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  1. Hello! i was wondering how the Explorer 150P and the 150P-DS version is doing when it comes to both deep sky and planetary imaging, and that was when i thought i could make this topic! All i ask for is that if you have any pictures taken with two of the scopes, please post them and their specifications (light_, Darks_, ISO_ etc) in this topic. Hope this will help others than just me, and that we will be able to learn a bit more of the two scopes capabilities
  2. Decided to take the plunge and replace my (very) old Fullerscopes 8.5" f6 Newtonian by a 12" Quattro (which at f4 has much the same focal length as the Fullerscopes). Turns out that I can't get anything much bigger in the observatory, so although an f5 12" would have been easier on coma etc, it would probably have hit the walls! It arrived in two parts - one box for the OTA (large enough to hide a person in) with secondary attached and one smaller one for the primary mirror (in its cell) and a pack of springs and screws. Seems I got the last one in OVL's warehouse, and it went 'missing' for a few days, so for a while it wasn't clear if there were any at all in the warehouse! Turned out someone had 'put it aside' then promptly forgotten about it. Anyway it turned up only a few days late in the end. Strangely there were no instructions in either box, so attaching the mirror to the OTA required a bit of guesswork - turns out you need to unscrew the white 'collar' at the end of the OTA and attach this to the back of the mirror support, then man-handle the whole lot back into the OTA. The assembled beast is not exactly light, but it can be carried by one person, although attaching to my EQ8 was a bit of a struggle. Did a quick collimation with a laser, which showed the secondary was surprising well-aligned to the centre spot on the primary, which is just as well so far I have not been able to loosen either the centre screw on the secondary, or any of the three adjusting hex screws! No idea how Skywatcher have managed to get these so tight. Another slight issue is that I was planning to buy a Skywatcher Aplanatic coma corrector, but due to production difficulties none are expected in the country until the end of October. Anyway, in the meantime, here is the first light image of Albireo (28secs, ISO1600, Canon 1000D), cropped to hide the coma! NigelM
  3. A new High Dynamic Range image of the Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) captured over a number of nights in mid-September 2017 and processed with PixInsight using the DrizzleIntegration and PhotometricColorCalibration tools. The Silver Coin or Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) in the Sculptor constellation. ( please click / tap on image to see larger and sharper ) On the 23rd of September 1783, sitting before her telescope in the field behind the house she shared with her brother William at Datchet, near Slough in the south of England, Miss Caroline Herschel "swept" the sky searching for new comets and never before seen star clusters and nebulae. On this occasion, way down in the sky, not far above the Southern horizon, in an area of the southern sky that Nicolas de Lacaille had called the “Apparatus Sculptoris” or “the sculptor’s studio", Miss Herschel saw and noted down a very bright and large nebula where one had never before been recorded. This event was later recognised by her brother, Sir William Herschel, as the discovery, by Caroline Herschel, of the nebula he listed in his catalogue as H V.1. In later years, her 'beloved nephew', Sir John Herschel, William's son, would record this 'nebula' as entry # 138 in his General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars ( eventually becoming the 253th entry in the New General Catalogue, NGC 253 ). Whilst relatively close to us compared to the billions of far more distant galaxies in the Universe, the great size of the “Sculptor Galaxy” and the huge distances involved are still hard to comprehend. To put this into some perspective, the light that is just now reaching one edge of the great disc left the opposite edge when the Earth was in the grip of last great Ice Age 70,000 years ago and the light we now see has been travelling towards us for over 11 million years. ........ More information on the discovery of the Sculptor Galaxy by Miss Caroline Herschel, as well as the later observations by both Sir William and Sir John Herschel, can be found in my Stargazerslounge blog, “The Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 )” ......... This image was captured over a number of nights in the middle of September 2017 and processed on the 23rd; exactly 234 years from the day of its discovery by Caroline Herschel. With over 18 hours of total exposure, this HDR image attempts to capture the huge range of brightness levels; from the brightest stars and the core of the galaxy through to the numerous 'tiny' galaxies scattered throughout the image ( the total magnitude range is from around mag 8.8, for the brightest star, to 22+ for the faintest stars and galaxies visible in the image). Mike O'Day ...................... Capture Details: Telescope: Orion Optics CT12 Newtonian ( mirror 300mm, fl 1200mm, f4 ) Corrector: ASA 2" Coma Corrector Quattro 1.175x Effective Focal Length / Aperture : 1410mm f4.7 Mount: Skywatcher EQ8 Guiding: TSOAG9 Off-Axis-Guider, Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2, PHD2 Camera:Nikon D5300 (unmodified) (sensor 23.5 x 15.6mm, 6016x4016 3.9um pixels) Location: Blue Mountains, Australia Moderate light pollution ( pale green zone on darksitefinder.com map ).. Capture ( 16, 17, 19,20,22 Sept. 2017 ) 8 sets of sub-images with exposure duration for each set doubling ( 2s to 240s ) all at ISO800 273 x 240s + 10 each @ 2s to 120s total around 18hrs Processing Calibration: master bias, master flat and no darks. Drizzle Integration in 8 sets. HDR combination PhotometricColorCalibration Pixinsight & Photoshop 23 Sept. & 8 Oct 2017 Image Plate Solution ( this cropped image ) =============================================== Resolution ........ 1.324 arcsec/px Rotation .......... -180.00 deg ( South ^, East > ) Field of view ..... 57' 57.5" x 38' 40.1" Image center ...... RA: 00 47 32.809 Dec: -25 17 04.48 =============================================== .................... Designations and alternative names for the Sculptor Galaxy: CH10 ( Caroline Herschel # 10 ) H V.1 ( William Herschel, Class V ( very large Nebulae ) # 1 ) H 61, H 2345 ( John Herschel observations identifiers ) GC 138. ( John Herschel’s - A General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars # 138 ) NGC 253 ( John Herschel’s catalogue updated by Dreyer - The New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars # 253 ) Caldwell 65 Leda 2789 ESO 479-29 Sculptor GalaxySilver Coin GalaxySilver Dollar Galaxy .................. Annotated image of the Sculptor Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) - showing the brighter stars ( from the Tycho-2 catalogue ) as well the galaxies recorded in the Principal Galaxies Catalogue ( PGC ). I have yet to complete identifying and annotating the very large number of ‘tiny’ galaxies in the image. ( please click / tap on image to see larger and sharper ) .........
  4. Hi all! I'm looking for any recommendations for a good little refractor as a companion for my Star Adventurer for astrophotography. Little (in weight) being the operative word given the 5kg payload capacity of the mount! Currently I am shooting with an Sony A7S and guiding with an Orion Starshoot and Orion 50mm guide scope. So there's a little bit of weight on there already. Looking at refractors with a focal length of 400-600mm which are proven performers for imaging. So far contenders are: Stellarvue 80mm ED TS-Optics ED 70mm f/6 William Optics Gran Turismo 71 APO Refractor Any advice/images of rigs/example images/etc would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance :-)
  5. 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:
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    Hi all, Im living in a fairly light polluted area, and have a Skywatcher 200p on an eq5 pro mount. I've been using my phone to take pictures of varies objects with varying degrees of success ( mainly due to mounting my phone to the telescope) but ive decided id like to take imaging a little more seriously and am looking to get a DSLR with the interest of deep sky astrophotography. having said that i dont have £5k for blow on a camera and am looking to spend around the £100 mark, but dont know cameras and dont know what the best camera in my price range would be. I realize i wont be able to do too long a exposure because of my mount being unguided and it being a eq5 pro not a Heq5. any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Daniel
