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Clayton C8

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  1. Clayton C8

    My first shots

    Prime focus stacked images with my 6" LXD 75
  2. Thanks all. Still new to all this stuff but I will add a few pics tonight once I figure out how.
  3. Hi there and hello to one and all from the emerald isle. Firstly thanks to all - this site has been a huge source of information during my astro education over the past two years or so. I suppose my story is pretty similar to a lot of others here. I always had the interest but it took a trip to Lidl during Christmas week to get things started. My wife suggested she get me a cheap 70 mm refractor. There it was in its shiny box. It did the trick. It did enough to get me started - once Saturn started to show up a few months later I was hooked.... Soon I bought a second hand 6" LXD 75 which was a real upgrade - Found out how to take shots at prime focus thanks to you guys here....... I'm still using the mount but I've bought a few upgrades since then. EOS 400 D, ZWO 120MC and a celestron C8 and a sky watcher 50 x 9 finder scope is the latest purchase. I've managed stacked shots of Andromeda and Orion etc. and lots of planetary stuff with the set up - I have the C8 about 3 weeks and it’s a beast compared to the older 6 inch reflector. Caught my first shots of one of the moons casting a shadow across Jupiter on the first night I tried it. Blew me away. I can see myself still using both OTA's as the FOV is a lot bigger with the Meade so it works well for the larger stuff. I have yet to do any prime focus work with the C8 XLT and the SLR but did manage to get prime focus the other day just using the body from a 2X Barlow with the lens unscrewed.. Necessity is the mother of invention as they say. Anyway just wanted to say hi. Happy to be in good company. Clear skies
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