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About Ledge1962

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  1. Hi John, I used to live in Auckland, but moved to Marton about 2 years ago. The sky is certainly clearer here, but the weather is not very accommodating. I had to build a deck around the scope stand so I didnt keep sinking into the mud Are you over from Aussie?
  2. Thanks to all for the great responses. I am really surprised to get so many and such informative ideas. I am just waiting for the weather to clear (if ever) and will put these suggestions into practise. Cheers all.
  3. Thank you for taking the time to respond. I will try both options as I am keen to put the 6D on the scope and see what transpires. Your time is appreciated.
  4. Hi all. I am getting into Astrnomy but are faced with a couple of prblems due to location. Being in the Manawatu NZ, I am in the Southern Hemisphere, so we do not have a true South Star and as I do not have a Goto mount, just a Meade 2120B on a celestial wedge, I am interested to see how others (if any) in this hemisphere did their alignment without the computer. I made my first mistake of polar aligning the mount using magnetic south so tracking with the Meade 2120B was (not surprisingly) unsuccessful. Once I realise my mistake, using the magnetic variation and a couple of hours of lining up with the compass has it close, but there is room for improvement before I put a camera on it. I did use Stellarium to print out a copy of the Southern Cross with the Celestial Pole on it and then got a piece of clear perspex and drilled the holes in it to match the stars. I can hold the Perspex up so the holes line up with the stars, and it gives an accurate location visually, now I just need to find a way to get the scope matching it. Any hints (apart from buying a goto mount as they are expensive in NZ) would be appreciated. Cheers G
  5. I am new to astronomy but wanted a telescope for as long as I can remember. I picked up a Meade 2120b with Equatorial mount and an ETX astro for a good price, but since then, spent twice as much on better eyepieces, filters, barlows, heated dew shield and the list goes on. I had a boat, and that was the same. I had to have the latest hydraulic stabilisers, all the electronics that I could cram in it, better steering gear... so I am wondering now if I need all these bits or just want them. They say a boat is a hole in the water you keep pouring money into. I guess the sky is a black hole you can (happily) do the same with....

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