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Thwyllo

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All that kit, all that terminology, so much to learn...aye aye aye..!
Still, better than being a couch potato.

 

I'm originally from Oxfordshire but spent quite a few years living north of the Brecons in epic dark sky territory and spent many a happy hour looking at the heavens but through nothing more sophisticated than my trusty Kowa 20-40x50 monoscope which did a half decent job. But having moved to SWFrance several years ago (already decently dark skies) and recently bought an old stone barn deep in the Pyrenees where the night sky is just outstanding, it's time to get some proper kit, especially having tracked Neowise over the last couple of weeks, despite it being little more than a smudge with a tail in the old Kowa!

 

As a keen photographer I want to do some astro photography and I'm less interested in the moon than I am further away. I'm looking at stuff like the Skywatcher Explorer 150P DS, and then with advice from a friend who has a small observatory here, the mount and tripod, with GoTo thrown into the frame, have gotten sturdier (I think that's french for 'more expensive') and the scope maybe leaked upwards to the 200P version....where will it all end.

 

Anyway I've looked at a few posts and this looks to be an interesting forum so I'm looking forward to engaging when I finally bite the bullet (preferably when Her Indoors isn't looking) which hopefully won't be too long if supplies pick up again!

 

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Hello and welcome.

The SW 150PDS is the OTA that I chose, but it doesn’t arrive until Monday, so I can’t yet comment on its performance. I will be using it on a SW HEQ5, which I’m having great (but limited) fun with already!

Charles

 

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Hello and a warm welcome to the SGL.

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Welcome. Have lots of fun. 🙂

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Hello from another expat in SW France. I too have the 150pds on an EQ5 and love it. I use it quite happily for Lunar, Planetary and DSO including AP.

You are in an enviable position being in the mountains and having established knowledgeable friends to guid you. Good luck and happy observing.

Marvin

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Hi and a very warm welcome to the Lounge :)

Steve

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Hi there and a warm welcome to the forum.  My wife and I love the Pyrenees, we have often holidayed in the western Pyrenees and we once climbed La Rhune, a great achievement for me.  Haven't been there recently, but last year we took a trip to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, our favourite beach in the area, from a trip to northern Spain, so we have had some great times there.

On the subject of astrophotography, the first thing you need to do is get a copy of Steve Richard's 'Making Every Photon Count', it's the 'bible' of astrophotography, found here:

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html

Good luck & clear skies!

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On 02/08/2020 at 08:01, Marvin Jenkins said:

Hello from another expat in SW France. I too have the 150pds on an EQ5 and love it. I use it quite happily for Lunar, Planetary and DSO including AP.

You are in an enviable position being in the mountains and having established knowledgeable friends to guid you. Good luck and happy observing.

Marvin

I may be in touch! What camera kit are you using Marvin?

Paul

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17 hours ago, Thwyllo said:

I may be in touch! What camera kit are you using Marvin?

Paul

All my gear is in the signature at the bottom of my posts, but feel free to PM me through this site if you want to chat astro.

Marvin

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On 01/08/2020 at 19:44, Thwyllo said:

All that kit, all that terminology, so much to learn...aye aye aye..!

I'm new to all this but I'm the same :) Love to learn about things I love. So much that I've been doing a lot of research and ordered some goodies I can't wait to get.

 

Welcome!

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