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Kriss Craik

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  1. Hello Startinez, from what I can see your scope would be pushing the limits of the EQM35 for visual use let alone astrophotography. The max capacity is 10kg for visual. As the mount is your foundation my advice would be to go for something more stable like the HEQ5. That way you would not be shelling out for a new mount (too soon anyway). That said the targets you have on your bucket list are easily achievable with a DSLR on a tracking mount such as the staradventurer and these would both be in your budget. hope this helps
  2. Get them a little closer together and you’ve got yourself a decent set of bins ?
  3. Mine is arriving Tuesday! Looking forward to having a play about. It’ll go lovely with my ed80 and skymax 127 but my next dilemma is my HEQ5 is the old one and does not have the green detailing! ?
  4. Hi Revilo, i have the same scope and have not had a need to change/mod the set up. It’s big but I’ve never had an issue transporting/carrying it. If I’m carrying it short distances the whole set up is manageable. But if you are navigating stairs I’d recommend splitting it up and carrying the mount first to its location and then the tube. I hold the tube upright by the 2 black plastic discs which are used to keep it in the mount as they are fixed securely to the tube and provide plenty of purchase. Also they are pretty central so the tube is balanced well when carrying it. Hope this helps
  5. Hi Shoney, don’t rush in, there is plenty of time to spend all your hard earned cash. The best starting position is knowledge. Read as much as possible, buy some binoculars 10 by 50 or 7 by 50. Get to know and understand what’s up there and when, learn how to navigate around. If you are just getting started and really want a telescope the dobsonians mentioned above would serve you well for being able to look at a whole heap of stuff. As you get more confident you will be better placed to know what you want to buy next. Photographing planets or DSO’s can require different kit. Is there a local group you could meet up with before you commit and have a look at some of the set ups that’s out there and what each one is best at? hope this helps
  6. I did not but someone else did on their dash cam. This was posted in the NASTRO’s Facebook page
  7. I hope so, that thing is like a sail on a ?, and the weight really is pushing the mounts capability for imaging. thanks
  8. Sorry missed that off the list, I have ordered the dedicated .85 from FLO as well. thanks
  9. Hi all, Just placed my order with the lovely people at FLO ? SW80 ed ds pro cls filter bahtinov Already have an HEQ5 canon 100d. I’ve been imaging with my SW200 p on the above mount so really looking forward to using a frac for the first time. any advice is welcome. thanks
  10. Hi Chris,I think you will be fine with the finder suggested. If you think about it this way, the finder gets you in a close enough location to move to the eyepiece using a low mag you can then star hop to your desired location. the fact you can only see a limited number of stars means you have fewer starting positions to star hop from, but also means you are less likely to start in an incorrect position. Hope this helps
  11. I’m not saying a smaller/cheaper mount would not work just that it would be so much harder. For example if you are taking even a modest 20/30 second exposure the mount has to be absolutely still. The smaller the mount the greater the chances of wobble and thus producing an unusable image. That said some of the shots you take on an evening may be useable. But the aim is to gather as much usable data as possible on a given target. this problem is compounded when you add more weight to the mount. OTA, camera, finder, guide scope and diagonal this will all push a mount beyond is practical capability, factoring in the bigger the setup the the more the wind can spoil your shots. For $1300 (£975 ish) you should be able to source secondhand some very capable kit? please don’t take my words as criticism I started off with a Celestron 76eq on a 2/3gem and took some IMHO breathtaking shots with any iPhone jammed up against the eyepiece but nothing compared to even a 15 second exposure of M43. hope this helps
  12. Hi Chris, im on the other side so can’t help directly but have you looked for a local astronomy club? There are 4 in and around Manchester if you search and they will I’m sure be more than accommodating/welcoming hope this helps
  13. Hi Mike, just checking are you talking about the SW200p dob? i have the same scope and never had a problem with dew? however the principal behind the dew heater is that it warms the lens or in your case the mirror so that dew can not form. So in short it would go around the bottom but as above I’m not sure it’s needed hope this helps
  14. Hi McWaffles and welcome, my first thought was you are coming at this the wrong way, the first thing you should be focusing on is the mount as without a stable reliable platform the best most capable scope in the world is useless. I would recommend buying the sturdiest mount you can, I have the SWHEQ5 and this is probably the starting position for most people getting into AP. As for the scope whatever you have left in the bank after the mount is what you are working with. Have you looked at refractors? The SW80 DSpro is well regarded for DSO AP. Then once you build up your skills/knowledge and take the plunge further the refractor can become your guide scope. Allowing you to take even longer exposures hope this helps
  15. All on my phone: Stellarium clear outside (thanks FLO) Seasky.org (bookmarked) aurora watch polar align think that’s all I use. Hope this helps
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