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  1. Hi all, I've just bought a EQ1 mount for my 70mm refractor, and I need a set of tube rings for the OTA, but I am not sure what size to buy. Skywatcher have a 90mm set and a 101mm set, so I'm assuming one of these should do, as I have heard that the rings need to be slightly bigger than the size of the tube. Can anyone please advise? Kind regards!! Simon
  2. Yeah sorry I meant 'appeared' to gain speed. I know that the speed appears to change as it initially rises and then at the last part of the descent, that was what I was getting at, but thanks for clarifying. Any other takers for an opinion?
  3. Hi all, I was doing a very quick bit of astronomy shortly ago, and just as I was packing up, I saw a very bright object appear on the North-West horizon and move upwards gaining speed, go straight over the 'top' of the sky and then slowed down and disappeared around the South-East horizon. The time was 00.15 today (just about half an hour ago), and it took 1-2 minutes from its appearance to it's disappearance. I've checked the ISS tracker for Canterbury (where I am), but it says the ISS is only due around 03.30 tonight. I turned the scope on it, but as usual, they move so fast it was difficult to get a good enough view. I'm pretty sure it wasn't merely a plane, as it moved in a very similar way to how the ISS moves (which I've been lucky enough to see a couple of times) ... but of course I could be wrong. Can anyone help me understand what it was I may have seen? Thank you all!! Simon
  4. Hi, I am recently jumped on the £6 bandwagon for an 880 with the intention of upgrading the software to make it a 900 (I actually bought 2 of them - irresistible!). But I really do not know anything about how to start with this... I was hoping that SGL's cumulative knowledge could either give me an introduction to the basics, or point me in the right direction of where I may find one. My questions include: What modifications would you recommend if I want to take pictures of the planets, and also of deep space? I have read that I need a long exposure mod for deep space, but why is this? Why would it not just work from short exposures? If anyone could provide a scientific answer, that would be good I know I have to get a nose-piece and IR Filter, but is that all? My Nexstar 8 GPS does not have a wedge, and therefore will this cause me a problem? What software would you recommend me to download to start processing some good images? Any other knowledge that you guys feel I could benefit from would be very much appreciated! As soon as I get going with pictures, I'll upload them and tell you how it all went! Thanks!!!!
  5. Hi all, I'm in desperate need of a dark sky location to do some astronomy. I live in the Surrey/Sussex area. Does anyone know of any dark locations they tell me about? Thanks
  6. Hi all, Last night we saw a really bright object go from horizon to horizon, straight over our heads, and we managed to manually track it and have a look through the scope at it. It looked like a massive Space Invader. I think this might have been the International Space Station, but am not sure. It took something like 3 minutes to pass from about 20 degrees on the horizon West, over us to begin disappearing at about 20 degrees East. What do you guys think? Was this my first encounter with the ISS, or should I get practising on my space invaders game in case we are being invaded ?
  7. Hi, For use with my Nexstar 8 GPS, if I bought a HD wedge, I would be alright though, wouldn't I? The mount is really quite study as far as I know...?
  8. Hi all, I am considering venturing into astrophotography, but would like everyone to give a small review on all the Canon DSLR's they have ever used for astro please. I want to know how good they each are in general, the good points, bad points, how long it takes to photoshop them, or if any of them requires no photoshopping, and what you would recommend me to buy. Also how much better are the images with the IR mod? If there is not much difference I would probably prefer to keep it unmodded, for general use. Or would anyone advise me to start with a webcam even before a DSLR? Thanks so much! Hopefully once I decide, I will uploads my first pictures for you all to see can't wait!
