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  1. That is certainly a good point regarding the clutch knob...I use the polar aligner finder thingy and I use an app to make sure Polaris is in the right place on the finder but it's possible all the knobs weren't tight enough. My other problem is last year my tripod fell over and landed on the shutter cable causing the internal SA shutter parts to come loose. Skywatcher said the problem was very difficult to fix so I assumed that was that. However I had another go fixing it the other week and with the help of surgical tape I can now take images but the shutter can be variable eg sometimes it sta
  2. Thanks both. I can't remember what focal length I had it on to get this image but yes I noticed the trailing too and wondered if the exposure was too long? I was correctly aligned or as correctly as I could get it. The thing I haven't tried yet is stacking images, so perhaps it might be better once I have mastered the focal length? I have managed to just about capture the Flame Nebula using this lens on a single exposure, again maybe stacking would bring it out more.
  3. Hi, I'm looking for some kind of scope that will sit on my Star Adventurer and will bring out more detail than my Canon EOS 400d DSLR and lenses the biggest of which is 70-300mm. I have a Skywatcher Explorer 130 scope and EQ2 mount but it's too heavy and frustrating to use so I'm looking for something that is light and will sit on my SA and allow me to observe and take photos of planets but also galaxies and nebulae. Attached is a single exposure of the Orion Nebula taken on my DSLR using the 70-300mm lens on my SA for 80 secs. I'd like to zoom in a little more and get a bit more detail i
  4. Thanks for the record, it is the 130 Explorer I think but I only have an EQ2 mount for it and it's very heavy so I was looking for something that would sit on my Star Adventurer and is capable of getting more detail than the lenses that are supplied with my DSLR the biggest being 70-300mm. I have managed to get the Orion Nebula with decent detail (see attached photo of single exposure 139 secs on SA) but I want more detail and someone suggested this scope.
  5. Can someone tell me (as a Newbie) will this work with my Canon DSLR T ring adapter and is it capable of photographing and viewing deep sky objects like galaxies as well as planets? I've got a Star Adventurer as a mount. I've got a Skywatcher Explorer reflector scope which came with 1.25" 10mm & 25mm eyepieces and a x2 Barlow lens, would these be ok to use as I noticed it says it doesn't come with any eyepieces? Thanks.
  6. Thanks. I'm borrowing the Canon EOS400d and it doesn't have live view and only goes up to ISO 1600 but I guess I could try distant objects and take pictures of them and then adjust the lens and note what mm gives the best result?
  7. Here is my second attempt at using my SA last night. I spent ages messing around with different lenses after my first attempt at the Pleiades using the 70mm-300mm lens didn't really work (https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/302520-my-first-attempt-at-using-my-star-adventurer/). I tried the Pleiades again but I spent that long on trying to get it properly focussed that the camera battery wore down! As a result when I decided to try the bull's head I only got a few shots! I'm learning all the time! I only got 10 shots and one dark but I moved the SA between focussing on the Pleiades and the bull'
  8. Thanks. To be honest, I didn't think I'd capture anything because I thought I would struggle to get the polar alignment set up!!
  9. Ok so anyone thinking of buying a Star Adventurer shouldn't be put off by my pictures!!!!! I found it really easy to set the SA up and align it to Polaris using a free app. I got some really nice wide field images of the sky, lots of detail, I'm definitely going to try the Milky Way with it. I think I tried to run before I could walk and decided that rather than get some shots using my 15mm-35mm lens, which I know works well out of the three I have (I am borrowing a Canon EOS 400d and lenses), on some wide field specific constellations, I decided to try zooming in on the Pleiades using the 70m
  10. Ok thanks. I'm a visual person and I like to be able to "see" how something works and this has got me stumped! On another note, do I always point the actual mount north...and move the camera on it's ball head to what I want to take a picture of e.g. I know the Pleiades will be on my right if I point the SA north, so I move the camera to the right not the mount and wedge?
  11. Ah ok, so it's ok for the clutch knob and the bit attached to it (that holds the ball head) to be secure and not loose?
  12. I finally bought a SA and I'm just setting up hoping that tonight I might be able to use it. I've set everything up according to the YouTube video from Skywatcher: The wedge is on a tripod, the mount is on the wedge, the latitude adjustment knob is pointing north, I've set up the latitude, the polar scope 0 in the reticule is at 12o'clock ready for when I align it later. I've turned it on to check the batteries and it's ticking BUT how does it move?! All the bits on the mount are secure and I can't see how it will move the camera?! Am I missing a part?! Even on the video they tighten the "clut
  13. Thanks. I agree, I think I'm learning through experimenting and I'm up for doing that whilst I find out more about the SA (and save up!). I've noticed some of my images are quite "grainy" and not as sharp as I would like so I will try reducing the ISO as well.
  14. Thanks everyone. I was hoping to spend around the £50 mark if at all possible...for those in the know would this be any good? It has 12kg capacity and head mount thread is 3/8 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01FVW235G/ref=psdc_1104574_t1_B01I1C8VGI
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