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Levdr

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  1. I too agree totally with iamjulian. I myself had very little money earlier this year when I started. I decided to buy last year's model refractor, a Skywatcher ed 80mm on a CG-5 mount. It cost me 430 euro. As I had a budget of 500 euro there was money left for some small extra's and that was it. I already had a Canon 40D with a few good lenses and I started to experiment. A few weeks ago I bought a little motor (for 89 euro) so I can track the stars now and it works beautifully. Or you could buy an achromate, which is considerably less expensive than an apo/ed. Yes, there is the colour thingy, but that can be remedied, at least to a certain extent. And it would get you started and you could see if this is worth investing in. However, if you only have £ 200 to spend right now, I would recommend following the advice given by jbh, and that is to attach your camera directly to a motorised EQ mount. FLO sells the EQ3-2 for £ 159 and a single axis motor drive for £ 75. That's a bit over the 200 pounds mark, but not by much. You already have an excellent DSLR. And you'd be surprised at the results you can get with that set up! And for exploring the night sky a pair of simple 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars are just great!
  2. Great site. Bookmarked. Thank you for sharing!
  3. Oh, that is excellent! Thank you very much.
  4. I would be using it for lunar and planetary imaging, not deepsky, so a HEQ5 would suffice then. Right. Would this HEQ5 also be enough for some deepsky imaging with my 80mm ED refractor, you think?
  5. If I were to buy a Skymax 180mm OTA, and I wanted to use that for some astro imaging, which motorised (not GoTo!) mount would that require? TIA!
  6. Hi Steve, I just came into a bit of unexpected money and would LOVE to buy one of those remaining 180mm MAKs. Are these last two indeed gone now? I ask as on FLO it is still listed. Thanks.
  7. Well, t'was a while ago that I asked the question and since then I bought an adapter, ring and some other stuff from somebody on another forum, so I'm set. But thanks anyway
  8. I've been away for some time and had missed your question. Here's a link to eBay's terence-camera. This is the one I bought: eBay.be: Timer Remote Cord For Canon EOS 50D 30D 40D 5D Mark II (object 270436155601 eindtijd 29-okt-09 10:01:50 CET) Delivery was speedy (a week), and I had track&trace so could follow its whereabouts ("left Zhuanzan, China" or whatever it was... ). And it comes with a manual as well, with reasonably understandable English (albeit not always flawless). The device itself is great and does all the seller says it can do. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the shutter works the same as on my Canon 40D: press it halfway and it focusses, press it all the way down and the photo is taken. One thing though: this one won't turn off. You can leave it on and if certain functions are off, it uses little power. I myself just take out the batteries and it's no problem.
  9. Hi Abernus, I'm also just a beginning stargazer. I haven't even looked through my new 80mm ED refractor yet as I'm waiting for the diagonal to arrive. But I have been looking at the night sky with just a pair of 7x50 binoculairs for quite some time now and doing that and consulting maps and Stellarium I am learning to find my way across the sky, recognising stars and constellations. Now often two or three stars are enough to identify the latter. And then, last weekend, I woke up some time before dawn, looked outside and the sky was unusually dark and just crystal clear. And there stood Orion. I took my humble binoculairs and looked and decided to try to find the Orion Nebula, M42, and there it was! Only just a couple of months ago I would never have seen it, would never have identified it as such as it was nothing but a mere smudge in my binoculars. But I saw it and I knew what it was and I was so excited that I almost dropped the binos. What I'm saying is, that it takes time to get to know the sky. You can have a light bucket, but it won't mean much if you don't know what you are doing. Study the star charts, download Stellarium and look up with your telescope and as you learn you will see more and more, simply because you know not only where to look but also how to look. This is my own experience at least. So cheer up about your small telescope!
  10. Thank you Mick and James. It sure was special.
  11. Nobody? Hmmm... maybe everybody is tired of my questions. Wouldn't blame you
  12. Thank you Craig. Yes, it was a very special feeling. M57 in Lyra must wait until Spring. It's position right now is to the west, and for me that's in the direction of the centre of the city and the sky is glowing yellowish there. Bright Vega can not be missed, but I can't distinguish anything else right now. During the Winter months Lyra will be too close to the horizon, if it surfaces at all, but in the Spring it should be right where I have the best chance of seeing it and hopefully find M57: high up in the North Eastern sky. So much sky to explore!
