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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! Condi
  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 sc
  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 m
  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. Say
  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.
  15. Thanks Phillip! So I guess that if I were to purchase a Cannon EOS series, I'd need the 1.25" T mount adaptor and the T Ring for the cannon EOS (AF). Is that the correct gear?
  16. Thanks for the advice...i'm glad people have reccomended Canon. My previous camera was a Cannon and it has served me well. I'll have a look around to see what I can find and i'll look into obtaining a 'T' adaptor.
  17. Hi guys, My trusty old canon powershot A70 is nearing the end of it's life and I need a replacement. I've had fun over the last few months snapping images through an eyepiece and have had some great results so now I would like to go up a notch. I have a couple of motor driven telescopes and I have become pretty good at getting them polar aligned, Not perfect but I'm getting there, so I would like to try my hand at some more serious astrophotography. Thing is...I don't know where to start.... I've tried to read through as many posts, but cant actually see how you attach the camera to the telesc
  18. UPDATE! I finally got a case sorted. I'm very pleased with the result and will have no hesitation throwing it in the back of car when I go out! The case I bought on Ebay for £27 and the foam insert, I bought 6 layers from www.foamforcomfort.co.uk and cost me around £35. I cut each layer separately and when done I glued all the layers together.
  19. So... here I am, back from a long weekend camping at the edge of the Peak district in Buxton. I chose a beautiful looking campsite, surrounded by hills and valleys. Perfect for a spot of astronomising...so I thought. As I waited for day to turn into night, I set my mount up and prepared everything ready for the night ahead, then settled down for an hour or two in my shiny new tent! At around 9:00pm, I unzipped the door, expecting to see stars so bright I could read a newspaper...instead I was greeted by the same orange murky sky I have at home . Just behind one of the hills was the whole vil
  20. Hi, thanks for your response. Finding a box is not really a problem, i'm after a transport case. It should have handes to enable me to carry the item and ideally be filled with foam. I've found plenty of sites selling Peli cases, but once I get to a suitable size they seem to cost more than the telescope!
  21. I'm looking to purchase a case to transport the tube mount of my Skywatcher 127 mak. I purchased this scope to take camping with me so a strong case is essential. I'm not really having much luck finding anythig suitable on line. Does anyone here use cases for there tubes? Any suggestions as to where I can find something suitable?
  22. I have an array of eyepiece sizes, 32,25,20,15,12,10,9 and 6mm which I use on my 3 scopes. I know for deep sky observing that low power eyepieces are Best, and my 32 and 20mm are my favourites for this purpose, however once in a while I like to crank the power up for observing planets etc. Is there a correct way, or technique to using a high powered eyepiece? For example, last night I was looking at Saturn through my Skymax 127 and decided to take a look at higher power. I was getting pretty good views through all of the eyepieces (10mm being the best), but tom see anything I find it necessary
  23. coolsox


    Hey Everyone! I'm a 29 y/o Insurance Consultant from Kidderminster making a return to the hobby after a three year break. I was lucky as a kid in that I lived in the middle of the countryside. On clear nights, the milky way was so bright you could almost read a newspaper by it! I started out using a pair of 10x50 binoculars during a powercut one winter. I stumbled across M42 and was so amazed I was out every night from then on randomly exploring the sky. After learning of my newly found interest, my uncle built me a 6" reflector. He had been interested himself years before, but as he lived in
  24. Thanks for all the input! It really is much appreciated. For the people who actually use this scope, what eyepieces do you use? I must admit, most of the eyepieces I have are on the cheap side and I wouldn't mind investing in 2 or 3 more.
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