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Old Feb 7, 2005, 6:57 PM   #11
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While I generally agree with what Peter says .... just thought I'd point out that photography on a Dobby ... sorry Dobsonian ..... can be veeeeerry tricky.

Come to that Astrophotography .... even the on moon ... can be tricky at the best of times .....but you'll sure have fun trying to get better and better pictures.

I started off with binoculars mounted on a tripod .....moved on to using a Birdyscope on a tripodfor astro use and .....well you've seen my shed!

Why not visit .... and have a browse ......

http://www.astunit.com/faq/uksciastrofaq.htm

especially section E

http://www.astunit.com/faq/uksciastrofaq.htm#E

There is much good advice there.

I also like:

http://www.findascope.com/

and UK Astro ads run by Chris Heapy is a great place too.

http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~chrish/aa-ads.htmand it's associate

http://www.astronomy-uk.co.uk/

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Old Feb 8, 2005, 1:03 AM   #12
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True plain dobs are not thebest way to try astrophotography.

But even withvery good equipment, astrophotography is not easy and I believe is one of the reasons newcomers to astronomy get frustrated and give up.

IMHO, it is best to start out with Binos or a dobs,and learn to locate things in the sky. Even in a large scope stellar objects do not look like their long exposure pictures. (guided and stacked exposures totaling 60-100minuteare not uncommon). The human eye can't see color at the low light levels, so things look blue/greenish.

I can't leave a scope setup where I am, so for me it is 4 trips to carry out about 70pounds of equipment, (I have a 203mm Newtonian on a EQ5 mount with dual axis drives), leveling and polar aligning it. then breaking everything down and carrying it all back in when I am done. And the tripod mounted EQ5/CG5 is not a very stable mount for long astrophotography.

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Old Feb 8, 2005, 4:58 AM   #13
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I think we are both talking along the same lines ....i.e. I am trying to warn Ian that it is best to start off with simple equipment and perhaps delay ideas of photography, and consider that a later project.

TheGerman EQshuffle! Like a game from "It's a Knockout"!Just finished setting up and the clouds roll in?....Bin there, dun that, built a ROR using a cheap shed as a base ......Ah! Much better! Open/closed in seconds!

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Old Feb 8, 2005, 9:47 AM   #14
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Yup, we are speaking the same song. :lol:

I'd suggest getting one or both of thesebooks.

NightWatch a Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson and The Backyard Astronomers Guide by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer. Long ago I found both at Costco for about 20$ each. when I first started out and they really helped with getting started. They cover things like what to do, whatand how to choose some equipment, finding your way around the sky.

Also check around there are a lot of Star Parties held just about everywhere it gets real dark. Where you can go check out and actually look through different types ofequipment people are using. Sometimes even climb a ladder and look through a monster20-30 inch dobs.Just don't bring a white light, quick way to become real unpopular.:blah:


And check to see if there are any local Astronomy Clubs, you would be surprised how many of these there are and they can be very helpful.May even find some used equipment there.


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