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  1. todd8137

    M3

    From the album: my things

    9.25sct,cgem mount ,30x100 with darks ect cannon 10 deep sky stacker,ps6 and astronomy tools plugin

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  2. Heyyy its meee kronos and i have been wondering about getting a filter...I really want the best contrast and brightness i can on my nebulas(i want to view M42 M57 M27 M31 M81 M82 and lots more) with my future 8" dob. Is this filter really going to help me? https://www.firstlightoptics.com/uhc-oiii-visual-filters/es_uhc_filter_125.html If it just a matter of quality of the filter itself can you suggest a better one in the same price range? Or will not the uhc filter help me in general .IF so can you reccomend another one? Also is this https://www.firstlightoptics.com/uhc-oiii-visual-filters/uhc-filter.html this https://www.firstlightoptics.com/uhc-oiii-visual-filters/es_uhc_filter_125.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/uhc-oiii-visual-filters/baader-uhc-s-filter.html this better?
  3. M1 Crab Nebula taken 7 Oct 2018 from my garden. ZWO ASI 183mm Pro C11 on Mesu 200 12 x 120s subs for each RGB. Processed in Pixinsight.
  4. I've recently started DSO imaging: Canon EOS 550D (modded), Celestron 9.25 SCT, AVX mount. I use BYE, save RAW + JPEG to laptop, then process in DSS. When I go into Register checked images: advanced: compute number of detected stars; I get a decent number (approx 250) if I am registering JPEG images at 2%, but very few, often zero, with RAW images of the same object, no matter where I put the slider. Am I getting the settings wrong, or is there another answer. Thank you.
  5. Hi all! I was just wondering about something, and would much appreciate to hear some opinions /suggestions... Premise: I'm just starting, very green, and very curious... With my f5 Newton and DSLR I have been getting some very satisfying results so far, apart from the expected coma and tracking issues. I was wondering if it was at all possible to have more magnification with such a setup, to be able to catch also the smaller DSOs... I have been told that those smaller objects are difficult in that one needs longer focals, and thus longer exposures, and thus better guiding. So, just slapping on a barlow between the tube and the dslr would only frustrate things, apart from focussing issues... Can anyone confirm this? This is obviously a long term issue for me, as at the moment, I'm quite happy with the setup I have, and the lack of funds for now puts any ideas I might have on hold. But for the future it would be very interesting to know what options there are for really far DSOs... I would definitely first of all start with setting up auto guide (not just for far DSO), so guide scope, guide cam and PC + connections and software. That's a big bite. Afterwards it would probably be: buying a purpose scope for deep DSOs, long focal, big aperture. SC? RC? A good APO? Opins? thanks all! Gerhard.
  6. I was out earlier looking at the Pleiades and Orion (see separate post). I came in and waarmed up for about an hour. I went back out to view Sirius and the surrounding area. Sirius was fantastic. I wish I could see Sirius B (which I used to look at in my scopes). M41 was easy to see a few degrees almost directly below it. I found M35 very easily near one of the feet of the twins of Gemini. I saw a few other fainter open clusters while scanning the sky. I'm back inside, where I'll stay and will soon hit the sack.