  13. I've been looking at some eyepieces to get started with and I was thinking of buying a pair of high(er) power TS Optics Super Plossls. They're inexpensive and appear to be of fair quality. The ones I've been looking at can also be used for 'eyepiece projection photography', which I think I will like, but I'm confused about the adaptors. They recommend a 'fotoring T2' and explain: "With the T2 photo ring, you can replace the rubber eyeguard by a T2 connector that is directly attached to the eyepiece. You may then attach your SLR camera (via an optional T2 ring) directly to the eyepiece." and I'm like: Què?! A 'T2 photo ring' and then another 'optional T2 ring'?? Here's what I would like to do: to connect these Super Plossls to my Canon 40D. Here's the link to the Plossls: Super Plössl - 6mm Brennweite - 1,25" - FMC Vergütung - Teleskop-Express: DER Astroshop + Fotografie + Naturbeobachtung Here's the link to the Fotoring T2 Adapter auf T2 - für 1,25" Okulare - kurze Bauweise - Teleskop-Express: DER Astroshop + Fotografie + Naturbeobachtung Help?
  14. Last night I woke up, about an hour before dawn, looked out the window and saw that the South-South-Eastern quadrant of the sky was crystal clear, and there it was: Orion. In al its glory. My mouth dropped. I could see things with the naked eye that on other nights I could hardly see through my binoculars. I then looked through those binoculars and the view was stunning. Now I had looked at Orion before, but just to make out its make up so to speak, to learn the constellation as a whole. Now, for the first time, I felt I could maybe see the Great Nebula I had seen so many breathtaking images off. I knew where to find it and almost immediately did. There could be no mistake: I was in fact looking at M42! I was so excited I almost dropped my binoculars. Then, after a while I went back to just using my eyes and with the help of a bit of peripheral view at first, I could see the nebula again. Very faint, very fuzzy, just a little smudge really, but unmistakably there. Isn't it great that once you know where to look exactly, and once you know what to look for, you can find so much more? I then hurried (as dawn was pending!) and took some photographs where you can clearly see the nebula. Wow, I have actually seen my first Messier Object!
  15. Thanks everybody. I looked at the Celestron and it's a bit too pricy for now. I like the looks of the Orion Shorty Plus even better, but that too is a bit pricy. The suggestion of buying a used one is a good one. Will look for that or try placing an ad. Thanks kniclander for clearing that up for me. One last question: I bought a Skywatcher ED refractor. Do I need the Barlow to be apochromatic as well, or would achromatic suffice?
  16. Thanks Steve! Although it was meant to refer to UK shops in general. Like, when I was trying to order the Revelation kit from another UK shop, I was given three options: "UK", "Ireland" and "None of the above". When I chose the last option I got the message I hadn't chosen a country and would I please select a country. I had the feeling of being in Monty Python... So it's nice to see your order form is in better shape!
  17. I would like to know just one thing: how do these other people from outside the UK manage to place an order?!!! Sorry, couldn't resist! Personally I think the kind of protectionism AA is talking about -for it is that-, can no longer be upheld. Like it or not, the Internet has opened the world to the world and the EU has opened the borders of the participating countries and those who remain on their little island (no pun intended) will, unfortunately, loose out in the end. Buying and selling on the Internet is as easy as buying and selling on your homeground, and since money is hard to come by, why pay more here if you can buy it cheaper there? Hell, I recently bought me a Canon timer remote shutter control clone in China for 1/5 the price of Canon's official one. If all things are equal I will buy from the local shop, but the problem is that often things are not.
  18. As I can't buy the Revelation Eyepiece Kit, I have decided to buy three eyepieces and a 2x Barlow in stead. That should be enough to get me started. Of course, I know nothing of Barlows, so here I am again, looking for a bit of help. What am I to look for when shopping for a 2x Barlow? What price range should I be looking at. Or can you recommend one maybe that is good value for the money? I also noticed that Barlows, like eyepieces, come in two flavours: 1.25" and 2". Would it suffice for me to buy a 1.25" Barlow? Or would I want a 2" Barlow, and why? Also, can you use a 1.25" Barlow with a 2" eyepiece, or for that matter, a 2" Barlow with a 1.25" eyepiece? Any advice would be welcome, and as always: thank you in advance.
