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BeeJay

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  1. You state the obvious. The sigma lens has its own tripod mount. Yes, I would mount the lens and not the camera on the tripod / tracking mount. In much the same way as with using a telescope.
  2. Hi everyone, I need a solid recommendation for a tracking mount that c as n handle the weight of a Nikon Z7 with Sigma 150-600 sport. Total weight 7.5lb or 3.5kg.
  3. Thanks guys for your help. I have found a Nikon Z7 adapter, I just need a T2. The camera is a Nikon Z7. I am able to mount standard eye-pieces also to the telescope. I have attached a photo if that helps. Thank you .
  4. The camera is a Nikon Z7. I am able to mount standard eye-pieces also to the telescope. I have attached a photo if that helps. Thank you .
  5. Hi everyone, it has been a long time since I posted anything here. Does any one know the best way to connect a digital camera to a Zeiss Telementor 2. I have this great telescope and a great camera but I really need some guidance with how to connect the two together. All help and advice gratefully accepted. THANKS
  6. Good Morning, Last night I decided to get myself off the sofa and collect moon images for stacking. It was around 01:00 and the Moon was 3 hours after moon - rise. The viability was OK. Not perfect but I wanted data. Nikon d7200, Sigma 150-600mm Sport +1.4TC gave me a focal length of 1260mm. I was limited to f/9 160sec ISO 1OO. I know that the lens is at its sharpest at f/11 but the image seemed too dark at this aperture. I took around 100 exposures and used Asrostakkert for stacking. The image posted here is optimised for web viewing at a reduced resolution. Please let me know what you think ?
  7. Hi Rich, I appreciate your advice. I couldn't find John Foster on the forums. Could you please send me a link to his work? Thanks again, Ben
  8. Thanks for the advice, I was using a tripod and at base ISO 100...I think I need to work on my post-processing skills. Any more advice on how to reduce noise would be most welcome though.
  9. Well done, I also recently purchased the Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens and I agree with you about the weight. I definitely recommend using a sturdy tripod though. I have just posted my first attempt at lunar photography. It is certainly addictive. Ben
  10. Good Day to you all, I just wanted to share my first real attempt at photographing the Moon. This image is the result of a stack of 50 or so photos processed using Registax. I used my Nikon dslr and a telephoto lens. I would gladly welcome your critique. The image has been optimized for web, the original was over 60mb in size. Thank you Ben
  11. I thank you for your advice. I do not know when I will attempt the dis-assembly again. Soon I hope (best intentions). I will let you know how I get on. Many, many thanks!! Ben
  12. The retaining ring has two notches either side. Do I need any special tool for undoing it?
  13. Thanks!! I observed the transit from Israel, usually very hot but skies are almost always clear.
  14. Hi Everyone Captured via projection onto semi-gloss paper. You can see a bit of reflection on one of the photos as well as distortion from the paper not being completely straight. I put this post on the observing forum but I think it is better here. Enjoy!!
  15. Hi Everyone, I managed to capture the transit of Venus this morning though my Zeiss Telementor. It was magnificent to behold. The distortion is caused by the projection board being hand held and not completely straight. One of the photos has a slight reflection due to the glossy nature of the board. Enjoy the photos!!
  16. first image is with DSLR 150mm lens. Second image is photo of solar projection through telementor refractor. Enjoy........I did.
  17. Wow, Sheri......I have never seen the sun that way before. I know I have a lot to learn in the field of solar imaging and what you do is way more advanced than I intend to get. Keep up the inspiring work !! BeeJay:)
  18. :)Hi Everyone, I took another solar projection photo today using the same technique as my previous post. I have post processed it by adding colour and tweaking the contrast a little. I am getting quite addicted!! Clear skies Beejay
  19. Hi Everyone, Today I did some solar observing with my telementor plus 8mm plossl using the projection method. Sun spot 1131 was so impressive that I decided to photograph using my Nikon D80 plus macro lens. I really like the results, you can see the paper texture though. Please tell me what you think.
  20. Hi Everyone, Today I did some solar observing with my telementor plus 8mm plossl using the projection method. Sun spot 1131 was so impressive that I decided to photograph using my Nikon D80 plus macro lens. I really like the results, you can see the paper texture though. Please tell me what you think.
  21. Its really good to get positive feedback on important decisions. I am most grateful. I have spent many hours researching the WO scopes and it is with them my decision lies unless I can be persuaded otherwise. Thanks again. BeeJay
  22. Hi Everyone, I have made up my mind what telescope I will be purchasing. I will always keep a soft spot in my heart for my telementor 2 but have decided that instead of giving it the "boy racer"treatment by modding it for todays standards I am going to let it keep its dignity and well earned respect. I am going to upgrade to a 90mm apochromatic refractor by William Optics. I will be using it mainly for visual observing of the planets and wide field viewing as well as some solar observing. I do have a desire to enter the realms of imaging as and if the finances ever become available. If any of my fellow astronomers wish to post a comment on my carefully made choice then feel free........ Clear skies to all.
  23. Hi Everyone, I have recently purchased an adapter (Baader) and diagonal prism (Baader) in order to upgrade my trusty telementor to accept 1.25 e/p's. Today my first 1.25 e/p arrived, (a TeleVue 8mm Plossl) and its first light was of Jupiter shared with my 6r old son. I was able to clearly identify the cloud bands without too much strain. Later on I was treated to fantasticly crisp views of the moon. The detail was awesome!!. At 105x magnification my Telementor really is a shining star....... Clear Skies BeeJay:)
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