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icmoon

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About icmoon

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    Sea Fishing, Marine/Reef Aquaria, Music (Floyd, Purple, Joe Bonamasa, Steve Vai, Thin Lizzy etc.... Photography and now hopefully Astronomy.
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    West Sussex
  1. Many thanks for that. Is there any prime lenses that I should look at in particular, their focal range or largest aperture etc? I have some lenses, so I guess I'll start with the good old 50mm 1:4
  2. I too have a bright streetlamp, one at the back of my house one at the front, very annoying indeed but would it help at all to put up a large board to at least block out the direct light or is this pointless do you think?
  3. Many thanks for that. Is there any prime lenses that I should look at in particular, their focal range or largest aperture etc?
  4. Ok, you win!........Just wished I'd started 'astromomy' years ago. Thank you for the suggestions I will check them out, they do sound intereting for someone like myself. I have a Canon 7D & wonder if that were suitable for some very basic astrophotography.
  5. Hello all, A year ago last June I bought my first telescope (I don't include the Tasco) a Celestron Evo 9.25 and lots of eyepieces & bits & bobs. I injured my back and haven't actually used it yet. Because of my back I may have to do more on the photography side than the viewing as I can't stand for long. What would you guys suggest as a starter software program for a newbee? I just can't wait to get going in this new and fantastic hobby. I'm no youngster, I can still recall the Gemini program & then Apollo.........It still thrills me with all that's going on. Many thanks in advance & I hope to get going soon. Take care Simon West Sussex
  6. I just received this from a member of Worthing Astonomers regarding a burglary at The Sussex Astronomy Centre last night 5th/6th February 2015. Please read and pass on to anyone you know. Thank you. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/152b6a952491e599
  7. Hi peeps, What do you guys use (if anything) to heat your scope/dew shield? I have a couple of working vivarium heaters which are set to about 74F and are 7 watts of heat over a square foot. The scope is a Celestron Nextstar evo 9.25, which I have learned through your goodselves is a 'dew magnet'. I realise this may actually be not enough heat rather than too much but is it better than nothing or should a buy a proper heater? Haven't been too well lately & so missed the couple of nice clear skies we had but many thanks for all your help so far, I can operate the scope in my living room now but haven't seen any stars there! I just can't wait to actually get out and use the scope for real. In the meantime am reading as much as I can, and yes, you guys are right, it is, a very steep learning curve! Kindest regards Simon (Sash)
  8. Many thanks for that info guys. Would I also need to get a new visual back? And John, it was/is a Williams diagonal. Cheers Simon. Celestron NextStar Evolution 9.25 with Starsense Autoalign and three Hyperions, 13mm 17mm, 21mm. (31mm 2" Hyperion on it's way) 2"star diagnonal, numerous filter
  9. Hi all, Does anyone know if I would gain anything from using a 2" diagonal in place of the 1.25" that came with the scope and would I still be able to use my 1.25" Hyperions with an adapter? I ask this simply because I've been offered a good 2" diagonal at a very good price. Am I trying to run before I can walk, bearing in mind I have yet to use this scope? many thanks again Simon. Celestron NextStar Evolution 9.25 with Starsense Autoalign and three Hyperions, 13mm 17mm, 21mm. (31mm 2" Hyperion on it's way) 2"star diagnonal, numerous filters
  10. Thanks John. Would it be possible to use it in 2" mode on my setup do you know? Regards Simon. Celestron NextStar Evolution 9.25 with Starsense Autoalign and three Hyperions, 13mm 17mm, 21mm. “From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’” Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 astronaut, speaking in People magazine on 8 April 1974.
  11. Wow! Thanks guys. I am really glad I asked the question, you saved me from wasting money already. Instead of the Barlow, How about the Baader Hyperion Aspherical Eyepiece 31mm? This should give me a slightly wider field of view shouldn't it? Celestron NextStar Evolution 9.25 with Starsense Autoalign and three Hyperions, 13mm 17mm, 21mm. Great band John, Great band!
  12. Thank you Doug There are some very good tips indeed, especially taking the scope out before (and in daylight) I aim to use it, plus the plastic bag. I now have myself a dew shield which indeed looks like a piece of industrial carpet with Velcro on it but was £40. This may sound a daft question Doug but should you leave the dew shield on whilst using the scope? Kindest regards Simon.
