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  1. Very nice images. I go to Cornwall every year, looks like i need to get a good tripod and start taking some images!
  2. Thanks for sharing, its nice when people put up images that are not perfect so those that dont have the experience can learn.
  3. Thanks for sharing first images and especially experiences, please keep them coming. Very impressive images for first try's and good to see what is possible early on. King of clear skies - How have you modded your 1100D? I have the same camera and I am considering removing the second (IR) filter but not replacing it. Does it make a big difference 1) Standard, 2) IR filter removed, 3) IR filter replaced (Baader for instance). wxsatusa - What made you ditch the mount/scope combo? Lovely images.
  4. Ok long story short I have a couple of years experience and a 250PX Dob. Naturally I want to try my hand at imaging next. I have already spent a long time reading up and asking questions. The three things that strike me most are it is not going to be cheap, the Mount is the single most important component and it will take time to learn once you have everything you need - that's fine. As a starting point I am looking at the Skywatcher ED80 Pro and HEQ5 combo (maybe the new AZ EQ5GT or NEQ6 instead) as this is a proven beginner setup and a good start point. I will marry this with a DSLR to start. What can I expect with base tracking (no guiding, so 1-2min subs?) and full colour exposures (no LRGB) and do you have examples of your first images you can post when you started (maybe you just have started). Also what did you do wrong when you started that you can share with others? Thanks for sharing
  5. Indeed a very encouraging thread. I have also been visual only and have been looking at a good beginner setup to start imaging with. With some backdated pay coming up at work this might just be the setup I go for. Thanks all who have shared.
  6. I will echo spaceboy. In my experience pushing past x250 mag is a rare thing indeed due to atmospheric conditions. I have a 8.8 Meade 4000 that works lovely and can be had for good money second hand. I can use it on most clear nights and it is about as far as I want to go with Dob nudging
  7. Thanks for all the good info. Perhaps I was expecting too much, it was such a good night I was hoping to get some colour. Next time I will stick with Jupiter for longer to tease more detail out. I will still look into at shorter eyepiece although it may be tricky keeping it in view, gota love a Dob
  8. I like your thinking.... However 8.8mm is my shortest eyepiece hence the question. Good point on the too much light angle. Perhaps a filter may be the best option. Still a 5mm or 6mm may be on the cards....or a good quality barlow. My 14mm was washed out also so like you say maybe too much light on suck a clear night.
  9. Last night I was pinging between M42 and Jupiter, both fantastic. M42 was looking good in the 32mm wide however Jupiter although sharp though my 8.8mm wide (x136) I could only just make out the red spot and the whole planet was without colour (banding was ok and moons sharp). This is the first time I have seen Jupiter in what I would call a proper clear crisp night. I spent my time with it and the atmosphere was at times very clear however no colour. I did give the scope a knock on the garden hose reel so collimation may not have been spot on but stars were fine and the moon was crisp when setting up. Maybe I need to check collimation and/or go down to more magnification i.e 5mm? What do you think?
  10. Quite fantastic last night although my wife came out just when I was settling in on Jupiter and wanted to see the moon so bang went my dark eyes for 30min.....
  11. I was watching one of the videos on here which reminded me of a HD Shuttle launch video with detailed commentary which is quite amazing. If you have any interest in the space programme or even photographic detail of how and why they use certain cameras and positioning then its a must see. Some of you may have seen it already. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2VygftZSCs
  12. So I find myself using my 20mm Plossl a lot and would like to upgrade. I have a Meade 5000 UWA 8.8mm and 14mm plus a 32mm Skywatcher Panaview which are great but I tend to use the 20mm the most. My focuser can accept 2" but I would prefer something 1.25" as I plan to get a Refractor when funds allow. What do you use and recommend in 20mm to 24mm range? I'm thinking around the £150 mark but could stretch it a bit. Looking at Vixen LVW, Explore Scientific perhaps another Meade 5000 if I can find one. Even a second hand Televue or Pentax but that might be a stretch. Thoughts?
  13. If you are really struggling the cross hair idea from John is very handy. If mine gets knocked I simply use a distant object during the day or the moon at night to get it close and then move to Polaris to get it really accurate. As Polaris does not move you can get everything aligned bang on. Just use something like a 32mm and work your way down making adjustments as you go.
  14. I suspect a Skywatcher Panaview 32mm second hand would be in your budget. Fantastic eyepiece. They are that good they don't tend to come around used very often however....
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