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sam127mac

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About sam127mac

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    Star Gazing, Photography
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    Carrickfergus

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  1. I have a Skywatcher mac 127 with a slow F Stop.. now getting a Skywatcher 80ED Pro I'v managed 25sec exposers without star trail... can I get more stars with f 7.5 than the 12 F stop Well I know the answer .. yes .. but whats the difference is it 3 4 or 5 time more light.. and because for wider filed... can I push the exposer time to 30 0r 35 sec... sam
  2. Many Thanks Geoflewis for your input on my wide field viewing. sorry it’s taken so long to reply but I have spent many evenings looking at posts here on SGL and other web sites regarding Viewing with lenese and  SW150 and SW 80ED and also looked at many videos on collimation and field of view on given targets with each scope. Seems that I would need different scopes and cameras to meet the need for the different targets I would like to image… This is going to be an expenses past time, but I’m keen to get stated on this and have decided to go for the foundation 1st, I don’t want to go backwards in this project so an Skywatcher NEQ6 PRO Synscan along with a SW80ED would get things going

    Think using my 200 and 300 nikon lenses would start the wide field viewing and the ED80 give me a little more power. Guide scope seen ok but Guide cameras seem seem to be a lot more tricky… Colour or Mono…. pix size or list pix size… Mono seems to be best for guiding.. so I’m on the journey these things and some filters and so on as I go along. Once again thanks for the input.. I will go for a faster scope like a SW200PDS later when i save up some more money… 

     

    Kind Regards .. Sam

     

    Will order the Mount and scope after the 10th This month when I get my next pay packet.

  3. Many Thanks Marky1973 for your input on my wide field viewing. sorry it’s taken so long to reply but I have spent many evenings looking at posts here on SGL and other web sites regarding the SW150 and SW 80ED and also looked at many videos on collimation and field of view on given targets with each scope. Seems that I would need different scopes and cameras to meet the need for the different targets I would like to image… This is going to be an expenses past time, but I’m keen to get stated on this and have decided to go for the foundation 1st, I don’t want to go backwards in this project so an Skywatcher NEQ6 PRO Synscan along with a SW80ED would get things going

    Think using my 200 and 300 nikon lenses would start the wide field viewing and the ED80 give me a little more power. Guide scope seen ok but Guide cameras seem seem to be a lot more tricky… Colour or Mono…. pix size or list pix size… Mono seems to be best for guiding.. so I’m on the journey these things and some filters and so on as I go along. Once again thanks for the input.. I will go for a faster scope like a SW200PDS later when i save up some more money… 

     

    Kind Regards .. Sam

     

    Will order the Mount and scope after the 10th This month when I get my next pay packet.

    1. Marky1973

      Marky1973

      Hi Sam

      No problem, making decisions like this are always hard and take time! It is going to get expensive I'm afraid! You can try and keep the cost down with second-hand gear if you source it right. I got my ED80 from a member on this site for £300 including the SW Reducer. I also picked up my NEQ6 from the Bargain section on Astroboot - ex-display, but full 12 month warranty. They do come up from time to time, so worth keeping an eye out for!

      You'll never get one scope to do all things. I am now trying to decide whether to get a CCD Atik camera with a smaller sensor to cover more targets and complement my modded DSLR or whether to go with a Mak scope with a longer focal length to further develop my planetary imaging... it all just costs too much and I am not known for being patient - which I know doesn't really sit with astrophotography!

      I use a SW ST80 for guiding with a ZWO ASI120mm (mono) camera. Many say the mono cameras are more sensitive and better for guiding, but there are a lot of people on SGL who use a colour camera, so might be worth having a look through some of the guiding threads to help you make a decision. A colour camera will double up for planetary imaging of course, so you can kill two birds. Guide cameras and scopes often come up second-hand too, I picked my ST80 up second-hand and got an ex-demo Zwo camera.

      The SW200PDS will sit nicely on an NEQ6, but it will be more susceptible to wind - it is a big scope and requires collimation - I have stayed away from reflectors for imaging so far as I think they are probably less forgiving than refractors - but that might just be my unfounded fear! :-)

      I think using your DSLR and an ED80 with the NEQ6 will give you a good start. Some of the smaller DSOs will be a struggle, but there are plenty of other targets out there to pay around with as you figure it all out!

      Good luck and clear skies!

      Mark

       

    2. sam127mac

      sam127mac

      Many Thanks Mark for all your advice, It's been very helpful indeed.   Sam

  4. Hi everyone, this is my second post to SGL, I have really enjoyed reading posts here on lots of topics. I got a Skywatcher mak 127 for Christmas with a Goto mount, along with 10mm and 25mm eye pieces and the barlow. I added a 12.5 ,17, and 32mm plossl the 17 and 32mm are nice to use on the mak but my favourite must be the 32 lovely sharp views of the stars and the widest FOV I can get on the 127. My lovely wife picked a good starter scope for me really and with each clear night I’ve been out looking around. M45 is my best view, always wondered about this spack in space,
  5. Many Thanks, still can’t get over SGL. Looking forward to asking some questions when clear sky comes my way. Thanks “Proto Star” downloaded Stellarium wow! and it’s free. “Star Forming” Hi again from Carrick.. and Hi again to a close neighbour in Bangor. To Bedfordshire, South Wales and around the UK. Thanks for the Warm Welcome. Sam
  6. Hi to everyone on Stargazers Lounge, what a fantastic web site!! Found you all shorty after Christmas when I needed to find out more about the present “Santa” gave me for Christmas. I have been amazed by the information to be had here… what a credit to everyone who give of their time to answer questions and share. Santa got me a Sky Watcher 127 Mac with Goto Mount. I come from Carrickfergus in N. Ireland. So far only managed to view the Moon for a short time due to cloudy nights. About 3 weeks ago had a whole evening…. Sitting up the Goto was great fun try
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