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  1. As a person just getting into astronomy and AP, (With no scope, just a D7000 + D300s and a tripod) I'm blown away by these images Awesome!! I'm feeling inspired!
  2. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of support on these boards - Thank You all so much. Last night after some trial and error with the built in Invertalometer on the D7000, I took a series of shots. (30 second exposures at f16 ISO 1600) which were enough for me to use to learn how to stack images using LR and PS. Attached is that image I created from those 8 shots. I took many more, but most weren't successful. I know for many on here what I did is extremely Primial, and its something to go into the gallery for me to laugh at a couple of years down the line, but I was really excited as the images came together and created star-trails, abeit very small ones! My next step I guess is to increase the shots taken and create a full circle with some terrestrial object in the background Once again, thanks for all the support, Links and help I've received here so far! Really appreciated!
  3. Thank you for the recommendation, I have gone ahead and purchased this book, and I look forward to its arrival. With Astro-Photography I have not even set both feet on the first rung of the ladder regards to what I can foresee to be a huge learning curve. I do appreciate the huge learning curve that is involved in any photography, let alone something as complex as what Astro-Photography looks to be. My expectations of what I might capture at the beginning of my journey is perhaps a gray scale fussy smudge which if I posted on here some may say "what is it?". I am totally comfortable with the fact that there is no way that I’m going to be able to just head out with a telescope and a camera of any description (SLR or cooled Mono) and start creating color photos of Nebulae and galaxies with any amount of detail in them. I appreciate that, those sorts of images take a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of experience. Whatever I capture, even if it is a fuzzy grey-scale smudge . . . . (That’s once I find one!) then knowing what it is I have taken a photograph of (even though others probably won’t have a clue what it is) will inspire and motivate me to want to keep at it and keep learning. and Whilst I do think my starting point will be to try and see what I can / can't achieve with a SLR, I have been looking at mono cameras, color fillers etc today and see that the price range goes from £300+ to £4000+. I can see how once I get my teeth into this, the bank balance could end up being sucked into a black hole, but out of curiosity would something like an Atik Titan be beneficial over a SLR or would I be looking at something more like the Atic 314+ being more of a realistic investment?
  4. Sorry for delay in getting back to such fantastic responses, both of which have given me lots to think about and lots to look into. I have been spending some time having a look at options that I might previously have embarrassingly ignored. and in doing so I can see just how each scopes have their advantages/disadvantages and uses and it's not simply a matter of choosing the biggest aperture with the most automatic features (such as go to) that I can afford. That said, this excites me even more as one of the major reasons I wanted to get into astronomy & AP is because I wanted something that I could get my teeth into and learn! Apologies if it seems that I have rambled on some, just though I would include my chains of thought in case it helped anyone spot somewhere I may be misunderstanding something or missing the point totally. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget My allowable budget now is £500. In a couple of months that would increase to £1000 (or if I was to spread the cost then that would be another £500). What different equipment is manageable? The priority is getting something workable first to use where it's going to get most use - at home in the back yard, but its after thinking more it is possibly worth keeping portability in the back of my mind as I make choices. In my back yard,- Chunks of equipment unto around 10kg and several trips would work fine - I can rest, and I can do things in stages (Assembling outside if need be). Venturing out to darker skies - I would restricted to 25kg total PROVIDING I could find or customize a single carrying system which has wheels and obviously also very, very protected. Goals & Aims AP compatible: Extremely Important. Planets: Important - very interested. Small Faint Stars - Not so important Distant Galaxies and Nebulae - Important (Especially as experience grows) EDIT: Back Yard I'm certain there's going to be a fair amount of of light pollution living only 1.5 miles as the crow flies to Leeds City Center. (this may affect ^ and realistic short term goals & possibly choices of equipment) Options & Equipment I already have a D300s and a D7000 SLR camera. Both of these SLR's have a built in intervalometer, I also have a remote control that works with both these cameras. I think a good starting point would be to purchase mount (It has become very clear over the past couple of days as I have done a little digging that an equatorial mount is definitely the way forward for AP and having looked at the EQ5 (suggested by Ronin) this seems to be a good option) a polarscope T-ring for DSLR's in question (D300s + D7000) ? ? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Questions GOTO - I see that a goto is something that can be bought as an upgrade. From experiences it wise for a beginner to purchase a goto separate and later? Polar Scope - I assume that this is all I would need if I was to purchase an EQ5 (which says it has a Polarscope holder built into it) http://www.skywatcher.com/product/polar-scope-eq6eq5/ T-RING - I'm a little confused - is a T-ring not for attaching a SLR to a telescope? If so then this is something I would need to purchase once I know which Scope suits me the best?
  5. lee2017

