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Mark S

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  1. Mark S

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    Thanks guys, I'm quite happy to take my time getting back into things, particularly as we're approaching the time of year that offers so few dark hours. I'm enjoying looking around through some of the older threads relevant to my current situation and totally blown away by the guys in the imaging threads which is quite useful as it has convinced me that AP is probably not for me - I simply haven't that much patience!!
  2. Although just starting to research this subject, I would be very interested to attend such a workshop.
  3. Nice bit of kit but I'm being strict with myself and limiting my total initial expenditure to a little less than that but I need to include a powertank, some eyepieces and the scope/mount, dewshield and anything else that I've forgotten. The primary concerns I have with the nexstar mount are that it may not be as stable as I would expect and that it cannot be used for long exposure AP, I have read that multiple short exposures can be stacked to get around this issue but this is not an area I am familiar with. My concern with the GEM mount is simply the weight (I'll need to lug it around quite regularly) and whether it is more complicated to set up.
  4. Returning to astronomy after a few years layoff, I'm looking for a new scope and think I've narrowed down my choice but could do with a little advice. My only previous scope was a 12" Dob but, frankly, I found it to be very limiting due to portability. I own a large estate and a van so transport is no problem but the hassle involved in lugging such a large piece of kit meant that I used it irregularly, becoming disenchanted with the hobby due to a lack of success in finding many of the objects I was searching for. With this in mind, I have decided to go for a Mak/Schimdt unit for portability and am very interested in the idea of a Goto system. I'm considering the Celestron units Nexstar 6 and the C6 SGT but would like to hear any views which existing users may have regarding these. The 6" aperture should allow some reasonable viewing and is within the budget I have allowed myself but I may be tempted by an 8" version if one was available at the right price. The nexstar mount appeals to me with the 10kg overall weight compared to the 25kg of the GEM mount. However, if I decide that i'd like to purse AP will I regret the purchase of the nexstar? Is this very light mount stable enough for the job? Your experiences would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Mark
  5. Mark S

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    Hi, I'm returning to astronomy after a fair number of years layoff. I've lurked on here for quite some time but thought it would be a good time to start asking a few questions before investing in new gear. Cheers Mark
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