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Spaced Out

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  1. 6D all day long for me ! Purely on image quality and low light performance...... I also own a 7d MK2 that I use for wildlife and have occasionally thrown it on a telescope, it performed OK but it's a lot noisier than the 6D at higher ISOs. I'm guessing this will be less of an issue if you are stacking lots of images tho ? If you are only working at 250mm then as you say FOV is a consideration and a crop sensor may be the better choice for your particular targets. I think 7D Mk2 is widely considered one of the best canon crop sensors. Is it worth looking at the 80D too ? My mate just got one for wildlife and tbh the image quality seems better than my 7D Mk2, I think it might be slightly better at higher ISOs than the 7D too ?
  2. I have a little old shed, I used some left over bits of ply and foam to insulate it and added in some ventilation. One end is now a little warm(ish) room in the other end I made a small cupboard for storage, my gear now lives in there. The cupboard has two large passive air vents and small low power tube heater running in there. It was an experiment really but it works well, the humidity usually remains constant between 50% & 55% so I’m happy to keep gear there. I also added an alarm for security.
  3. I've just ordered one ! I now have a cheshire, a cap, a hotech lazer and tomorrow I'll be adding this to my arsenal ! I ordered it because I have always found the secondary the hardest part to get absolutely bob on and this sounds the tool for the job. Personally I wrestled with a cheshire when I was learning, everyone said it was the best method, but I've come to the conclusion a cap and a laser are much easier to use. Is it as accurate tho ? I don't honestly know, but my images look OK. What I do know is that it has always been the secondary that has bugged me with the collimation process so I hope this new tool will help out with that.
  4. 6D really is a great camera. I've had a lot of Canon DSLRs but for certainly for single shot nightscapes, wide angle landscapey milky way type stuff I always default to using my old 6D just for its image quality and low light performance. I've had it modified recently so I am looking forward to picking up a bit of nebulosity in my images now too and maybe chucking it on a mount for widefield stuff.
  5. For info I read somewhere that 6Ds can be a bit tricky to mod (easier to mess up), so I asked Juan at cheap astrophotography if he would do mine but he was reluctant. I did get it done in the end by Andy at Astronomiser, but I'm glad I didn't risk trying it myself ! A lot of people using 450Ds and 600Ds it seems.
  6. I have the ZWO OAG, it works fine for me. I have a fairly sensitive guide cam (lodestar X2) and I haven’t tried any other guide cams with it. I use a Baader MPCC mkIII and I found it a bit of a faff getting CC spacing + OAG + filter wheel + camera all lined up and working well. The problem I had was CC spacing. At the correct spacing (I think I added about 1.6mm) the prism of the OAG was sitting over one corner of the imaging sensor, which I didn’t like very much ! To get it to line up nice and level with the flat side of the sensor I used 2 thinner spacers adding up to the total required spacing instead. I put one between OAG and camera and one the other side between the OAG and MPCC, then it lined up nicely. The only negative I can think of about this OAG is that the stalk with the prism on feels a little bit wobbly sometimes, not as sturdy as I imagined, doesn’t affect operation tho.
  7. Thank you ! Yeah I'm lucky to live here, good for photographing the night sky.
  8. I started with a HEQ5 and 130PDS, don’t regret it and I’m still using it now to learn the ropes. Only issue I had early on was learning collimation, but with practice things slowly started to fall into place. I found the whole process a bit of a learning curve, especially adding in guiding and new software, all good tho. I really enjoy using this setup and I’m still learning new stuff all the time. Loads of good support on here too, I was on all the time asking for help with this or that........ and I still am !
  9. Considering everything discussed here so far I am wondering if my best course of action might be to get a free trail of CCDInspector and purchase one of these ? https://www.firstlightoptics.com/zwo-accessories/zwo_t2_tilter.html
  10. Baader MPCC MkIII works well for me.
  11. Agreed, the 130PDS might be more useful in this case, especially if you can't afford the mount upgrade, it's a little bit lighter and it's a great telescope for photography too. I think some folk are using the finder scopes for guiding and saving weight over a larger piggybacked guide scope ? I use an OAG with mine, it works fine and is lighter than the piggybacked ST-80 I used to use for guiding. I think I read somewhere that in an ideal world your imaging set up should be around half (or two thirds?) the weight capacity of your mount ? This really worried me at the time because I was pretty much at full capacity with all the gear hanging off mine ! However, it still worked OK. I did find when I trimmed the weight it improved things a little tho. Is the recommended max capacity of the EQ5 about 9 or 10KG ?
  12. I have one, good condition, barely used, low shutter count. It has dummy battery for mains power, a battery and battery charger. I was going to put it on here soon for £230. DM if you're interested and I'll get the shutter count etc.
  13. Wow ! Thank you too. I tend not to go very far from home with my camera so most of my night sky images are from coastal Northumberland. Luckily I am sort of equidistant between Newcastle upon Tyne and Berwick upon Tweed, looking north and south I can see light pollution but locally it is pretty dark at night. I have a ‘Northumberland’ album on the Flickr page with milky way, aurora shots etc. https://www.flickr.com/photos/132427272@N04/albums/with/72157654649850948 I’m now hoping to learn how to use the star adventurer mini to produce better quality milky way shots from around here.
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