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  1. This sounds like it's exactly what I'm looking for. I'm having trouble finding it on the internet. Do you have a link?
  2. That's actually the one I have bookmarked right now. I've heard nothing but incredible things about it, and the pictures hold up to the reputation.
  3. I'm very well versed in telescopic photography, but am new to dslr work. I'm looking for a nice and sturdy tripod and a couple good lenses for my dslr. I have a nice dslr, a Canon 80D, and want to pair a couple good lenses for milky way and night photography with it. Does anyone have any experience here? Thank you! Jim
  4. Hello fellow star gazers. I have a student that wants to upgrade her current setup. She wants to see more from nebula, as this current setup isn't quite powerful enough to handle it, she wants the next step up. Her current setup is this. https://www.amazon.com/Orion-SpaceProbe-Equatorial-Reflector-Telescope/dp/B00D05BKOW What suggestions would you go with? I think she's ready for an intermediate setup. She's proven to be ready to move up from this beginner's model. Thank you for all of your help! Clear Skies, James
  5. A thing of beauty, ain't it? What spurred the question was the new stars in its center. It didn't make sense to me since stars need cold temperatures to start the process.
  6. Question of curiosity! The Orion Nebula is an H II diffuse nebula. I long hear sources saying that Orion is still a birth place of new stars, but is it not too hot to still complete this process? To my knowledge star formation mainly occurs in dark nebulae where temperatures reach fairly close to absolute zero? Where am I wrong?
  7. Indeed. The mount is pretty ideal here. I'm gathering information still on our preferences for viewing, though I'd like to focus mainly on lunar and planetary viewing. Really we just need something we can control remotely! I've bookmarked all of your suggestions. Right. Real time astronomy is what we're striving for. Our budget is pretty wide open right now, but don't want to spend above our needs. Based on our needs, we'll need the mount, telescope, and camera capable of real time viewing.
  8. Hello fellow stargazers! I'm more of a lurker on this site, but the time has come where I need to ask some advice! I'm an earth science teacher with a lot of astronomy experience, just not much with motorized mounts. We're looking to put a telescope on the roof of our school. We've picked out a motorized observatory for a telescope, but we'd like a telescope that can be controlled via computer so we can control it from the classroom. We would more than likely need tracking software and such. Our school is pretty new, so when it was being designed we had tubing put in that leads to th
  9. Aye, I'm choosing a relatively poor time, indeed. Tax return in the states is here, and I need to spend my return on something nice! :D
  10. Hey guys! I have an Orion 10" Dob. I'm looking for a solar filter for it. What do you suggest?
  11. Thanks for the response! I figured all I needed was the adapter, but I know the flattener is highly recommended, so I'll probably buy them both. I'll do some research on power units. I'd like to make my setup portable, so I believe some sort of powertank is going to be the way to go here.
  12. Hey guys! Update! I just got my Skywatcher 80ED and HEQ5 mount in! I have a few questions, as I currently have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm excited for the future. What do you all use to power your mount? Also, to attach my DSLR to my telescope, I would need these two parts correct? https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pro-series/skywatcher-85x-reducer-flattener-for-ed80.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/skywatcher-dslr-m48-ring-adapter.html
  13. No big deal at all! So when I attach the DSLR to the telescope, I remove the lense from the camera right?
  14. These are excellent points, and confirmed some of my suspicions about non-cooled cameras. I'm looking at a Canon 60D for the DSLR setup. What kind of bracket do I need to attach it?
  15. So I believe I've decided to go this route. FLO will definitely be my place of purchase: Going to go with the 80ED for the telescope. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pro-series/skywatcher-evostar-80ed-ds-pro-ota.html Going with the HEQ5 Motorized mount. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/skywatcher-heq5-pro-synscan.html .85 field reducer, although I'm not quite sure how this works yet. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pro-series/skywatcher-85x-reducer-flattener-for-ed80.html What I'm still torn on is auto-guiding. I completely understa
  16. Wow, I didn't expect the many responses I've gotten. I'll have to ponder my options. I already have a very nice dslr camera, so that seemed natural to me, but a ccd has been suggested to me many times. I believe that an 80 is the perfect telescope for me. I'll also be purchasing a motorized mount, which is obviously a must and something I've needed for a long time for watch parties for my students (I'm a fifth year primary school teacher). I believe I can decide later on the correct imaging. This should at least get me started. Thank you for all of your help. Jame
  17. This sounds like what I'm looking for. Do you have any photo samples of pictures you've taken with this model?
  18. Galen, that's very kind of you to link all of these items to me. If I may ask, how do I attach the 600d to the telescope itself, and what is the purpose of the guide camera?
  19. Hey all, I'm no rookie to telescoping, I have 3 telescopes in total, but none are astrophotography rigs. I'm ready to make that jump. I have about a $3,000 budget. What's the best whole set-up I can get with that, in your opinion? I know there's a huge difference between deep sky and planetary photography. If I had to choose, I'd love to do deep sky objects like galaxies and nebula. Thank you for all of your help! James
  20. It's incredible what a simple camera on a phone is capable of these days. Honestly, some of my best photos of the Moon have come through the camera on my Samsung Galaxy. Great work! These turned out really great!
  21. I have one more photograph I took during the partial eclipse here that I found very awe-inspiring, so I thought I'd share it with you. Shot on an Orion 10" dob with simple safety filter.
  22. Indeed! I actually own a Thousand Oaks as well, though I found the most pleasant views of this particular phenomena were through the simple safety filter. I certainly used them both though!
  23. The photo is in itself its raw state. I was very happy with the simplicity of the edit. The solar filter I used is pretty basic, a simple safety film filter. http://www.telescope.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=113385&type=product
  24. I did the best I could with the partial eclipse over North Dakota. I'm quite pleased with the result! - Jim
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