  13. Hi all. Hi Dave, Doug, Mike, Sarah, Jason, John, Pete, Peter Dana, and everyone else out there. A sincere thank you to a very warm welcome and your collective generosity of all yours offer of help to an old codger like myself through SGL. I am going to take up some of your kind suggestions on my new journey. I can now operate the scope indoors ok, all seems fairly simple. I chose this scope (Schmitt-Cassegrain?) specifically because I had a nasty back injury and cannot stand for more than a few minutes, hence the eyepiece at the bottom of the scope. Just for the record I have three Hyperions a 13mm, a 17mm and a 21mm. Also have two star diagonals a T-ring (I need an adapter too apparently) a selection of 12 filters, a power supply, which I won't need outside due to the scopes ability to run for 10 hours fully charged and the 'thingy' I spoke of is a 'Starsense Autoalign'. Also have a large due filter, and I can lift the scope when it is off the mount and will move them separately outside. I have to admit I did dive in at the deep end with a bigish scope as my first, but I am pushing on a bit and I doubt I'll be breaking any longevity records. Whilst the cloudy skies are here I'm trying to read as much as I can and yes, there is a hell of a lot more to learn than I ever thought, but that won't stop me, I'll plough on. I know it's early days for me, but I was thinking about getting a good quality high end Barlow lens, maybe a three or four element one and with my existing EP's 13mm, 17mm & 21mm and maybe a 3X Barlow, any suggestions guys? This combo would give me a 4.33mm, a 7mm, and an 8.3mm. If I've done my maths right that is. Budget would be £150. Thanks again all so much for your help and I do hope I can get up and running properly as soon as I can. Kindest regards Simon. Celestron NextStar Evolution 9.25 with Starsense Autoalign and three Hyperions, 13mm 17mm, 21mm.
  14. Hi all. Hi Dave, Doug, Mike, Sarah, Jason, John, Pete, Peter Dana, and everyone else out there. A sincere thank you to a very warm welcome and your collective generosity of all yours offer of help to an old codger like myself through SGL. I am going to take up some of your kind suggestions on my new journey. I can now operate the scope indoors ok, all seems fairly simple. I chose this scope (Schmitt-Cassegrain?) specifically because I had a nasty back injury and cannot stand for more than a few minutes, hence the eyepiece at the bottom of the scope. Just for the record I have two Hyperions a 13mm, a 17mm and a 21mm. Also have two star diagonals a T-ring (I need an adapter too apparently) a selection of 12 filters, a power supply, which I won't need outside due to the scopes ability to run for 10 hours fully charged and the 'thingy' I spoke of is a 'Starsense Autoalign'. Also have a large due filter, and I can lift the scope when it is off the mount and will move them separately outside. I have a DSLR (Canon 7D) as I would like to do some imaging later on. I have to admit I did dive in at the deep end with a bigish scope as my first, but I am pushing on a bit and I doubt I'll be breaking any longevity records. Whilst the cloudy skies are here I'm trying to read as much as I can and yes, there is a hell of a lot more to learn than I ever thought, but that won't stop me, I'll plough on. I know it's early days for me, but I was thinking about getting a good quality high end Barlow lens, maybe a three or four element one and with my existing EP's 13mm, 17mm & 21mm and maybe a 3X Barlow, any suggestions guys? This combo would give me a 4.33mm, a 7mm, and an 8.3mm. If I've done my maths right that is. Thanks again all so much for your help and I do hope I can get up and running properly as soon as I can. Kindest regards Simon.
  15. Hello all. I have to say, I am completely blown away by the number of people that are passionate about astronomy as is shown by this great website! OK, here we go........Now please don't laugh but my first scope was a Tasco 3" beast which very nearly made me give up astronomy before I had even started. After many fruitless sessions trying to find the moon of all things, I stripped the scope down and I now have a 3" mirror to use as an ashtray, except I gave up smoking years ago. Then, I became 'less busy' as Clarkson would put it and used my redundancy money to buy a slightly better scope. Still clueless, I wandered into 'West Sussex Astronomy' in Sussex where where a nice man relieved me of lots of cash in exchange for a Celestron Nextstar Evolution 9.25 a couple of Hyperion eyepieces and a camera thingy which apparently takes the place of the red dot thingy that usually comes with this scope & helps you to find stars, planets and nebulae, when you don't have the slightest idea of what you are doing, you get my drift. This contraption is now in pride of place in my living room decorated like a Christmas tree. Now, seriously, I am just dying to use it but I haven't seen a star for ages for the clouds. When I do see a patch of clear sky I will be out there like a flash even though I can't lift the thing on my own, I'll drag it outside somehow! (The nice man in the shop said I could put it on casters for an extra £300, problem solved). So. I have no idea if this scope is good bad or what. It's funny how life is sometimes. I have always been a spaceflight nut, I was 10 years old when Neil & Buzz hopped about on the moon but I never seriously gave a thought to buying a telescope. Till now. I'd better end this here & now before I bore you to tears but I have a million & one questions to ask, that much is sure! So, with some help and guidance and this great website, I gingerly tread into this wonderful new hobby, in which I am am now caught, hook, line and sinker. PS. Sorry about the fishing reel pic (sea angling is another love of mine) I will replace it very shortly with something more appropriate. Thanks for hearing me out, Simon.
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