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  1. I think I will probably go this way .. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tamron-AF-70-300mm-4-5-6-Macro/dp/B0012UUP02?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_1 .. with an L bracket and ball mount. At least I can use it with the camera for "normal" photography if it's no good for AP, and cheaper than a new set up! I'd better start saving a bit harder.
  2. I hadn't considered that, with the price of decent lenses isn't it getting near the cost of a new rig?? What size of lens would you recommend?
  3. Sorry to hijack the thread - I have a Skywatcher star discovery 150p goto which I bought as my first scope with the intention of trying astrophotography after a while of just viewing (the blurb in the description said it was good for AP). I've had the scope now for two years, the last year trying and failing to get any decent pics. I've since read about the failings of the scope for AP but as some have said on here it is possible. I'm not willing/able to make the changes to the scope to get prime focus and don't really want to get a whole new setup. After all that waffle .... I'm thinking of maybe buying something like - Skywatcher Star Travel 120-T or a bit more pricey - Skywatcher Evostar 80-ED DS .. Could I use either of these on the mount I already have? Or any suggestions welcome. Thanks Kev
  4. I didn't originally buy the scope specifically for photography, that is just something I've fallen into since being on this forum ... It's all your fault :-) I'll have another crack at focusing it tonight.
  5. Better focus with just the t-ring on the Barlow but still don't understand why I can't focus / see any stars in liveview at night. I have tried this set up before.
  6. Hi I have had cheapo telescopes in the past for viewing the moon and planets but recently took the plunge and bought myself a proper! scope, Skywatcher Star Discovery 150P Goto. I know that this isn't ideal for photography but it has some capability. My question, if anyone can throw any light is - Why can't I get the thing to focus?? New scope so I don't want to be getting the hacksaw blades out to achieve prime focus. I have a Nikon D5300 and a 3 piece adapter - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B011U8FU6O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 No matter what configuration I use it just doesn't seem to want to focus at night. Viewing through Liveview, even zoomed in, all I see is a black screen. During the daytime with the T ring and small nosepiece attached to the Barlow I can sort of focus (wobbly base! Not where I normally set up) on an electricity pylon a good couple of miles away. Any tricks/suggestions appreciated. Thanks
  7. kevhatch


    Hi everyone Just joined the forum after lurking as a guest for a while. Hoping to learn lots on here .. Stand by for loads of questions!!! Jumped in and bought myself a Skywatcher Star Discovery 150P Goto to replace the cheapo tasco scope I had.
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