  7. Hey everyone ! I am new to this site , don't know how to properly use it , but hope someone will help me As the topic says , I am trying to buy my first telescope , and am quite excited for it. I have been reading wuite a lot about astronomy , so I know most of the basics , but have many many unanswered questions ... xD I was originally looking for a scope for viewing the planets , but well , after learning more , I thought that maybe a scope that can show only planets will eventually get a BIT boring , and will not be used much (although I still admire the planets and still will want to observe them). Just a quick info on me : I live in a city , have no place to go / or car to transport my scope to a darker place , live in a building , hope to observe from the rooftop. My ONLY CONCERN about this is that from my balcony I can see Vega at night , and as depressing as it may sound , nothing more .It may be because there are buildings covering my view (I at least hope so that's the case) or light pollution , although the place I live is in the orange to red zone in many light pollution maps. So originally I stumbled upon the Orion Starseeker IV 80mm GoTo refractor. http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/GoTo-Computerized-Telescopes/Orion-StarSeeker-IV-80mm-GoTo-Refractor-Telescope/c/1/sc/15/p/113919.uts Thought it was good for the GoTo and stuff , but after doing some research , got concerned about the sturdyness of the mount.Some said it was too shaky (I have almost constant winds of about 10mph at night here) . Plus after some while I discovered DeepSpace and got even more interested in it than the planets . So I started to seek for reflectors. After a while I discarded Dobsonians as an option , cause I do want to do astrophotography ( just amateur , not gonna spend money on expensive DSLR s or sth) . And maybe in the future I will want to do some more serious astrophotography , so it will be very sad , if I have to change the scope later , if I want to... So after doing some research I am currently watching these scopes . 1. Orion 9827 AstroView 6 Equatorial Reflector Telescope . https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000XMSR0/ref=psdc_499154_t1_B01N2HJBQC 2. SkyWatcher Explorer-150P EQ3-2 Reflector. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-150p-eq3-2.html The only downside of these is that they're not GoTo (The second one has an option , but it's out of my price range) , but I think an additional RA motor drive will do the thing. At lease if I will be able to find anything in my sky ... That's it ! If you own/have used any of these scopes tell me more about them ! What you like/dont like etc. ANY GENERAL ADVICE IS APPERCIATED . Thanks !
  8. Just purchased a Skywatcher ED80 refractor and apart from the supplied 2" 28mm LES eyepiece I have the Ultrawide 6mm Skywatcher 1.25" and the Skywatcher Super Plossl 40mm. I am looking at purchasing a 2x or 2.5x Barlow and was after any recommendations? Also have I read somewhere that I have to have a certain 'type' for the supplied 2" star diagonal? Would I better be off purchasing one that can fit both 2" and 1.25" eyepieces or for optical quality sticking with just a 1.25" (does it affect optical quality even?) Celestron Luminos for example My other question is can this scope take (visually acceptable) a 2.5mm eyepiece and take it to the max possible magnification if I required max even. Last question is Sky-Watcher SWA 70° Eyepieces on offer at FLO at the moment, anybody have any thoughts or feed back as I was thinking about an Hyperion to add to the eyepiece collection. (thinking about 13mm-17mm) Sorry, a load of questions but I live in West Wales and have no local suppliers within 100 miles, I'm happen to be going past FLO at the end of the week and I've a credit card .....gulp!
