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Hi All I’m a complete novice thinking of purchasing my first telescope for both viewing the night sky and astrophotography. I have a good telescope for birdwatching that I occasionally use to look at the sky, this has given me a taste for exploring what’s up there but I really need something more suitable to take me deeper. I am very lucky to live in a part of Northumberland with little light pollution, so I intend to do most of my observing from the back garden. However, I may want to transport the telescope from time to time in my van. I already do a lot of landscape astrophotography and I own DSLR gear for that purpose. As I already have an interest in photography I am sure that I will want to try my hand at prime focus photography through whichever telescope I end up purchasing, I would be particularly keen to try photographing some deep sky objects if possible. I have spent the last few days online researching which telescope might help me step into the world of star gazing/astrophotography and I am thinking along the lines of a skywatcher 200PDS with a HEQ5 mount. Everyone here will have more experience than me so I thought I’d ask whether this would be a suitable set up for my requirements as a complete novice looking to teach myself about the sky and bung a DSLR on it now and then ?! It costs a lot of money and so will involve some saving up before I can purchase, I did consider cheaper set ups but my mate told me if I was keen to use a DSLR then I should save my money for something more suitable or I might end up frustrated. I hope the 200PDS is suitable ? Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice you can offer.
im making this sale active again, here are the details im not entirely sure i want to get rid of my imaging setup, but its a lot of money to be tied up for me for not a lot of use, main reason for selling is to get some decent canon lenses which will be used a lot more.... well the total of my gear what i can remember off the top of my head is way over £2000 there is a lot of stuff i have not added which i can not remember, well here is the list so far... HEQ5 - RRP £630 http://www.firstligh...q5-syntrek.html HEQ5 upgraded bolts - RRP £30 QHY5L-ii - RRP 229 Altair mini guide scope & auto guiding setup RRP £169 & £39.99 = TOTAL £208.99 https://www.altairas...&cat=260&page=1 https://www.altairas...productid=16469 SW 130-pds - RRP £159 http://www.firstligh...30p-ds-ota.html SW Auto focuser - RRP £45 http://www.firstligh...to-focuser.html SW CC - RRP £97 http://www.firstligh...-corrector.html Baader 2" Neodymium filter - RRP £80 http://www.firstligh...ium-filter.html Skywatcher 28mm 2" Long Eye Relief - RRP - £29.90 http://www.firstligh...eye-relief.html Meade 12mm Illuminated Reticle Eyepiece (Wireless) - RRP - £59.99 http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c49e5d5e9 Celestron x2 barlow x2 - RRP x1 - £24 - x2 = £48 http://www.firstligh...125-barlow.html Televue x2 barlow - RRP - £110 http://www.telescope...low_1_25__.html MSI U135DX netbook - RRP - £249 solor filter - RRP - £41 telrad - RRP - £35 SW 9x50 finder - RRP - £45 premium chesire - RRP - £36 M48 adapter - RRP - £15 Making every photon count - RRP £19.95 HitecAstro EQDIR adapter for EQMOD - RRP - £27.90 canon t -ring - RRP - £21 bahtinov mask - RRP - £16.45 TOTAL SO FAR = £2233.18 all items are very well looked after and kept indoors in a smoke free home, id prefer to sell everything in one go and for it to be collection only due to the mass of items and the weight of everything, id be happy to let this lot go for around the £1200 mark here is my flickr from which you can see me astro images i have taken with this setup https://www.flickr.com/photos/tingting44/sets/72157650012923391/ more images at request
Hi guys, having fallen in love with my 130pds, and seeing that I'm not the only one recently, I was thinking it would be nice if we posted our images made with a 130pds here. It gives a nice reference point as well, as to what could be achievable (with better guiding, better camera, better weather...). Well, here goes: