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  1. Don't go amd. intel chips cost roughly the same but are generally faster.
  2. That's exactly what I use (with an additional field flattener), go for it, you won't look back.
  3. The ed80 and st80 on a neq6 is a great setup, very forgiving on guiding and a wide field dream! I'd keep the 200P for visual and the odd target that an ed80 is too wide for. Or you could do what I did: ed80, st80, neq6 pro, c9.25, 200P. No money. Want a 16" Dob now!
  4. Caveat Emptor. Buyer beware. I dont see why moderators should have to be dragged in to monitoring for sale boards. Ive always found the for sale section to be lively and interesting, buying and selling alot of my gear through it. The spped at which some stuff sells is astonishing though!
  5. Couldnt resist having a play with the first M45 Ive seen this year:
  6. lol, no worries. Dont forget that when the SCT adapers set up with your camera, that youll still have to turn the focuser (alot), to attain focus. Make sure its a bright star, or pref the moon when youre bringing it to focus the first time. But yeah, it would be nice to use an SLR into a crayford with a reducer on a SCT, but has anyone done it, and how?
  7. I have the same problem, although to a lesser degree. Didnt want to open it up though.
  8. I wasnt aware that anyone really abused the FS section with bumps? Its always seemed quite straight forward, and the odd bump never bothered anyone! But as previous people have said, see how it goes.
  9. or First Light Optics - Skywatcher Explorer 150P EQ3-2
  10. http://stargazerslounge.com/sale/158981-skywatcher-explorer-150p-eq3-2-lots-extras.html - Over budget but worth a look.
  11. I'd push it to a 150 Newt of you can, more flexible later on depending on where you go with it.
  12. Alan: The 55mm SCT adapter will do the trick, thats what Im using now - Scope - Reducer - SCT Adapter - T-ring - Camera. Now if I could just work out how to get the Scope to focus with the Skywatcher Crayford Focuser connected, I could leave it on and not have any more mirror shift when imaging! Cant work it out though.
  13. I would, but I have the skywatcher one. I dont see the point in releasing a crayford fouser that wont focus with an slr, when with other scopes (refractors, newts), you can.
  14. I do it like this, but how can I/we use the meade 6.3 focal reducer wih a skywatcher/revelation crayford on the back, it just wont focus?
  15. thats how I do it as I cant seem to work out how to get focus with the skywatcher back Ive got (scope, reducer, sw focusser, canon = no focus :-( ) So I do what you do (scope, reducer, vis back, actually, I use the sct adapter by celestron from RVO, then camera via t-ring.) Have you tried getting it all rigged up and then focusing using the knob on the scope. I didnt do that initially, took me 10 minutes to work it out, d'oh!
  16. Thanks guys. It is a bit over procced, but Im not sure what to do beyond a simple stretch and sharpen. How do I use the histogram, what should I be looking for?
  17. Well, I finally got chance to go out with my new scope last night and decided to go for Jupiter. Kit: NEQ6 Pro, C 9.25 with Dew shield and heating strip on low, Antares self lock X2 Barlow, Neximage, Sharpcap. I collimated and let the scope cool till 1am and then got 3000 frames, choosing only 1000 of them for the final image. I had real problems getting focus though even though I used a Bahtinov mask. To be honest, I found it quite difficult getting set up and was questioning my focus/collimation all the time as it was so "fuzzy" (see attached pic. Although I'm happy with the difference the new scopes made, any tips/comments to help me move on would be gratefully appreciated. This is my first "real" attempt at Jupiter. My first and previously only attempt: Last nights:
  18. It is a very cool idea though, an enviromentally sustainable observatory. Nice. Fits right in with the ethos of any Astronomer I reckon. Keep us updated as to your progress, I think it's a great idea if it's a goer.
  19. Nothing wrong at all with the 200P, its a great all-round scope. Just not very portable.
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