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Dougie

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  1. I was thinking about getting one of these, now I'm very tempted. Regards
  2. I had this problem on my CPC 800 after a year of use. Always used a bit of duct tape to hold it in place, to be on the safe side. The CGEM 800 I have now has a ring around the connector which screws to the mount, to keep it secure. I wouldn't be surpised if this is introduced on future CPCs Regards
  3. I use APT and find it user friendly. As a previous post said, it's regularly updated.
  4. Hi and welcome and good night skies you have.
  5. I've just come back from the astro shop after discussing about trading in my CPC 800 for a CGEM. Got home and discussed with my wife that I need to change for astrophotography. She commented that if I am upgading why not go to 9.25" I went out and did the shopping and bought flowers before she changes her mind. Cheaper than a divorce.
  6. Welcome to the forum John This is just the start of a long addiction.
  7. I jumped straight into S281 back in 1997 - Astronomomy and Planetary Science, which is now S283. I then followed this by 4 years of IT subjects. The Astronomy and Planetary Science is an interesting course which does involve some maths, physics, geology and also observational elements. It was fun and worth doing, and get me back into studying with an interest attached.
  8. Steve Have fun with the scope. Astro magazines are a good place to learn.
  9. And always look on the bright side of life... Always look on the right side of life... (Come on guys, cheer up!) Always look on the bright side of life... Always look on the bright side of life... (Worse things happen at sea, you know.) Always look on the bright side of life... (I mean - what have you got to lose?) (You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing!) Always look on the right side of life...
  10. I do the same as Moonshane and leave all caps off until the morning and leave tube at an angle pointing downwards. I found the dewshield helped up to a point but had to invest in a dew heater and controller.
  11. I tried to get booked in last year, but the nights I wanted didn't tie in with the phases of the moon. I've now booked for 3 nights in May, so hoping for some clear skies and no moon.
  12. I had similar problems with my scope in the winter months even though I had a dew shield. I was concerned that I had problem with the optics until I realised that dew was still forming on the corrector plate. I had to invest in a dew heater and controller which seems to have cured the dew in most observng sessions. Problem is that my dew heater is running off the same power pack that powers my scope. Looks like I wil need a separate power supply for the heater. Don't despair as we've all been there.
  13. Don't give up and your wife is being very supportive too. Always a bonus. I had an EQ mount but I too couldn't see Polaris very well so polar alignment was always a problem. I hardly used my scope over a 10 year period. But it wasn't until I was in hospital 2 years and was given an astronomy magazine to read by my son, that my interest was rekindled. I realised that scopes had move on since my first purchase. I then took time to chose a different scope that suited my location and budget. Lots of sound advice and support here. Go to a society, they're all very friendly. Astronomy shops will give you good advice on what meets your needs and budget. They will want your return custom. My wife now says that she's an astronomy widow Good luck and keep us posted.
  14. I jumped straight into S281 back in 1997 - Astronomomy and Planetary Science, which is now S283. I then followed this by 4 years of IT subjects. The Astronomy and Planetary Science is an interesting course which does involve some maths, physics, geology and also observational elements. If you're used to dealing with large numbers such as light years and parsecs it should be no problem, but these will be introduced to you slowly. When it comes to the exam, you won't need to remember the formulas. It was fun and worth doing, o get me back into studying with an interest attached.
  15. Michael's right, stick to one shot colour to begin with and experiment away. I use an unmodded 1000D and still experimenting and without guiding, exposures have to be around 30 secs. Light polution is bad where I am, but so far not a problem. Once I get guiding and take longer exposures, it could become a problem so may have to think about filters. Previous advice suggesting a focal reducer is good and that's going to be my next purchase.
  16. It's the way the street lighting industry is going. LEDs cost more to put in, but the long term benefits are reduced maintenance and energy consumption and less CO2 impact. LEDs are also meant to produce less light polution with no sky glow. Only time will tell.....
  17. Definitely a "love day" for you. Maybe I should show your story to my wife.
  18. My wife thinks it was an anorak But after my first scope, I bought a bigger and better scope.
  19. I agree it's an excellent book which will give you lots ofsound advice. If I had read this book before making buying my scope, I would have changed a few things. Worth reading first before you decide. Doug
  20. A year ago, I was looking for a Canon camera and had a choice between the 1000D and a slightly more expensive model in the semi-pro range. It was the weight that won it for me. The 1000D is 60g lighter than the 400D, was important when it would be attached to the back of my CPC800. Only problem now is that my wife finds the 1000D nice and light to use!
  21. Daz, I've signed up and looking forward to the day. Where abouts in the school is this being held and where should we park?
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