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About StormAurora

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  1. I use a star 42 tripod for my 70mm. It's cheap but pretty sturdy for a lightweight mount. Much better than the Velbon I had before. I even used it tonight to take images through the 70mm with my dslr and it held the combined weight very well.
  2. This weather drives us nuts 😣😀
  3. Hello and welcome πŸ˜ƒ This is the best place for advice and information. I bet you have some lovely clear nights, good luck with your stargazing.
  4. That's great. Many thanks.
  5. Thanks. We have contacted them today and they are sending someone to check it out next Tuesday, so fingers crossed 😎
  6. Hi all, Can anyone direct me to a thread about the above scope please? Couldn't find any reviews online and would like to find out what this scope is like. Many thanks πŸ˜ƒ
  7. Thanks Dave. Unfortunately the darn light is about 20 foot away and right in my eyes and telescope tube 😬 I've just come inside after 6 hours searching for galaxies but had no luck. Very disappointed. I will try the council but don't hold out any hope. Managed to see my favourite M13, gorgeous as always. Also Jupiter, as Io popped out from behind πŸ˜€ Thanks for your reply. Hi Eric, glad you got a few hours. I know, it's been so cloudy this last few months. I think I've only had 4 nights observing since December. Hope it picks up for you soon. Thanks so much.
  8. Weather forecast says clear tonight, for southern UK πŸ˜ƒ Getting my dob out and hoping to find some galaxies. I've only had a 4" scope before and only saw Andromeda. Only a couple of weeks ago I managed to find M81 and 82, a beautiful sight together in the same fov. I have never seen any others. I was thinking of looking at a large cluster of galaxies between Leo and Coma Berenices. Unfortunately I have a nasty yellow sodium street light right under that area. Will this prevent me from seeing any galaxies there? Hope you all get some observing/imaging in tonight. Good luck everyone πŸ˜€
  9. Hello and welcome πŸ˜ƒ
  10. Hello and welcome πŸ˜ƒ I agree with the 8" dobsonian, literally up and running in 2 minutes, excellent. It also gives stunning resolution on DSO. If you get a laser collimator it literally takes a couple of minutes to collimate, nice and easy. A great scope.
  11. Hi, beyond my budget, unfortunately. I realise now that ap is beyond my budget and ability for now. I may have to look at using a webcam for now. Thanks for your reply πŸ˜ƒ
  12. Hi Tigaroo πŸ˜ƒ Yeah the difference between a 4" and 8" is jaw dropping! Have you seen M13 yet? It is absolutely stunning. Clouds definitely suck 😬 Let's hope the clear skies return soon, fingers crossed. All the best.
  13. Thank you πŸ˜ƒ
  14. I think I've decided on the Skywatcher Explorer 150p on an EQ3-2 mount. Yes or no??
  15. Thanks guys. I would like to image DSO and planetary. I have Polaris in view easily. Using my DSLR on my unguided dob, even on 0.5 sec exposure I get star trails 😣 Lunar images are fine but DSO impossible. I don't mind getting even a 20/25 sec exposure but just want something to allow me to do that. I will check out the threads you mentioned. Thanks for your replies.