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  1. Thank you for the advice! I’m looking at a variable polarising filter. The moon is bright for sure! It doesn’t hurt my eyes really, not until it’s full/nearly full, and even then the irritation is minor. But the filter should hopefully remove even the minor discomfort.
  2. Thank you for taking the time to link threads for me! Probably should’ve done my own research a bit better, but my searches came up with so many threads and they were usually not relevant so I gave up pretty quickly. I appreciate your own effort on my behalf.
  3. Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely be looking at getting that eyepiece. I forgot to mention that I have a cracking little finderscope as well, and a Baader Q barlow already. I'll also look at those filters. Definitely had a UHC recommended to me before, so I'll have a good shop around and see what's available. I'm under bortle 5-6 skies.
  4. Hi all! I've been stumbling my way around this hobby (observing, currently, with a view to branching into asteophotography) since November (real newbie, yay). I have yet to buy/try any filters or any eyepieces beyond my starting one. My aim when starting out was to try and wait until astronomy clubs reopened/meetings were allowed so I could politely beg the wisdom of others face to face, but that hasn't happened and is unlikely to happen while I am still on home turf. So, I'm turning to you lovely people once again! What filters do you consider essential? Especially those of you wi
  5. This is a ridiculously late reply to your post, so I'm sorry for that (and sorry for dragging my own post back up from wherever it was buried). But I had to come back and say a massive thank you for your advice. Its so sound, and has been a ridiculous amount of help. I've invested in a copy of the Deep-Sky Imaging Primer as a belated Xmas gift to myself, and I shall study it religiously. I haven't yet purchased anything else for my setup, because I want to read the book first. No use rushing into things, as you say - my biggest fear is buying the wrong things and wasting money. I h
  6. This is very true! I've already been considering what to do if I get invested in imaging to the extent where my original OTA is tied up with the cam all the time. The pipe dream is having a good, big dob at home - but getting something like a little Redcat or Zenithstar for imaging is also a cracking possibility. And that coveted HEQ5/Az-EQ5. If I had another imaging OTA, I could use my original for viewing more often. This all being a very vague long term plan, ofc.
  7. Thanks! This is what I am going to do - it just sounds like a better option when someone else is saying it!
  8. So, I'm looking to build up a little equipment base through which I can begin delving into imaging and processing. But I'm clueless. I want to image mainly DSOs and lunar with the potential to branch into solar, since I don't know if my scope lends itself to planets very well. What I have already: - Altair Asteo Starwave 102ED-r doublet with FPL53 - Altair Raci 60mm 90° finderscope - EQM-35 - Nikon d3400 So, I know that I'll need a T ring adapter for the DSLR, and from seeing other people's setups I'm vaguely familiar with flatteners...but I've also had peop
  9. I don't use it to power a mount currently, but I have that and use it to power 3 dew heaters for via a controller for several hours without any issues. The power cable uses a cigarette plug. Brought it for three reasons - 1. because it was cheaper than a branded powerpack for astronomy and 2. Because other people recommended it as an alternative, and 3. after some issues with my car's battery I decided I needed this sucker handy.
  10. In an ideal world, I know I would get at least a HEQ5 (friend has an Az-EQ5, which he rates highly). But since various stores are telling me different things about when they'll be available again, anything from maybe December to maybe February (and this has been going on since early September, when I got told maybe October/maybe November), I'm kind of stuck with this AZ4 on a vibrating aluminium tripod, with pretty poor viewing and no chance of actually beginning my imaging journey. Its not the retailers' fault, but it is frustrating me no end. I've seen a couple of adverts for second hand mou
  11. And I'm teetering on the brink of saying yes, but I'm not quite sure of my decision. So, for the umpteenth time, I have chosen to come and harass you lovely people on SGL. This EQM-35 looks flawless in photos, no visible dings or scratches, and seller states its in full working order with no defects at all. I have seen a video of it slewing which seems fine. The asking price is £400, and it includes a Lynx cable to connect the SynScan handset to a laptop. However, I don't actually have a clue what I am looking at. I've never used an EQ mount before, yet alone a GoTo, and I'm panick
  12. Cheers! Thanks to another person, I've got it now - I really was having a dumb moment and studiously ignoring that those 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock screws were actually what I needed to be looking at kept looking at them thinking "but why are there already screws there, and if I touch them will I break anything?"
  13. Thank you SO much! See, I knew I was just being silly! I've got it now. I kept looking at those screws and flapping, because I couldn't figure out why there were already screws there and I'm a worrier so I was scared of breaking something if I tried playing around with them. Thanks again!
  14. Hi fozzybear, thanks for your help! I'm well and truly stuck, I think messaging them is probably the best idea...I feel like a right dumbo! I got the scope and finder as a package from them directly, so I did check if I needed any extras or whether everything would be in working order right off the bat, and the answer was yes...but, I'm clearly missing something obvious! And I do believe it is definitely me af fault, being a complete newbie to anything other than the occasional glance through a friend's dob
  15. Cheers fifeskies! Those all look great, but I don't think they are particularly what I am after at least, I don't *think* so - but I don't know anything, me, so I'm not exactly sure. This is my finderscope and the bracket on it is the bracket I have - https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/altair-10x60racii-finder-scope.html Its meant to fit my scope, but I'm too busy having a dumb moment to figure out how. This is my scope -https://www.altairastro.com/starwave-102ed-r-fpl53-refractor-459-p.asp
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