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smr

First telescope & mount for beginner

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smr    2

Well I read through it but perhaps skipped one or two paragraphs (I read through the basics of ccd for instance but then there were a couple of paragraphs which went into quite a bit of depth on it which I didn't feel I needed to learn right now - 95 or so percent of it I did read through though.

I'm wondering why I bought an intervalometer now (it's yet to arrive) as I installed Backyard EOS last night and I think it's fantastic. The GUI is so easy, I connected my DSLR and took a few shots and looked at what some of the settings do.

Just waiting for a clear night now so I can align polaris.  There's one fundamental (potential) problem I hadn't thought of... my back garden is south facing and whilst the back lawn is average sized ( I could easily see Polaris from the middle of the lawn or the back of it) my patio isn't too big. I'm wondering if I'll be able to see Polaris from the patio! I don't really fancy setting up on the damp and wet lawn with soft ground and potential vibrations. 

 

 

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brantuk    3,162

The mount has some exposure settings and the camera does to. Some of those "onboard" items can be limited or not do exactly what you want. So it's common to connect up a laptop with software like BYE. I use Astro Photography Tool (APT) which is very similar. An intervalometer can be useful/flexible, e.g. if you need to run out to a dark site but don't wish to take a laptop with you, yet still retain a more flexible exposure regime. I must admit though - I don't use mine very much for AP nowadays - my missus uses it more for snapping birds lol.

A south facing garden is great - just what you want especially when you consider the orientation of the ecliptic in UK skies. And you're quids in if you can also polar align easily. Once you know where your tripod is going to be every session - a lot of folks mark the position of the feet to make setup easier/quicker every session. On wet grass you can lay 3 small slabs in marked positions to achieve the same. :)

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