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  1. Hello! My telescope is an 80mm refractor on an Alt-az mount (not go-to). My telescope came with a smartphone adapter, so I have tried some astrophotography. I have attached a photo I took of the moon with my telescope and smartphone. I have a Nikon D5200 and have read that it is possible to do some astrophotography, so am planning to buy an adapter for it. I did some research on the topic and saw that there are two different types of adapters - prime focus and eyepiece projection, each with their pros and cons (One has more magnification, while the other gives brighter images). However, I need help to choose between these two. I am not fully sure if I want to focus on planets or DSOs. I have done a good deal of planetary observations with my telescope, but have never managed to observe a DSO (except M45 - Pleiades). That could be because I live in a city (Oslo, Norway). It would also be helpful to know how to calculate the magnification and FOV in each of these methods. My equipment: 1. Celestron Inspire 80AZ with 20mm and 10mm eyepieces giving x45 and x90 magnifications respectively. Focal length and focal ratio of telescope: 900mm and f/11. 80mm refractor on an Alt-az mount without go-to. https://www.celestron.com/products/inspire-80az-refractor-telescope 2. Nikon D5200 DSLR Hope you can help me with this decision! Regards, Aniruddha
  2. That's true I see that this is a very active forum, so I guess it will be a really useful tool to help me plan my observations on those valuable cloudless weekend nights. I am excited to be a part of this community and look forward to being here!
  3. Yeah, that's true... The irritating thing is that there are nights when the weather is very good, but I can't do observations in the night as I have school the next day. Good weather in the weekends is quite rare...
  4. Nice to meet you! Do you also experience problems like the planets being too low in the sky or the weather/daylight affecting your observations? We are just a few degrees apart in latitude I would love to hear if you have any solutions/workarounds to these issues to make your observations easier.
  5. Hello everyone! Just joined as an SGL member today. I live in Oslo, Norway (59N, 12E) and have been into stargazing since 2015/2016. As some of you know, the days are very long here in the summer and very short in the winter. However, winter nights can be very cold (can go as far down as -20C) and snow or ice can sometimes make observing quite difficult. So I try to make the best out of the nights where the weather is good enough and it is dark enough. It is also cloudy most of the times. I have always been interested in Astronomy. I started stargazing is 2015 by just naked eye observations of the Moon and planets. I saw Jupiter in January 2015 and that's the main reason I got interested in stargazing. I realized that binoculars are a good tool for planetary observations and started observing the moons of Jupiter in 2016. It was a marvellous experience to see those moons for the first time! My parents got me a telescope last year, and have ever since done some observations of the moon and the brighter planets. It is quite hard to see fainter objects due to light pollution. I am usually only able to stargaze in the weekends as going to bed late during the weekdays is not a good idea when you have to go to school the next day. ? I am planning to start with some basic astrophotography and hope that this forum will help me in making good decisions. My equipment: 8*40 binoculars, Celestron Inspire 80AZ and a DSLR which I hope to use for astrophotography in the future. Excited to be a part of this community! Sincierly, Aniruddha (15 years old)
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