  9. Hi! SO - for a while now I've been interested in trying my hand at night-sky photography. I'm actually planning a trip to Namibia next year, around the new moon on 9th Sept. 2018. (Not just for night-sky, but wildlife, sand-dunes and local culture too.) For now I'm immersing myself in online articles, books, videos etc. I shoot Micro-Four Thirds, and so the newly released Laowa 7.5mm f/2 seems perfect timing. HOWEVER, I am aware I will probably need the SkyWatcher Star Adventurer bundle to get the most out of the skies. All the articles etc are fine for theoretical what-to-do's, but I was wondering if anyone knows of people who run demonstrations, or even workshops, for how to practically use and get-to-grips with the gear? I'm not that keen on going the whole hog and buying a Sw SA before trying one first. Any help or leads people can offer would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
  10. So, I have gone and got myself a Skywatcher Star Discovery 150p, which has so far proved to be a very good little scope and I've had some very good results. I have now got the bug for imaging and have gone out and got myself a second hand Nikon D5100 and verious other equipment needed to do this, only to now find I can't get Prime Focus!!!!!!!! So the only way I can image is using a barlow x2 which obviously changes the F ratio from F5.5 to F11 slowing everything x2 this isn't to bad for planetary imaging but for DSO images not so good!!! After searching through lots of videos on to do this all I can find is...... I can either butcher the standard rack and pinion focuser that's fitted on it by cutting it down and rethreading it or by moving the primary up by 20-25mm, which seems a shame to do a brand new scope still under warranty! The only other option I have come up with is changing the focuser to a Skywatcher Low Profile Dual Speed Focuser For Newtonian Reflectors. Could anyone out there shed any light on this before I spend another £130 on the new focuser. Thanks
  11. 'First light' for my new table-top Dobsonian scope. A £99 Skywatcher with a 4" mirror. This is a single shot at 1/125 with 400 ISO Cannon 750D with barlow. At £99, I'm thinking this scope would be a great entry-level telescope for kids. You wouldn't get that image off a supermarket refractor offering '200X magnification', would you? I took this about 19.10, still light.
  12. Hi to all you members on SGL. I am a novice with 3 months experience with a SW200P dob, having started initially with a pair of Oregon 15 x 70 Bins on a tripod mount. I have referenced some good books and spent some time with Stellarium and I am encouraged by my new learnt ability to navigate the night sky with the 200p. I have connected my Nikon D600 (24mp full frame) DSLR to the scope and produced some satisfying photos of the moon, however I am interested in imaging some DSO's. ( I have caught the bug with no cure in sight!) I intend to get a tracking mount such as a SW HEQ5 Pro Synscan, but for now would like to purchase a wide field refractor and produce some wide field imaging with a basic mount, I understand that subs of around 30 sec can be produced with mediocre results initially until I get a better mount. Also it would be nice to have a grab and go scope which is more convenient than the big DOB. Also this would give me some images to experiment with the software such as DSS and Registax 6. So, I have been researching three achromatic telescopes, The Skywatcher ST80 and ST102 (both come with kit mounts ranging from AZ3 to EQ1 and the Bresser Messier AR-102/600 (which looks stylish and has the Hex focus) However, despite spending somewhere in the region of 4-5 hours so far researching for reviews on the BM102, nothing has been forthcoming>? I am aware of the issues of CA with these small tube Achromats, however the plan is to Purchase one of the three now, save for the HEQ5 mount, then at a later stage use the scope purchased now as a guide scope and but a better APO doublet or triplet scope for the main tube. So, having laid the table so to speak, which of the three would you advice and why please, I have been told by two companies stocking the BM102/600 that mechanically it is far superior to the two Skywatchers, but I am concerned that I cannot find ANY reviews on this OTA for its optical quality ?. I am aware that Synta make a few of these 80 and 100mm scopes for different suppliers but I am let to believe that the BM is a separate manufacturer. Any advice or better still hearing from someone who owns the Bresser Messier AR-102/600 would be amazing, so thank you for reading this long post and thank you in advance of your reply. Regards Graham Side note:- I have a VERY heavy duty pan tilt Manfrotto tripod which I previously used to support my Sinar 5x4 Large format bellows camera so its very steady and has a pan tilt head already fitted, I intend to mount the new scope on this as an AZ to begin with.
