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  1. Here are some photos as promised. As you can see, I hope, I've now found the adapter ring (if that's the right term!) that goes into the focuser - the one I bought from eBay seems to be smaller and no good for my telescope sadly. So, now I'm missing what fits into that adapter to hold the eyepiece in place I presume? I'm getting a bit lost again!
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    Skywatcher Telescope

    What's missing ?!
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    From the album: Skywatcher Telescope

    This is the original ring which I have now located, but am missing the piece that fits on to here I presume?
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    From the album: Skywatcher Telescope

    This was the part I bought off eBay that doesn't seem to be a fit anywhere :-(
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    From the album: Skywatcher Telescope

    Here's the focuser with the eyepiece adapter holder ring in place. What part is still missing to hold an eyepiece in?!
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    From the album: Skywatcher Telescope

    This is the focuser with nothing attached.
  7. I'll get some pictures in the morning to show what I mean, not to worry about the part,it looked right! Hopefully they'll take it back without too much fuss.
  8. Well, I bought that piece, and sadly it seems to be too small for the opening in the telescope, although it holds the eyepiece correctly. Some good news though, one piece has turned up of the eyepiece holder assembly, but I still can't use an eyepiece. If it helps I can take a photograph so maybe that might illustrate it better!
  9. That looks like the piece! It's that long since I've used it, I couldn't even remember what it looked like! I'm sure that's what's missing, thankyou!
  10. Hello all, I haven't visited here for a while because astronomy had taken a back seat to other matters recently, but have been dusting off the gear again. And therein lies my problem! I have a Skywatcher 150 dobsonian, which I have had a lot of fun with in the past taking snapshots of the moon. I bought a DSLR adapter for it, and had a great time with it. I recently moved house, and in my packing panics, seem to have lost the eyepiece holder for the telescope. The DSLR adapter was attached to the telescope at the time, sadly. So I now have a gaping hole in the focuser, great for attaching my camera body to, but sadly I can't use any eyepieces again for general stargazing. Can the end piece that holds the eyepieces be bought seperately? Or would I need to buy a whole new focuser? I'm not really sure, other than I'm utterly fed up that the holder went missing in the move I've moved to a wonderful spot with hardly any light pollution out the back so I'd really like to view stars again! Any help would be really greatly appreciated, thanks!
  11. I've already spent a small fortune getting started lol! However, it's something I can really see me getting a lot out of, with a lot of time, patience and money.
  12. Thankyou! I'm so pleased I cant stop looking at it and I've had a printout made as well.
  13. I am really pleased with the camera. I've learnt more about photography using the DSLR than I ever did with a compact or a bridge camera. I enjoy the trial and error part rather than get frustrated with it, as I have an idea what to go with next time. The only trouble is, I have lots of photos with slightly different settings and results, it's hard to decide which is closest to the real thing, and once you look at them on the computer...the editing possiblities seem endless! I really never expected pictures to come out this sharp, and they are huge!
  14. I treated myself to a Canon EOS 1000D about a month ago
  15. I know it's blurry, but I was amazed to even get this far on a first attempt. I could pick out 3 moons if Jupiter was overexposed, but this lower exposure picture showed a cloud belt. A single shot with a warming filter added.
  16. Hello all, I took this last night, first time using the camera attached directly to the telescope. Not perfect I know, but I'm so pleased with the results as they came out far batter than I had hoped, and it was so much easier than I thought it would be. After trying lots of different settings I finally got some shots that looked ok. I probably took about 100 photos last night and I might have 10 or so that were usable. I even got a fuzzy photo of Jupiter! I'm not sure how to improve this any more so I'm leaving it as it is for now. Any tips for better results next time gratefully received!
  17. The adapter came this morning and everything fits perfectly. I'm looking forward to trying to get some photos this way, thanks
  18. Edit: I've ordered a T2 mount so hopefully I'll be all set in a couple of days...hope so as I can't wait! Thanks again for all your help
  19. Wonderful! Thanks so much for your help! I can see how it goes now, with all these bits and pieces, I was getting a little confused Thanks again
  20. These are the bits I've got, the 2" eyepiece adapter and the 1.25" parts...I havent had a chance to try the camera up to the telescope yet. Sorry about the large pictures.
  21. Ok, thanks very much! I wasn't sure if I needed both of these parts, I'm taking it that the smaller T ring goes between the camera and the T adapter goes from the ring to the 2" adapter that I already have? I'll get the bits ordered then!
  22. Hi all, apologies if this has been dealt with before. I've just bought a Canon EOS 1000D DSLR which I am very happy with, and would like to connect it to my telescope for my moon photos. I have a Skywatcher 6" scope, which says it has a direct DSLR connection. It comes with a 2" Eyepiece adapter which I presume is what I use, but I was wondering what connects this to the camera body, or what do I need to buy! I thought it meant it could be connected up 'out of the box' as it were but I guess I need something to join the two. Any advice would be appreciated
  23. Thankyou, I'd never heard of a Hartmann mask, I will definitely try that. I'd also like to get a better eyepiece as I can't fit all of the moon in in one go at the moment using a 25mm. I also realised that the photos I'd been taking were 6mp jpegs, and my camera has a RAW facility which I haven't tried yet. The camera also has an AVI mode although I'm not sure what I'd do with an AVI afterwards, or if it would pick much out. I think I'll concentrate on getting things in focus first, and some better results the way I'm working now, get the hang of that some more and then try some other methods. I'm amazed at what detail the photographs can pick up, already far more than I thought I'd be capable of!
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