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I've been looking at purchasing my first telescope for most of 2020 after spending numerous full moons upon the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire.
With some significant lifestyle changes I'm finding myself finally able to fund my first purchase!
The problem I'm facing is transportation, mainly. I either ride a motorbike or bicycle out into the woodlands with my DSLR for sunset shots but want to appreciate that great luminous rock that much more (main focus moon viewing and eventually moon photography).
I've been eyeing up the Bresser Messier NT-130/1000 specifically, but wanted to get some sage advice first.
I have a reasonable system for transporting my tripod and camera securely, but is there anything to be conscious of with a new scope?
I've set myself a loose budget of £500~
Would anyone recommend I look at alternate starting scopes, or would the 130/1000 be ideal?
Thanks in advance,
I always been fascinated by astronomy and finally purchased a celestron nexstar 8se. Setup went smoothly but I'm a little stuck on the lens. I attached the star diagonal to the telescope and focused in on an object. I was able to see a part of the leaf on the plant in my house and I attached a picture of that. Moving the telescope left and right allowed me to see other things. I then took out the 25mm lens and can see through that when not attached to the telescope. I can see my sandals and feet through the lens and attached a picture of that. I then inserted the 25mm lens into the star diagonal and that's where all hope gets lost. I see white (assuming that's my wall) and yes the cover on the telescope is also off. No matter where I move the telescope. All I see is white. I tried last night in clear skies and pointed towards some clear stars using the skyportal app to align but I didnt see anything except pitch black through the lens. I also played with the focus but nothing. Am I doing something wrong, I would think the 25mm wouldnt be so zoomed in that I cant see anything? Thanks for any help you can provide me. Looking forward to exploring!!
By Steely Stan
I just ordered my first telescope, a Nexstar 8 SE (very aggressive pricing on Amazon right now), and I can already tell I walked into the stargazers meth lab! No sooner had I placed my order than I was on ebay looking for a second hand Baader zoom. After an hour on this forum I will probably decide I need a EQ wedge, start thinking about whether to by a powerpack or make one from a car battery. I'll be spending £200 on petrol driving to Scotland and back to find darker skies, and....well you know the drill. To be fair, all this is with the endorsement of my missus (that makes her a "keeper") but I now know why expensive purchases are commonly referred to as 'astronomical'.
Technically its not my first scope as my son had a tiny toy refractor which, with a lot of fiddling, gave OK views of the moon but was useless for anything dim. Then during lockdown #1 I bought a pair of binoculars, mounted them on my camera tripod and pointed them at Jupiter and behold! - a yellow disc and four little moons in a row. Then scoot left a bit to Saturn which revealed a little rugby ball - couldn't see the rings as such, but knew it was egg shaped for a reason....anyway, that was it - hooked.
.....and as £or astro£otography, let's not mention that to the missus. Yet.
Stan . . o . .
By GiL Young
Hello, all ~
If you'd please take a moment to read the info in my profile, I'd be grateful beyond words. In short,, I leaped into this new passion before fully researching all of it's necessary aspects. I'm determined to verify with my own eyes the deep cosmos and better understand the far past & distant future events. Thanks so much for indulging this newbie.
~ GiL Young
I'm Jonny and I live in Farnborough in Hampshire, UK.
My friend and I are taking our first baby-steps into night sky photography so I'm here for all the help I can get.
We're just starting out so our equipment is very basic, but I'm sure the more we get into this the more we will upgrade over time.
Currently our set up consists of:
Home-made Motorised Barn Door Tracker (my friend is an engineer)
Canon 1100D with an 18-55mm Lens
Laptop with BackyardEOS
We took everything out for it's first test-drive last week and the tracker works really well. Even on very long exposures the stars remain as points and not trails so we were really pleased with how it performed.
I've attached what was probably our most successful picture of the evening. It' not amazing, but it's a start.
I would really love to get some photos of the Milky Way and I'm hoping you all could suggest some settings to use, imaging techniques to try out and equipment upgrades? We're on a bit of a budget but we have photographer friends from whom we can beg and borrow equipment.
Looking forward to chatting with you all in time.