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by beamer3.6m
Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: HEQ5 - any good for astrophotography
Replies: 6
Views: 4057

Thanks for the reply.

So am I right in assuming that the 200mm Explorer can take a focal reducer without the need to move the mirror up the scope.
by beamer3.6m
Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:14 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A range of pictures - M13, M103 and Copernicus
Replies: 0
Views: 919

A range of pictures - M13, M103 and Copernicus

Here are a few shots I got with my new set-up (8" Explorer on HEQ5) M13 (actually got on 130pm prior to upgrade) [center] http://stargazrs.com/beamer3_6m/image/2023_normal.jpeg (click to enlarge)[/center] M103 (x 2 - the first is simply processed and the second a little more arty) [center] http...
by beamer3.6m
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: Green Laser Pointers
Replies: 44
Views: 21857

Maybe a stupid question but are they any better than a red dot finder for a single user, i.e. not needed to point out things to others. I am looking for a simple addition to my 8" Newt as the finderscope is little help with the first basic alignment. I could put my red dot finder on it but this...
by beamer3.6m
Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: HEQ5 - any good for astrophotography
Replies: 6
Views: 4057

HEQ5 - any good for astrophotography

I have scoured the internet for details on how good the HEQ5 is for astrophotography and most of the reports are concerning the HEQ5 Pro which has Goto and autoguiding ports built in. I would like to know the tracking accuracy of the HEQ5 so that I can assess if I will be able to produce half decent...
by beamer3.6m
Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:14 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Which sellers offer Buy now pay later
Replies: 1
Views: 1367

Which sellers offer Buy now pay later

I know of Warehouse Express but are there any others which sell Skywatcher scopes.
by beamer3.6m
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:08 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Dusk til Dawn - NGC7000, M45, M31 & M42
Replies: 24
Views: 10792

Truly amazing shots.

I think your photos are incredible and really help give us beginners something to aim for.

I would rate your photos as some of the best I have seen on the web.
by beamer3.6m
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:06 pm
Forum: Astrophysics
Topic: Probably a stupid question
Replies: 20
Views: 9004

Probably a stupid question

I do not know anything about astrophysics but thought the other day about the following:

If the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?

This has probably been asked a 1000 times before so I apologise but I just thought I might get a quick and easy answer.
by beamer3.6m
Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Help with RA and Dec?
Replies: 9
Views: 2881

I am not sure about the Polaris issue, but I have often thought the same and would be interested to know the answer. With regard to minus degrees as far as I am aware minus refers to west and positive to east. So when you 51' 18" west it is effectively -51' 18" I think. I could however be ...
by beamer3.6m
Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: Does RegiStax work with jpeg images ?
Replies: 9
Views: 6883

Registax can use JPEGS by the way, apologies if this was answered in the post already.

However try to keep the size of the JPEG quite low or Registax will take an age to open them all.
by beamer3.6m
Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:06 pm
Forum: Computers and astronomy
Topic: PDA Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 5719

I use the XDA IIs which is also a phone as well as wifi internet (mobile internet also but I dont use that) and you can get Pocket Stars for it which I think is pretty good for £15.00. I am not sure how much the XDA IIs is but I think ebay is the place to get one. I have mine on pay as you go so no...
by beamer3.6m
Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: HEQ5 wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 2585

Thanks for the response but the link to the other forum was an advert posted in May so I assume that it has gone as it appeared that there was a bit of interest at that time.
by beamer3.6m
Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: Absolute beginners
Topic: Daft question re price of telescopes
Replies: 5
Views: 2576

I would say that the mount is always the most expensive part of the package and if you look at the price of buying the scope and the mount separately then you will be surprised to note that it will most likely work out more than the package. The mount is however the most important aspect in my opini...
by beamer3.6m
Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:36 am
Forum: Telescopes and instruments
Topic: telescope query
Replies: 5
Views: 2101

if your scope can take 1.25" eyeppieces then i would recommend that you use them instead as they will provide you with better quality views.

they can be bought vert cheaply on ebay - less than £10.
by beamer3.6m
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: I cannot get to grips with tracking
Replies: 3
Views: 1812

i am on the look0ut for a well priced heq5 but they are very pricey.

i think the mount i have is the main problem as i cannot move it in azimuth accurately.

i am not sure how accurate the motor is either.

i just need to find a bargain heq5!
by beamer3.6m
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M27 + M57 in H-alpha/O-III (and a quick M31)
Replies: 12
Views: 4479

can you describe how you auto guide please as i am not familiar with this technique.