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About Shera

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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 stays open for 80 secs and then the full 1.39 secs if it's on star mode!
  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 if possible. Someone has suggested the Skywatcher Eco Star 72ED DS-Pro OTA but not sure. The price is certainly good but if it won't get any more detail than my DSLR then I won't bother.
  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's head and as a result it seemed like some of the shots were trailing possibly due to the slight change in location for the Polar alignment? Anyway I ended up with a total of two (!) shots that were ok and I tried stacking them on DSS but it only used one. I deleted the dark so basically DSS used one light. ISO was 800 f5.0 for 100 seconds using a Canon EOS 400d DSLR and I used the 70mm-300mm lens and processed in DSS and GIMP. I'm sure many of you are cringing at my shoddy methods!!!!! Anyway I'm really pleased with how it's turned out! Aldebaran has a twinkle! I'm not sure how to bring out the colour of Aldebaran? Comments are always welcome!
  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 70mm-300mm lens which I know has a habit of not being great a focussing things AND I wasn't sure how the SA would behave with something so close at 100 second shots but did it anyway. ISO is 800, f5.0. I only took 20 shots max before the cloud came over and after looking through them only used 10 plus 1 dark then edited with DSS and GIMP. Very newbie and no doubt lots of errors but this is the result plus an extra shot showing perhaps Santa on his early rounds. Next time I will use my middle range lens or maybe set this one to 70mm and obviously get more shots but I managed to get some of the nebulousity which I am pleased about. Comments welcome.
  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 "clutch knob" back up and that's the only thing I can think is what makes it move? There aren't any videos on how it actually works other than one showing it moves from side to side via the "clutch knob" but should that bit be loose or secure? On a different note, if I set it to star mode, does it have to run for 100 seconds? Is there anyway I can set it to do 30 seconds etc? Thanks!
  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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