  7. Hi everyone! I was lucky enough to get a clear night last night, and have the first chance to test out my new Explorer 200p. Some of you may remember me posting a topic about how people lift such heavy things, and I got a huge amount of replies. In the end, I decided to split the scope into four parts: 1. Tube 2. Counterweights - to lighten the load as I move the mount 3, Accessory tray - So I could fold the tripod legs in 4. Mount + Tripod In the end, it took me about 15-20 minutes to set everything up, then I had to wait about 20 minutes for the sky to darken. In that time, I looked for an iridium flare, which the iflares app predicted. In the end, it never happened (Though I saw one at Magnitude 0 later on). Because it was nowhere near dark, I just pointed the scope at Vega. After that, I took a look at Albireo, looking as colourful as ever. I then looked for the double-double, but I struggled to split it - possibly because of seeing. After that, it became sufficiently dark to start DSO hunting. My first target was the Ring Nebula. I'd seen it with my old 150, but it was quite hard to spot. With the 200p, it jumped out at me! I added more zoom, and the nebula filter, and the ring shape was clear as day! My next target was M13, an old favourite. It was easy to see, with a somewhat mottled surface at low zoom, but when I cranked up the power, the stars were easy to see - much more so than in my old 150. After that, I looked at the Andromeda galaxy. It was a lot lower down, in hazy sky, so it looked little more than a hazy blob. Hopefully, it should be better when it's better placed in the autumn. Finally, I found the dumbbell. It was easy to see at low power, without the filter, but when I zoomed in, and added in the filter, it showed some good detail. However, even with all this, the dumbbell shape was still quite subtle. Still, even in photos, it's not as contrasty as the Ring. After that, it was getting on for eleven, and if I was up any later, my parents would kill me (not literally of course), so I came in. It took me about half an hour to bring my scope back in, and in that time, I let a couple of large moths in. Overall, it was certainly a good first observing session with my new scope! Thanks everyone for the advice you've given me with carrying my scope, as well as other things! David
  8. Last night, after a hot muggy day, a cold front passed through and produced a good, clear sky and the weather was cool and dry. Took out my bins and my zero gravity chair and started viewing the small sliver of sky to my north and south. I ended up seeing the triangle of Mars, Saturn and Antares. Obviously, I can only see them separately in the bins. I also saw at least 5 globular clusters (after I moved my session to my deck), so I could see a little more to my east. The globulars included M4 (near Antares), M13 and M92 in Hercules and 2 others. I was only out about 45 minutes, but it was a very satisfying session.
  9. Hi everyone, I’m putting a shopping list together for an astrophotography setup and I could really do with a bit of advice on my options thus far. My aim is to photograph DSO’s (I’m really keen on imaging galaxies) I need a rig that is easy to set up and also portable as I plan to transport it to the darkest skies I have available to me. I’ve been shooting wide field astrophotography with a DSLR and a tripod for about 5 years now so I already own a modified Sony A7S and an unmodified Canon 5D Mk3, so I will start by shooting with these bodies. I'm still undecided on scope and mount, hence the list has options. My list so far: Telescope: Orion ED80 WIlliam Optics GT81 Explore Scientific 80 Essentials Mount: EQ6 HEQ5 Finder Scope and CCD for Guiding: Orion Mini 50mm Guidescope Meade DSI Colour I intend on using PHD for guiding. I also need other accessories such as field flatteners etc, so any advice on 'the extras' would also be greatly appreciated. I don't expect to get hubble-esque images from this rig! I would like to go down the refractor route, but other than M31 which is, of course, rather large, are these telescopes going to be any good for galaxies? It is one of the reasons I am leaning towards the Orion ED80 as the scope for that extra 120mm of focal length as all the scopes listed are f/6. I'm also leaning towards the EQ6 for the mount but any other suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks is advance!
  10. Maxrayne

