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  1. Just a long shutter time. Not too long, or the stars would have become stripes. Airplanes move fast. Just try it out for yourself and start with 10 sec shutter time. For the light, my hb used his headlight, which gave a better light than the camera's flash. I kept my eyes closed to not ruin my night vision.
  2. Indeed, it was an airplane. Perhaps it was the Santa Claus route from London to Rovaniemi , which should be flying over that area. Above the tree in the middle you see a red spot. That is just a camera artifact that sometimes appears. The green light low at the northern horizon, in the right part of the picture is a bit of northern light. :-) Only visible on camera with 10 sec shutter time. With the naked eye it looked like there was a city in that direction, but there is nothing in over there for many, many kms.
  3. Here is a picture that my husband took of me last winter with my Maksutov under a dark sky. Not much scope to see, but it's my only picture of scope in action.
  4. It's a smart concept, building a scope shed on your balcony. It gives more peace of mind than having it in an accessible garden. When I let my scope stay outside at night for an early morning session, I also put it on the balcony upstairs.
  5. Very nice solution. Cheap and effective. I chose to buy the C8, because it is just a little lighter to handle than it's bigger brother. Although the 9,25 has better reviews.
  6. And what is that blue thing? Your lipstick??
  7. I think I'll take the scope + Baader filter to my work. Nice to show some other people. We (hubby and I) also need to try holding the baader filter in front of the photolens.
  8. Thank you for this review. Often we see reviews that compare what you see through the scope, which is also important. But you describe the quality of the construction, which is equally important.
  9. Is a 180mm Mak also suitable for Deep Sky? In the sense that it could be a better alternative then a 8 inch reflector? Or is again the narrow FOV very limiting?
  10. I think the difference in this case is not the quality of the scope, but the focus length. Long focus length is good for high power views, but it gives a narrow field of view. Short focus length gives a wide view. In watching the night sky, a narrow field of view is no problem when you are looking at a planet, which you typically look at with high power. Some Deep sky objects (DSOs) however are quite big and they are best viewed with a wider field of view. E.g. my Maksutov doesn't show M31 as nicely as my binoculars that give a wider field of view. Also the double cluster is quite difficult to get all the way into my view. On the other hand there are many deep sky objects that are smaller and that are even tiny in my telescope with magnification. For daytime viewing I use an Amici prism (that shows left and right the correct way). I can easily watch boats on the fjord that are approx 25km away. For astronomy, I use a star diagonal, which shows left and right mirrored. That last thing is a bit confusing and is a matter of practice to get used to. If you want to, you can also use am amici prism for astronomy, but it might take away a little more light than a star diagonal.
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