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  1. I was half expecting it to be wrong again, but when the telescope started heading in the right direction there was a big smile upon my face. Now to get it as precise as possible
  2. I recently purchased my first equatorial mount , and finally after 3 days of setting it up and getting it wrong, I have now successfully got my first alignment under my belt. Sweat and tears, frustration, all played their own part over this period but now I am one happy person. Now I know what I am doing, it will be so much more enjoyable.
  3. Having been an owner of a 300 DOB, the views were really good. Now I would like a scope that would give me a very good view of the moon, and planets, but in the same sentence, I would also like to start taking some photos of the moon in detail, and the brighter dso,s. After reading so many write ups on the pros and cons of refractors, I am tempted to buy a 150 pds , or the 200 version. As for mounts, I was looking at the heq5 to begin with. Would this set up be ok weight wise on the mount to begin with, and what views would I get for visual, after a 300 DOB????
  4. Cheers damnut. Will do. I won't be buying the first I see for sure. A good look round and a ponder first
  5. Cheers Nightfisher, I will have a look, thank you.
  6. Cheers Cam. I will have a good look around before purchasing. Cannot wait though.
  7. Im looking at around the 1500 mark for a scope and mount. Maybe upto 2000 . Heard a lot about the bresser 125/1200.
  8. Evening everyone. I would like to buy a refractor for the main purpose of viewing the planets, and also taking some photos of them, but this is where I am getting a little frustrated as I would also like the scope to be able to manage the brighter deep sky objects for photography also. Any help and suggestions would be much appreciated.
  9. Cheers John. I will have a go tonight if clear and let you know the outcome.
  10. Last night i attempted to take some pics with my camera attatched to my scope via a 2inch adaptor. The scope is a 300 skyliner flextube and the camera is dslr. All i managed to get was out of focus pictures. No Barlow was used. Would i need an extention tube to resolve the issue? Thanks in advance, Jon
  11. First attempt without a telescope, followed on by another the following evening i believe. The second one i had around 32 pics which i then put into dss.
  12. Bed i can understand. A settee as well, thats luxury camping:)
  13. I think i will double ,double double check,,... I cannot (well i can), imagine the grief when you start to set up and as you are getting organised you realise that you have left some gear at home. A dent in the wallet to buy new, which money could go on better things. Will there any companys selling items at the site,ie, scopes, binos, eyepieces etc? I only ask so i know to bring a card or 2:)
  14. When we get a nice dry day. That is sound advice. I would hate to arrive with only half of what i would need .
  15. That is nice to hear. I am really looking forward to meeting others and looking at other set ups. If the Star Partys are anything like the community on here, i will be in for a lovely time.
  16. I am thinking of making the long weekend, but i may need help in putting a tent up:o. I have been given a 6 man tent and as yet it has not seen the light of day, so its a good excuse to go and try it out. Never been to a Star Party either, so throw the 2 together and Bingo.
  17. Not sure on maps John, but i live near poole at canford heath. The new forrest is good for dark skies, and i keep meaning to have a look at a place called Badbury Rings as this a little bit closer for nights in the week. Your more than welcome to tag along if you like when i go up there to see if it is ok. Jon
  18. I took a load of photos just like that, and i found that it was the focus which was the problem with mine. When i sorted that out, the picture was a lot better, not brilliant as i am new to astrophotography, but dss was finding loads of stars once my focus was better.
  19. Welcome to the forum Peter, i also live in Dorset, Canford Heath. Sounds like you have nice Dark Skies where you are.
  20. Here is another of from tonight. Its a little better in parts, but no so in others.
  21. Lovely pics mate. I keep telling myself,One day,One day. .
  22. I used the 75-300 set around 75 if my memory serves me correct. Went out to do some shots last night,only to find my dark site closed, so will continue in the garden until it reopens. Russ, it certainly is addictive, and will have to also obtain a connecter for the scope.
  23. Love these shots George, you can get lost in the moment. Sunsets for me are magical.
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