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About Gmx76

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  1. Hi, looking for a 2 inch lp filter if anyone has one suitable for filtering orange sodium. Nothing fancy, entry level is fine. Thanks
  2. Hi, I have read this thread with interest. I just wanted to say I admire you for the depth of research you are doing by asking advice on this forum. I wish I had done that when I bought my first scope last year (and I am almost 30 years older than you!). Are you in the UK? Doesn't matter if not but here there are some good resources for buying in the second hand market. astrobuysell.com/uk Gumtree and even local Facebook pages. Why not buy something cheap and see if astronomy is for you before throwing in a lot of money? You can buy a computerised goto Mak, that's second hand a lot cheaper than if you buy new. And I bet there will be some unwanted Xmas presents coming up for sale soon, say a Celestron 127SLT or similar. These do come available quite often, or if buying new I would be looking for something like this https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-gti-wifi/sky-watcher-skymax-127-az-gti.html Very similar but I don't see them come up on the used market much. I have this mount and it makes a huge difference compared to doing things manually. Either way you are doing the right thing by asking a lot of questions. There are some real experts here and you will get good advice. Just remember to consider your budget limits as this can be an expensive hobby. Good luck.
  3. Thanks all. Do you know if Astroberry works with az-gti?
  4. Gmx76

    Xmas newbie

    Great Xmas present! Welcome
  5. Hi, I've used a Mac until now but its not easy getting comparable software eg Sharpcap and processing software, so am looking to get a minPC or even a compute stick for EEVA/AP setup (sharpcap etc, currently using a planetary cam but may also used DSLR). Mostly for image capture and live stacking, I have access to a desktop if needed for post-processing. So looking at a couple of options for mini PCs, if all other things are equal (Windows 10 64bit, 4GBRAM, 128GB SSD etc), whats better, a newer Atom Z8350 (1.4GHz Quad-Core, released around 2015), or an older i5-2520M (2.5GHz Dual-Core, released around 2011).What Looking at benchmarks it seems the much older i5 is actually a much better CPU. What about compute stick, nicely price and no moving parts, Atom Z8330, 2GB, 32GB, WIndows 10 32bit - powerful enough? Thanks Greg
  6. Hi, I live in a place where we have quite a bit of LP from the nearby town. Sometimes the sky looks orange when we have total cloud cover. I'm thinking of getting a CLS filter for imaging. Budget allows for choice of the following: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/light-pollution-reduction-imaging/explore-scientific-cls-nebula-filter-1-25-2-inch.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/optolong-filters/optolong-cls-light-pollution-filter.html Any experience on either of these, or an other recommendation? Was going to go for a 2 inch. Have approx £80 to spend. Will be using a colour ccd or stock dslr. Thanks Greg
  7. Can anyone let me know if the above extender and t to c adapter will work? Think it should but want to check before I buy more bits. Thanks
  8. Ok so decided to get a flattener, and may get a used one of these: https://www.altairastro.com/lightwave-10x-field-flattener-for-f55-to-f625-refractors-291-p.asp This has a T- thread, and needs 55mm back focus. My GPCam2 290C has 12.5mm of back focus and has a C thread on the end of the camera, means I need to make up 42.5mm. So if I order this https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-low-profile-female-t-thread-to-male-c-thread-adapter.html which is 8mm. And this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1x-24-35mm-M42-Variable-Extension-Tube-T2-Extension-Length-for-Astrophotography-/203140599311?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292 I should have everything I need right?
  9. Hi, I'm after one of these (or similiar) suitable for a SW 72ED, thanks https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reducersflatteners/ovl-field-flattener.html
  10. Got a 5mm if that helps, pm'd
  11. How long is the two inch ext tube? Have you got pictures please?
  12. After one of these if someone has a spare laying around, or some way to give my newt clearance from the tripod. Thanks
  13. Its great you have so many methods to build your to-see list for a session. It's a good idea to have some easy targets on hand. For me as a newbie with crummy weather and some new kit to play with, those precious hours I do get i want to make the most of, so that's a good idea. Going with the flow can end up wasting a lot of time
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