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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm completely new to this forum and to star gazing. I am struggling with a decision on my first scope. I definitely want to do planetary viewing however i think very soon i will want to start looking at DSO's. I'm also extremely keen on astrophotography and believe i'd need an EQ mount with tracking. I really want to have great views of planets and do not want to see just a tiny blob of light through the scope (seeing permitting) I am looking at the following but please feel free to recommend any others that I may be missing: Skywatcher Skymax 127 Skywatcher Explorer 200p One of my big queries between these two is what affect will the f5.6 to f11 make and will there have to be more adjusting with the explorer. Many thanks for your help.
  2. My image of Omega Centauri ( NGC 5139 ) has been published as the NASA APOD for the 11th of July 2017 https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170711.html Link to full size image on NASA site ( warning quite large - 4620 x 3720 ) Link to discussion of image on asterisk.apod.com ( credit apod.nasa.gov ) ( full size image - 4620 x 3720 ) Link to original post for this image back on the 10th of June
  3. First off thanks in advance. I've been around astronomy my entire life and used plenty of telescopes but never actually got around to building one. I grew up spending a lot of time with John Dobson so I'm very familiar with the Dobsonian and the concept of grinding mirrors etc. I'll likely be building two telescopes. The first as a proof of concept and to actually get it done then a much larger one that will take a lot longer and not be portable. I'm buying a farm and I may actually build an observatory to house it as well. The farm is at 9000ft and should provide amazing viewing. As I intend on building the much bigger telescope second should I build the first one in the same style mount and configuration or do you not see that as a big deal? For the first telescope I was planing an 8" Dobsonian style. I could go bigger or smaller. I'm not concerned about length so I'd take the focal length that makes sense. I could grind or buy a mirror. For the second telescope I have no idea. I'm skilled in construction but I don't want to build something massive just to have it. If there is a simple answer like "you can go up to X inches with this style" or "you'll see incredibly marginal returns after X inches" or "after X inches it gets 10 times as expensive" let me know. My guess is there isn't a simple answer. I'm not afraid to take on too massive of a project and I've got a decent budget. I also have the time to hand grind mirrors etc. I'd assume the first one I'll keep under $1000 USD and the second one I'd be open to finding out what my options are. $10,000 USD isn't a problem but naturally I don't want to throw money away and if something really awesome can be done for more I'd entertain it. Thanks ahead of time and from what I've read in the past that this awesome community has produced. Jastronomy
  4. I came across two company photographs of telescopes during manufacture at the Secretan factory in Paris - anyone know anything about these? Date? Where they ended up?
  5. It's time I thinned out my collection and as such are prepared to let my beautiful refurbed 150 F/8 Frac... 'The Big White One' This beauty is fitted with a dual focuser and has been a wonderful ornament in my gym since I obtained her so is desperate for an airing... It's collection only from South Birmingham I'm afraid because I don't trust the post to care for her like I have... I'm going to let her go for £250 no offers I'm afraid as these beauties don't come up for sale very often! and it really is a lovely instrument! It doesn't come with a finder scope (or the AVX mount in the photo) but the diagonal is included.
  6. Hi guys, Been in to Astronomy / Astrophotography for a good deal of my life. That said with life generally getting in the way with ups and downs, I now find myself in a position where i can really start to get into Astronomy again. What i was querying is that i have a red dot view finder on my Meade Polaris 130MD, What i was wondering is in the images i have uploaded i have a 20-60x60 spotters scope, Can anybody give me some of your advice and wisdom as to how i could use or if possible utilise it on the ring behind my viewfinder, i ask as i have no battery and like a numpty i left it on to die, Forgot to also mention that i use the scope on a EQ2 mount if that helps, I like to try and get some shots of the moon with my D5300, it does enough for what I'm happy with. Any help and information will be greatly received. Cheers Mark.
