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Posts posted by bish

  1. I have a Canon EOS 7D for sale. Excellent condition. I bought it in May with 16,764 shutter count and have only taken a few hundred more. I need more astro gear, so camera gear has to go. £260 inc registered postage 

  2. 15 minutes ago, happy-kat said:


    The altaz mount tracks the object by tiny left right up down movement which keeps the object in the field of view, but this isn't following the earth's rotation. In imaging terms this means there's a finite time before star trails appear. With your camera and lens you could start imaging with the mount you have, you'll have to work within the capabilities available and this particularly applies to deep space objects where long exposures are used. Planets on the other hand are fine as generally we would take fast videos.

    So you could start now with what you have using the 127mm mak on planets, turn removing it and using your camera on DSOs from 15-45 seconds exposures. https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/228101-the-no-eq-dso-challenge

    A star adventure tracks equatorially so longer exposures with a camera are possible on DSO, but you wouldn't use it for planets really. There is a thread for this mount here. https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/303949-imaging-with-a-star-adventurer

    Then for similar price there's the az-gti with potential eq capability with firmware update.

    Many thanks. That is really helpful.

  3. Hi,

    I was thinking of having a dabble in some low cost astro phtotography. I have an 1100d , 50mm and 70-300 lens I could use, so thought I might get a star adventurer. My 127mm mak is on an AZ goto, which I could mount my camera on, but don"t know if it would be as good as the star adventurer.

    As an aside, would the mak/mount be OK for planetary/lunar if I got a celestron nexstar or similar.



  4. 8 minutes ago, JeremyS said:

    Is this an official meet, or an informal arrangement? Is it at the Kielder obsy and where do you stay? I was up there a couple of weeks ago and thought I’d love to go back To observe sometime.

    It"s the Kielder star camp . I think electric hook up pitches go fast but I always get a spot for a tent.

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  5. 16 minutes ago, davew said:

    Oh yes, arriving Thursday.

    Looking forward to it as holidays are few and far between these days. The weather may not co-operate but I'm sure a few walks in the forest will ease the mind.

    I'll be doing my usual and that is looking for puddles to image the Milky Way in 😉

    See you there ?


    Yes I will be there. I never bother checking the forecast anymore because I will go on the off chance of a patch of clear sky! It's a bit of peace regardless. I take more home comforts ever time I go. Think it"s my age!

  6. 1 minute ago, niallk said:

    Nice one 👍 Shiny!

    I couldn't loosen the clamp bolts on my 250px, so i just stuck the cell under the shower with the mirror 😉  It was grand!

    I came very close to cleaning it in the cell because the bolts were so tight.  I was lucky to only break two of them!

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  7. 4 minutes ago, steppenwolf said:

    Ooooh, shiny - well done but ouchhh on the clamp bolts failing .......

    Yes the bolts were in so tight that two of them just sheared off.

    Thanks for the tutorial. It worked a treat.

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  8. It's nice and clean at the moment, but not back in yet. 2 of the mirror clamp bolts broke off. There are 10 more so I am going to see how it holds. If it shifts around I will see if i can replace them. 

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  9. 18 hours ago, Marvin Jenkins said:

    Put me out of my misery please. Tell me it is gleaming and back where it should be not being used a dog water bowl.


    Still not done it yet! Been side tracked by my wife wanting to go to shops. She going out with the dogs later. I"m getting mentally prepared to jump into action.

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  10. 4 hours ago, steppenwolf said:

    You only need to consider three things when doing this -

    1. be careful

    2. be careful

    3. be careful

    I hope it goes well for you - this link *might* help

    Thanks for the link. Your video is the one I was going to follow. 😀

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