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  1. Now I have a scope with the power, I'd really like to upgrade to a goto system to help me seek out those fuzzies that I struggle to find by star hopping alone. My new telescope is around 3 years old and has the auto tracking system. Searching online and through this forum, I believe I can upgrade to goto, just by attaching the appropriate handset? A search online has led me to this... http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/p-skywatcher-synscan-az-goto-handset-20109-.htm Is that what I am looking for? Is it truly that simple?
  2. Well I collected the telescope last night. It's in perfect mint condition with no blemishes scratches or rust on any parts and the mirrors look fantastic. It actually came with a number of unexpected accessories so I was extremely pleased. It came with an Astrozap light shroud, Baader lazer collimator, cooling fan and a large cover. The only think I've had to purchase is a power pack for the tracking system. It is a heavy beast, but I managed it on my own. The mirrors needing collimating, and it took a while to do. I can't reach the screws whilst looking through the eyepiece on this one! Conditions weren't fantastic last night but I pointed it towards the ring nebula. An object I'm very familiar with so a good starting point to see the difference. Even though the sky was bright with moonlight, it was clearly visible. Smaller than I expected it to appear, but it was a clear bright RING! I could actually see a hole in the middle. I've found moving it around a little tricky as I'm used to an equatorial mount. As I had no power pack last night I had to move it by hand. It was very hard to get items centred in the eyepiece as it would always 'bounce' off the item when I took my hands off the tube. Hopefully that will be eliminated when I use the hand controls. All in all I'm extremely pleased and look forward to some proper dark sky views.
  3. Thank you all for your input. You have all convinced me to get it It is the Skywatcher Flextube version. I've looked at accessories and was wondering about the light shroud. Should I invest in one or even improvise and make my own?
  4. I currently own a 4.5" Skywatcher Skymax 127. I've had this for several years and its been a super scope. I've recently been presented with the opportunity to by a second hand Skywatcher 12 inch Dobsonian with goto system. I've checked it over and it's in perfect condition, but still pricey. I don't want to spend so much money on an item to be disappointed. How Will the views through a 12 inch compare with my current scope? I tend to be more interested in DSO's (planetary nebulae in particular) and viewing the odd planet. I'm not bothered by the moon so much. Also, for those that own this scope, will I be able to move it around on my own? I didn't get the chance to test the weight if it. Any other helpful info regarding this scope or any accessories I may need would be greatly appreciated.
  5. This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago, but it's taken until now for me to be pleased enough to post it. This was my first attempt at 'Drift Alignment' (which is all I had planned to try that evening!). It took me the best part of 3 frustrating hours, but I was able to go up to 45 seconds without any noticeable trails. Hopefully my next attempt will be a little easier, now I know how far to make the necessary adjustments! Anyways, the pic. M42, 3 x 30 second exposures @ ISO 1600 stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and tweaked in Photoshop. Not as good as most on here, but pleasing enough for my second ever attempt at astrophotography and it actually shows some colour!!! Comments, suggestions and criticisms welcomed!
  6. Proof that running a search can provide great results! I've neen reading up on 'drift alignment' and found the whole thing rather confusing....until I came across the site recommended in this thread. I've just purchased myself an eyepiece with an illuminated reticule so I can give it a go. Hopefuly i'll be able to take some serious astronomy photo's real soon!
  7. After enjoying so many images on here, I decided to get creative. I downloaded Registax and played around in Photoshop. This is a composition of 5, 13 second frames (the longest I could get away with before I got trails). I don't know if it's made a difference but here is the result. Do you think it's any better than he original? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
  8. This is my first ever photograph taken THROUGH my telescope! I didn't have the correct gear before, so focusing my camera was somewhat tricky! Now I just need to learn how to properly polar align my scope and i'm away! OK, so here it is. Comet Holmes
  9. Andrew, this is the lens I bought: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/0-25X-FISH-EYE-LENS-for-CANON-EOS-350D-400D-SUPER-WIDE_W0QQitemZ330155127965QQihZ014QQcategoryZ30070QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem It's not a complete lens, it just screws on to an exsisting lens like a filter. You would need to have a lens with a focal length of around 18mm to get the best effect. A couple of points to mention though, the optical quality is not great (take care with bright lighting during daytime shots or you get multiple reflections) and the lens quickly fogs up when used outside for more than 10 mins or so. Saying that I love mine and would replace it straight away should it get damaged!
  10. I've just come away from a weekend camping trip at a fantastic campsite in Dorset (Look up Hedgehog Corner!). The site has amazing dark skies so I was happy I packed my scope. I've recently purchased a cheap fisheye lens for my camera, not the best optical quality but good enough for some light hearted pictures. Below are a few pics I took, they needed a fair bit of processing to show any detail but I'm pleased with the results.
  11. OK...So, I purchased a Canon EOS 350D, T ring adaptor and remote control so I can activate the shutter. Part one out of the way! Now, what software do you all recommend I have on my system? So far I have Photoshop 7.0 and Registax 4. Are there any other programs you prefer to use? Sorry for all the noob questions!
  12. After reading through the instructions, I purchased the remote control so I can use the 'bulb' setting!
  13. Well....I bit the bullet and purchased myself a Canon Eos 350D. It's a nice, robust camera but it's going to take me a while to get used to it! I think i've worked out all the basic settings, just need to put it all into practice. I've also ordered a T ring adaptor. Cant wait to give it a go! Thankyou everyone for all your help and advice!
  14. Skywatcher 127 Mak... I just had a look and the the eyepiece holder does have an external thread so I assume this is what i'm looking for.
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