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PaulConfused

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  1. PaulConfused

    First ever lunar shot

    As the title says, in fact it's my first attempt ever at imaging something through a scope. I used a Sony A7 attached to my SW Mak 127 via a NEX adaptor. Nowhere near the amazing images you guys get, but for me a huge leap.
  2. PaulConfused

    First ever lunar shot

    And after a little tweaking I'm even happier
  3. Good evening all This is my first post here, so I hope It isn't impolite of me to make it a post asking for help?! I have been doing astrophotography using my Sony A6000 and a 12mm lens and it's really set me off wanting to see deeper and clearer. I'm looking for a telescope for 2 purposes. Firstly to observe and learn the sky, but also to potentially use with my A6000 to take images. I have read a few of the similar posts here and will continue to do so to try glean as much information as possible, but, and specific suggestions you have would be great. I have zero experience using a scope, so it would be starting from scratch. Ideally something I won't need to upgrade too soon. Also, I live in the UK incase that influences any of the suggestions. many thanks in advance for your help.
  4. PaulConfused

    Suggestions for a first scope

    Yes, I did find myself frustrated at the non-sharpness, but, when I checked clear outside it said 55% high cloud, so I was quite pleased in the end.
  5. PaulConfused

    Suggestions for a first scope

    Remarkably late, but, finally got round to attaching my A7 to the Mak127. With one thing and another haven't been able to use the scope for most of last year, but tonight in about 15 minutes, managed to produce these. And it's all thanks to the help and advice from you guys and Peter at Tod Observatory. Not as amazing as some shots you guys do, but, for me a giant leap forward!
  6. On holiday. We're only a couple of hours drive away so try to get to Langdale at least 5-6 times a years.
  7. PaulConfused

    A bit late but..

    Although I've been a member for a few weeks, I thought I'd take the time to say "hello". My name is Paul and my username is actually a reference to my old stagename when I was a professional musician, although probably still quite apt when I was asking questions here! I currently live in Yorkshire and have been doing some amateur astrophotography for the last year, before taking the plunge to combine this and my wife's love of Astronomy. Thanks all for your help so far, and we're enjoying it so far!
  8. I do miss those cold dark nights. I only started astrophotography last year with my a6000 and a samyang 12mm lens but loved the results. Bought a scope this year mainly for my wife, but for me too. Waiting for those dark nights as sadly our jobs don't allow mega late stayups. Got some amazing results in Langdale this year (amazing to us , but, probably not to you more experienced guys)
  9. PaulConfused

    Diagonals

    We had milk in small glass bottles at school in the 70's. Was always warm and had cream on the top. Yes, it was vile.
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    Diagonals

    I almost replaced the diagonal on my SW Mak 127 as it was suggested it wouldn't cope well with the weight of my new TS binovioewers, but, some timely advice from Martin at FLO saved me unnecessary expense when he said it'll be just fine.
  11. PaulConfused

    COMPLETED - Astro Books clear out

    No problem at all, Mike. A very generous act on your part.
  12. PaulConfused

    First light optics

    Also, a legit option. It still won't change my preference
  13. PaulConfused

    First light optics

    Again, I was very happy with my purchase from them and all communications, but, would still have loved to pick up a phone and ask a few questions.
  14. PaulConfused

    First light optics

    Indeed, it should really be about options.
  15. PaulConfused

    First light optics

    My limited dealings with FLO have been by email and the comms very good (apart from one misunderstanding which was quickly resolved), but I do so wish they had a telephone number. I prefer voice contact for questions and conversation.
  16. PaulConfused

    COMPLETED - Astro Books clear out

    If Shane doesn't take you up on these, we're nearby to you and can collect this weekend. Also happy to make a donation to a charity of your choosing.
  17. PaulConfused

    Noob, What Scope ??

    Based on the sound advice and help from this site, we bought the Smymax 127 AZ Gti the other week. An amazing scope and the goto is fabulous. We had it setup out of the box and seeking within minutes. There is a fab youtube vid about them if you like. It's on my previous thread here or if you search astronomy and nature centre on youtube it's there. I also got a simple adaptor that allows my Sony A6000 to fit directly onto the scope.
  18. PaulConfused

    A bit late but..

    I can play a few (keyboard, most things with strings, drums) but I'm a lead guitarist mainly.
  19. Good evening ladies and gents I've been reading a great deal about the benefits of binoviewers over the last few days, and after seeing that a lot of the scopes at our local observatory use them too, I'm sorely tempted. My wife is having optical surgery soon so anything that causes less stress on her eyes, and at the same time makes my viewing more pleasurable is a win win. So, are there any recommended brands? Do you buy an adaptor and then put 2 identical eyepieces in? We'll be using them on a Mak 127 which I believe is supposed to be ideal for binoviewing. Thanks in advance!
  20. PaulConfused

    Binoviewers?

    Ok...Order finally put in. After the advice from so many of you and from the chap on the CN forum, I've ordered the TS Optics pair and a pair of TS Optics Ultra Wide 20mm ep. Many thanks again for your help. Now, to decide if I need to upgrade my diagonal!
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    Binoviewers?

    By the time my registration to ABS was approved he'd sold them! Ah well, back to choice A and B
  22. PaulConfused

    Binoviewers?

    sorry to sound like a noob (which I am), but, those would be ok for my Mak127? SO I'd just need a couple of eyepieces?
  23. PaulConfused

    Binoviewers?

    I think my fear was that if I got terrible ones it might falsely cloud my judgement on them as a whole.
  24. PaulConfused

    Binoviewers?

    At the moment I'm torn between 2 options. 1: The William Optics bundle from Rother Valley which comes with 2x20mm ep and a barlow. 2: A TS optics one, but then I need to buy 2 ep, so there isn't much in it price wise. I may as well also take this opportunity to upgrade the diagonal.
  25. PaulConfused

    Binoviewers?

    I certainly will, Pete! Which make do you have up there?
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