  7. I looked and looked at countless reviews, forums and "Best Of..." articles every single night for 3 MONTHS, not exaggerating. I wanted to make the best decision and not experience buyer's remorse or wish I would have gotten "that other one" after my purchase. I changed my mind several times; I thought I wanted a refractor...I thought I wanted a Newt...I thought I wanted a dob...I didn't think I wanted a go-to mount...The list goes on. So many choices, so many opinions. And then the light came unexpectedly in the form of yet another random article called "So You Wanna Buy a Telescope... Advice for Beginners". The part that got me says, "Finally, avoid "paralysis-by-analysis." If you spend more than an hour a day reading telescope catalogs, you are probably in this category. Just get something; you'll feel a lot better." After reading that I sat back and thought, "You know what? He's right". So I did. even though I went over my budget I still felt GREAT. My seemingly never-ending search was finally over. Do yourself a favor and JUST GET SOMETHING!! Of course, always do your homework on what your buying first! I settled on the Celestron 8se (not even close to what I originally had in mind). It came in today, and best of all...0 cloud cover predicted tonight! I'm itching for the Sun to hit the horizon as I type this so I can test it out. Best of luck to you all.
  8. So I'm on the lookout for a first scope and I found an advertisement for a Meade 2060 LX6 in my local classifieds for $675 CAD. I tried looking up this particular scope and it seems that it's an older model, so there isn't much to be found in the way of reviews or manufacturer information. Does anyone have experience with this type of scope? Would it be good for a beginner? It's just a little above my price range, considering that I was looking into getting a SkyWatcher 8" dob ($550 CAD). It seems as if the guy is offering a mount a fork mount along with it, as well as some other accessories. Here's the original text of the ad: Clean MEADE 2080 LX6 wide field schmidt cassegrain telescope with Meade wedge (with fine tune knob), heavy field tripod (large enough for 10"), Meade LX6 quarts drive fork mount with Hand box and Meade dec motor installed, 8x50 finder, piggy back mount and choices of either a celestron visual back and diagonal (1.25) plus a Vixen 20mm NPL eyepiece or Celestron Plossl 26mm. OR a Meade 2" hybrid back with 1.25" insert one one of the above eyepieces and front cap. Note: front cap does not sit fully as I have replaced the collimation screws with knobs for easier collimation. I can put the original screws back in for you but you collimate. The inner coating on the corrector plate is faded in one section from a cleaning years ago. No idea why that happened but dos not effect viewing so never bothered me. The LX6 line-up was designed with a bright f6.3 Multi coated optical group (1280mm fl) as opposed to the usual f10 2100+/- set ups in most 8" sct scopes. These were designed for brighter, wide field viewing where nebulae, star fields and the like were more targeted than high-power planetary viewing and are great for imaging purposes. That said, lots of aperture for higher power eyepieces and the Saturn rings are easily made out even from my part-country location at 26x or more. Venus in phase is brilliant (it is in phase now with a lower crescent position.) $675 for set up 1 and $775 for set-up 2. These are not toys. This is not a goto. Also includes Meade travel case and literature. Located 1/2 hr west of NewMarket. Thanks.
  9. I got a few recommendations from Sky Watcher that seemed reasonable: http://skywatcherusa.com/ed-apo-refractors/proed-doublet-apo-refractors/proed-80mm-doublet-apo-refractor.html http://skywatcherusa.com/maksutov/sky-watcher-maksutov-cassegrain-102mm.html http://skywatcherusa.com/maksutov/sky-watcher-maksutov-cassegrain-127mm.html The 80mm looked fairly tasty but I don't really know if a refractor is the right choice for the AllView. I really wanted to step up to the 100mm refractor but it is to long for the mount. Sky Watcher indicated there may be a competitors 100mm that might be short enough but... isn't the 100mm designation the width of the tube or the length of the internals? Could i find a better choice than the ones listed or should I just pony up for the 80? For that matter I dont even know if the 127mm Mak-Cass would be the better choice. I want to be able to see as far as possible. I want Saturn's rings, the great spot of jupiter, and potentially some galaxy, nebula or whatever is reasonable for that telescope. Some fov would be nice but I am beginning to gather that that is a trade off. I made a questionable purchase of the AllView, pleasse help me maximize it's usefulness. thanks Jonathan
  10. over here all i can find is Meade, Celestron, and Orion. now i have seen yall mention your love of Vixens and TAL's are they readily available in the US? with out a HUGE import tax?
