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  1. Struggling to find 2" barlow lense for use with my coma corrector. and 2" camera nose piece. Should I use a 1.25" one above the coma corrector and then get another nose piece for my T ring?
  2. Thanks, you should have seen the first few photos of the moon. Looked like I'd taken it with a pin hole camera whilst riding on a roller-coaster haha. Still its nice to see an improvement especially over one night. makes it a tad more rewarding. Good to know about the barlow lenses , wasn't sure if they were compatible with the camera side of things or just strictly visual, I think I'll order a couple up perhaps a 1.5x and a 3x. So you think I require a focal reducer get a decent deep sky image? I would love to capture the Orion nebula or Andromeda. Heck to be honest any deep sky object that I can even get the slightest bit of detail in that wasn't a dot would be absolutely fascinating to me. My attempt at vega is absolutely shocking really, I mean look at this absolutely beautiful photo. taken with a similar scope & camera. All I get is blur, and this appears to be even more "zoomed in" *THIS IS NOT MY IMAGE*
  3. Trying to insert the pics into to post. Not having much luck! Ahh had to be a .png not a .TIFF
  4. Hello all, So this is a bit of a long one but hopefully everyone can help, I'll try keep it short. So last night was the first clear night in quite a while, as a result I was finally able to get my 105PDS setup and actually have a go. Bear in mind that this is my first proper telescope and other than a small session with @nightfisher I was making it up as I went along. I first looked for a planet to look at as I only have my 6mm eyepiece (yes i know..... 32mm inbound) all were either below the horizon or hidden by local obstructions. So i turned my attention to the moon, also hidden but just coming out from behind the small woodland near my house, this I could wait out. Whilst waiting I decided to try and look at/capture "a" star, No specifics here lol I think it was Vega. I was having major problems trying to get anything other than what looked like a picture of a bright disc with a small black bit in the middle, I assumed this to be the secondary mirror. After a while I noticed that the focuser had disconnected from the rack and pinion. So funny old thing once I connected this, things became much clearer. However I was still struggling to get a picture with my 450d and obviously the 6mm eyepiece was practically useless for this application. I started getting a tad frustrated at this point, best photo until this point is below, when finally the moon came into full view. So I got to having a look at that, this is when I started having some success, the eyepiece whilst designed for the more distant planets gave some absolutely amazing views of a close up moon, I attached my 450d and began taking several shots, playing with the ISO and exposure settings, as it was a full harvest moon I had to have a fast shutter speed and lowest ISO settings. With those I began to get what looked like passable photos, the best of which I have attached below. This leads me onto the questions; How can I get closer up pictures of the moon with my camera? I would love to have about double the magnification I had and make a mosaic of the moon. Stars and deeper sky objects - How can I get an even passable image here? I have read through all the how to's but am struggling a little there, I have no doubt that its practice makes perfect etc. If I try a long exposure shot (5secs+) the image becomes totally blurred, is this due to our rotation or something I am doing locally (Using a EQ5 mount). I believe this is my main problem as I was getting some incredible star shots with a 10s exposure but they were so blurred it looked like I'd taken it while trying to dance! Also as above, is there a way to increase the magnification levels when taking deep sky objects with a DSLR, perhaps using a Barlow lens or is that a no no, totally not sure here. So thanks for reading if you made it this far, as you can probably tell from what I've written and asked above I am a total and utter newbie to this. Hopefully with everyone guidance and wealth of knowledge on here I can become at least proficient at taking some great photos like I have seen on here The pictures attached are all single shots as I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing with stacks yet, I'm playing around as we speak. Many thanks all J Moonshot1.tif Starshoot1.tif
  5. That is exactly what I thought and the answer I was looking for! Perfect detailed response aswell. Thanks I only asked because I can across a thread talking about lenses for astrophotography however I think they meant astrophotography without a telescope. Thanks again
  6. Hello all, me again, So I've got my 150DPS on it's EQ5 mount with coma corrector and cannon T ring all set up for my 450d. Using it mainly as a visual setup at the moment (obviously without the coma corrector) but I'd like to take a venture into beginner astrophotography now I know the body fits on nicely and uses the scope as it's lens but is there any camera lenses that can be used in combination with the scope and camera? Or is it best to stick with the body only ? I know that may sound like a silly question but I've seen conflicting accounts when looking so far but that may be my lack of understanding. Thanks all. Couldn't have got to this point without people's help J
  7. Managed to pick up a 450d for £50 very happy indeed shutter count 3000ish
  8. I'm inexperienced at this but have just gone trough a similar process to find my scope . As above It's really a personal choice. Do lots of research, youtube is a great place to start and this forum is an absolute treasure trove of information. 100% read up more on the various types of telescope. and decide if your going to use it at some point for astrophoyography as you'll want one that's designed for astrophotography. Have a read through my threads made over the last few days on here they should help. My budget was somewhat larger than yours but I was after a larger scope and a EQ5 mount, small budget means nothing really if you use it correctly. I came across some absolute fantastic deals whilst I was searching around. Theres a 130mm reflector on a go to mount on Ebay for £280. I mean it doesn't get much better than that for what your after by the sounds of it. If theres a 130mm out there for that you can bet you'll find a smallish refractor for that aswell I know its not much but hopefully that helps and saves you a bit of time, as someone who is new also I know it can be a tad overwhelming with all the options. Just remember your money, your choice. Its quite a personal decision to make as it needs to be right for your needs and surroundings J
  9. Bloody hell that's a great photo! I seem to be commenting that a lot! Your signature is going to be running out of room for trophies!
  10. Great picture! Fantastic clarity/sharpness at that magnification!!
  11. What incredible timing! I like this a lot. Different from the norm as well! Great picture! I find myself wanting to look at the moon more and more. Something I was never too interested in before
  12. Looks like its the 450 then! Thanks all. I'll get bidding! Thanks for all your replies its a great community on here. Best forum I have come across in all of my hobby's ever if I'm honest
  13. Always always fiddle around with stuff. You can make some amazing DIY mods to things. As an engineer I always like to fiddle. I can see the electronics from another hobby coming in useful already ......
  14. I love the way you say not the best. To me that photo is so far beyond what I thought was possible for an amateur astrophotographer. Incredible picture mate. Absolutely incredible. (then again I am a bit of a space geek haha)
  15. Wow sure that's not the Hubble I'm constantly blown away by some of these photos!
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