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Giampiero Baggi

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  1. Thank you! I have already ordered a zero-profile 2" adapter... this will remove 45mm from the optical train... i think it will be enough!
  2. Hi SGL! I've been having a lot of focusing issues with my scope lately as i'm starting AP. I recently got a 10" f/4 telescope that i mainly used with a mirrorless camera, but for "reasons" i cannot use the camera anymore. So i grabbed my D2X dslr and attached a 1.25 inch adapter, that directly goes into the 2" to 1.25" focuser adapter. Only problem is... i cannot focus the camera!!! Now i have a question: is it because of the relatively bulky 2" to 1.25" inch adapter that i have mounted on the focuser? Should i use a 2" T-ring adapter to reduce the distance? Any other options? Keep in mind that this is a fast astrograph telescope, so i shouldn't have these kind of problems.... Thank you all and have a wonderful day!
  3. The TS is actually... 1000mm... Same as the skywatcher, so my only doubt was about the quality of the optics as i only ever used skywatcher and celestron optics... thank you anyways! Also stuff such as wind gusts and tracking errors are not a problem since i've already got a complete autoguiding setup.
  4. I have an NEQ6 mount...definetly would not consider that a visual mount xD I used a small 5 inch reflector, and this is why I'm switching to an 8 inch one... just wondering if any of you had past experiences with the brands.
  5. i'm getting a new OTA for christmas but, as always, i'm not sure about which one i should buy. Precisely, this time i'm going for an 8 inch newt... but i can't decide which one. The telescopes in question are: -TS Optics 8" Photon (pro and con: i can pay cash-on-delivery as i'm buying it from an italian website, but i'm not sure about the quality of the GSO optics) -Skywatcher Explorer 200P w/Dual Speed Focuser What would you recommend? P.S. Are there any other OTAs within a 400€ range you would recommend?
  6. Nice job! What equipment did you use? Also, how many calibration frames did you take? I'm interested.
  7. Very good! The propeller structure is especially nice!
  8. Update.. i managed to edit it a bit...but... THE NOISE! Tomorrow i'll go to Viticuso and get some more exposures, although my uncle asked if he could borrow my tracking mount, so i'll have to take some more without it. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
  9. Fun fact I did but somehow still uploaded the tif. i'm trying again, thank you for letting me know!
  10. Hi everyone! Last night i went to my favourite dark site to take some photos with my new Nikon D810 ( i'm still waiting for my new telescope so i borrowed a couple of cheap telescopic lenses from my uncle ). The seeing conditions were modest, good seeing and everything, and i even managed to see the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner with my crappy binoculars. I then started to take some photos at bright objects like M13, which turned out great! Unfortunately clouds started to appear, so i had to change subject. The nearest and brightest i could think of was the Andromeda galaxy, so i moved my camera and started taking exposures. I couldn't charge the batteries for my tracking mount, so I brought a tripod with me and took very short exposures, about 80 2 sec exposures... but when i got home i realized that after the 10th exposure my lenses started fogging up! I had to discard the majority of the photos, so i had only 10 to work with. Sorry if it's a bit dim but couldn't process it any further because my PC decided to die yesterday and now i'm using my little notebook, which unfortunately is not enough to process such an image... But here you go, a 20 seconds exposure of M31... (i cropped the image because the original file was too big) Next time i'll get some more exposures and add them to this image, i'll also bring a fan xD
  11. In particular, which telescope would you recommend for DSO sketching?
  12. I'd love to observe and sketch deep sky objects, so i thought of a dobson with at least a 10" aperture... One of the issues is the budget, which is around 1000€. At first i thought about the GSO 12" deluxe (because of the double speed focuser), but i'm not sure... how hard would it be to sketch without a driven mount?
  13. Hi everyone! I finally decided what to do with astronomy (i wasn't sure between visual and AP), but there is still a question. Since i'd like to start doing astronomical sketches, i was wondering: Is a 10" Dob sufficient for sketching? What can i see, keeping in mind that i live in a green/yellow zone? Also, which was your first scope you used when you first started doing sketching?
  14. Ok basically i've been saving up some money for a new telescope, but i've been asking myself the same questions over and over.... "With a big dobsonian you can see basically everything the Heavens have to offer with your eye and even do some sketches, but with a motorized telescope you can get long exposures and stuff and blah blah blah... what should i get blah blah blah" Premise - i live in the middle of a small city with an average light pollution level of 6-7, and very often go out to a nearby mountain village where i spend most of my observing nights (light pollution level of about 2). One of my worries is that, with a dobsonian, i will have problems with the rough terrain of the mountainside (main issue n1)... BUT WITH A DOBSONIAN YOU CAN GET A HUGE APERTURE FOR A RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY!!11!1 And that's the reason why i can't decide between a dobson mount or an equatorial mount. See, my problem is that i'd love to have a setup that lets me observe most of the time (since it's mainly what i do), while also being a mildly adequate for taking photos (issue n2). Halp '-' Obivously this is an open discussion and i'd love to hear opinions about various mounts and stuff, their pros/cons etc... thks!
  15. I was very, VERY young when i took my first ever DS photo. I borrowed a DSLR from my uncle along with some lenses and shot some long exposures of the milky way. I realized that there was something blurry on one side, so i decided to focus on that area and get some "closer" photos. I later found out that the smudge i was photographing was the andromeda galaxy (and this is the story of how i discovered DSOs as a newbie). I stopped doing "serious" AP for about a year, and now that i have a lot more knowledge i'm starting this wonderful hobby again! Here are my 2 first photos! (you can see the spots on the sensor, the camera i used when i first started was very old :P). For the milky way I did 9x20sec exposures, and for andromeda I don't really remember. Both taken from Viticuso,Italy.
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