  11. Tarantula Nebula ( NGC 2070 ) in the Large Magellanic Cloud ( LMC ) Re-processed to tweak colour balance and bring out a little more faint detail: New version: Original: ( click/tap on image to see full size - the above compressed version looks a little soft; the full size version is sharper ) The Tarantula Nebula ( NGC 2070 ) is the largest and brightest emission nebula in the nearby irregular galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud ( LMC ). At a distance of 160,000 light years away from us, the Tarantula Nebula is so bright that it would cast shadows on the Earth if were as close to us as the Orion Nebula in our galaxy. First image with new telescope and autoguider/setup. Links: 500px.com/MikeODay photo.net/photos/MikeODay Details: Nebulae: NGC 2070 Tarantula Nebula NGC 2048 NGC 2060 NGC 2077. Open clusters: NGC 2042 NGC 2044 NGC 2050 NGC 2055 NGC 2091 NGC 2093 NGC 2100 Image centre RA 5h 38m 57.3s, Dec -69deg 20' 36.6" (nova.astrometry.net) Field of view (arcmin): 58.7 x 39.2 Scale (full size image) 0.585 arcsec/pixel. Telescope: Orion Optics CT12 Newtonian ( mirror 300mm, FL1200mm, f4 ) Corrector: ASA 2" Coma Corrector Quattro 1.175x Effective Focal Length / Aperture ): 1410mm f4.7. Mount: Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Guiding: TSOAG9 Off-Axis-Guider, Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2, PHD2 Camera: Nikon D5300 (unmodified) (sensor 23.5 x 15.6mm, 6016x4016 3.9um pixels) Filter: none Exposures: 14 x 240 sec ISO400 12 x 120 sec ISO400 10 x 60 sec ISO400 11 x 60 sec ISO200 10 x 60 sec ISO100 10 x 30 sec ISO100 Pixinsight & Photoshop 20 December 2016
  12. Hi guys I am looking to purchase a beginners scope for my Dad’s Christmas present (I’ll be honest it’s also a present for me!) I have done a bit of research online and I thought I had the ideal one to get started. The Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD (£149 Amazon.co.uk) Until I found this: Skywatcher Explorer-130M 130mm (£193 Amazon.co.uk) I was hoping you guys could enlighten me and let me know what one to get out of these two? Will I be able to view things like long distant moons and Saturn’s rings? Or even a ‘local’ Nebula? Also when looking into the Celestron 130EQ MD I was recommended into purchasing the ‘Celestron 94307 AstroMaster Eye Piece and Accessory Kit’ (£58 Amazon.co.uk) to get a better view. Will I be able to use this eye piece kit with the Skywatcher 130M? As it is getting near Christmas now I will need to buy one very soon. One last thing - Ive seen mixed opinions online about the quality of the mirrors in both scopes. Does the Celestron 130EQ MD have a better scope to the Skywatcher 130M?? Are they spherical or parabolic? What one do you think best for my money?? Thanks in Advance! Rhys
  13. I'v been interested in astronomy for a while and i am about to purchase my first telescope and have decided between 2, i'm not very good with the technical side of them so would like some advice on which would be better for me. I have copied the spec of each one from the website which is on currys, i appreciate any feedback.MEADE Polaris 114 EQ Reflector Telescope - £109.00Magnification 158 x Magnification 2 111 x Objective lens diameter 114 mm Eyepiece 1 6.3 mm Eyepiece 2 9 mm Mount Equatorial Coated optics Yes Waterproof Yes Fog proof No Box contents - 6.3 mm eyepiece - 9 mm eyepiece - 26 mm eyepiece - Barlow Lens x 2 - Accessory Tray - Autostar Suite Astronomy DVD MEADE Polaris 130MD EQ Reflector Telescope - £149.99Magnification 103 xMagnification 2 72 xObjective lens diameter 130 mmEyepiece 1 6.3 mmEyepiece 2 9 mmMount EquatorialMotor drive YesCoated optics YesTracking rates LunarBox contents - Meade Polaris 130MD Reflector Telescope- Eyepiece 6.3 mm x 1- Eyepiece 9 mm x 1- Eyepiece 26 mm x 1- Barlow lens x 2 - Electronic RA motor drive- Pre-assembled tripod with accessory tray- Autostar Suite astronomy DVD
  14. Yesterday i viewed jupiter with my celestron astromaster 130eq telescope with 10mm eyepiece..the planet looked very small but could could see clearly but i want to see enlarged ...what eyepiece can i use.. or my telescope capacity is only this much?
