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Disco

New to astronomy and yes i've spent a few erm weeks looking at scopes...

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Hi There,

Just thought i'd say hello to the forums and introduce myself. I've been interested in astronomy for a long time, but had never really done anything to pursue this interest untill now.

I recently moved into the countryside to be with my partner. The neighbours seem very friendly, and one of my concerns about being captured by a mob of pagans and put in a wickerman for burning hasn't happened, so all going well I think.

Anyway, driving home one night from work and I was slightly taken aback on how many stars I could see. When I returned home I sat outside in the back garden looked up and saw the Milky Way very clearly for the first time (it's quite big I thought and how the hell did I miss that for all this time..!?).

I read somewhere that one of the best ways to learn and navigate amongst the stars was to buy a pair of binoculars so I bought a pair of 15x70's and a lightweight tripod. It's amazing how many more stars suddenly appear when you look though them, then looking for objects of interest Andromeda pokes you in the eye and roars "Oi little man look at MEEEEE!!!".

The only problem I have with this setup is trying to see stars very high up in the sky, and sometimes I find myself in some compromising positions with the tripod, which you would probably recognise on some "specialised" sky tv channels.

So it's time to buy my first scope and i've been reading some of the threads on this and other forums for advice.

It sounds like the size of a mans aperture is a welcome sight to most astromoners...

I think i'll probably get a NEXSTAR 8SE or 6SE scope. The get up and go ease and simplicity of this scope appeals to me and the orange tube goes well with my current wardrobe.

I am looking forward to see alot more detail with solar system objects i.e. Jupiter and Saturn, and I am hoping that I will be able to "stack" some pictures up to get some nice DSO shots.

Disco

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Hiya, buddy!

If you want to get into photography then you'll need a Equatorial mount eventually. I don't know those models so I've no idea if they have them.

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Those are some fancy scopes, clearly you have too much money. Luckily, i enjoy solving that problem for people, and it just so happens i am without scope at the moment... :)

No doubt the OTA is nice. I don't know what the tracking is like on those alt/az mounts though, i imagine pretty good given the price, but from what i gather when it comes to imaging, "pretty good" isn't good enough. It needs to be excellent, and most of the imaging guys seem to insist on at least an HEQ-5 mount. In the long run, i think you'd be better off with an equatorial.

Welcome to the forums :p

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Hi Disco and welcome to the forum.

There are plenty of discussions about tripods for binoculars but very little about appropriate mount heads to get those binos above 60 degrees! Well for some light reading have a look here for some great ideas on how to get the best out of your binos.

I would plump for the Nexstar 8SE as it has a little bit more aperture (always helpful) and I believe the mount is a little bit more substantial than the one supplied with the 6SE - someone else might confirm that for sure. You will certainly be able to use a webcam for the planets and don't forget the moon too. For Deep Sky Objects (DSO's) you will need a different setup as tracking will be your main focus here. To that end, why not get a hold of Steve Richards "Making Every Photon Count" (FLO £19.95) which will provide you with a detailed instructional overview on the whole subject of imaging. It is modestly priced and if this is an area that interests you in the longer term, getting hold of a copy will certainly save you money too.

Clear skies and stay away from any bonfires - they might still have designs on you! :):D

James

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Hi The neighbours seem very friendly, and one of my concerns about being captured by a mob of pagans and put in a wickerman for burning hasn't happened, so all going well I think.

Disco

hi welcome to sgl :p from bedfordshire,thats what edward woodwood thought :)

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hi disco bins are great many night are spent on my back on a camping mat,hope your choice serves you well once you get a scope you will wonder why you did not do it sooner

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