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About tomo1515

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    Photography, astrophysics, astronomy, cosmology.
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  1. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give them ago when the clouds decide to clear. I regret going in now as the conditions were perfect, now there's going to be clouds until Wednesday. At least I saw Saturn for the first time which was impressive.
  2. So last night I went out to observe for the first time with my new telescope in skies with absolutely no light pollution, no clouds, and minimal atmospheric turbulence, and still I could not locate any deep sky objects. The moon was up however and I've read that the moon can 'drown out's fainter objects. Is this why I couldn't see anything or was it likely to be user error? And also what do you recommend for finding objects in the sky? I used an iPhone app but I found it hard to point the telescope in the area that the phone was telling me.
  3. As a beginner I'm trying to get to grips with all these eyepiece specs. I've read that the lower the 'mm' number the more powerful the eyepiece is. The usual sort is around 10mm-30mm, then what is the point of a 2.5mm. The 2.5mm gives a power of 480X on a 1200mm focal length scope and with a 2X barlow a power of 960X. If it becomes unusable around 350X what are the uses for it. I just can't see any. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-eyepieces/skywatcher-uwa-planetary-eyepieces.html
  4. Thanks for the help everyone. I'm going to have another shot tonight, (if the weather's with me) but with shorter intervals.
  5. This was my first picture made in StarStax. Comprising of 31 images at 1minute exposure and 1minute in between each image. Where have I gone wrong to get a smooth star trail? Thanks in advance, Tom
  6. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-150p-eq3-2.html
  7. I've changed my mind and made my final decision. I've stretched my budget to £300 and I'm going to purchase the Sky-Watcher Explorer 150P EQ3-2. The reason being is that I've read that the mount is far more stable and the extra 150mm will suit deep sky viewing better. Thanks for all of your help.
  8. Thanks everyone. As I'm a beginner I'll probably start off with 130mm as being 15 I want it now. To save to get a 150p or the 200p Dobsonian will take a while and I can always upgrade in the future as I progress in the hobby. Your advice has been invaluable and I've taken it all onboard. Thanks for your help. Tom,
  9. I know yeah, hundreds of them. I was just wondering, how 'accurate' is Floater's link? As in is that really how they look through a scope? As I'm a beginner I really have no idea.
  10. I'll probably keep it in my room and use it in my back yard, and when I go camping. (to escape the light pollution.)
  11. The Universe is truly fascinating. I can't wait to order mine.
  12. Wow, both links have been incredibly helpful. You've answered my question fully and cleared up some other questions I had. 12 Dimensional String is truly fascinating. Thank you everyone.
  13. As I'm looking at buying my first telescope I want to know what I'll be able to see with it. The one I've been looking at is the Sky-Watcher Explorer 130P (EQ2) It has an f/ of f/5. Is this an adequate specification to view fainter objects such as the Orion Nebula? If anyone has photos from the same spec telescope I'd love to see how yours look. The scope I've seen: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-explorer-130p.html
  14. Thanks everyone for the replies. They have been really helpful and I'm taking all your posts into consideration. I'm probably going to have a look on Astro Buy Sell and see what pops up. Once again thanks for your replies, they have cleared up a lot.
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