Z lenses narrows my attachment options further. Actually, that's a question for anyone in the know: what would I need to attach a Nikon Z lens to a cam
  11. Carole's got me enthused about the lens route! The Samyang 135mm looks great (I spent hours looking through the epic forum thread), but if I could overcome my concerns about using my current lenses -- perhaps not by using particular ones that I might need for a shoot the following day -- then perhaps I could just use my existing collection, inc. 50mm f1.8 and 70-200 f2.8. With that in mind, two questions about lens set-ups, if I may: * Considering I'd like to use a cooled astrocam, lens, guidescope, red dot finder, ASiair to control it... what's the best way of physically coupling all tha
  12. Yes, that could be an option. Thanks for the suggestion. How do you deal with focussing the lens -- do you have that automated in any way?
  13. Thanks, that's really useful to know. Regarding the filter holder, they seem to be in-built into the flatteners; is the benefit of the separate filter holder that it allows easy switching? I expect I'd leave the filter in all the time, but maybe it wouldn't pan out that way.
  14. Thanks Ken, I realise that I wrote EQ5 whereas I actually have an HEQ5. I'll edit the original post. I bought the mount from SGL's very own Skipper Billy, and it's proved itself to be very reliable and steady as a rock with my previous set-up, which was heavier and had a longer focal-length that what I'm considering next. So it should be a-ok.
  15. Any thoughts from the SGL Hive Mind on my other questions? Would love to hear more opinions! Particularly keen to know informed opinions on the Optolong filters. Thanks!
  16. Thanks, that's a good idea and is something I'll consider!
  17. Hi SGL folks, I’m hoping to get some thoughts on a future imaging set-up. I’ve done astro imaging before, with an 80ED, ASI1600 mono plus filters, and an HEQ5. I recently sold most of the kit (but kept the HEQ5), as a new baby has left me precious little free time! I do miss the hobby though, and am contemplating a return – maybe this winter. I’d be imaging from my garden in the centre of Bristol (i.e. terrible light pollution). My goal is to be able to set everything up with a minimum of fuss (say 20 mins max), and get some decent data to play with over the course of a night. I like
  18. Thanks for the info -- those lens controllers in particular are the kinds of things I was imagining, and I had no idea they actually existed! Shame they're currently just for Canon. That's a fair idea, the reason I haven't just tried it yet is that I don't have a suitable camera to use. My inner-city skies rule out my regular camera. What I'll do is let these ideas swim around my head for a while, and then start a new thread about a whole imaging set-up that might fit the bill. Thanks everyone for the replies, you're all awesome
  19. Thanks, all good info! I've previously had an imaging rig -- telescope, mono CMOS, filters, etc. I sold all of that due to a lack of time for the hobby, and am tentatively pondering a return sometime in the future. I reckon I'd go down the cooled CMOS route, and a key question will be: telescope or camera lenses? I'm a photographer and have some nice Nikon lenses. But 'scopes like the WO 61mm seem like camera lenses designed for astrophotography, so may be a better choice. My old rig had an EAF, and I liked how that took care of focussing, and kept everything in focus all night.
  20. Thanks for the info, but what I'm specifically wondering is whether that focus changes over the course of a night's observing. Or, considering camera lenses are often wide-field compared to telescopes, does an image essentially stay in focus all night? If adjustment is needed, do you need to manually repeat the process you described every hour (for example) to maintain good focus? Or are there automated ways of doing it (such as vlaiv suggested). From your sig I see you use a Samyang lens, so I expect you've got first-hand experience in this!
  21. Thanks for the info, that's interesting. Presumably APT communicates with the lens via a cable connected to the DSLR camera? So this wouldn't work if using a dedicated astrocam?
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