  19. Ooh, that's very funny. Unfortunately (I can't believe I'm saying this) I live all the way on the other side of town where the lights are not red! Yes, symba, that's my thinking exactly. If so, I could buy, let's say TS eps, or Robtics eps (Dutch shop), knowing that they are in fact GSO.
  20. Haha, all that equipment and no sky to view them on! Maybe so! Although, I think light pollution may be everywhere now. In our part of the world anyway. However, I'm amazed what I can see through a pair of 7x50 binoculars in light polluted Amsterdam, even if it isn't in the worst part of the city, lights wise. I was wondering something else though. I see some shops carry their own brand of eyepieces. Could it be that these are all basically the same, made by, I don't know, GSO?
  21. Yes, Steve, I did call the FLO number once after hours, but the second time I called early in the afternoon. How I could have missed your call is not quite clear to me as every call is registered by my phone. Maybe it won't register foreign calls. But no matter, whatever happened, I have bought my telescope&mount somewhere else, so there's no need to call now. But I thank you. Well AA, if it is true that the cheapest dealers are never the best dealers, then FLO must be awful, as they seem to have the best deals. Which I'm sure they are not (I may not have had the best of luck with them as far as communications go, but there are many who speak well of them). Your statement that buying on price alone is short sighted may be true, but some of us don't have the luxury to shop locally and spend more money doing so. I myself have little money due to an illness that I have had for the last 24 years, which prevents me from working. So it's not because I'm stingy or cheap and hate to part with my money; I just don't have too much of it. Now, when shopping locally means the difference of 'a tenner', fine, but in this case FLO had a Celestron 80mm ED on CG-5 mount for an incredible price. That same set up costs almost twice as much over here. So, yes, I agree that buying locally is better, even if it does cost a bit more. But buying something from FLO for £ 315.00 or buying it locally for £ 600.00 is just too damn much of a difference, for me anyway. So, knowing of the Celestron restriction, I pm'd Steve, hoping that maybe he could offer a workaround, an alternative, or something. I don't know. In the end another local shop offered me a nice deal and even though it wasn't as good as FLO's, I accepted and the 'scope is on its way. Also, there is the fact that some of the things that are abundantly present in the UK (and US) shops, simply are nowhere to be found over here. Like the Revelation Kit. I have found no shop anywhere in Europe that carries it (and I have googled in 4 different languages!). So, I thought of buying some GSO eyepieces instead then, just to get me started. Again, easy to buy in the UK, but in Europe I have not found them. TS has some, but not the ones i want. So then what? I don't know. I am now looking at alternatives. Instead, it would be so much easier if I could just fill in the order form on some UK site and buy the stuff from them. Remember, this is NOT Celestron stuff, but things that, as far as I know, can be sold worldwide and there is no reason, at least none that I can see, why a UK shop would be unwilling to sell these items to me. So it's a mystery why they don't reply to emails regarding shipping quotes. Maybe I should migrate to the UK?
  22. Hi symba, I'm glad that the thread was helpful to you too. I just bought the WO 40mm SWAN eyepiece, but the Revelation Kit is doubtful. It is nowhere to be found over here, so I have to buy it in the UK. However, it seems that UK shops simply do not want customers from the European continent. They are truly awful! They don't reply to emails (FLO), to messages left on answering machines (FLO), or they respond by email (Telescope House) or by pm on a certain forum (FLO), promise this and that and you never here from them again (TH and FLO). So I think I have to rethink the Revelation Kit. I am now thinking of buying a pair of inexpensive Vixen plossls, say a 6mm and a 20mm. With the SWAN that'll have to do for a little while. I will also buy a Barlow though (which has to be as cheap as possible - looking around for that now) and with that I can at least get some idea of the ranges in between (I think) and later on, will know better what to buy for real (so to speak). I would love to know how you like the Kit though!
  23. Guys, I've been looking at the Skywatcher Panaview 38mm, but I haven't found any shop over here that has it in stock. But I can buy the WO SWAN 40mm with 72º for € 89.00. Would that be a good alternative to the Skywatcher?
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