  13. The Silver Coin Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) in the Sculptor constellation - updated. 24th March 2017: New version that was reprocessed ( again ) to improve colour balance ... original version below ( colours are a little too yellow ) ( click on image to see full size ) The Silver Coin Galaxy ( NGC 253 ) in the Sculptor constellation ( aka the Silver Dollar or Sculptor Galaxy ). Caroline Herschel in 1783 was the first to recordthis bright ‘nebula’ in an area of the southern sky that Nicolas de Lacaille had called the “Apparatus Sculptoris” or “the sculptor’s studio”. Whilst relatively close to us compared to the billions of far more distant galaxies in the Universe, the great size of the “Sculptor Galaxy” and the huge distances involved are still hard to comprehend. To put this into some perspective, the light that is just now reaching one edge of the great disc left the opposite edge when the Earth was in the grip of last great Ice Age 70,000 years ago and the light we now see has been travelling towards us for over 11 million years. Details: NGC 253 - "Silver Coin" or "Sculptor" galaxy. RA 00 48 23, DEC -25 11 52. Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian telescope. Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount. Orion Short Tube 80mm guide scope & auto guider - PHD2. Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector & no filter. Nikon D5300 (unmodified). Field of view (deg) ~ 1.35 x 0.90. 20 x 180 sec ISO 800, long exp noise reduction on. Pixinsight & Photoshop. 4th November 2016 updated version 17 March 2017
  14. Part 1. Having purchased a skywatcher 200p dobsonian telescope at the end of last year i feel it was time to start modifying it. This is a thead about all the modifications i have done so far and any that i plan to do. It might help others who have purchased the same scope ( i certainly needed help ) The first thing i noticed was i was struggling sometimes to locate objects in the 9x50 finderscope due to the stars sometimes being dim due to light pollution even using the both eyes method. So the first modifications was to install a rigel quickfinder. I mounted this ontop of the existing 9x50 finderscope. When all three are lined up (scope, finderscope and rigel) it makes putting objects in the scopes field of view alot easier!! (I especially like the illuminated circles ) Here is the first modification. I know its to the scope and not the mount but the rest of the thread will be about the mount.
  15. EQ3 issues

    Hello! I've recently bought a Skywather 102/1000 refracting telescope mounted on an EQ3 with aluminum tripod. The optics are okay, but I'm very disappointed by the low quality of the mount. Here's why. 1)First of all, it is too wobbly for my taste. 2)Then, the latitude markings are off by about 10 degrees from the vertical/horizontal. This is not a functional problem, rather an eye sore. Can it be fixed? I guess not. The black plates seem to have been glued into place. 3)There are two marks on the mount for setting the declination circle but they are not on the same diagonal, meaning they don't show the same declination. One of them is on the declination knob assembly, which is slightly rotated so as to not hit the telescope. Does this second indicator have any meaning? I don't think so. 4)Hard as I tried, I was unable to attach the round cover to the polar scope (the part where you are supposed to stick it in). Do you need a polar scope to be able to attach it? 5)The manual is very light, it should really more information on the mount. For instance, what's the use of the piece I've marked by a red circle?
  16. Skywatcher 200p dobsonian telescope along with base. The telescope comes with 25mm plossl only (not in picture) It has been kept in good condition though the primary has caught some dust over time that could do with a bit of cleaning. The tube has some marks when it was loaded onto Heq5 for Astro imaging. If you want I can sell the dovetail and rings for that purpose along with the telescope at additional £49 if you wish to mount it on EQ platform. Also included is a degree circle manually erected (some numbers need re-writting over) at the bottom to help you find objects based on alt/az using your phone which makes it a manual goto. Price: £1̶6̶9̶ now £99 Reason for price drop: I have removed the finderscope and fitted it into my C8 as I have an adapter for guide camera so this is now listed without a finderscope at below bargain price for a quick sale! Collection from Manchester only.