    NGC 7789-1.jpg

    From the album: Clusters

    © Graeme Healey Photography

  11. From the album: Clusters

    © Graeme Healey Photography

  12. From the album: Clusters

    © Graeme Healey Photography

  13. Hi Guys/Girls I had a chance to get out in the garden last evening, had a go at capturing NGC 7023 - Iris Nebula, only managed to get 12 good shots, 240sec x 12, combined in Photoshop with Mean Stacking. The dew was super heavy and currently I do not have any dew heaters (next purchase) so lost the battle after around 2 hours. One interesting point is I captured these shots with the long exposure noise reduction switched on with the Sony A7Rii, so each shot took 8 mins to take and save, but as a result the noise levels were next to zero at 800 ISO, and at the end of the day the noise is always our enemy. I need to try a real pro level 'cooled' astro camera just to see how much better it could be, as the Sony A7Rii is just stellar ! I am very happy with the final shot, taken with my Skywatcher 100 ED Pro Esprit Scope on my NEQ6 mount, Skywatcher ED50 Guide Scope and Altair Astro ASI130mm camera, PHD2 of course. The sky was nice and clear with low light pollution, as around 5 miles from major town. I do not take darks or flats or use Deep Sky Stacker, and I do not use filters, plus the camera has not been modified, so I am always delighted with the results I get from my set-up, as I have a deep level of respect for the hard work that most Astrophotographers go through to get the incredible images that we see here in Stargazers. I have read that some people believe that the Sony Alpha cameras have a tendency to 'eat the stars' and not show everything captured, to be honest, I always used a Canon 60Da for many years for my astrophotography, until one day I though, what if my Sony A7Rii could be used, the first time I did this I released that it was time to sell the Canon 60Da, the 'Remote' (free) Sony software is almost as good as BackYardEOS, but the cameras are a decade apart in performance, the noise levels on the Sony are at least 4 maybe even 5 stops better than the Canon, that is the Sony A7Rii at 3200 iso equal to the Canon 60Da at 200 iso, so at 800 iso it is just so impressive. As you can see from the picture only 12 frames, stacked in Photoshop (Mean). Open to comments and welcome a discussion/debate, thanks Jamie
  14. Hello, I'm very new to the practice of astronomy and my interest is with deep sky objects, I very much prefer "goto" type telescopes. Im just looking for a decent set up for visual observations of dso's and I have no idea where to start to look, please help! ( 500$ budget )
  15. Hello, I'm currently using the Skywatcher Skyliner 200P reflector telescope with the 10mm and 25mm EPs that came with it. I have been viewing for a while now and think its time I upgraded the eyepieces. My budget is around £500. I'd like to be able to get a range of EPs that will provide me with wide view and higher magnification viewing (a shorter length, longer length and a barlow (or perhaps a powermate but I dont know much about these other than they are seemingly better than barlows - perhaps a little over budget)). I enjoy both planetary and DSO viewing though if I had a preference it would be the latter. I wear eyeglasses having astigmatism in both eyes so eye relief is important. I mainly view from rural areas but will sometimes get it out in my rather light polluted back garden, so I am flexible with exit pupil size (the maximum being 31/35mm I reckon). There is quite a selection of vendors and I am hoping you folks can help me narrow down my choices with some first hand experience Cheers, Nathan
  16. What should I buy for a Canon 40D (Astrophotography): a Celestron EdgeHD 8" AVX or a Celestron AVX SCT 9.25" since the price differs only for 100EUR? I want to have nice DSO pictures but be able to see planets as well. Been using a 114mm reflector for 6 years. Thanks in advance
  17. Hi guys. Recently I had the opportunity to restart my hobby with a short astro-imaging test run in the back yard - a nice quiet little playground actually, near the place where I live. My setup consists of an eq mount (AVX), a dslr (EOS 550D), and either a classical M42 manual focus photo lens (anywhere from a Takumar 35 to a Tair3S 300mm, sometimes aided by a 1.5x or a 2x TC), or an ED refractor (C80) most of the time reduced with a 0.8x FF/FR. Since the area where my observing spot is falls within a +5 NELM around Zenith, I always use a LP filter (IDAS LPS P2 2", or Optolong CLS 1.25") for better results. Unfortunately my mount isn't PEC'ed yet, but I'm quite confident that i'll soon be able to achieve this goal, as it is rather imperative if I am to get any useful >120s subs. Guiding is not my main objective, as I do not have all the possibilities to do that - technically, logistically, financially... etc. A couple of nights ago I went for a test run with a rather unconventional "weapon" - the SW 127 MC. Yes, that's right, a Mak for DSO. Now, I know some of you have already played with this kind of instrument before, and had some pretty decent results. I also know that many imagers with higher standards have the habit to blame this little scope for its limitations. But who cares.. It's all about experimenting and having some late night fun. I used mine with a 0.63x FR, set at 0.73x due to the actual chip-to-lens distance I got, which brings down the focal ration from an infamous 11.8 to a more usable 8.6, which is quite doable exposure-wise, but a little inconvenient when it comes to star shape and vignetting (although the latter can be dealt with by means of flat frames). With a MC-SCT thread adapter and a custom made rotatable SCT-2"-M42 adapter, I could use both the Celestron reducer and the 2" LP filter with the dslr on the Mak127, for a couple of dozens 50/50 hit rate 30s subs for each object, along with a set of correction frames (darks, flats, bias). I really hope next time, with PEC, the hit rate (percentage of usable subs with round stars) will increase, and subs will be longer, so I can take better images. Until then, this is what I managed to get. Processing is done in a "keep-it-simple-son" manner: DSS & PS CS5. I didn't bother shooting RAW, although I am aware of the limitation of using JPG correction frames. Maybe next time Clear skies, everyone!
  18. With the waning Moon arise first after midnight, clear sky, 70% humidity, 14 degree temperature, C8 just had to get out for some action. Targets were brighter new NGCs in constellation Vulpecula and Cygnus, they were high enough to clear neighbors' roofs with good margin.SQM showed 18.5 to 18.9, quite good in my backyard. According to 666 selected DSO list, there're five(5) bright NGCs in Vulpecula besides M27, these are 6940, 6823, 6830, 6802, and Caldwell 37(6885). 6802 was the only one needed averted vision in 68x to see neblosity, doubling mag showed more faint stars, the other 4 were nice & easy target in 68x. Moving up to Cygnus, open cluster 7062 and 7086 with nice patch of faint stars, readily seen in 68x, planetary nebula 7026 could only be detected in averted vision, with UHC filter, it became much brighter and paired the neighboring star well. moving up to 130-140x, the nebulosity joined double-star look even without UHC. 7128 looked like 5 stars in a circle in 68x, with nebulosity in averted vision, moving up to 130-140x revealed more than a dozen stars there. 7044 was much more difficult, just hint of nebulosity in 68x, could be confirmed only after observing in 130-140x. IC 5146, Cocoon nebula, clearly brighter than I had anticipated, visible without filter in 50x, and UHC enhanced it even more. IC5067, Pelican nebula, absolutely nothing without filter, with UHC in 50x, a faint nebulosity shaped like a man with open arms, clearly smaller than the 1 degree size indicated. comparing to pictures later on, it dawned to me that it was only the beak I saw. Need to pay more visit here. Weather forecast looks encouraging for the weekend, fingers crossed. Clear Sky!
  19. I was out for about 2 hours. I enjoyed looking along the Milky Way. I also saw M31 and barely saw M33. A little later, I saw some nebulosity west (by maybe 10 deg) of Cassiopeia. I'm not sure what I saw. Then I saw the Perseus Double Cluster, which usually looks fantastic at about 45x in a scope. It looked pretty good in the bins. Then I looked at the Pleiades. That was fantastic. I've never seen it in the 15 x 70 bins. Looked like diamonds on black velvet. The stars in Perseus the point towards Cassiopeia were also fantastic. I saw a few open clusters in Cassiopeia.
  20. Managed to get out for a quick session this week targeting the Leo Triplet of M65 (Bottom right), M66 (top right), and NGC 3628 (bottom left). This was taken with an Atltair 72 ED (piggybacked on a Meade LX90 with counter weights) with 0.8 FR, SXVH9 camera, just 15 x 15 L exposures. Then I shifted the SXVH9 to the Meade for M104 with 15 x 15 L and 5 x 5 R/G/B binned x 2 as support. Capture and stacking, stretching using Nebulosity with layers and finishing in Photoshop. Both were goto but unguided (not enough time) Learning :-), Chris
  21. Here is my little report from SGL11, a bit of a combination of equipment commentary and observing report. Staying true to my current minimalist approach to observing (thanks guys ??), I just had my Tak FC-100 and 8" Portaball with me. Last year I was armed with a 16" Sumerian, so I was interested to compare just how much I could see under a dark sky with so much less aperture. I managed to do a fair bit of observing each day apart from Saturday night really when it was clouded out. During the days, I did a nice amount of solar observing using the Tak with a Herschel Wedge and my TS binoviewers. On the Vixen GP mount the sun was tracked quite well even without polar aligning, and being able to pan around the surface using the motor drives without touching the scope was an excellent benefit over a manual alt az. Having never really got on with binoviewers before (this is my fourth pair), I'm delighted to say that I found the TS ones excellent. The self centering eyepiece holders were easy to use, as was the individual focusing and I had no problems merging the images even at higher powers. The sun took on a richer tone than single eye viewing, and when the seeing allowed, the detail was wonderful both in and around the active regions