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After reading a lot of stuff on this forum, I think it is time for me to contribute as well. In brief I have been observing on and off for about 16 years now but only recently (about 1 year ago) acquired an astrophotography setup and upgraded it slowly to its current form which consists of a SkytWatcher EvoStar 80ED Pro, HEQ5 Belt Modded mount, 50mm guide scope and mono ToupTek guide camera, ZWO ASI 294MC Pro camera and a few filters (LPro Max and Tri-band). I traditionally image from my backyard here in mid-Devon under Class 5 Bortle skies, which is surprisingly good given I live in a medium-sized city.
Here a couple of my latest images, the Heart Nebula (IC1805) was acquired with my Nikon D750 DSLR and the Pleiades (M45) are the first light of my new ZWO ASI294MC. Unfortunately the integration if fairly short (4hrs on IC1805 and 1:30 hrs on M45) due to the horrible weather we had in the past two months.
So... that's about it for now, I am sure I will keep learning a lot from this forum and I hope I can contribute a bit of my knowledge too.
First post on here looking for some telescope buying advise. I've searched and seen some similar topics which have been very useful but thought i'd summarise and see what the experts think.
I'm looking at getting myself and my girlfriend a telescope as an anniversary gift. She's not scientifically minded at all but she really likes the aesthetic of the moon. The house is filled with 3D printed moon lamps, jewelry, cushion covers etc.. We're about to move into a new house in Forest Hill in SE London and the new house has a really large garden backing onto more gardens so quite sheltered from all street lights. We both said to eachother a telescope might be a nice thing to have in the new house and something we can enjoy together in the new garden.
I've got a budget of up to £200 but by no means want to spend that much if I'm paying for features we don't need or will use.
I've got some experience with a reflector scope that was my brothers. He got it years ago and we both obsessed over it for about a month and then once we'd seen the big planets and a few blurry distant clusters we got bored and it never got touched again. That was a 130mm DIA reflector (skywatcher I think). After the initial excitement, my overriding feeling towards it was it was not worth the faff! This was in dark Northumberland as well, not London.
I've tried to explain this to my girlfriend when we've talked about it and said if we don't want the faff we might have to invest in a Go to electric telescope. The logic being if its quicker and easier to see stuff, we'll use it more. I did get then quite excited reading reviews and trying to find second-hand goto scopes and it seems like something in my budget (or slightly pushed budget) is something like a Celestron SLT 127. (have seen second hand ones go for £250).
However having then done a bit of reading on here I think i've worked out that those cheaper Go-to's are still not that quick and simple to use, ultimately i'm I'm still only going to see fairly blurry planets and smudges of deep space clusters. I honestly don't think the girlfriend will be impressed and I'll probably get bored after a while too.
So I think I've come to the conclusion that I want to get a much smaller refractor that would be much more accessible for viewing the moon and would allow us to see a smudgy Saturn and Jupiter on clear nights. A smartphone camera holder would be a bonus too as it adds a simple feature that would keep us entertained for longer.
Do you think that's a fair approach or am I being a little too pessimistic about what I'm going to see? If so then what scopes could anyone recommend? Stepping down to a slightly lower budget there are so many more options and it's a bit bewildering.
2 months ago I had no idea what was what in the night sky. Today I still don't really know what's what up there but I really would love to know more.
I bought a telescope about a month ago, a dob, and since managing to catch a glimpse of Saturn on one of my first nights out I was completely hooked. Now I can't wait to see more and more up there.
I never thought I would join a forum, let alone a stargazing one, but I have found the community here so good and the resources in the threads so useful in terms of learning that I felt compelled to be part of this great place. So thanks to you all for making this place great. I look forward to being able to contribute in whatever small way a complete novice like me can, and I look even more forward to pestering you for help.
A little bit about me, I'm a Yorkshireman, 27 years old, live near Leeds and work in a fintech company. I have loved looking up at the sky since I can remember but have only recently got in to the proper stuff.
It would be great if you could share 3 things that you know now that you wish you known when you first started?
Hello everyone from SGL! I'm just a 3D artist in love with art and astrophotography. My passion started when I worked on a game that used images from stars and planets! since then I have been looking for information and people to learn and talk about it.
Hello All, I am a newbie and very pleased to have found this site. I received a Celestron NexStar 8se as my Christmas gift and I am eager to learn everything about planets, galaxies, and beyond. Thanks in advance for all your input and feedback for my upcoming questions.