  17. I have just spent a week in Swanage.There were several very good dark and clear night skies before the Moon rose earlier.I took full advantage by testing my new 200mm Newtonian. I am coming back to Swanage later this month and have decided to leave the setup down here.This gives me to opportunity to concentrate on building a travel or grab and go setup. I have an older blue colour Skywatcher ED 80mm f 7.5 telescope. I have used it with a large Manfrotto photographic tripod.But this has limitations as the telescope cannot be pointed to the zenith. An AZ 4 mount would work well I know.But it is quite large to transport.I have be looking at the Skywatcher AZ Discovery setup.The tripod does not look to be anything near the 1.75 inch diameter of the EQ5 tripod. Also there is the new AZ5 Delux mount with height extension.Just wonder if I could buy the mount and extension and fit it to may Manfrotto tripod.Has anyone else had any experience of such mounts? Even goto would be considered if portable enough. Thanks Martin
  18. I had a bash at imaging a couple of years ago, but found that an 8inch reflector with ST80 was too big for my Celestron CG5-GT mount. The trials and tribulations of that are here : I thought I would tell you what has happened now that I have swapped the reflector for a Skywatcher Evostar ED80. Basically, it now tracks! I am using a QHY5II- C camera in a ST80 as the autoguider. I have a Nikon 5300 attached to the ED80 and the ST80 is piggy backed. My routine is: 1. Polar align the Celestron CG5-GT mount 2. Align it using 3 stars (e.g. at the moment, Arcturus, Mizar and Deneb) 3. Using a bahtinov mask to focus. 4. On the laptop, use ASCOM to link the scopes/cameras to Cartes du Ciel and PHD (the autoguiding software) 5. Choose a guding star, spend around 60 seconds calibrating PHD. 6. Start imaging! 7. Take darks, flats (i use a white screen app on a tablet) and bias. I know the quality is no where near what people get with cooled CCD's and filters, but I do feel I am finally making progress. This is last nights effort, before the clouds rolled in (so, 9 x 180 seconds, with UHC filter):
  19. Hi, I will be the first to admit I'm a complete novice when it comes to equatorial mounts but I am hoping to find the advice I need on here as scouring the net for the last few days has brought me no joy. I recently bought a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Mount with the Astro Bundle (equatorial wedge, mounting plate, 1KG counter weight and shaft) I am primarily going to use this for wide field as this is what the product does best, but one of the reasons I bought the Adventurer is that it is advertised as being able to handle a 5KG payload, and as I also own a Sigma 150-600mm lens I was hoping to be able to mount this and crack at shooting at longer focal lengths. I don't expect the results to be amazing, and I do expect to throw a lot of the subs away! but I still want to give it a try. My setup entails: Sony A7R2 - 625g Sigma 150-600 - 1930g Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head - 500g Plus mounting bracket for Star Adventurer All in all this weighs in at just over 3kg, so tops 3.5kg with bracket. Still under the 5kg payload... But I cannot counterbalance the setup with the weight supplied with the Star Adventurer! it is WAY too heavy on the camera side - it just doesn't balance at all... I've even tried removing the screw on the shaft to slide the weight as far down as it can go but still grip, and it's still way off being anywhere near balanced. It is advertised as being able to balance a 5KG (or 11lb) payload with this weight and shaft setup... as I said I don't expect it to be perfect and I know you should never overload a mount but I thought being 1.5Kg under the threshold would at least give me a chance of being able to balance in sufficiently. As I said I'm a complete novice so apologies for my naivety if it's a simple fix?! but when you counterbalance a setup you should be able to turn the mount 90 degrees and the equipment sits happily in the equilibrium... correct? but physics says this just isn't going to balance without adding more weight to the shaft, which will surely overload the mount? Any advice on this would be great. Thanks, Nick
  20. Hi guys, Im currently using a Sky Watcher Star Discovery 150P, Ive had it for around 7 months now using only the eyepieces that came with it which are a 10mm, 25mm and 1.25" 2x barlow. Ive had some great nights with these viewing the Moon and various stars but now im looking to expand what eyepieces I have in order to get more out of my viewing experiences. Basically im looking for recommendations as im still very much a beginner, any help will be most appreciated. Thanks Everyone!
