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T-Ring and T-Adaptor - just need a telescope

 
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Feb 17, 2012 14:03 |  #1

The post man came today and delivered a couple of new toys:

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All I need now is for brother-in-law to return from a weeks holiday and for some clear skies, then we can hook my 550d upto his 8" Celestron telescope.

I don't think either of us are absolutely sure about what we will be doing, but it should be fun playing with the motorised mount and the plug in finder.

We'll have a session in the back garden first (I don't think he's ever done a polar alignment) and when we think we're getting some reasonable results, will head out for a darker sky area.

Looking at the short range weather forecast, I don't expect to be posting images in the next dew days, but be sure I will when this overcast weather eases.

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Feb 18, 2012 02:00 |  #2

Hey Trugga, congrats on the gear!! However, its normal for overcast skies when astronomy gear arrives, somehow the weather tracks the postal service ... hahaha. Have you done any planing yet, do you know what's up? There's plenty of software about to help with where to look, etc. Polar alignment is something that takes practice and practice, so don't be disheartened if you get trailing. Perhaps try fir ther planets and moon first? Can't wait to see what you get!


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Feb 18, 2012 07:13 as a reply to  @ legoman_iac's post |  #3

Cheers Legoman (Duplo, classic or Tecknic ? :D )

Yep, I've "looked up" before... got a few shots of the moon with the Tamron 70-300 and the Canon 100-400 (Canon is much better), also done some wide angle but not yet captured the Milky Way.

Played with stacking (Orion nebula) and star trails, although nothing yet that warrents hanging on my wall, although work collegues were impressed with an image of Neptune and a couple of it's moons.

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Feb 19, 2012 01:06 |  #4

Neptune's Moons? Could it have been Jupiter? They are easy to see. Saturn's are pretty difficult. Not to mention Neptune is on the other side of the sun now.




  
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Feb 19, 2012 01:50 |  #5

Toxic Coolaid wrote in post #13922963 (external link)
Neptune's Moons? Could it have been Jupiter? ...

Oops, my mistake.

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Feb 19, 2012 12:40 |  #6

try out Stellarium. It's free and pretty easy to use. You need to set your location. It will show your sky's view, you can move forward or backward to see the sky at a different time. Adjust the # of star, nebula names on the screen. Pretty neat program.

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