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Bodger

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About Bodger

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  • Interests
    Photography, Fretwork (Scroll sawing) & Wooden Toy Making, Astronomy.
  • Location
    Mörsdorf, Germany
  1. Many thanks. Some good information there. Many thanks for the links
  2. Many thanks for the detailed reply. I certainly appreciate it and will investigate further. Thank you.
  3. Yes that’s a good point with the heat haze and all. Thank you.
  4. Thank you for the reply. Yes the tube length from eye piece to camera body seems pretty long and is obviously not that stable. I would consider changing to the 130 P-DS if I was able to get some form of good feedback that it was the way to go. I live in Germany and don’t speak the language well enough to have a discussion in a telescope shop
  5. Thank you for the reply. The tower I initially used was in the far distance and in bright sunlight I guess maybe 4 or 5 mikes away? I do have another tower much closer which I could try. Regarding the wobble, I can use ‘live view’ and a cable release so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue I guess. I think my main concern, and disappointment, is the apparent inability to get a nice clean and sharp image. It could be the ‘cheap?’ Barlow lens that came bundled with the ‘scope? Although I’m a bit concerned at throwing even more money at this without a fairly high chance that it will improve things.
  6. Hello. I wonder if you can help me? I am trying to take pictures through my ‘scope but cannot get it to focus properly. To start with I bought a T-Mount and attached it to my 80D then attached it to where the eyepiece is installed. I extended the ‘scope focus through the entire travel and wasn’t able to get a view in focus. I read about using a Barlow lens but the T-mount wouldn’t fit it so I then bought a T-Mount Adapter (see link below) and still couldn’t see anything that was remotely in focus until I attached the combo to a Barlow lens and it finally gave me an image - of sorts - of a tower some distance away. The image is pretty dark and very ‘soft’ and nothing like as clear and sharp as I was hoping for. Also, because of the high magnification, the slightest touch of the ‘scope makes the image wobble whilst trying to get the image sharp is just awful. There is very little tolerance between it being in or out of focus. I have to say that I am very disappointed and was hoping for a much sharper image. I was also expecting to be able to use different eye pieces but that doesn’t appear to be possible. Whilst I have been a photographer for many years I am new to astrophotography and so far I’m pretty despondent. Can you cheer me up? Telescope: SkyWatcher Explorer 130M; D:130; F:900 Camera: Canon EOS 80D T-Mount T-Mount Adapter https://tinyurl.com/y5llubss
  7. Great tutorial packed with lots of information. Its things like the settings which are most useful as I wouldn't have had a clue where to start. Many thanks for your contribution. Barry
  8. Wow. Many thanks for the information ronin. Much appreciated. Barry
  9. Many thanks for the quick replies. I'll follow the link and have a god read. Barry
  10. Hello, As a newbie I’d very much like to take some long exposure images (like the attached) but do not really know where to start. Can you point me in the direction of a good, simple, tutorial. I have a good tripod, a cable release and a Canon 50D camera with a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens, a Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. I also have Photoshop CS5. I know it will be a long exposure but I’ve read that some people combine multiple images together, using coloured filters, then layer them in software to get an overall image where each layer produces its best effect. A simple step-by-step tutorial, with lots of pictures, would be brilliant if you could point me in such a direction. Many thanks Barry
  11. I couldn't agree more. I watched a couple of Brian Cox programmes on Eden recently and it gave me tingles.
  12. I installed a copy of Stellarium some time ago and it seems very accurate. What initially looked very complicated has started to make sense. Its particularly useful to see where certain things are at certain times . . . which I guess is what its supposed to do :-) :-)
  13. I have been somewhat overwhelmed by the enormous amount of help and advise which I have received from fellow members. Whilst I have been a member of other (different subjects) forums and have contributed my knowledge to same, I have been staggered by the warmth, friendship and huge amount of information that you have provided me with. Thank you soooooo much for making the steep learning curve so enjoyable. Barry
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