    Hi from Lee

    Thank you folks for all the warm welcomes
  6. It's that time of year again, the nights are getting darker and I'm inspired once again to begin researching into a telescope investment, but each year I spend so long bewildered by the vast choice of scopes, that time moves on and lighter nights begin drawing closer. this year I want to change that and I'm looking for guidance into purchasing my first 'real' telescope. As I have mentioned in my previous introduction post, I have been fascinated with the night sky and space for as long as I know, and I did have a high street quality telescope in 1994 when I was 11 year old which I have fond memories of. Here are a few ideas of what I would expect to use a telescope for. As the celestial events occur year after year, and I have nothing but a pair of binoculars that may as well be made from chocolate and the naked eye, I kick myself for not having taken the bull by the horns and making a choice of a telescope. Naturally as a photographer i am going to want to take photos of things that I see. Understandably this is going to be a huge learning curve in new photographic techniques and editing etc, but it is definitely a desire that my telescope is going to need to be able to fulfill. We all need to start out somewhere and so naturally lunar shots and shots of nearby planets in the solar system would perhaps be my first realistic goals in astrophotography. Eventually a few years down the line once I have got to know my telescope and also the skies above my head better, then I would like to think I could progress into some deep space photography. I do have photographs of the Moon which I have taken using a 300mm lens on a D7000 and even that took some time to perfect - so I totally get that deep space photography of nebulas and galaxies is a long term goal and whilst it is something that i am definitley looking at being able to do, it's not something that i'm going to be able to jump right into. Small steps at a time will do it. With regards to my situation, I live UK, in Rothwell which is on a bit of a hill that over looks Leeds City down in the Valley around a mile or so away, I can only imagine the City lights do generate a fair amount of light pollution, but with limited mobility in my legs and no car, I'm going to need to work around that as most of my viewing is most likely going to be from my back yard. From my back yard on a clear day with all the house lights and outside lights turned off, most of the constellations can be seen with a naked eye. I haven't even began to look for nebulas or galaxies as i currently don't know what I am looking for or where. This is going to be much of the fun of the telescope - learning and discovering the night above me and making a photographic journal of what I see. As for portability of the telescope, it's not important that it is portable, because it would only be on rare occasions that I can see me being able to take it out into the field due to the limited mobility and lack of transport, it just needs to be portable enough for me to be able to get it in and out of the house with or without help. My instincts tells me that its perhaps a good idea to purchase a more advanced telescope that I am going to be able to grow into as my experience, knowledge and skills advance, although I could be totally wrong about that and more advanced features will only complicate the early stages or learning? I don't know and this is where I need some guidance. My current budget is around £500, but If I was to wait a couple of months that budget could be stretched to £1000. I look forward to being guided towards the right telescope ranges / types and I look forward to embarking on a new venture into learning and discovery. Lee.
  7. lee2017

    Hi from Lee

    Well, it's that time of year again when the skies are beginning to get darker in the evening and I'm motivated to begin the cycle of researching telescopes yet again . . . each year after spending so long looking and trying to decide, time passes and I find that the lighter nights are approaching. This year I want to change that and make it happen whilst the time is right. I have always being fascinated by the night skies and each year celestial events come and go and I kick myself for having nothing other than the naked eye and a pair of binoculars that may as well be made from chocolate to observe from. Last year we saw the converging of Jupiter and Venus, and although my view of it was merely two slightly brighter stars in the sky I was fascinated with what I was watching and wished I had made up my mind on a scope. I had a telescope as a youngster, My Mum bought it for me from a high street shop when I was 11 years old. It was rather unstable and awkward to use (typical high street quality I suppose at best I suppose) but I loved it. I used to love viewing the moon through it, but perhaps my fondest memory from that telescope was viewing Jupiter through it. It was around 1994 Jupiter. At that time Jupiter had not long ago received a fair share of media coverage when Comet Shoemaker - Levy 9 collided with it. I remember being somewhat star struck (no pun intended) when I managed find Jupiter through my scope a while later. It was the topic of the month in our house after that and rightly so because finding the biggest planet in our solar system was a special moment for me as an 11 year old and I can still remember it to this day despite it being a rather cloudy and somewhat blurry image I was viewing compared to what I can only imagine the high end scopes of today are capable of. I am also a self taught photographer and sell my photography at local events and fairs. The though of merging my fascination with the night sky with my passion and love for photography inspires and motivates me to want to learn more about the skas above and view it not from the TV screen, but live from my back yard. It would also be an amazing venture onto a learning curve of photographic subjects and techniques that I have never before explored. I will spare this post of asking for advice regards to which scope to buy and post that in another topic with more specific details of my situation location where hopefully folks will assist people to guide me towards right direction in choosing my first 'real' telescope. Lee.
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