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  1. So guess what happened tonight? Laptop played silly games. I didn't realise the trial version on backyard Nikon required an internet connection, maybe it says somewhere? But I didn't see it. I fully intended in buying it anyway however why buy sooner than required? Because the trial very needs internet connectivity that's why! Heh! So thankfully I had the mobile with qDSLR to so got a timed shooting session however I now fully understand and appreciate @kendg's advice, if I hadn't had my phone.....ruined night..... Just so you know I wandered upto the Crete observatory and tapped on the door to ask for a tour, they were busy with work but said I could have a tour during the week, next time my kit will be ready!
  2. For a whole £13 I suppose it's not exactly going to break the bank to keep it on me just in case (breaking the bank comes when I get hooked). It would also save on battery as I'd normally use qDSLR for that if I didn't have my laptop which drains phone and camera battery using WiFi. Thanks for the heads up, I'd hate to have ruined a night because the laptop is playing silly games.
  3. Thanks for your insight, so currently my main goal is to work out my goal, if that makes sense. I think my main interest it in nebulas using a scope with a ccd or DSLR on an eq mount (I'm a bit of a techy so it'll all be computerised ofc), I have a friend on these forums who is helping me alot with the required kit; I just need a mount and I'm looking at/for a heq5pro. This should give me a good starter setup which if I find I'm not enjoying the cold nights and endless hours of setup then hopefully no harm done. There is also the fact that this could get very expensive very quick if I get the astro bug. This kit is specifically for traveling and trying to use what I currently have to hand. I understand that it is more wide field and this does also interest me, from what I've been reading it's also all about practice. Please tell me that seems a reasonably sensible approach?
  4. So intend to use backyard Nikon or qDSLR to act as a remote intervalometer either over cable or WiFi, is there any reason to use a dedicated one? Thanks for all the feedback so far.
  5. Hi All, As per my welcome thread, I'm rather new at Astro photography but not to photography in general as I've been taking photographs of a ether bands for a while. As this is a rather new area I've pretty much visited the forums to get general comparisons and advice as well as dedicated photography forums, I'd appreciate if anyone could give me some pointers on the initial kit I have and if there is any way I could improve it or even use it more affectivly. My main aim is for this to be a "mobile" setup which is currently ~21KG mainly due to camera kit weight and tripod. I have a D7200 camera completely stock 70-300mm Nikon Lens (which is 105-450 equivalent on the D7200 body) - I'm intending on using this for deeper field photos 11-20mm Tokina Lens (which is APC-C so Nikon DX size) I bought a star adventurer Astro kit (after taking the first 2 back as they came up with the flashing button error code), I did mount this on a carbon fibre travel tripod and found that it wasn't solid enough so purchased a Manfrotto 055XPro3 which is very heavy in comparison but very solid (for a "cheap" camera tripod). On the advise of a mate who is seriously into his Astro photography I "Blindly" (when I say blindly I mean without serious research) purchased a QHY Polemaster which I have to say I've really impressed with. I bought a few 5M USB cables and a 5M active USB hub with a USB power adapter which hooks into a Anker 28600mAh battery. I have a Lenovo T440 with spare batteries (manly because I can swap the battery in the field as they have an internal one too! I'm currenty running a trail version of Backyard Nikon, however intend to purchase it. If you haven't read my introduction thread yet, then I'm just about to travel to Crete which pretty much inspired my step into Astro photography so any last minute amendments welcome. I'm sure at some point I will need to start a "I'm hooked, now what?" thread.
  6. Introduction

    /me waves Hi all, I've hovered for a while but have now signed up. I've been an amateur photographer for a while and run with a D7200. About 2 years ago I went to Crete saw how clear the sky was in the middle of the mountains and took some photos, being somewhat hooked the following year I brought one of my tripods along and started increasing the exposure time remotely with qDSLR. This year I've decided to give it a fairly serious attempt so have bought a Manfrotto 055XPro3, star adventurer and a pole master along with a load of USB cables and 2.8Ah USB battery to run it. I leave tomorrow for Crete so assuming I get some nice photos I'll post them. However I do have a friend on the forum who is helping me kit up with a more serious setup to start learning with.
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