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New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby MickEssex » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:17 pm

I have been interested in the planets and the night sky for years, but only just got round to buying a telescope that will do the job. :D
Once I learn how to use he scope properly I will be then moving on to astrophotography and astro-imaging, more expense. :roll:
It is a Schmidt-Cassegrain design computerised GoTo scope with an 8" aperture
It's keeping me occupied in the wee hours (when the sky is clear). :roll:
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby woodywoodchipper » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:35 pm

Try sleeping,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,its cheaper :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby The vast minority » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:47 pm

Nice one Mick, great hobby. I had a cassegrain with go-to a few years ago. It wasn't as big at only 6 inches and this gave great results. As you will know, the resolution is the key, magnification which many folk think is the big deal,is very much of lesser importance but you know that too.
Your 8 inches diameter will provide great resolution. I use an old Newtonian these days when I can be bothered. I'm lucky to live in a very dark sky area but the problem as you have found is that the best nights are also by far the coldest.

Looking forward to your rings of Saturn photos.
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby ruairidh » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:01 pm

I'm looking forward to his photo of Uranus. :roflmao:
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby 2fry » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:02 pm

I though you would have seen enough stars after your bump on your head ;)

Hope your ok though :D

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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby MickEssex » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:10 pm

Yes I'm fine, who would guess falling of a chair and faceplanting the floor could do so much damage. Sore face and a stiff neck and 3 extra days off work for Christmas. And for those who don't do Facebook, this was this morning 24hrs after.

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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby Panky » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:45 pm

OUCH :shock:
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby Big Al » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:27 pm

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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby Alchemist » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:40 am

Hi Mick, Yes I have had an interest in telescopes since secondary school where I ground my own 6 inch mirror, unfortunately due to the school timetable and o'levels I didn't get to complete it...but was given the mirror by my teacher when I left school. It subsequently languished on a shelf for the next 40 years, before I got around to sending it off to a specialist for coating. Unfortunately things have moved on since 1977 and when they reported back they said that the faults in the optical quality of the pyrex that I had used meant that I would not get a sharp image and in their opinion it was not worth spending the £100 to get it coated as I could buy a machine ground optically superior mirror for less money. I ended up buying a 4 inch reflector off e bay which does give pleasing results, and to be honest probably is sufficient for the usage it gets... here in Margate clear nights that coincide with interesting sky events are remarkably illusive..lol looking forward to seeing your pictures
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby Fingolfin » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:53 pm

Wonderful! As a big space buff myself, I'm very glad to see interest in astronomy is alive and well in Britain. 8) I wish I had the money for such a nice telescope...but it is on the "to buy someday" list.
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby TDV102 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:48 pm

I bought most of my kit as good second-hand via
http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php
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Re: New Hobby-The Night Sky

Postby MickEssex » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:25 pm

Yes it was quite a few years waiting until I had the funds available to by it, I could have bought a much smaller scope but decided to wait until I could afford at least an 8", it was well worth the wait. :D I'm still learning to use it properly as well as how to use a DSLR so I can start doing some astrophotography. I just need some clear night skies now. :roll: I want an equatorial wedge now to complete the ensemble, but at nearly £300 I am thinking about making one, how hard can it be. 8)
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