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Zero budget astrophotography...
I thought it may be interesting for people wanting a super lightweight and easy to set up form of astrophotography that costs next to nothing. I've taken these three shots with my mobile phone through a pair of cheap binoculars using an ordinary tripod (it belonged to my wife's grandfather).
The intergration time for each was only a few minutes.
Orion: 157 x 1 sec
Andromeda 300 x 2 sec
7 sisters 120 x 2sec
I've made a VIDEO of the method and the surprising adventure I had taking them which you can watch here:
By Stargazer McCabe
Bought 7th February 2017 from FLO. Passing on because of recent Birthday Gift of Helios LightQuest 16x70.
Nitrogen purged. Box, soft case, strap and all caps in hand. Everything in "as new condition". Have not done anything to optics other than an occasional careful blow with a "blower brush".
Steve Tonkin's review can be found here: http://binocularsky.com/reviews/Pentax_SP_20x60.pdf
Current new price at FLO is £219 plus shipping: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pentax-binoculars/pentax-sp-20x60mm-wp-binoculars.html
Think £130 plus whatever postage or carriage is preferred is fair. But may be prepared to listen to persuasive arguments otherwise...
I'm happy with PayPal (so long as purchaser covers the fees), Bank Transfer or Cash if anyone wishes to pick them up. They're in Hertfordshire.
im still relitivley knew to learning my way around the sky I thought I’d try and learn as much as I can before getting a scope ( spent the last year or so learning about the science of it all first ) and tonight is quite a good night ( not the best) but I decided to spend an hour or so learning my constellations as I’m pretty rubbish at knowing them all. However I went outside equipped with my binos, turn left at Orion and also Stellarium on my IPad ( made sure I turned on night vision ). The most obvious place for me to start is Orion as it’s south facing my garden and I always seem to get a good view of it. In a hours session I managed to sort of memories three or 4 constellations. I say 3 or 4 because one of them was fairly low and trees were obstructing the view. Now the ones I’ve managed is obviously Orion seeing the sword also betelgeuse in the top corner. (south east I think ) of that is Cannis major with Sirius shining bright as always. After studying Canis Major abit making sure I know the names of the stars. I turned right on Orion and looked to pleiades ( one of my favourite clusters) I then followed across Perseus and I kept following until the Triangulum. I tried to see the double cluster but I think my binos weren’t having it. After getting to the triangular constellation I tried to find andromeda and just about shining through the trees I could see it ( just). So after finding Andromeda I decided to call it a night as my thumbs were about to freeze.
I wanted to also know how did you learn constellations? Did you learn from books or from another method?
Thanks for reading
Hi all ,
i currently have an old pair of 7x50 Chinon binoculars and I’m looking to up grade them, I’ve been looking around and have found some 15x70 binos which look good value. How much of a difference will I notice with these is it a big difference? If you could recommend me some binos in this price range (<£100) I’d be much appreciated. As I don’t really have a clue what to look for in binos. Mainly used for star gazing of course
Thanks for the help