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  1. I had a similar problem a while back, first they spray painted the back of the plastic sticky out bit, but then I said it wasn't working, so they offered and replaced the whole lamp head for me to ones that only shine down. I'm very happy:D
  2. And yeah, only for mounting a dslr (but maybe I might upgrade in the future)
  3. Hi, sorry about that, under 300 preferably, and I'm hoping to get it used to keep the costs down
  4. Hi all, sorry I've been away for a while! Any recommendations for an eq mount for wide field imaging? Preferably at the cheaper end, at the moment I'm considering: EQ3-2 EQ5 HEQ5 Star adventurer Any pros/cons for any of these, also which would you get if you were in my position? Thanks!
  5. Congratulations to space x!!!

  6. Dpreview.com, but watch out, some are not as friendly as on here. Most don't reply to first posts and most of the time an argument breaks out on threads.
  7. A small planisphere? And a small cheap red torch
  8. Unfortunately it looks like I won't be making it up there this time. However we're hoping to come in the spring, but we'll probably book closer the time or last minute. Sorry guys
  9. As a comment to the reply above, to avoid neck ache you can connect the camera to a laptop or computer via USB and control it from the computer to avoid neck ache from trying to look at the settings, however for looking through the viewfinder you can get 90° adapters or you could just lay down underneath it.
  10. Can't say much about its astrophotography use as I've not had chance to use it due to the clouds. But as a camera as a whole it's great! I love it! I carry it with me everywhere!
  11. Was your pic of the chimney at night or at day? It might be because your camera selected a really high iso?
  12. You have to set it to manual if you want to use it without the lens
  13. I've used it quite a lot for daytime photography, not so much for AP due to the weather! It's a great camera! Spent about 5 hours wandering around the streets of Manchester doing Street photography yesterday and not one did it become a burden! It produces great results and I don't think the battery is that bad for what I do. But you'll have to see if you like the grip in your hand. My hands are small enough to hold it but I find it a lot comfier to wrap the neck strap round my hand when holding it as it adds onto the grip. But overall I really recommend it!
  14. Just a warning, on the 13th my dad and I will be arriving around 9pm as I'll be coming straight from school, we'll try not to blind you guys with the car headlights However we'll only be going weather dependent, could you guys update this thread with what the weather is like whilst you're there please, thanks!
  15. Great report! Glad you're enjoying it! One useful tool would be a telrad finder, it shows two rings that not only let you centre the object but help in star hopping.
  16. I've tried what you've suggested but I've ended up with less detail than I started
  17. Yes that's how it looked! Thanks a lot! I'll try it out next time and I'll post the results
  18. e other night I was trying to stack some milky way shots in DSS to see if I could get a better image. The picture itself showed the milky way very faintly so I was hoping to stack images to get a better image, however after stacking them I only got a grayish white image with slight dots. I was using darks and flats but I can't recall how many of each. Any advice to why this is happening or how to get a good image is appreciated! Here is a single frame.
  19. Looks like the Columbus module of the ISS
  20. I have found that I always get a lot of dew forming on the lens of my DSLR, would a lens hood work similarly to dew shields as they extend it forwards a bit? Also they will act like a light shield so will it be useful? Thanks
  21. 1. Probably not as it was shortened for astrophotography 2. You may get some movement and flex (however others will advise) 3. For dslrs you don't need an eyepiece, the telescope acts as a normal lens would for the camera, so it will be slr-tring-tring adapter - focuser
  22. Sorry about the whole urgent business, I thought I broke my camera
  23. Just noticed you are right, massive over exposure Idiot like I am I was thinking overexposure can't happen in the dark. I have since taken 10x30s and stacked them and have got sort of an image, I think some darks and flats may help that, how do I take flats? Shall I just point it at a white laptop screen?
  24. I'm using a 100d with 18-55mm, no filters, originally pointing at polaris for 30 mins, now pointing at cygnus
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