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  1. Haven't had a chance to give it a go yet - typically it's been cloudy on all the nights I've been free
  2. Thanks. I'll have to give it some thought I guess. I'll try putting the t-ring on the 2" adapter with the 1.25" bit unscrewed and see what I get!
  3. Hi. I've got what appears to be a common problem - the DSLR won't focus when on the telescope due to a lack of inward travel. From what I've read here there's 2 solutions to this? (that don't involve a new telescope!) low-profile focuser or move the mirror up the tube. the focuser looks relatively easy to change, but how hard is moving the mirror, and are there any instructions? It's a Skywatcher explorer 200p. Thanks
  4. Not a daft question!! Yes, that's what I was doing wrong Thanks for help from you all
  5. Hi. I've just got a QHY5 to try guiding but I'm having a problem getting any image on PHD. The camera does work in QGVideo though. When in QGVideo without a scope it will show up light and dark but in PHD in the same circumstances just shows a black screen. I've tried PHD with the ASCOM drivers and CCDLabs Q-Guider settings. I'm obviously doing something basic wrong but I can't figure it out. Any ideas? Thanks
  6. I wasn't planning on using the galileoscope for guiding (although the thought crossed my mind), it was the only thing I had to hand to test out the camera. I did point it at the moon in phd as well (I used QGVideo to get the picture above) but couldn't even see the moon. Since I was getting rather cold and hadn't wrapped up I left it at that for today. It's probably just a setting somewhere, I'll take a longer look at the instructions
  7. Focusing the galileoscope to that accuracy is rather difficult
  8. I was pleased Couldn't get anything to show in PHD though. I'm sure some persistence will sort it out though.
  9. Got my QHY5 this morning. Dying to try it out but my scope is kept around my mother's house (much less light pollution there) and she's away for the weekend! So, I dragged out my galileoscope and tried the moon. Turned out not too bad. Also my first attempt at playing with registax for the video too. Ultimately this is going to be used as a guidecam and I'm sure I'll have a frustating time getting it working but I bet it'll be worth it!
  10. I was thinking about getting one of these for guiding. I'll need a laptop and find dell only do Win7 as 64 bit. If not I'll have to look at ebuyer,etc for 32bit ones. Will it work on this? If it works on 32bit vista I'd be sure enough that it works on 32 bit win 7 but from what I remember 64 bit windows requires signed drivers. Thanks for any help.
  11. Quick question (after reading the forum a bit). I probably won't be doing this yet (or maybe at all), but, how do you actually piggy-back the guidescope to the main scope?
  12. Nice, I'll have a look into doing that! I'll have to admit I was thinking "is my galileoscope good enough to do it?" (although I doubt it is)
  13. Thinking about it some more, I'll look into getting a side-by-side saddle and a small refractor and see how the EQ5 copes for now. If it struggles I'll have to look into the EQ6 (from what I read on the forums I'll end up with one sooner or later anyway). Until I do I'll try planetary and short-exposure imaging to get my hand it as well as practice polar, drift alignment etc.
  14. Thanks for the advice. I'll see what I can do with what I have for the time being, maybe I'll take the D40X to pieces (as I want to use the D300 for normal photos) to remove the IR filter from it. I realise I have a lot of practice to get in before I really need to get some new stuff but I certainly have some idea at what I should be looking for! The heavier mount was certainly something that came to mind and the EQ6 does look to be the business. I'll have to start saving some pennies as this is going to get expensive in the long term
  15. Hi. I've started on the long road to getting decent astroimages Currently I'm using a Skywatcher Explorer 200p on an EQ5 goto mount and imaging using my Nikon D300. Although I may take the IR filter out of my D40X and use that instead since I don't use it for normal photography anymore. Not done too badly with planetary objects (imo for a complete novice ) but I'm looking for advice on imaging DSOs. As I understand it, it's best (or pretty much required) to use some sort of autoguiding? From what I've read the EQ5 would struggle to have a guidescope on it as well, is that correct? If it can cope, would this be the way to go? I suspect that a CCD would ultimately be better but more cost in short term but could it be used for long exposure to take DSOs and guide at the same time? Sorry there are so many questions and thanks for any answers.
  16. I am I would have liked to try Jupiter but by the time I got the hang of it, Jupiter was behind the house I tried a higher power eyepiece but I couldn't focus it at all, I suspect the focuser couldn't rack in far enough with all the adapter stuff on the end.
  17. Nice! I haven't had time to do more than reduce them in size.
  18. Thanks, that looks useful. I'll take a look and see what I can do.
  19. I didn't have much time but I had to try it out last night. Obvious target was the moon, I so I pointed at that. I suspect that either the focus was out and/or my collimation skills arn't quite up to scratch yet but as a beginner I'm impressed with myself This was on a skywatcher explorer 200p with a D300 using an eyepiece adapter & 25mm eyepiece. I tried 2 smaller eyepieces (a 10mm and 6.somethingmm) but I think that focuser couldn't rack in far enough with the adapter to get focused. Any advice?
  20. Thanks, the next clear night (whenever that is!)I'll give it a go. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually.
  21. Hi. I got a Skywatcher Explorer 200p with goto mount recently. Figured out the setting up and polar aligning (I didn't realise I needed to do this at first hehe). My 2nd attempt was last night and it just seemed to be 90 degrees out once polar aligned... I guess when I was fiddling with things to get the polar alignment I have to change of the dec(?) axis. I assume that once I polar align it I have to reset it to it's home position... is that 90 or 0? Not much chance of trying tonight since it's forecast to be 100% overcast though Thanks for any help
  22. Hi. After getting my galileoscope and playing around with it, I've decided to get myself a telescope - I've wanted one for many years I've had a quick look around this forum (which is excellent btw), and thought that a NexStar 5SE might fit this bill. Is this a good choice in this price range? So, taking a look at the rather good eyepiece thread, a good set of eyepieces would be a 7.5mm, 12.5mm and a 30mm (since it comes with a 25mm)? Or should I put in the 20mm as well as suggested in the post? Although I suspect it won't be all at once, 1, maybe 2, with the scope, so which one first? At some point, I'd like to take some photos through it with my D300 at some point, but that can wait if it's going to cost a lot of money to do. Any advice and suggestions welcome, thanks
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