and also the surface granulation. Nice regions of faculae were visible in several places near the limb. As usual it was interesting to watch the sun over a period of a few days to watch how the features developed. Areas of faculae on the first day began to show small sun spots on subsequent days. The other revelation with the binoviewers was the moon. My floaters were much better controlled, and I did find viewing more relaxing than normal. The whole thing had a 3D feel to it and I felt like I was able to access more detail. The terminator was particularly lovely, and the contrast very strong. No false colour that I could see. I was using 25mm Ortho eyepieces and an AP Barcon to give higher magnification. I've got a pair of 15mm Vixen SLVs on the way so hopefully that will give me comfortable high power viewing. I do feel like I've found a great setup now. I will use the GP mount whenever I'm doing high power Lunar, Solar and planetary viewing. For everything else I will most likely use the Giro-WR as I find star hopping much easier in alt az. Onto night time observing... Until Sunday, my main viewing was of Jupiter due to the conditions. I used both the Tak and the Portaball and it was interesting to compare the views. The Tak was reliably good all the time. The image was stable and sharp with good detail at all times which got better when the seeing stabilized. With the Portaball, the view was more variable with the seeing. When poor, the view was blurry and worse than the Tak, but when the seeing was excellent, the resolution was clearly higher and there was lovely colour and detail visible. GRS was visible on all three nights I observed and showed a lovely dark orange colour to it with separation from the SEB. Not quite as good as the views a few weeks back but none too shabby. Finally DSOs. On the previous nights I had a quick scoot around a few of the more obvious objects. M42 looked lovely but I was only able to get hints of the E star in the trapezium due to the variable seeing. I did use my 22x85 binos on it too, with UHC and OIII filters fitted, with very good results. On the Induro tripod they can be positioned very comfortably at all altitudes including at the zenith due to the height capability of the tripod. I'm now keeping this one! On Sunday night once the moon had gone down I managed to get stuck into quite a wide range of objects. The seeing was fairly average, and the transparency not the best I've seen, but at mag 21.3 at the zenith the sky was probably as dark as I've been under with a scope of any significant aperture. I've listed all the objects I noted in SkySafari at the end. It's not an exhaustive list as I saw quite a few more galaxies and open clusters than this but was not able to identify them all. I'll just comment on a few notables here. I mostly observed with the 24mm Panoptic which gave x46 with a 4.3mm exit pupil and a 1.4 degree field of view. For higher powers I used the zoom giving anything from x61 to x123. M51 looked surprisingly bright, nicely defined haloes around the central cores of the two galaxies, and signs of the bridge between the two. I would only say there were hints of structure, I wouldn't go as far as to say I could see the spiral arms but it was very nice none the less. M101 was plainly visible, easy to find but just appeared as a large oval glow with a bright centre. No structure unlike with the 16" last year. M97 and M108 looked lovely framed in the same field together. At higher powers M97 showed hints of structure but no clear 'eyes' which I assume was down to the transparency. M108 showed some nice mottling to it. NGC 457 was as fun as ever, very nice in the 8", whilst NGC 2169 (the 37 cluster) was also a delight. The tiny double in the corner of the '3' was nicely resolved, lovely to see. I did see the 'black eye' in M64 though not as obvious as I've seen before, and M63 was just a fairly featureless oval, no hints of structure. Likewise whilst I found all three parts to the Leo triplet, I could not say they were particularly bright. It's possible of course that my secondary was misting up/freezing for some of these targets. I tried to keep it clear but was not always successful. The Needle Galaxy was a very interesting comparison with the 16" last year. In the larger scope it was very bright, and the 'needles' extending out were very long and obvious, extending further with averted vision. In the 8", the galaxy itself and the arms were clear, but a shadow of the view in the 16". Still, it's nice to know I can be hitting these targets with a scope that is easily transportable on holiday and to dark sites. The last thing I'll ramble on about is Markarian's Chain. Again, I had spectacular views of this in the 16" last year so I was interested to see if I could find it in the 8". Of course, I could, and was pleasantly surprised by the views. Quite clear and I was able to trace the chain of galaxies all the way along. I hopped around the area identifying some galaxies by following it in SkySafari, then getting lost after a while and just panning around enjoying the view. I'm very pleased with the Portaball. Lovely views in a scope which is so easy to transport and assemble/break