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Hi, I am completely new to this but am wanting to do some stargazing and astrophotography. i have a great interest particularly in the deep sky and am wondering what kind of telescope i should get in order to mainly view the deep sky but also one that if i wanted to i could view planets etc. there are low levels of light pollution in my area and i have a pretty good budget (around 1k) wanting a quality telescope that i will still own in years to come as i am wanting to go on to study this. i am currently looking at reflectors but was wondering if anyone thought that i was looking at the wrong type of telescope based on my preferences. if anyone has any recommendations i would love to hear them as i am not yet sure about well trusted brands etc. also for the astrophotographers out there what do you believe is an essentials kit for a beginner. Thanks
I was just informed of the meaning of the word kit. I am building one I guess, so I thought I would start a thread here. I just returned an ieq30p for an iEQ45p, and an again in limbo until it gets here. So, what I have so far is the explore scientific 127mm f/7.5 apochromatic EDMD triplet refractor. It was too unstable on the ieq30p. SCOPE: Explore Scientific 127mm f/7.5 Apochromatic ED triplet refractor. 952mm fl. FINDER: Telrad MOUNT: iOptron iEQ45 Pro on 2" iOptron tripod (coming) POWER: 8 AH 12V counterweight (hence the telrad for targets that don't need the goto to find find them, saves slewing power) EP's: 2" 20mm Meade series 5000 UWF at 82 AFV. 1-1/4" 9mm Celestron X-Cel LX 1-1/4" 6mm Celestron cheapie 1-1/4" 2X mediocre Celestron barlow (thinking about a 2") FILTERS: 1-1/4" neutral density 13% moon filter 2" O-III ordering this week, just need to decide on affordable quality brand.
Having recently replaced my astrophotography camera, I now have the old one up for sale on an astro site. However, doesn't hurt advertising it here Here is an astro modified Canon Rebel xsi which is the Canon 450D equivalent. It is "good" condition and fully working order but does have some light scratches to the rear screen. I have tried to photograph these but they do not show up when the camera is switched on Shutter count is 3860 which is extremely low. Also included are the following : Astronomik CLS clip filter which really is fantastic and makes a huge difference. It also adds additional dust protection. Battery system / dc coupler - connects to a figure of 8 lead (IEC C7 Power Lead) - I might have one spare if deemed absolutely necessary. This device provides permanent power to the camera for those long nights - brilliant ! 3 batteries and multi-voltage charger (mains / 12volt / 24volt) I do not have the original box but it can be posted to UK address. I would prefer collection (near Filey, North Yorkshire) but willing to post if you cover Paypal fees. I might have a couple more batteries in other camera bags !! Reason for sale is purchase of an astro modified Sony A7S with canon lens adaptor. Including a few photos taken with this camera. Two of these images were placed 1st and 3rd in two separate Astrofest competitions in Yorkshire (York and Hull). £120
Many garden astronomers are happy to drop obscene amounts of money on their favourite hobby. Some of my favourite bits of kit that I'd never part with cost very little indeed. What cheap bits of kit bring a smile to your face? Here's a list of mine: ST80. This could be your first scope, and you might still be using it as a guide scope when you're an advanced astrophotographer. Priceless. A red LED head mounted torch that cost £4. How did I ever do without one? A visionking 8x42 monocular telescope with a pistol grip. Total cost £11.50 (used), long eye relief so I don't have to take my specs off, useable optics, great for satellites and basic widefield viewing. The 40mm plossl that came with the C8 that had to be returned (so cost £0). I wondered at the time, why such an eyepiece with a long focal length scope? Now I know. Again, long eye relief, probably gets more use than any other eyepiece. Alternatively, what really expensive bit of kit did you really look forward to buying which only disappointed you?
This starts off with a relatively cheap kit of parts to build a low frequency digital oscilloscope with TFT LCD display. This should prove very useful for testing such things as remote focusers or dew heaters for telescopes and similar microprocessor controlled devices using stepper or DC motors or PWM control. My project will expand on the kit to include a rechargeable battery so that this becomes a fully fledged test instrument which can be used in the field with battery powered equipment as well as indoors on the work bench. A self contained unit free of an external power supply has many more uses than a mains powered instrument. I shall also be desinging and producing my own case to contain the oscilloscope and its battery power source. The idea for this project was provided by Dave_D in another thread viz. Toys for arduino based add-ons but since this project is not a "toy" in the conventional sense and also since I'm extending it into a fully fledged DIY workshop and field instrument, I thought it warranted a new thread of its own.