  21. This has been sat boxed up in my garage for a couple of years now since moving to a town with lots of trees and light pollution! It's in great condition optically and physically other than a scratch on the outer paintwork that it's had since I got it (see the bottom picture). Comes complete with tube rings as seen on the pictures. Buyer can collect or I can meet at the Kelling Star Party with it as I'm only a few miles down the road. Reduced to £160. Bob
  22. Hello stargazers, I've been stalking this forum for a good couple months now in my search for a telescope. My main focus will be the visual observing of planets and DSOs. I like photography might plan that later if possible (i'd like it to be). The skies where i live is somewhat polluted but not so much. I can easily spot most constellations with the naked eye if my drive my car on a hill outside the city. I was thinking about one of the models below. I'd like the get the best bang for the buck and minimize the risk of being disappointed and then wanting a more expensive tube later on. I'd like to learn the sky by heart thus steering clear of a GOTO for now. I'm not going to buy anything right now because I'm putting some hard earned cash in a pair of binos first. My options: (but I'm open to any and all suggestions!) Skywatcher Skymax 150 PRO €569.37 + Skywatcher EQ5 Deluxe €269.02 Objective Lens Diameter: 150mm Telescope Focal Length: 1800mm (f/12) EQ5 because it's a good stable mount that I basically can keep using if I ever upgrade the OTA Skywatcher Skyliner 250PX Dobsonian €463.49 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 254mm Telescope Focal Length: 1200mm (f/4.7) Celestron Omni XLT 127 €647.16 Objective Lens Diameter: 127mm Telescope Focal Length: 1250 mm (f/10) Skywatcher Skymax 127 OTA €274.42 + Skywatcher EQ5 Deluxe €269.02 (Or EQ3-2 for €442.96) Diameter of Primary Mirror: 127mm Telescope Focal Length: 1500mm (f/11.81) I might also get the less stable EQ3-2 for a 100 euros less. But again, the EQ5 is a good investment I believe Skywatcher Explorer 200P EQ5 €504.55 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/5) I got all the prices from FLO. Some questions that I still have: (thanks for staying with me so long) - Would you be able to see some DSOs with anything up from f/10? - Is a dew shield necessary if i live in the Netherlands? - I know its been asked a lot but what eyepieces would you recommend? FLO recommend BSTs. Then again which lengths? I thinks thats all for now:) Thanks so much for checking this post out. Clear skies to you all!
  23. Last night the conditions were very good and I tried out a new scope the SW 80 ED with 3 BST Starguider lenses 25 , 12 and 5mm - I also used the RDF from the 130P to keep the weight down as it was mounted on a simple AZ Celestron mount - a SW AZ4 is high up on the to-do list . I spent about 3 hours in the back garden last night and tried to stick to well known , easy to find targets . The Double Cluster in Perseus was first and everything was bright and sharp at low magnification . Bode's Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy were bright and clear in the same FOV at low magnification - it might have been conditions , but the last time I tried these two targets in a Meade 90 refractor the former was faint and the latter close to invisible . The Triangulum Galaxy was next en route to M31 and the Andromeda Galaxy was the best I've seen it in a refractor . The central core was bright and with averted vision "the wings" were clear as well . M32 was visible in the FOV as well at low magnification . Continuing the theme of wings , the Wild Duck Cluster was next and it too was the best I've seen it ... Looking at M11 this afternoon in Turn Left At Orion they mention a V formation of stars and that's when it dawned on me the origin of the name : ducks fly in a V formation . The Ring Nebula was small but bright in averted vision and Epsilon Lyrae was attempted next but to no avail - have to try the 200P to finally split that double double . Several Clusters in Cassiopeia were next and several more Clusters in Auriga were also attempted , but the brighter M36 was the only one found ... That nearby M37 has been hunted in many scopes ( including GOTO ) and binoculars but with no luck on that front . Saturn Nebula was tracked down in binoculars , but unfortunately I could not find it in the scope afterwards - probably just tiredness at that stage . Finally , had a look at M13 and it too looked surprisingly well in a 80mm refractor . The longer the time spent on that Cluster the more detail started to reveal itself - still haven't a clue what that propeller is that people talk about , will have to try that one in the 200P another night . I would give the SW 80 ED an easy 10 out of 10 .
  24. Saturn in 12'' dob

    Hi all, I want to share with you my so far best image of Saturn, taken using: 305/1500 goto dob Skywatcher QHY-5 mono IR-UV block filter Baader barlow 2.25 Registax, stack of 40 images, postprocessing
  25. 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
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