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  1. I got the skywatcher 150P on an eq3 pro mount. I've been impressed so far. It's the 750 f5 . I also looked at the 200p but for me it appeared a little unwieldy for transport and storage ( interesting to see comments above). My dslr attaches easily and there's no problem focussing. The weakest link for me is the tripod so I'd say the eq5 would cope admirably. I'd also budget for eyepiece. I picked up 2 bst starguider that make a huge difference. They are very well built and have retractable eye cups that I imagine would be good with glasses.
  2. I've often found the marked infinity point on a lens isn't always the sweet spot. My advice would be to work around that point. It's time consuming but what you can do is take test shots review magnified on camera lcd and fine tune focussing. Once happy tape the focus ring . You can afford to do do that at high iso.
  3. Canon live view should have exposure simulation . So yes whatever parameter you alter shutter speed or iso should be obvious on screen. Certainly on my 5d mk2 I will deliberately set it to over expose for low light focus or composition then reset to to my desired exposure. Note also you may be getting zoom movement on the 100 to 400 if it's the older version of the lens with the push pull zoom action. If tripod mounted turn all lens stabilisation off.
  4. I got myself a planisphere. I've found it really handy in locating things without using technology.
  5. That doesn't really help someone who by their own admission doesn't really understand the camera. Perhaps you could run through how live view works on a 40d seeing you own one. Is it possible ( I've read online) that live view only works in one of the creative modes and not full manual.
  6. Double check your live view settings. Pay attention to exposure simulation in live view. Its all tucked away in one of the sub menus . Lens needs to be on manual focus . Make sure liveview is set in the menu. Finally it's not obvious but you don't press the shutter button to turn it on it's done via the set button ( the one in middle of large rotating ring on back )
  7. It looks like a focussing screen. They're made of hard plastic. It will go back in . Try not touch it. They come with a special tool which is effectively plastic tweezers. If you google changing canon focussing screen it comes up. I think there's video too. You haven't wrecked the camera at worst it may be scratched which you may see through the viewfinder. It's a bit fiddly to do but takes no time. Make sure you work in as clean an area as possible to avoid getting dust on the cameras sensor whilst lens is off
  8. 100 is very low so no wonder you didn't see anything. The 40d goes up to around 3200 .at that level any image will be full of digital noise. Upping iso makes the camera more sensitive to light. It's largely going to be trial and error .
  9. Put the iso right up high to frame and focus on what you're after.via live view then adjust iso or shutter to get exposure correct. Your photos show correct mounting .I use a 7d on same scope.
  10. I'm just down the road in Dursley. I've been getting reasonable views of Saturn and Jupiter. ( they are fairly low and set quickly so you need to get out soon after sunset.) Why not try Minchinhampton Selsey or Roborough common ) I'd be tempted to manually find things if you can . I'm new to this too but both Jupiter and Saturn are easily seen relatively close to each other. Make sure finderscope is aligned and home in with widest eyepiece and gradually up magnification. As you zoom in and field of view narrows the more accurate alignment needs to be.
  11. If on Facebook then follow BBC sky at night . The website itself is handy . They also do a YouTube summary of things to see in the month ahead. I found a really good guide to solar system by looking up Patrick Moore on YouTube. Astrobackyard website and YouTube has good photo advice. As a start you could try just using the dslr on a tripod.
  12. Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland . Had 3 nights staying in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere.
  13. I bought the 150p explorer on an Eq 3 2 Equatorial mount recently. Second hand and good price. It's reasonably portable. Though awkward rather than heavy. I can easily carry it. It takes a minute to unscrew the scope from the mount. ( size wise I transport it on back seat of a ford fiesta easily) note there are 2 150P models.Mines the 750f5 . ( the 150pl is longer and heavier and possibly too much for the mount ) I've just added motors for tracking . They also mean I'm not touching controls which introduces vibration. canon dslr mounts easily and focussing isn't a problem. Many people will say the mount is not good enough for photography. It may not be ideal but it can be done. The tripod is probably the weakest link as it's aluminium and can vibrate. I'm going to give it a go anyway. If I have to upgrade the mount in future I still have a good telescope. So far I'm impressed. I have got better Eyepieces already although those it comes with are fine to start with. Images show motors .motor handset and full assembly for reference that's a 22 inch pc monitor. I did consider looking for go to but decided against due to cost and the fact I wasn't learning. Phone apps a simple planisphere and just observing without the telescope are all teaching me to find things myself. Views through a telescope aren't going to give you Hubble type clarity but it's you observing in real time and for me that's priceless. Saturn's rings Jupiter and 4 Moons are easily observed .I was amazed just looking at our own moon in detail.
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