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  1. Sorry for not noticing this sooner, I assume you're sorted but if not I've replied above.
  2. I've got the stellamirra 0.8x flattener/reducer and it seems to work well with my canon DSLR. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/stellamira-telescopes/stellamira-2-inch-0-8x-reducer-field-flattener-with-m42-adapter.html
  3. Finished it today, running out of space to put all these NASA Lego models now!
  4. Hi I've got a physics with astrophysics degree and the amount of maths in the degree (and the level of it) was close to 50% of the content. My concern would-be the step up from a BSc in astronomy (where, in general, the level of maths is not comparable to a physics degree) to a MSc and PhD in astrophysics. If you have confidence in your maths then go for it and for all I know the BSc may contain more maths then I envisage.
  5. Thanks for this, my antivirus software was blocking two downloads which must have been the key ones as it now works when I've reinstalled with the antivirus disabled. Thank you.
  6. Yep exactly that, the menu shown above with ASCOM shows on one laptop but not the other, I'm at a loss! I'll probably uninstall everything and try again.
  7. Hi all I'm trying to control my AZ-EQ5 mount using stellarium. I have followed identical procedures for two laptops, one had the ASCOM option and one did not (I'm hoping to use the laptop that did not show it so I can keep my work laptop indoors) Could anyone suggest why ASCOM might not be showing as an option on one of the laptops? EQMOD is working fine so I am assuming necessary drivers are all on there. Both laptops are running 0.20.1.
  8. I'm just a beginner myself but I would consider getting up and ready before 3. I was out last night and could see it from 1 onwards, albeit I am further north than you. You might be battling sunrise before too long if you come across a few difficulties at 3.
  9. I'm currently putting my shopping list together to see if astrophotography is for me. However, the cheapest part has got me stumped. I've been advised to buy the stellamira 0.8x field flattener/reducer for my scope which requires 55mm of back focus. I believe the distance to the sensor in my camera if 44mm which leaves the M48 T ring adaptor needing to be 11mm. Is 11mm a standard width as I'm struggling to find any website that quotes the thickness of these adopters unless it is ultra thin.
  10. Hi all I've had my lovely little Megrez 72 for 18 months now and have just used it as a quick grab and go. I'm now looking at dabbling into astrophotography and seeing if it is for me or not. I have an old Canon EOS 1000D which probably isn't ideal but should get me use to the first principles. I have an AZ-EQ5 which has predominantly been used in AZ mode but I've recently been experimenting in EQ mode to get use to it. All I need now is a guidescope and camera and a field flattener. This is where I have become a bit stuck. Sadly the WO flattener that is recommended in the manual is no longer produced so I'm looking at alternative options but would greatly appreciate any guidance. I'm not overly fussed at to whether a reducer is included or not as I like the idea of a larger field but understand the benefits of shorter exposure time with a reducer. I'd just like the best flattener for the job! I have so far found these options which may or may not be a good fit and would appreciate any guidance: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reducersflatteners/ovl-field-flattener.html https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/william-optics-p-flat6aiii-adjustable-field-flattener-08x-reducer.html It doesn't mention the adjustment for the Megrez 72 so no idea if it could work or how you calculate the adjustment needed. And this morning I noticed that RVO are offering an ED refractor that seems to mirror all the Megrez stats and they have produced a field flattener for their own refractor although in the review of the scope the review mentions an allen key being needed to attach the flattener so not sure it would be compatible with the Megrez: https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/rvo-horizon-10x-rotatable-field-flattener.html So now I am just going around in circles! Please help!
  11. And sorry for the poor quality phone pic!
  12. A lovely example of a halo viewable in the north east at the moment that may be of interest for anyone who might catch it!
  13. I had noticed them but as the below poster pointed out I can't find them anywhere. If they do become available is the central hole the same diameter as the 5kg?
  14. I'll have to give it a go if there are no other alternatives. Thank you.
  15. Sadly I have. It's only a measly megrez 72 it is to balance with. It's fine if a camera it attached but for visual it's just not heavy enough.
  16. Hi all I currently have a small telescope on the az Eq5 and the supplied counterweights (5kg) are too heavy to balance with the scope. Does anyone know of smaller counterweights that would fit into the shaft? Thanks in advance
  17. There's undoubtedly a need for chemists within physics related fields which, as others have alluded to, might be your best bit. Having studied physics at uni myself and lived with a couple of chemistry students I can forsee the level of maths being an issue as that studied in chemistry is far below the standard studied in physics. Maths and programming skills will be the prerequisites for any theoretical physics. Just make sure you keep your maths in tip top shpae in your own time unless module choices enable you to do so otherwise.
  18. I saw him in York and was largely underwhelmed. The first half was good and accessible to all, the second half was difficult for most in the audience to access and many of the audience members too the second half as an opportunity to have a few winks. I have a physics degree so could follow along however my other half was lost in the second half and I ended up having to explain it all again in the car journey home.
  19. I've never known any schools to offer GCSE astronomy, is this mainly for logistical reasons in terms of observing at night do we think? I think some kids would love to do something like this.
  20. It went for just shy of £900. It would also have been about a tank of petrol to get to Liverpool and back too. I could buy a new mount for that and still have money towards a scope that I would actually like to own so might as well keep saving. Plus the F/9 isn't exactly fast should I fancy a dabble at imaging. Everything happens for a reason!
  21. Thanks for your responses guys. What are the major differences between the new and old HEQ5? I shall see what the price rises to and will set a limit of £650... For now
  22. This: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201308870504?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l4455&_trkparms=gh1g%3DI201308870504.N7.S2.M296.R1.TR1 Hi, Just wondering what you guys would consider a good price for this. Would probably end up selling the scope to help fund a WO scope later down the line but for mount plus scope this seems like a reasonable price at the moment (£500 at the time of posting). You lot will probably be more knowledgeable than myself so what would you expect to pay for this? Thanks in advance
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