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Old 06-07-2019, 06:38 AM
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Welcome Alan to iceinspace.
When in Sydney I am not that far from you .... Cheltenhan.
My last photo was using a dslr camera on a busted mount..effectively a tripod.
Although I could not get my cheap 50mm lens to focus the experience shows that with a little effort you can produce a wide field with short subs and stacking.
All you need to get started is Deep Sky Stacker which is a free download...so get a copy and have a go... Point at the Milky Way and click away☺ ... If you can get to a dark spot so much the better.
Try the shortest fl lens in your collection and start with a high iso at 1 or 2 seconds grab 50 to 100 subs stack them in Deep Sky Stacker (which has limited processing but will do the job for starters ..brightness, and colour) and take the stacked image to photoshop if you have it or if not download Gimp a free program and adjust levels brightness and contrast and see how you go.
I hope you can have a go and post your first attempts in the photography section here.
Also you can have fun with the Moon...as you need short exposures, again grab a few subs and download Registax which is simar to Deep Sky Stacker but better for Moon and planets and see how you go.
I use up to 300 mm fl camera lens but on an eq mount and you can get some great photos...you could consider for an eq mount a star adventurer (around $500) or an heq5 (around $1200) and you can run without auto guide doing subs of maybe up to 3 minutes ... either if those options will see you well equiped for a multitude of deep sky objects.
Good luck.
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Old 16-07-2019, 09:11 AM
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hi all just joined...Ö.been toiling over reflector or refactor for astrophotography Ö...mind you im a first timer...currently have Newtonian 10"on dob hand operated... have taken some pics with web cam (modified it) and phone , sort of reasonable result with some detail of Jupiter , great on the moon .love to read ya thoughts on the subject....
ps don't want to modify my 10" ,its been designated as the viewing scope
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Old 25-07-2019, 09:51 AM
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Old 25-07-2019, 02:52 PM
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G'Day Dave

I see you've been a member for a while but first posts today.

Welcome to the Forums.

Do you want to tell us a little bit more about yourself (and your experiences)
How can we help?

cheers
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Old 26-07-2019, 12:39 PM
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1st Post and lost in space

Greeting to all & sundry,
My wife I have recently retired and left the bright Sydney City lights behind and moved out to the Hawkesbury.
We have finally decided that the Celestron 4SE which has been in the box for 8 years needs to come out and we need to learn how to use it once & for all instead of being too scared to try.
Fair to say we rushed into buying the scope without enough info and of course work just got in the way far too often but we no longer have that excuse.
Hopefully the good folk from iceinspace can give us some sage advice and help build our confidence so we can look to the stars for better answers than we get from listening to radio or watching TV.
A couple of questions if we may
1. The Celestron powertank of course is dead so do we replace the battery or would a product such as a Powertch Plus 600mAH Power Bank be enough to drive the scope for the time being? We will only be using the scope for up to 3 or so hours at a time and will not be running computers or the like off the Power Bank until we become far more proficient.
2. We will initially be using the scope from home can you use mains power via a transformer or the like?
2. Where would the nearest club be for us to attend so we can learn some basics?
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Old 27-07-2019, 09:28 AM
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Hi Starman54
Welcome to IIS
Firstly Iíd recommend to post your enquires to the main section in Beginners Talk as a new post , that way you might get more responses as itís been more than a day and I only noticed it now. When you post on a sticky thread it didnít come up as a new post itís buried behind up to 100 posts
Next I donít know much about Celestron scopes but I have used Bintel for 3 years and they are the leading telescope supplier in Australia plus a prime Celestron dealer
Andrews is a second supplier but I prefer Bintel as they have some really experienced guys there , namely Don Whiteman
Iím sure you can power your 4se from a 12v / 230v power supply eg : a Powertech 5A or 7.5A power supply but check with Bintel or hopefully other IIS members with similar scopes can help
I donít belong to any clubs , self taught from scratch using IIS to steer me along the way , Bintel for over the counter advice and all my equipment, heaps of reading books, YouTube clips amongst other things
Iím retired too and 3 years into the hobby
Check out some of my recent images , I use Newtonian reflectors both for visual observing and astrophotography
Good luck and enjoy this amazing hobby
Clear Skies
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:16 AM
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G'Day Dave

I see you've been a member for a while but first posts today.

Welcome to the Forums.

Do you want to tell us a little bit more about yourself (and your experiences)
How can we help?

cheers
I rediscovered stargazing a couple of years ago (started first time in the 80s), and have been venturing into night vision astronomy in recent times
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Old 13-08-2019, 10:56 PM
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Hello and Good evening from Perth/Joondlaup

Good evening fellow stargazers!

new member and first post!

just got my first scope at 40 and look forward to getting further into the hobby. Getting a heap more lunar time than TV time over the last week and totally digging it.

Would like to learn from those willing to impart knowledge so if there are any events held in Perth please let me know - we are based in Heathridge near Joondalup. We also enjoy camping off grid with our young family of 4 at least once a month with dark skies

hope to add knowledge to the forum to replenish all that's been absorbed
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Old 15-08-2019, 09:36 AM
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Welcome Szymon.
The night sky beats TV hands down .even if it's cloudy.
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Old 18-08-2019, 09:33 AM
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Morning all !

Looking forward to exploring the stars again and getting my second scope. I bought my first one 35 years ago as a kid and then stopped for the next 30 years. !

Live in Melbourne and been researching for the last 3 weeks - wow things have changed !

I am thinking of getting a used or USA delivered 8SE with a webcam for photography to share the awesomeness with my kids

Hope to rekindle my child hood passion !
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Old 19-08-2019, 09:36 AM
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Welcome Steve great to find you are getting back into it and thinking how you can share your experience with your kids.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:02 PM
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Greetings

Hi Iím Mike. I am currently selling my 8Ē dob because itís a pain to drag out into the backyard and the sky is pretty light polluted where I live. Itís on eBay if you do a search. I havenít posted enough to be able to list it here yet however Iíve been lurking and enjoying the forums for a while now. Interested in everyoneís thoughts on an alternate grab and go scope that is more back friendly and good to show the moon and planets to my kids. But líll review previous forum posts and ask for any recommendations in the appropriate threads. Just saying hello! 👋🏻
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Old 17-10-2019, 06:22 AM
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Hello,

For portability and kids, the table top units might be what your after, they have 127mm cas-mak, 90mm refractor and 130mm reflector models.

Higher F ratio scopes tend to handle cheaper eyepiece better, and can save you money on good views early on. Normally from F/6 and higher, depending on the ep.



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Old 17-10-2019, 07:28 AM
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Hi guys,
I am Alan D.
I am interested in astronomical questions more own to earth such as the solar system. Cosmos and scopes are not my thing. I am trying to start a thread in Astronomy and amateur science.
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Old 17-10-2019, 11:02 AM
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Hello

Hey all... just joined the forum and glad to be here...

I got myself a 4SE a few months back and now praying for clear skies every night.
Nice to meet you all
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Old 17-10-2019, 12:10 PM
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Hi Eeka,

Welcome to the forums. I have found everyone friendly and helpful.

Feel free to ask any questions

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I got myself a 4SE a few months back and now praying for clear skies every night.
Nice to meet you all
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Old 20-10-2019, 04:17 PM
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Hi !

I've been around a while but not posted much! Looking forward to reaquainting with astronomy and having a few good chats.
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Old 10-11-2019, 08:04 PM
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Hi All

Hi. New to the site. Just getting back into astronomy, and need some advice about dew heaters for my new Dob (Stargate 450). What do I need and where do I put it pretty much sums it up. Where do I post this?

Any help much appreciated.
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