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  1. I really don't know why but my alignment must have been off tonight. I levelled my SA earlier indoors and lined the reticule up properly, found Polaris after sunset, levelled mount and Put Polaris in the circle, went out when it was dark to fine tune Polaris and took a few subs of 20 secs, trails, then 10 secs, trails, made sure Polaris was in the right position but still trailing. Only using a short fov with my 50mm as well. It is a little bit breezy but I thought 10 secs and a slight breeze would be ok.
  2. ah ok so it's basically what is highest in the sky during reasonable hours which determines what are best to view / image during a particular season?
  3. I did think about trying them a week or so ago but gave up because I think moonlight. If I can make out Segin and CS Cam stars (excuse my ignorance! if they're known better as other names) it looks like the Heart and Soul is pretty much between them.
  4. I've noticed on Stellarium, at about 2am in the morning, the Elephant Trunk Nebula, Veil Nebula and a lot of other DSOs in that area are quite high up, why is Spring known as the Galaxy season then when there seem to be quite a lot of Nebula to image?
  5. Very low to the horizon though this time of year?
  6. I was thinking that. Yes DSLR, APSC but still going to be too small to bother imaging I think.
  7. Hi all, It looks like we're going to have clear skies tonight for the first time in a while. I've got a Star Adventurer mount and I really struggle to know what to image, I haven't got Go-to and I have no experience at star hopping. I've could shoot really wide at 50mm but I'd like to aim on a particular target with my 200mm lens instead, but I don't know what to. I have imaged M42 well but that was easy. So what would be a good DSO to image tonight, or if not DSO star clusters, is there something I can image near a bright star that I'd be able to see ? Any help much appreciated.
  8. smr

    Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro

    Thanks, are they reputable? The delivery page and about us page show no info.
  9. smr

    Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro

    Thanks, seems a sale is pending, argh, just what I was after as well!
  10. smr

    Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro

    Thanks for your reply although I am after an HEQ5 with the tripod too.
  11. smr

    Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro

    Looking for one of these mounts.
  12. Thanks for the replies guys - regarding sub length I'd be very happy with 1-2 minutes for the time being, I don't mind stacking lots of subs to stretch out the data. If that's feasible with my Sigma at 600mm on an HEQ5 without guiding then that'd be great!
  13. Hi all, If I buy an HEQ5 mount and use my Sigma 150-600 lens on it, nearer the 400mm-600mm range, I'd obviously have to guide for longish subs, how would I go about attaching a guidescope to it? If someone could explain how it can be done I'd be very grateful indeed. Obviously with a refractor you can simply add a guidescope ontop of it but I don't know how it can be done with a telephoto camera lens. Any advice much appreciated.
  14. Thanks. Its this potential slippage that I am concerned about. What to buy to fix it and how much would that cost? In other words would it make more sense to invest in a scope which doesnt have these problems around the same price point or even if it costs more..
  15. Thanks for the replies. I should have mentioned that although I am new to AP I am not totally new or right at the beginning. I have a star adventurer and have the book recommended, I've read through it and am now re-reading various chapters. I have decided to buy an HEQ5 mount as it is very popular, well reviewed and I want to use Go-To. So for now I'd like to think about what scope to invest in.

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