down. I've got some work to do checking out whether the secondary heater is working as the secondary was freezing up so frequently but aside from that it's all good. I was observing stars down to mag 14.47 (that I noted, probably beyond), and galaxies down to mag 12.07, again possibly beyond this in some of the unidentified galaxies. Last year I got a galaxy at mag 14.2 if I remember correctly which shows an indication of the differing capabilities of the scopes. An excellent four days, finishing with a pretty spectacular nights observing and a lovely full English breakfast in the morning before heading home ? List: SGL11 Owl Cluster - NGC 457 (Open Cluster in Cassiopeia) Double Cluster - NGC 869 (Open Cluster in Perseus) Chi Persei - NGC 884 (Open Cluster in Perseus) Polaris - Alpha UMi (Variable Double Star in Ursa Minor) Pleiades - M 45 (Open Cluster in Taurus) NGC 1502 (Open Cluster in Camelopardalis) Rigel - Beta Ori (Variable Double Star in Orion) NGC 1907 (Open Cluster in Auriga) Starfish Cluster - M 38 (Open Cluster in Auriga) Orion Nebula - M 42 (Bright Nebula in Orion) Messier 43 (Bright Nebula in Orion) Alnitak - Zeta Ori (Double Star in Orion) NGC 2169 (Open Cluster in Orion) Castor - Alpha Gem (Double Star in Gemini) Beehive Cluster - M 44 (Open Cluster in Cancer) Messier 67 (Open Cluster in Cancer) Bode's Nebulae - M 81 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Bode's Nebulae - M 82 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Algieba - Gamma1 Leo (Double Star in Leo) Messier 95 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 96 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 105 (Elliptical Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3384 (Elliptical Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3373 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 108 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Owl Nebula - M 97 (Planetary Nebula in Ursa Major) Messier 65 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 66 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3628 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3631 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) NGC 3953 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Messier 109 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) GSCII 984 (Star in Ursa Major) Markarian's Chain - M 84 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) Melotte 111 (Open Cluster in Coma Berenices) NGC 4387 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) NGC 4388 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Markarian's Chain - M 86 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) Eyes Galaxies - NGC 4435 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Eyes Galaxies - NGC 4438 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4458 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) NGC 4459 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4461 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4473 (Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices) NGC 4474 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4477 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Messier 88 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Needle Galaxy - NGC 4565 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Whale Galaxy - NGC 4631 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) NGC 4656 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) Black Eye Galaxy - M 64 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Messier 53 (Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices) Sunflower Galaxy - M 63 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) Whirlpool Galaxy - M 51 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) NGC 5195 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) Messier 3 (Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici) Izar - Epsilon Boo (Double Star in Bootes) Hercules Cluster - M 13 (Globular Cluster in Hercules) Messier 92 (Globular Cluster in Hercules) Vega - Alpha Lyr (Variable Double Star in Lyra) Double Double - Epsilon1 Lyr (Double Star in Lyra) Ring Nebula - M 57 (Planetary Nebula in Lyra)
  22. Good evening dear members. Could you please help me choose a telescope: I would like to be able to see nebulae, galaxy, star clusters for example, and surely Jupiter, Saturn, To start first: I can spend 400-500£, I understand this is not much, but for now I am ready to get started. My wish is to photograph as well, but in a distant future, like 2-3 years from now, because when I look at my mother's pictures I understand -this is what I would like to do. Obviously the outcome will be different if I choose for viewing or for photography. I was advised a Dobsonian will be good for viewing DSOs, and a refractor for photography. What about reflector telescopes? I have found one Bresser reflector telescope (Bresser Messier AR-152S/760), is it any good? If I will find a decent telescope what upgrades will I need (lenses)? Your help is very much appreciated. PS: I live in Haslemere, Surrey, the sky is not as polluted as in London, where I used to live. Lovelight.
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