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  1. Thank you all for your comments, they were very helpful. Made my trip to Tring Astro to have a chat and I must say, Neil was amazingly helpful. He was very patient with my naïve questions and fully answered them. I posed my question re: the 80mm APO v the 102mm doublet. He gave me a quick lesson on the pros and cons of each and asked for more detail about what I was looking to do. He then said, not sure if you would be interested, but I just took in as part exchange an Altair Astro Wave 102mm APO! Result! This was my 'dream' scope but just beyond my price range, however his second hand on
  2. I had a Bresser AR102s/600. It was fine for looking at things but all my photo attempts were very poor (accepting my skill level as part of the challenge). CA was a big issue and even looking at the sun and moon the images were not very well defined. I used a semi-APO filter but didn't see a lot of difference to be honest. Like you, I do a lot of reading (I have the 'bible' so often recommended here) but find I am almost in information overload trying to keep everything straight in my head. I do live in a fairly light polluted area but can 'see' the Orion Nebulae though not in great detai
  3. Hi All, I am looking to upgrade my refractor. The final candidates have come down to The Altair-Astro Starwave 102ED or the Wave Series 80mm Triplet. Both have FPL-53 glass, the 102 is a doublet and the 80 is a triplet. My question and discussion point is whether the 102mm doublet with its greater light collecting ability would be more desirable than the 80mm with its triplet APO configuration. My intent is to get better at AP but I do like just looking sometimes. Price-wise they are about £100 apart so not a lot in it. Any finer points from the veterans in the group would be ve
  4. Thanks for the feedback Vlaiv. The 3/4 port things are push in connectors for connecting everything up. I could just as easily wire directly to each component. I will work up all the power requirements for each component. This was really helpful.
  5. Hi All, I am thinking about a project to build a power tank. Here is my schematic. I can get most of the components off Amazon and the rest from eBay (when finished I will post my shopping list). The cost, including battery and waterproof case, comes in around £90. My question, for those of you smarter than me, would this be 'safe' to use to power an AZ EQ-5 GT mount and the rest of my gear (GPCAM, Hypercam 178M, dew control system (future addition))? Or, do I need to build in more safety (fuse box for each component)? The wiring will be 12 gauge, the push in connectors are rate
  6. Hi All, I am looking to upgrade my mount (EQ-3 Pro SynScan) and the original top candidates were the HEQ-5 or the NEQ-6. I can find several discussions on the pros and cons of each of these mounts but haven't seen much on the pros/cons of AZ GoTo mounts. Looking at the AZ-EQ5-GT, slightly less than an NEQ-6 price-wise, and the weight capacity is similar to the HEQ-5. Are there any advantages/disadvantages to an AZ mount over an EQ? I am looking primarily for DS photography. Thanks for any advice and opinions.
  7. Hi All, Thank you for your comments and assistance. Still fairly new to this. I am using my DSLR now for AP (will upgrade to a CCD/CMOS once I am more confident in what I am doing), however this latest came about when trying to get my new guide camera (Altair GPCAM 0130C) to actually 'see' anything. We have had a very bright moon the past few days so have managed to get it to show and focus on the moon, however, point it at something resembling a star and just get a black screen. I have read their forum and the recommendation is to keep playing with the software (adjusting gain and e
  8. Hi All, New challenge I am running into. When I add a filter wheel on my Bresser AR102s I run out of travel when trying to focus in. I have removed all the extensions and still can't focus in. Am I out of luck or is there something I can do? I am reading up on Focal Extenders am I heading down the right path? Thanks for your help.
  9. Hi All, I am having some troubles with my new guide camera. I have a Starwave 50mm Guide Scope and an Altair GPCAM AR0130C camera. When I attach the camera to my main telescope (Bresser AR102S) I can see images on my laptop (in the preview window). However, when I attach the camera to the guide scope, all it get is a completely black preview screen. I suspected it might be a back focus issue, but I have tried with and without the extensions that came with the guide scope but all I get is the black screen. Any ideas what I need to do to get myself sorted? Thanks in advance for an
  10. Hi Skipper Billy - thank you for your reply. I probably did leave the viewfinder uncovered (I do know to block it out, but as I recall the day, I bet I forgot). I will process the images without the darks and see how they come out.
  11. Hi All, New to imaging and did my first session of taking subs and darks using my DSLR (10 yo Olympus E-500). I have attached the MasterDark from DSS and to me, it looks pretty rubbish. I am guessing that darks should mostly be black with a few 'specks' here and there. Mine looks like a snow storm with a very bad hotspot in the upper right corner. A few questions come to mind. 1. Should darks look like that? 2. If not, will continuing to use this camera just be a frustrating effort as it will probably never produce good images no matter how talented I may become? 3. And fin
  12. Good morning everyone, This is my first 'official' picture of the moon. I took 14 images, but this is the one I brought into Photoshop to adjust the levels to produce this image. Took it last night around 11pm on my Bresser AR-102S with an Olympus E-500, Manual mode, 1/4000 exposure time, ISO 800. While I am the first to admit, I have no idea what I am doing, but I am having fun figuring it out and was fairly pleased with this result. Any comments, recommendations, advice greatly appreciated.
  13. Hi All, This device came with my EQ-3Pro Synscan mount and I have absolutely no idea what it is for. Can anyone enlighten me?
  14. Hi All, I need to get a new 2x Barlow lens and looking online prices vary from a few quid to several hundred quid. While I am happy to go on a research tour of the internet, I thought I would get more mileage out of this group. :-) My telescope is a Bresser AR-102S/600, is there anything in particular in a Barlow that I should be looking for? I am just getting into AP, but do like to just look at things every now and again. Thanks in advance for any advice. James
  15. For autoguiding, I had a very seasoned AP friend of mine recommend the following: http://uk.telescope.com/Astrophotography/Autoguiding-Solutions/Orion-Magnificent-Mini-AutoGuider-Package/pc/-1/c/1309/sc/1405/p/110004.uts As it is an online shop, it may not be practical for you. Good luck.
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