  15. Hi there, I currently have access to a Skywatcher 200p and am loving it although imaging is a bit tricky with it for deep sky objects. However I will be losing access to it later this year. This obviously means I need to reach into my pockets and buy something for myself. My main aim is to photograph the Messier list of objects which means I need some sort of tracking scope setup. My question is which one...? I'm not looking to break the bank so preferably something under £1000 but if that isn't possible then I could go a little bit higher... Portability would be useful but not an absolute must. I currently have a DSLR so that would need to be able to be fitted to it as I can't quite justify buying one of the proper sky cameras at the moment. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Simon
  16. Hi guys, I don't know where I should post this exactly, but I need a bit of help identifying a telescope. Picture attached. Thank you for your tips.
  17. I've been asked on a number of occasions, how I managed to do planet astrophotography with a manual Dobsonian telescope. So I have created a tutorial, to help fellow owners create a worthy image. I hope it makes sense and you find it useful. Dob AP Tutorial.pdf
  18. Hello all, Feels like years since I last posted here. To be more precise its 3 months to the day since my last image. Got this one of Saturn last night. Pretty pleased with it given how low the planet is. The moons captured are, left to right, Tethys, Dione and Rhea. Anyone know much about the dark marking in the A ring on the right tip? (sorry if its already been mentioned in other threads) I thought it was an artifact at first but have noticed it in other images. Taken through my 8 inch SCT with a 2x barlow lens and DBK imaging source camera.
  19. Hi, Looking for a 12" DOB (or larger) which can be transported to Prestwick, Ayrshire. Any brand, as long as the telescope is optically sound and in good working order. I'm a reliable buyer who has bought and sold on this site before. Thanks, Mark
  20. Hello, i am new to this forum, i made my account here because i need help. So few weeks ago i ordered a USB to Serial cable to be able to Control my Telescope with my computer using stellarium. It arrived today. So i made my Star Alignment, then i plugged the cable to my Telescope and Computer, i installed the Cable driver and ASCOM Platform + ASCOM Celestron Driver. I started DriverConnect.exe and put the Celestron Driver i downloaded, and did the properties informations ( had to tick on "Advanced Setup" and "Show All COM Ports" ) and i put "COM8" on "COM Port", then i pressed "OK" and then "Connect" Result: Create Creating device Connected Connecting to device Error System.Exception: Connect to COM1 failed, no Celestron scope detected to System.Dynamic.ComRuntimeHelpers.CheckThrowException(Int32 hresult, ExcepInfo& excepInfo, UInt32 argErr, String message) to CallSite.Target(Closure , CallSite , ComObject , Boolean ) to ASCOM.DriverConnect.ConnectForm.btnConnect_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) in C:\ASCOM Build\Export\ASCOM.DriverConnect\ConnectForm.cs:line 268 Dispose Disposing of device ReleaseComObject Releasing COM instance ReleaseComObject Completed release. Count: 0 GC Collect Starting garbage collection GC Collect Completed garbage collection "Connect to COM1 failed, no Celestron scope detected" In Stellarium i set-up everything, the plug-in and restarted the app, then added my telescope and i says it's "connected" but i can't find my telescope. Telescope: Celestron NexStar 127SLT The Cable i bought: https://www.amazon.com/Telescope-CP2102-Adapter-Control-Console/dp/B077G37VL1/ PC Specs: Windows 10 Pro, GTX 970, 8GB Ram(DDR4), i7 6700 3.4Ghz Looking forward for your help, thanks in advance, dragorom7.
