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  1. Thank you that makes perfect sense . Appreciate your response
  2. Hi, just a quick thought.. you may find the Gt71 and associated accessories too heavy for the SGP - the redcat will be fine
  3. The book is ordered thank you, I’ve seen so many recommendations for this I know I must be missing out. I agree shorter focal lengths will be my first port of call. I have been thinking of the 360mm ZS61, although you have now put the esprit 80 firmly in mind. I tend to think of Newtonian as more visual scopes, indeed this was my route into astronomy many ( many) years ago. Thank you so much for you insight and expertise it is much appreciated
  4. Yes, I guess with GOTO functionality, the targeting is far quicker post PA - that’s a good point , thank you
  5. Thank you all for taking the time to respond. To answer some of your queries, I live in a fairly rural dark site, with large garden so transportability isn’t really a concern, nor fortunately is cost. I love the images of DSOs that I see and long term aim is to get somewhere close to them. Currently I’m just targeting the large beginner targets, andromeda, Pleiades, Orion with wide field (300mm lens soon to be ZS61) etc as they are easy to target because I can see them. Once I get into more advanced targets I imagine just finding / framing them is half the battle. What I love at present is seeing a clear patch of sky and I can be out imaging in about 15 mins from scratch, but know my set up is only short term hence the question about the next step. Thank you so much for your thoughts
  6. I have far less experience than you, but have you thought about taking out all the complexity you are having issues with. PA tracking etc etc. I don’t have the equipment to do any off that stuff, so I’m forced to take 1s exposures ( no tracking) through 300 stock zoom lens , so no PA required. If I stack 4-500 ( intervalometer essential ) images in DSS I get results im pretty pleased with of Pleiades / andromeda etc. It seems almost fool proof. And without any PA set up or cables or power required I can be imaging within 5 minutes of seeing a clear patch of sky . Hope you find a way out of the mire
  7. I’m very new to AP having only dabbled in stacking numerous very short exposure images (1s) as I do not have any form of tracking mount. So the question is about what step should I take next... do I learn the craft first with a portable easy to use star tracker type ( Skyguider / star adventurer) or since I keep hearing that the mount is the single most important aspect, do I instead jump straight in with a full eq mount like the HEQ5 ? Is there value in small steps .... thank you
  8. I’m sorry but I think you’ve lost me there, are you talking about pixel size or field of view. I’m very new to this game so please excuse my naivety. I would be very interested if you could clarify. Thank you
  9. Thank you for your expertise, much appreciated. The camera is a 600d btw. Cheers
  10. Thank you, your “Doses” analogy makes perfect sense the way you explain it. Thank you for taking the time to share your insight
  11. Yes helps a lot thank. Probably saved me a few £ and some disappointment caused by poor tracking results
  12. Thank you, it’s really useful to have your insight. I thought in the back of my mind that this might be the case, but always useful to have it confirmed by someone who knows first hand. Thanks for taking time to respond. Your set looks great. Above all I want a simple solution that will give good results so your redcat advice sounds spot on !
  13. Thank you, much appreciated and very enlightening
  14. Am just starting out in the AP jungle, and have yet to obtain a star tracker. As a consequence I need to take short exposures c1s and lots of them so I can stack them . My question is. Will taking 400 x 1s subs give me to same result as say 2 x 200s subs. Is there a benefit over and above total acculumated integration time of the longer exposures . ? Many thanks
  15. Although technically below the payload limit, has anyone got experience of using the WO ZS73 on a star adventurer or Skyguider pro. Is this a stable / reliable combination or is it pushing t(extra key too far with DSLR’s, guide scope etc attached. Thanks
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