Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_imaging_challenge_banner_supernovae_remnants_winners.thumb.jpg.a13d54fa405efa94ed30e7abd590ee55.jpg

Recommended Posts

Greetings,

Im new to the realms of astronomy and have just acquired my first telescope; an Orion Skyscanner 100m reflector. I've taken it out a few times using a childrens Ikea table as a mount and attempted some afocal photography using my Canon EOS 100D DSLR camera (without a great deal of success as can be expected!).

Though I have a keen interest in astrophotgraphy, Im settling for simply viewing at this stage, with a view to purchasing a good mount in the future perhaps. Currently, I could benefit from a mount that is going to offer me some reasonable stability over a flimsy table that isnt going to cost the earth.

Would an inexpensive EQ (such as the Orion EQ-1) be suitable or should I perhaps consider a simple camera tripod or Altazimuth? Any suggestions here would be welcome.

And if anyone has suggestions on achieving some basic astrophotgraphy with my prospective equipment in mind, Id like to hear from them. Or if its best avoided entirely (which I highly expect) then Id also like to know.

Thanks!

Nathan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you happen to live in the central/east of Scotland (a slim chance) and could easily get to Dundee, I have a Celestron goto tripod and mount which is resting in the shed and needs a new owner with a small telescope...and it's free!

It's an alt-az head but with go-to would be useful for slightly longer exposures and will keep you on target. 

Also do you do the hand held afocal or with direct connection to the telescope? You might have to consider a barlow or t connection, but certainly connecting directly to the telescope is worth considering.

May I suggest you take a look at the gallery on the dundeeastro website and check out some images shot by Nathan Brookes (Skully) who uses his mobile hand held on through a 100mm tabletop 'scope and Ken Kennedy who uses a Canon 100d albeit on a eq5 set-up and larger 'scope.

I would add a few links but don't want to be too presumtuous.

Edited by oobydooby
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Major Canis said:

Would an inexpensive EQ (such as the Orion EQ-1) be suitable or should I perhaps consider a simple camera tripod or Altazimuth? Any suggestions here would be welcome.

If you want to upgrade the mount, I would skip the EQ-1 (I had an EQ-2 clone and it was wobbly) and think of  something solid & worth keeping and using for various tasks. Eg. an EQ-5.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, oobydooby said:

If you happen to live in the central/east of Scotland (a slim chance) and could easily get to Dundee, I have a Celestron goto tripod and mount which is resting in the shed and needs a new owner with a small telescope...and it's free!

It's an alt-az head but with go-to would be useful for slightly longer exposures and will keep you on target. 

Also do you do the hand held afocal or with direct connection to the telescope? You might have to consider a barlow or t connection, but certainly connecting directly to the telescope is worth considering.

May I suggest you take a look at the gallery on the dundeeastro website and check out some images shot by Nathan Brookes (Skully) who uses his mobile hand held on through a 100mm tabletop 'scope and Ken Kennedy who uses a Canon 100d albeit on a eq5 set-up and larger 'scope.

I would add a few links but don't want to be too presumtuous.

I live at the opposite end of the country I'm afraid! Thanks all the same.

I was doing hand held afocal. I considered an adapter but this is my point in question; is it worth it without a reasonable mount? Im happy to settle for good viewing with a cheaper mount that might achieve passable photos if this is possible?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Eq-1 is terrible. Wobbly. As a minimum, for astrophotography, I would look at eq3-2. If budget is tight, look at used ones, for sale section here or astrobuysell are good places to start. 

For viewing alt-az might be better, but as an equatorial type I don't know much about those.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi everyone,

My wife and I are new to astronomy and the SGL but I have already spoken with a few members on another topic regarding using binoculars and a Nikon pro staff 5 82mm digiscope we use for birdwatching until we can work out what we want to buy.

My wife and I are looking to buy our first telescope but don't want to rush in and spend our money on something that we will regret as would appear to happen to others frequently.

We live in Glasgow and I noticed oobydooby, that you had a mount and telescope going free in the Dundee area.  I hope you do not think I am being cheeky but, We could certainly arrange to get to Dundee, and if the equipment is suitable for a beginner we might be able to come to an agreement regarding cost etc.  If it was free, we could maybe make a donation to a charity of your choice as a gesture of good will or pay it forward in the future to another beginner who might just need the help and support that is out there.

I have just purchased a couple of books recommended by members of the lounge, 'make every photon count' and 'turn right at Orion' as I have found that The members here are great and full of sound advice.

I hope you don't mind me butting in to your topic and hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards

Angus

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Joshua Fulker
      Hey, I've been looking for a mount for my 8 inch skywatcher reflector for a while now and can't decide what mount to buy. The requirements i am looking for are the following:
      Goto system or synscan 
      10+ kg weight capacity 
      Tripod
      My budget is around £500. I was wondering if anyone could suggest some good mounts or point me into the right direction. 
      My goal is to get better at astrophotography, my previous mount was a dobson mount ( which came with the scope ) but does not have any features to track objects which doesn't help when doing astrophotography. Tnanks
    • By Anne S
      I have an EQ6 Mount for sale. Belt drive fitted by Graham Holmes around 4 years ago. Serviced and bearings replaced just over 2 years ago by Alan Buckman of AWRTech.
      This is an early eq6 which originally had an undimmable polarscope. I fitted a dimmer knob not long after I had the mount. A replacement motor control board was fitted in 2012 following the failure of the original board. The hand control has never been updated so is on version 3.12. A warning comes up about the firmware. I've contacted Skywatcher for advice as the handset update programme needs updating before the latest firmware can be installed. I've not used the handset as I control the mount through EQmod.
      The Mount has a Geoptik dual saddle plate and upgraded altitude and azimuth adjusters.
      Included in the sale:
      original tripod
      3 standard counterweights and 1 3.5kg counterweight.
      2 Eqmod connectors, both made by Hitech Astro.
      Polemaster adapter for the mount
      Power supply
      Downloaded instructions for eq6 and synscan together with some Eqmod downloads and handset update instructions.
      Update: I've been informed that this is an early v3 handset and thus has a limit as to how far it can be updated. To update it I suspect you need to obtain earlier update files from Skywatcher. The other option is to use the wireless method and the Synscan app on your phone for controlling the mount. I have tested the mount this morning with the handset and it works fine. See last image of handset pointing at Mercury.
      The Mount has lived in a Pulsar Observatory ever since I bought it and has been used for deep sky imaging. 
      I am asking £600 for the mount. Collection would be preferred as, although I have a box for the mount head I don't really want to ship all those counterweights! I would be able to travel a reasonable distance to meet up. The deep sky image was taken over 3 nights with 20 minute narrowband subs at the end of February.








    • By sprouty
      HI 
      I'm a complete beginner and have a similar question.  I'm thinking of buying a Celestron astro fi 130mm newtonian telescope what would I expect to see and what clarity? https://www.celestron.com/products/astro-fi-130mm-newtonian-telescope
      Can't wait to get a telescope and explore the skies.
      Thanks loads
      David
    • By Piero
      Could someone post a photo of the altitude bearing, please?
      I would like to know how this is attached to the tube, its thickness, and whether it is removable. 
      Thanks a lot!
      Piero
    • By Greg6498
      I am looking at various refractor telescopes (I already have a great Dobsonian!) and was wondering which mount would be best to start with. I'm not interested in computer control but not sure which type mount would be best to consider. 
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.