  21. Hello everyone, happy Tuesday. First time stargazer here, I'm hoping I can get some awesome feedback from you guys. my fiancé and I are planning on taking a trip to Great Basin National Park from October 25th-30th, we're trying to catch the new moon, we want to do some deep sky viewing but we're having such a hard time on knowing which kind of telescope to purchase. we do have a few must- haves on our purchase, but I wanted to see what you guys recommend and what your experiences have been. we need a telescope that is portable good for deep sky viewing reflector vs. refractor and almost, but not necessarily, easy to use (we have time to learn the ins and outs of it) I apologize if its a lot, but trying to understand the jargon, as of now, is giving me a hard time Cant wait for any responses!! p.s. anyone ever been to Great Basin? what should we expect on our trip? its our first time going and first time doing any serious camping!!! THANKS A BUNCH!!! -LILY
  22. From the album: My astronomy kit

    My first telescope - 6" SCT on CG-5 GOTO mount. Excellent all-rounder, served me well for many years. Fantastic for doing public displays etc - dial up the good stuff and let the crowd go wild :-)
  23. Aenima

    Bi-colour NGC7000 Wall

    From the album: CCD venture

    A h-alpha and OIII shot of the Wall section of NGC7000 aka north america nebula. Processed to resemble the hubble palette colour scheme. ED80 - ATK16HR - Ha clip filter - EQ6 - finderguider 9x50mm PhD2 - photoshop - DSS.
  24. Hi, I currently have a Lunt 50THa and I am looking for something showing more detail and contrast on the sun's surface. I have been considering the new Meade SolarMax III 70 Double Stack, the Lunt 60 with DS (fairly expensive in comparison) and now stumbled across the Daystar Chromosphere. My key considerations: - I love that I can just take out the Lunt at lunch time, put it on a photographic tripod, and I am up and running in about 5min. - When travelling, it would be easier to have one telescope to take with me for day and night use - Cost is certainly an aspect - I do not want to spend more than about 3000 pounds. May I get your input on a couple of assumptions I am making (and which may be completely wrong - sorry, I am not a telescope expert, I just love using them...) - The only purpose of double stacking is to get a narrower bandwidth using (cheaper) filters with a wider bandwidth - by using two 0.7nm filters tuned to slightly different bandwidth the Lunt and the Coronado achieve 0.5nm effective transmission. - A Daystar Chromosphere with a transmission of <= 0.5nm will hence show me the same detail as a Lunt or Coronado Double Stack with a single Etalon - A refractor up to 80mm does not require an additional ERF - A relatively cheap achromat will do - as I am only observing at a single wavelength, the correction for multiple wavelengths really does not make a difference (at least for H alpha) So on that background I guess an 80mm refractor with the DayStar will give me a really good solution am I right? Best Thomas
  25. Hello , I am physics student in Turkey . I have used telescopes but they were manual mount because of that I do not have any experiences with GO TO mounts . I upload photos and I pressed alignment button before finding 3 or 2 stars . Still ı did not find any stars from catalog . I really watched many videos but I did not do it well my process still not continue . 12 photos I upload , first photo teleskop , last photo is the my last step , which button should I have press?
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