  9. Hi all, I live in Crawley in West Sussex, so light pollution is quite bad, but not terrible. I have recently been bought a Celestron Astromaster 70AZ and have done a few small mods to it, such as changing the RDF for a superior one, and upgrading the diagonal. I have taken it out a few times, and had lovely views of the Moon, and Saturn, and smaller views of Venus and Mars. My question is what other objects should I be able to see with a scope of this kind? DSO's are going to be tricky, especially with the pollution, but are there any other objects that people suggest I could have a look out for? Also, has anyone figured out what the highest mag. eyepiece is that can be reasonably used with this telescope, and also has anyone attempted any astrophotography with this scope, and if so please can you tell me what equipment you have used, what you have managed to photo, and how well they came out.... you might even want to upload a picture or two Many thanks for all your help. I really want to try to get as much out of this telescope as I can, and any help is much appreciated! Simon
  10. Thank you all so much for your advice! The darkness thing may be a bit of a blow, but as you say, can't get much worse than the light-polluted skies I'm used to (unless I lived in London I guess) I will be printing these comments off, and keeping them safe with me while I'm up there If you think of anything else that could help, please let me know
  11. Hi all, Firstly the film camera: I have got a EOS 5, and and EOS 300v film SLR's. I was wondering if I could consider doing some astrophotography with either of them. I would be happy if all the could achieve is planetary. I would be wanting to use my Celestron Nexstar 8 GPS. Would I need a wedge for this, or could I get away with a planetary alignment tool thingy? Or possible just the scope as it is? Secondly the Canon G11: I also have a Canon G11 digital camera - it's just about the best digital camera around I believe shy of the DSLR's in my opinion, but has anyone ever used on for Astrophotography? I know there are universal digital camera adapters, are these any good, or is it possible to build or buy an adapter anywhere that would allow me to bolt this one to my Nexstar 8 GPS? Please help me with these problems if you can, I am really wanting to get started with some astrophotography, and am hoping to use the equipment I already have, rather than have to shell out money which I technically don't have Thanks you all for your excellent advice on my never-ending stream of questions... I have learnt so much from you all!
  12. Hi All, I am looking to acquire some sort of carry case or storage case for my Celestron Nexstar 8 GPS. It's a bit of a beast as most SCT's are, and so I was thinking along the lines of a travel suitcase perhaps?? I have heard of other people buying large flight-cases from places such as Maplin I believe. Can anyone suggest a way of doing this. Also my budget is by no means limitless, so the cheaper the better, but of course it has to offer quite good protection. This might be asking the impossible... cheap and good... comes along occasionally I suppose
  13. Excellent shot! I can't wait to try my hand at some imaging! I sense a photo like this is quite a way off for me though
  14. Very good shot for a first attempt mate! I don't think I could do the same
  15. Really good shot. I have a Celestron nexstar 8gps, and you have a Celestron 8" SCT, so could I theoretically produce photos similar to this when I finally start imaging?
  16. Well done on the cheap EP! I love looking for gems in all wierd **** you see at boot fairs!
  17. It's so difficult to resist just blurting out a random price and seeing if I were right..... I don't even know what you got with it... £200?
  18. Hi Paul, I'm really excited about visiting! The place I'm staying is: North Loch Tay Side By Killin Perthshire FK21 8TY It's a camping and caravan site (I'll be camping) - I shouldn't die of frost-bite in the middle of July in a tent, right?
  19. Hi Everyone! I'm taking a trip up to Scotland next month, and have ensured that the location I'm staying at is well within the severely dark patch shown on the dark skies map. I kind of wish I could now invest in my first basic imaging setup, i.e. webcam or something, but cant really afford it I was wondering if anyone can tell me anything about astronomy in Scotland in general, i.e. are the skies really as dark as the map indicates? Are there any proper observatories I could visit? Or can you tell me any good advice in general about visiting Scotland, i.e. places not to miss, any local customs, etc (Sorry I know this should only really be about observing in this forum)
  20. Hi Dark Star, welcome to SGL! I'm only 20 years old, so naturally my general ignorance means I have never heard of the film. Sounds very well received though the comments above, so will have to investigate further!
  21. Welcome to SGL Helmut! You'll love the forum! How good are the skies where you are?
  22. Lovely photo! I can't wait for the day when I submit my first astrophoto on here!
  23. Can anyone tell me what time Jupiter begins to show itself in June? So far I've seen Saturn, Mars, Venus and of course the Moon, but would love to see Jupiter
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