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  1. Hello Folks, I'm thinking about buying a smartphone adapter for my Celestron Astromaster 130eq with the motor drive to try and take some astrophotography pictures. Of course I'm not trying to get superb DSLR quality, rather just decent pictures. Does anyone have any tips or advice on which one to get and will they work on the smaller openings on 6mm and smaller eyepieces? I found this one on Amazon and was drawn to it because of the wireless remote. https://www.amazon.com/Gosky-Digiscoping-Smartphone-Wireless-Controller/dp/B01CFZ7SC0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1466103859&sr=8-7&keywords=smart+phone+telescope+adapter As always any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. Celestron Powerseeker 60 AZ and Celestron Astromaster 130E Being absolutely new to Astronomy and not knowing much about the subject (other than scouring the internet on the topic and for reviews on equipment which would fit my budget for a few weeks before finally making my decision). I would say I have hit on lucky with the purchase of these 2 Telescopes. The first one I bought with a bit of Birthday money and put towards a few pounds,…… Purchased from Jessops Internet (Astromaster 130EQ) and this included a FREE Celestron Firecel Light, Charger / hand warmer…. All for 120 pounds incl postage to my works address. (Mid July 2016) The second purchase was the Powerseeker 60AZ (30 pounds incl Deliver from AMAZON). BH Monday August 2016. Firstly, although the Astromaster offers much more light optics and is a lot sturdier with the equatorial mount, the Powerseeker offers almost the same view (other than it is more condensed, lens quality is not there and it is a lot lighter, albeit flimsier - it takes a little extra patience to be able to focus the Powerseeker over the Astromaster - however because I was not expecting the Hubble Telescope views for the price,….. I would say either of these 2 are ideal for the first time Astronomer like me…. They do what they say on the box and then some). There is a lot of talk out there saying you would be better off purchasing a pair of Bino's first. I would agree with this (partially) as from experience, I did just that. During my travels in my 20s (working for a UK Holiday company overseas) saw me in Tunisia (Sahara Dessert) and Tenerife (Mount Teide Plateau). As recent as a few years ago (I am now 41) I holidayed in Egypt (Sanai) as well as Turkey (Marmaris). The Astronomers did manage to keep us interested (providing Beer and BBQ was included)with their torch pens. We gasped in awe as they pointed their lasers to the heavens and explained the constellations and the fact that they had around 2000 magnification Telescopes - Dobsonions I recall, all of them MEADE. (made viewing Saturn, the Moon, M51 an absolute treat). I had my Binoculars to hand throughout all of these experiences and I have to agree, they were quite good and offered me 10X Zoom and a powerful focal view of 50mm. (10 X 50) Having said that, in a nutshell…. To get the equivalent in a binocular that I have now (130X Magnification or 195X Magnification with a Focal view of 650 / 700mm - with Barlows) even if we are talking the cheaper of the 2, the Powerseeker 60AZ, it would cost you a few hundred pounds plus to achieve the same with BINO's….. Therefore If I had known I was going to get into this at a later date, I would personally have skipped the Bino's and went straight to the purchase of the Scope. Why Do I need 2 Scopes……. ???. First reason: My Back Garden in my home is (almost ) in a Dark Sky Park and with the Powerseeker alone I see a reddish tint of the Milky way. If I drive to Keilder water (40 mins away) I always make sure I have someone with me for company - the wife or a friend…. That way, they don't get bored…. Then the Milkyway, the planets and the other well known Deep Space objects and the rest of the Constellations are an absolute treat to view…. The only thing I have not managed to view during my 6 occasions out with them - is the moon, it is never out when I am free and vice versa etc. However I am awaiting a date with it soon and no doubt, albeit I will be impressed. Second Reason: the Powerseeker I use on partially cloudy nights and the Astromaster when I have totally clear nights….. Even though I have got the setting up of the Astromaster to 3 minutes, psychologically, the Refractor offers me a quicker 'GRAB and GO' Option….. Not to mention albeit more time in the field (viewing) during the up and coming Stargazing Event I am attending on 22 Oct at Keilder Campsite…. Partially due to condensation. I have 2 question I have one for the Astromaster 130EQ Newtonian……that is - If I am in the field and I get condensation on the lens and inside, is that my night over and I am limited to the refractor…. Or if I just simply point it at the floor, will I be able to continue viewing the constellations as soon as the Condensation .... if it is possible,..... has dried up? For the Powerseeker 60AZ Refractor - will I still get condensation in the lens? Thanks in advance for your responses and I hope you enjoyed the honest, practical review of these 2 Scopes which either one I would highly recommend to the First Timer.
  3. Hello, This may be a dumb question but here goes. I have a Celestron Astromaster 130eq. If I take the tube off the tripod to get out past the city lights do I have to re polar align, do anything special, or just pop the tube back on, tighten down the tube mounts and start looking when I get to my setup location? I wouldn't be unlocking the nut at the bottom of the mount but simply taking the tube off to transport. Forgive the noob Thanks
  4. Hello Folks, Another genius question from the noob After I set up at night, find Polaris, then lock the RA and DEC knobs I need to leave the tripod in place with the EQ mount itself pointing North correct? Basically wanting to know if once I'm pointing North I unlock the RA and DEC knobs to move the scope tube itself to lock on planets, the moon, etc? Being in Alabama my latitude adjustment knob stays locked at 30. A buddy of mine picks his entire rig up, tripod and all, every time he wants to look at a different object. He uses an EQ mount as well. Thanks in advance. You guys have been a TREMENDOUS help in my learning this newfound hobby. Chris
  5. Hello Guys, Another question for your seasoned pros Last night I was able to get some OK views of Jupiter and her moons, Saturn, and Mars. They move so fast it's hard to keep up with them. When I use any eyepiece greater than the 10mm I get a bad shake in the scope. Well, I notice it more with higher magnification. The slightest touch, even to adjust the focus, and it shakes to the point where I can't focus all that great without the Planets moving out of frame already. Am I doing something wrong or is that just par for the course for my particular scope/tripod combo? It's the Celestron Astromaster 130eq. Thanks again for answering all my questions. You guys are awesome.
  6. Well, the weather folks were wrong again. The mostly cloudy skies forecast for tonight turned out to be all clear. Tonight was my first real up close look at the lunar surface. I snapped these with my iPhone through the eyepiece of my Celestron Astromaster 130eq.
  7. Hi all, For the first time in my life i have bought a telescope(celestron astromaster 130eq)..So iam very intrested in seeing my favourite orion nebulae , How can i get a closer image of it like shown in many pictures..Is it possible to see very closer from this telescope and how the color comes? is the color of nebulae is fake or real? What eyepiece can i use to see the distant deepsky objects very close and clearly... Thank u....
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