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About Terrierist

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    Motor Sport, Predator Angling, Scuba and Amateur Radio - Oh, and trying to find fuzzy things in the night sky!
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  1. Updated QHY Price, Mount now for sale on other sites. I'm prepared to post the mount at buyer's cost.
  2. PLEASE.... After some real head pecking from a continental party, I will NOT post abroad, the mount is for collection or delivery only. This way you can try it before you buy.
  3. Time for a clear out as my equipment is not getting used and the wife wants some space back. 1) Skywatcher 130 PDS, used 4 or 5 times, all the usual bits with it, boxed. £110 posted or collect and check SOLD, Thanks Chris 2) Premium Cheshire Colimator - £20.00 posted SOLD Thanks DP 3) EQ5 Goto, DarkFrame tuned, works well, weights chipped but mount in good order, comes with fully operational handset all cables and accessories, I'll include an EQDir cable too- used once Comes with 5amp 240V PSU. £220 collected from Bootle, Merseyside or prepared to deliver for cost of fuel within an hour or so of Bootle. I will post at buyer's cost but NOT overseas. SOLD Thanks, Ian 4) Hutech IDAS 2" LPS P2 light pollution filter.- Good order, £80 posted SOLD, Thanks Russ 5) ZWO ASI 178MC NON COOLED camera, unboxed, with leads. £175 SOLD, Thank you Francis. 6) QHY Polemaster with EQ5 adapter £200 posted, in its tin with leads SOLD Thanks John 7) QHY 5-11 Colour planetary camera £50 posted in its tin with leads. SOLD Thanks, Ian 8.) 9x50 finderscope with C adaptor for above £25 posted or if you take 7 & 8 together £70 posted. SOLD Thanks, Ian 9) T Mount for Nikon £5 posted Sold, thanks Chris 10) Making every Photon count £10 SOLD, thanks Russ 11) Dark Art or Magic Bullet £10 SOLD thanks DP Thanks for the use of the site.
  4. Truly inspirational work by all three of the top entries. Well done James on your winning image.
  5. Just under two weeks and I'll be in Fuerteventura for seven nights, I'm really looking forward to taking my camera with me to try and shoot the Milky Way and some widefield scenes whilst there. My equipment - Nikon D 7000, Tokina 11-16 AT-X Pro f2.8, stopped back to f3.5 to try and help with coma and a Manfrotto 755XB tripod that would support a small bungalow. I'm lucky to know the Island quite well and have some targets in mind already, there is one piece of the jigsaw that doesn't quite fit and I'd really appreciate your help and comments on it. My plan is to shoot multiple exposures focused on the sky/stars, stack them and then layer mask with some foreground exposures stacked too. I have seen a way to do this in Nebulosity in the video below from Dylan O'Donnell, it looks like you can click on a star in Nebulosity and use that as an anchor point, but it has thrown a couple of questions into my head. 1) If I shoot four images at 28 seconds each at 11mm (using the 500 rule with crop-sensor adjustment of 1.5 applied 11x1.5 =16.5, 500/16.5= 30.30 rec) to allow some headroom, won't the sky have moved significantly enough to cause the software issues in stacking the view accurately? 2) The moon will be waning and go down below the horizon at around 22:49 but will be a 33% waxing crescent, will this affect my chances of shooting the Milky Way? Thanks in advance for any help.
  6. Don't do what I did and think that it's a simple upgrade from photography - It's a totally different animal and takes time, patience and some amount of money to get good results. If you are going to buy new, expect to budget (without a camera) at around a £1000/$1200 for a good mount and telescope. STAY AWAY FROM EBAY - until you understand a little. A good way into it is to buy a (good) mount and use your DSLR with a long lens on the mount, once you put a telescope on it, things start getting more and more involved. Do NOT scrimp on the mount, buy once, buy well. As others have said, Making Every Photon Count is a great book, familiarise yourself with your local sky by buying a star chart. Either that or obtain one of the excellent free programs such as Stellarium or Cartes du Ciel. I find a star chart easier to use just sitting there and looking at the stars. As a newcomer myself, I'd recommend you look at a refractor to start off with, they are easy to use and take very little maintenance - be wary of buying an inexpensive achromat version though, as you will suffer from Chromatic Aberration with a lot of them. The size of the scope and auxiliary equipment you will eventually use all depend on the mount you select. The HEQ5 is (as stated) the advised entry level mount, you can get away with an EQ5, but you can only expect so much as the mount has a lower payload. Why do you need a good mount over a telescope to begin with? Depends how well you want to track the object you are imaging in the sky. It is all down to cost and what you want from your images. If you want a relatively inexpensive way into the hobby that will get you up and running - and give you OK sort of images, search EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy) this is a little bit easier to get to grips with as you can use an Alt-Az mount at first to get you going. The other mounts mentioned are GEM (German Equatorial Mount) and your images will not rotate as much with them. Long-winded post, but I really hope it is useful, this forum and the majority of its members are brilliant, they have helped me immensely and I 'm sure they will help you too.
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