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  1. Of course there's a bunch of difference between using a computerised mount and using the coast telescope. However I say you only live once. Given the opportunity to take images of the cosmos from a facility on top of a volcano in the Atlantic, go for it as much as you can! Who cares what people think.
  2. Upgraded from my beginner scope Now waiting for it to get dark again
  3. Hi everyone. I just got a Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount and can't find anything in the manual about power requirements. Am I blind? I also checked the manual on the internet, it is the same one. Other mounts, like EQ6R Pro have a section called "Power Supply Requirements", but there is nothing like this for the HEQ5. I can find tips on the internet from other people on how to power the mount, but I'd like to know the specs from the manufacturer. Does anybody know where to find this information?
  4. It hadn't occured to me that different light levels are suitable depending on what I'm looking for in the sky! Does seem like an adjustable torch is the best solution then. Thanks for the input and links everyone!
  5. Hi everyone, beginner here. How strong a light do you experienced observers use when observing? I currently tape some red cloth over a regular headlight. However, I think this may dim the light too much, as it becomes really hard to take notes and read. But will a stronger light screw up my night vision, even if it is red? My neighbourhood is light polluted enough as it is...
  6. I went ahead and ordered. Thanks so much for the help everyone, think I got the adapters sorted. Will be powering from mains to begin with, so will buy that off the shelf.
  7. @7170, could you send the details my way too? I'm buying the same rig and also wondering about power.
  8. Thanks, M40. So I don't need to buy a new M48 adapter, but I do need the nose piece. On my current beginner scope the adapter screws on right on the focuser, but I guess that is not possible on the 80ED. I saw those SW powertanks, but intuitively I guessed they would be more expensive than buying some generic solution at a hardware store. Perhaps just buying the SW powertank is easiest. Regarding eyepieces, I will be using a two scope solution, the 80ED is only for imaging. I have some 1.25" eyepieces that came with my beginner scope, so I could use those if I want to look through the 80ED also. Hadn't heard about a moon filter before, will check it out!
  9. I hadn't even considered that! I will check those out, thanks. I'm a little confused about how I will be attaching the DSLR to the scope. Scope-Reducer-M48adapter-DSLR should work. But will I always be using the reducer for photography? Are there no objects that are better to image without it? In that case, will it work like this: Scope-M48adapter-DSLR? Or is that when I need one of these: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-2-inch-t-mount-camera-nosepiece-adapter.html There are so many options, the chance I won't order the wrong thing seems a bit too small for my liking
  10. Hello, I will be buying the Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED DS-Pro + HEQ5 mount to use for astrophotography. I am a novice at this and will be learning astrophotography with this setup. I am afraid to miss some vital accessory and have to wait extra months for it to be delivered. What I am ordering: Evostar 80ED DS-Pro + HEQ 5 deal from FLO https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pro-series/skywatcher-evostar-80ed-pro-heq5-pro.html SW .85x Reducer/Flattener for ED80 https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pro-series/skywatcher-85x-reducer-flattener-for-ed80.html Astro Essentials M48 Camera Adapter (for Canon EOS) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-m48-camera-adapter.html "Making Every Photon Count" book https://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html What I already have: Canon EOS 100D DSLR camera Doppler T2-adapter for Canon EOS https://www.kikkertspesialisten.no/products/4151616-5 <-- sorry for non English page, couldn't find it anywhere else Is the camera adapter I have the same as the Astro Essentials one? Do I not need to buy another one? Is there anything else I need in order to use my camera? I've read some stories about people not being able to achieve focus with their DSLR without some extra gadgets, but that might be more of a reflector scope problem? Another part I'm a little clueless about is powering the mount. I imagine I can buy whatever is needed in a local hardware store, or are there some non-standard connections or requirements? Anything else I have forgotten? Thank you so much
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